Dinner · Pork chops

Homemade Shake and Bake Pork Chops

Man I love a bone-in pork chop!  They are thick, juicy and scrumptious!  Are you old enough to remember the commercials for Shake and Bake coating mix for chicken and pork? Here it is…

The commercial might be comical now (especially those “southern accents!”), but it’s true – this coating is easier and better than frying!

I Recently found a lovely package of pork chops on sale at Kroger and brought them home, not knowing how I would prepare them.  Then remembering those crispy oven-baked pork chops from my childhood, I Googled “Homemade Shake and Bake Pork chops” and found that Southern Living had a great recipe!!

Look at this pork chop with its delicious coating that was BAKED!

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Homemade Shake and Bake Pork Chops


  • 1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 1/8 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 4 (1/2-inch-thick) bone-in pork loin chops
Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°. Stir together first 6 ingredients, 2 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. pepper in a bowl. Transfer mixture to a 1-gal. zip-top plastic freezer bag.

Step 2

Sprinkle pork chops on both sides with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Place 2 chops in breadcrumb mixture, and shake to coat well. Place chops on a wire rack on a baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chops.

Step 3

Bake at 425° for 15 minutes; turn chops over, and bake 10 more minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 155°. Let stand 5 minutes.

Southern Living added a Mustard Sauce. I tried it and it was delicious!!  Here’s the recipe for that:

Mustard Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Step 4

Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add shallot, and sauté 3 minutes or until softened. Increase heat to medium-high; add broth, and bring to a boil. Boil 1 minute. Stir in mustard, cream, and lemon juice, and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in chopped parsley. Serve immediately with pork chops.

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Now, aren’t you hungry for a crunchy, savory pork chop?  i SERIOUSLY could eat this every week, and that’s coming from a girl who likes variety in her menu!  I hope you’ll find someone to give you some help (spoken with a southern drawl!and try this recipe!

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Dinner · main dish · Pork chops

Pork Chops, Peas and Potato Dish

You’re probably up to your eyeballs in sugar cookie dough and all things sweet right now, but you still have to have supper, right?! I’m going to help you with an old family recipe I remember having as a child, fixing for my girls when they were home, and I still enjoy today.
I love a recipe that doesn’t call for special ingredients.  I know I can open my pantry and find just what I need and pull supper together in a flash.  I recently made a casserole that’s an old recipe that falls right into that category! It’s called, Pork Chop, Peas and Potato Casserole.  I loved it as a child, and I love it today.  The pork chops get so tender while cooking in the tomato soup mixture, and the soup makes a great sauce for the vegetables.  I love these kinds of recipes where you pile everything in the dish, cover it, and you’re done!
You could put this together the night before and store it in the fridge until it’s time to bake it for dinner (just make sure the potatoes are all under the sauce so they don’t turn brown).  This is hearty and so good!  Add a salad and bread and the meal is complete!

Pork Chop, Peas and Potato Casserole

 4 Pork Chops
3-4 potatoes, peeled and sliced
1/2 Cup onion, diced
1 can Tomato Soup
1 Can Milk
Frozen Peas
Salt and Pepper
Layer potatoes and onions in the bottom of a casserole dish. Add peas – as many as you think you’ll need.   Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Mix soup and milk.  Pour over top of vegetables.  Place pork chops on top and spoon some of the soup over the chops. Add salt and pepper to chops.   Cover and bake 1 hour.
The pork will be super tender and the potatoes and peas will have absorbed the sauce.  Yum!
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Have you been cooking any old family recipes?  Is there one you haven’t made in a while you need to pull out?  Sometimes those are the best!
With love from my country kitchen,
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Cooking · Pork chops · Uncategorized

From My Mom’s Kitchen

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The weekend after Thanksgiving found us in my parent’s home for a two and half day visit.  Spite the fact that I urged my mom not to fuss in the kitchen, she told me she was fixing a meal for Saturday evening that would not keep her in the kitchen for long.

When her meal began roasting in the oven, the smells made me even hungrier, and anxious for a peek at what she was cooking!  What she had prepared was a Pork Chop Casserole that made up pretty much the whole meal.  It had Pork chops, sweet potatoes, and apples layered inside the baking dish.  What a great combination of flavors!  It served up beautifully as she slid the spatula under each pork chop “stack” and placed it on our plates.

It was really delicious!!

She added a salad and bread to round out the meal.  There was no need for snacking that night!

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With the busy Christmas season upon us, we might be tempted to go out for dinner after busy days of shopping, wrapping, and a long list of holiday events, but with recipes like these, there’s no need!  This simple recipe would be a perfect prep-ahead dish so your family can eat a scrumptious meal at home.  I’ve renamed it from simply Pork Chop Casserole to Busy Day Pork Chop Casserole.  Here’s the recipe:

Pork Chop Casserole

6 Pork chops
4 Sweet potatoes
4 Tart apples
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
Dash of pepper
1/8 tsp sage


Peel and slice potatoes.  Without peeling, cut apples into thick slices.  Place the potatoes in a  greased baking dish and sprinkle with salt.  Add the apples, sugar, and cinnamon.  Arrange the pork chops on the apples and season with remaining ingredients.  Add 1/4 cup hot water and bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until pork chops are well done.

My mom always sets a gorgeous table.

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It was delicious.  It was lovely.  It was typical of my mom’s kitchen.

She’s a great cook and a gracious hostess.

I hope you’ll put this dish on your busy calendar/menu!  The flavors are perfect and you’ll have it ready for the oven in minutes!

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dinner in 30 minutes · grilling · Main entree · Pork chops · Uncategorized

BBQ, Butter and Bargains


We’ve been on vacation – maybe you’ve guessed.  (A week alone with my preacher husband has me spitting out alliterated blog post titles! Ha!)

While we’re away, we usually stay in a condo with cooking facilities.  We enjoy eating out, but after a while, we really prefer to fix our own meals so we can keep cost and calories to a minimum.

One huge blessing on this vacation was the discovery of two gas grills that have been added to the property where we stay!  We made a trip to Kroger and purchased some boneless pork chops.  Then I surveyed the ingredients I’d brought with me from home and I landed on a great recipe, mocking one we’ve enjoyed at The Chop House.  It has an herbed butter that takes the simply grilled chop to another level!  Here’s how I did it:

Grilled Pork Chops with Herbed Buttr

4 Boneless pork chops
Cooking Spray

Herbed Butter
1/2 stick softened butter
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried rosemary

Combine ingredients for butter in a small bowl.  Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer.

Prepare grill by placing foil on grill and spraying with cooking spray. Heat grill.  Season chops with salt and pepper.  Cook for 3-5 minutes on each side. Check for doneness.  Remove from grill  Serve with a small ball of herbed butter on top of pork chops.


My Menu:

Grilled Pork Chops with Herbed Butter
Sweet Potato Fries
Asian Chop Salad
Toasted Sour Dough Bread

When I figured up our meal, it cost us right at $6 for BOTH of our dinners!  I got the chops on sale, we got about 3 meals out of the bag of salad, and 3 meals from the Ore-Ida Potatoes!  The best part was how delicious the chops were!  They were every bit as good as what we’ve enjoyed at the restaurant!  We cooked all four on one night, but ate two the first evening and the other two the next night!  This meal was a scrumptious barbequed dinner, dripping with that herbed butter!

If you’re home, make this dinner and you might feel like you’re on vacation! Here was our view while we ate…


God is so good to us!  It was a blessing that we don’t deserve, but that He graciously allowed.

Fire up your grill, and make these chops! Now, alliterate your recent meal  and leave it as a comment!

Reminiscing about the salt air,

Dinner · Pork chops · Thanksgiving

What I’ve Done/What I’m Doing

Wow, lots of things have happened in the last week – wait, I think I said about last week, too!  It’s true, but it’s a blessing.  Each week is filled with ministry and blessings, and those two are all intertwined!  Serving the Lord is wonderful, and I am a woman that is thankful and fulfilled!

Let me tell you about some of my blessings via these pictures above.  We’ll start on the top left and go across each row.

  • Honey Spiced Glazed Pork Chops, baked sweet potatoes and peas made up supper one night.  The sauce makes a plain pork chop incredible!
  • Until you see second graders act out the pilgrim’s and Indian’s first Thanksgiving, you have not lived.  My little neighbor girl was one of the cutest pilgrims ever.  We watched her and her fellow classmates give their rendition of Thanksgiving.  Too cute.
  • Last weekend my husband and I had the privilege of serving in a leadership conference.  On Saturday afternoon during free time, we drove to the Amish Bulk store and they had their donut and pretzel truck up and running.  I tried one of the pretzels for the first time.  Oh. My.  Let’s just say I hope it won’t be my last!  I think they’re even better than their wonderful donuts!
  • I mentioned yesterday about the children I had the privilege to teach in Sunday school last week.  This is a picture I took of them while they were reading our passage together.  They all participated so well.  What a blessing they were to me!
  • I’m hosting Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow and I’m making individual cornucopias for treats and name cards.  I’ll show the end result of these little guys next week.
  • The fireplace makes for the coziest bedroom in the early morning.  My husband had the fire going for me  to enjoy during my devotions yesterday (it was 24 degrees!).  It felt soooo lovely.
  • Not pictured are all my preparations for Thanksgiving dinner and company for a couple days.  I’m having tons of fun, and I’m super excited!

That’s what I’ve done and am doing.  What are you up to these days before Thanksgiving?