Showing posts with label taste of home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label taste of home. Show all posts

21 March 2016

Easy Parmesan Tilapia & Zucchini Sauté

Made this yummy baked tilapia and zucchini medley last week for supper as part of my continuing quest to Eat. Moar. Fish. It's a mild, sweet, white fish so The Husband tolerates it well and I find it's pretty versatile, so I don't mind cooking it. But I'd really love some cod. Dear Heaven, cod.

Too fishy for The Husband, though! So I limit my "weird" fish (hello, trout!) eating to when we dine out and limit home cooked fish to "acceptable" fish like salmon, tuna, and tilapia.

And this is quite nice tilapia, I do admit. I followed Taste of Home's recipes for "Parmesan Fish Fillets" and "Zucchini 'n' Corn Sauté" with a few tweaks (white whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose, roasted garlic powder instead of garlic salt) but not enough to change the dishes in any significant way.

They're both easy recipes and pair together well both in flavoring and timing. I'd definitely make them both again -- especially in the summer, when the vegetables are fresh from the garden. Even with out-of-season vegetables, the dish tasted fresh and summery. The colors are fabulous, too. The fish is moist and flaky with the parmesan crust giving it a little bit of crunch.

25 July 2014

Saying Thanks With Pie

My father did some work for us recently and I promised him payment in cash and pie. While he ultimately refused the cash, he was happy to receive a pie. Because this pie was meant for Dad and only Dad, I knew I wanted to make a banana cream pie as he loves bananas, but my mom is allergic and unable to bake him one. There are, frankly, too many recipes for banana cream pie loose in the world but I finally settled on Taste of Home's recipe for "Blueberry Banana Cream Pie." For me, blueberries and banana go well together as the tart brightness of the berries balances the sweet creaminess of the banana. Also, my dad loves blueberries!

The pie was quite easy to make, but I had to go and complicate it by opting to use a "real" pie crust (a Marie Callender frozen deep-dish crust) rather than the vanilla wafers called for as I thought wafers would make it too much like a deep-dish pudding and less like the pie I wanted it to be. Also, I chose to ignore the filling amounts called for in the recipe and use the amounts recommended by the commenters ... creating much more filling than would fit in my deep-dish crust!

Happily, Dad loved the pie and I will have to make it again. Next time, I will use a single 8-oz package of cream cheese instead of the 2 8-oz commenters recommended or the 2 6-oz called for in the recipe to see if that creates a slightly more stable filling (mine was mostly-firm-but-slightly-goopy) and maybe add a little lime zest. Or I might just try Taste of Home's "Creamy Banana-Berry Pie" with crushed pecans rolled into the crust!

12 January 2014

Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

I promised one of my coworkers cookies as thanks for all the help he's given me this week, what with so many staff members struck down by winter ailments. I baked him ginger oatmeal cookies as, while he likes cookies, he prefers goodies he can pretend are good for him! Oatmeal is heart-healthy and ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory effects, so ...

Ginger Oatmeal Cookies

Ginger Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from Taste of Home
Makes about 24 cookies

½ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
¼ cup molasses
1½ cups white whole wheat flour [King Arthur Flour's 100% Organic White Whole Wheat]
¾ cup old-fashioned oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp allspice
¼ cup crystallized ginger chips [King Arthur Flour's Mini Diced Ginger]

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.

Beat together shortening and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix until well combined.

Roll into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Gently flatten with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or just until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
This cookies were good -- crispy on the outside with touch of chewiness at the center and very rich with spice. I was quite pleased by how well they turned out and my coworker was very happy.

I have shared this recipe at these delicious blog parties:
Swing by and link up your own dishes!

02 January 2013

New Year's Day Luncheon

We had my parents up for New Year's Day luncheon and it turned out deliciously, even if I do say so myself. There was only a tiny smidge of leftovers and they served as an almost-as-delicious light supper for me that evening. (The Husband filled himself up with cookies and chocolate at nuncheon and could only groan when I offered him leftovers later ... yay for me).

New Year's Day Luncheon

with garlic croutons

with whole wheat rotini

~ Wine ~
Layer Cake malbec &
Gato Negro cabernet sauvignon

~ S'mores ~
The Pepp from S'more Bakery

While I loved the soup and baked chicken Parmesan, it was Taste of Home's "Mediterranean Romaine Salad that really stole the show for me! It was simple to assemble, had great flavor -- very tangy and light -- and looked very elegant in the bowl. Really, this will be a regular item on my table from now on!

Mediterranean Romaine Salad

I roasted my own peppers for this recipe -- just halved and cored them, smooshed them kind-of flat on a jelly roll pan lined with foil, brushed them with a little olive oil and broiled them until they were all blistery and charred-looking. Then I folded the foil up around them and let them sit for about 15 minutes. I used a sharp knife to scrap the skin off, wrapped the "clean" peppers back up in the foil, and refrigerated them until I was ready to make the salad.

Taste of Home's recipe says to use cubed French bread for the croutons, but I used cubed roasted garlic ciabatta, because more garlic = better. I omitted the black olives, because The Husband detests olives and replaced them with a cup of halved cherry tomatoes. I also used Newman's Own light Italian dressing instead of balsamic, because I didn't think everyone would eat balsamic. And, anyway, Italian is Mediterranean, too!

29 October 2012

Pheasant Pie ... Tastes A Lot Like Chicken

So, waylongtimeago, I bought a pair of pheasants. Why? Because I'd never cooked pheasant before, so why not? Of course, I panicked once they were actually in my kitchen and ended up stuffing them in the back of our chest freezer until I could figure out how to not wreck them.

Sunday, I did haphazarded kitchen purge and made Taste of Home's "Pheasant Potpie" with the thawed pheasants, whiskery carrots, limp celery, and pearl onions frozen last Thanksgiving.

I put the celery, onion, and garlic (4 whole cloves) at the bottom of the Dutch/French oven, then nestled the pheasants together on top. Rather than using just water, I replaced half the water with low-sodium chicken broth. I also chucked in a bay leaf for kicks.

Taste of Home's recipe was pretty simple to follow and made a really nice potpie! I did omit the pimientos and added a liberal shake of Bell's Seasoning so my potpie tasted a lot like Thanksgiving dinner. And that was okay with us, really!

(Lacking pheasant, I'm sure a Cornish game hen or small chicken would work just as well).

11 February 2012

Too Much Cornbread? Make Salad!

The cornbread muffins I made early this week are quite tasty, but I only average one per day and with the recipe having made a dozen, I am suffering a surfeit of cornbread. What to do? What to do? Make salad?

Cornbread Salad

Apparently, yes, you can make salad out of cornbread. It's a Southern thing, I guess, and while I was sorely tempted by Paula Deen's version with corn, kidney beans, and cheddar cheese I decided to go with Taste of Home's recipe for "Corn Bread Salad for Two" mostly because it meant I wouldn't be stuck eating it all week if I didn't like it much. I mean, I knew I liked eating all of its ingredients individually, but I wasn't sure what I'd think of them when thrown together, all higgledy-piggledy.

Well, it was delicious! Unbelievably delicious. I should have made a bigger bowl.

18 January 2012

Pantry Challenge: Clean Out The Cupboards With Soup

Trying to stay on track with the Pantry Challenge, I made a couple soups. There's nothing as comforting or forgiving as soup, after all, and it's always an excellent way to use up odds and ends.

First I made a batch of Pillsbury's "Curried Pumpkin-Vegetable Soup." It was a really tasty, easy soup with lots of good curry flavor. I admit I used 1 tsp more curry than called for and I bloomed the spices with the sauteed onions before adding the remaining ingredients, because that's what I learned from Cook's Illustrated -- always bloom spice blends like curry powder to help develop their rich, complex flavors. I wanted a flavorful soup, so I bloomed.

Did it work? I think so. Certainly, I was so interested in eating it that I never stopped to take a picture of the finished soup! This is one of the best recipes ever! Simple and healthy and yet also so rich and flavorful.

Curried Pumpkin-Vegetable Soup, Ingredients

Ingredients: pumpkin, frozen mixed vegetables, broth, curry powder, paprika, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, salt, black pepper.
Pantry challenge items used: 1 can pumpkin, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can turkey broth.

Emboldened by my success, I went on to make a big pot of Taste of Home's "Vegetable Bean Soup" which not only allowed me to use pantry challenge ingredients, but also some limp celery and ancient frozen chopped spinach.  Unfortunately, this soup was not quite as tasty as the pumpkin soup. Rich and hearty, yes, with lots of vegetable goodness and I'm sure I'll make it again, but ... the pumpkin soup was just the bomb, you know?

Vegetable Bean Soup, Ingredients


Ingredients: black beans, onion, garlic, celery, carrots, diced tomatoes, garlic powder, black pepper, salt, no-salt powdered beef bouillon, quick-cooking barley.
Pantry challenge items used: 1 can black beans, 2 cans diced tomatoes, partial box of quick-cooking oats.

13 August 2011

Squash Season: Swiss Chard Bean Soup

Despite this week's to-ing and fro-ing I did manage to do a little cooking. Namely, I made soup. And such soup! I made a pot of Taste of Home's "Swiss Chard Bean Soup" with Swiss chard, crookneck squash, and herbs from my garden and it was delicious -- light, yet flavorful and filling, and so easy.

Swiss Chard Vegetable Soup

Ingredients: one pint diced cherry tomatoes (instead of drained canned diced), Swiss chard, zucchini, crookneck squash, carrots, red onion, garlic, organic low-sodium vegetable broth (instead of chicken), low-sodium cannellini beans, quick-cooking pearl barley (to thicken), fresh thyme, fresh oregano, salt, fresh ground black pepper.

Since I was using fresh tomatoes instead of canned, I cooked the tomatoes with the zucchini, crookneck squash, and onion then prepared the rest of the soup as directed and the whole thing was still ready to eat in less than thirty minutes!  While I wasn't planning on eating it the same day I made it, it was still really nice to have made a big pot of soup in a jiffy. I portioned the soup out into one-cup containers and took it to work (or ate it for breakfast) all week.  Wasn't the least bit sick of it by Friday!

While I did think the soup was a little both-y, I just threw a handful of quick-cooking barley in with the beans and it thickened up quite nicely. Next time, I might just doubled up on the beans and give half of them a bit of a mash before adding them to the pot. I might also try substituting low-sodium vegetable juice for half of the broth.

Would I make this soup again? Of course! And probably sooner rather than later as the garden is going mad producing squash and chard.

20 May 2011


Monday I made the easiest lamb dish in the world using Taste of Home's "Slow-Cooked Lamb" recipe. I halved the recipe as there are only two of us and I didn't want leftovers, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It's one of those recipes that is so simple and short that it's practically foolproof.

Lamb in My Slow Cooker

I rubbed four lamb loin chops with a mix of oregano, thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Then I set them aside while I layered the bottom of my slow cooker with a thinly sliced onion. Topped the onion with lamb and let it cook on LOW for 6 hours. Served the lamb with "light" Caesar salad and it made for a tasty work night supper. Look forward to making "Slow-Cooked Lamb" again.

Slow-Cooked Lamb Chops

01 March 2011

Almost Homemade is Good Enough

I brought Taste of Home's Almost Homemade: 374 Easy Home-Style Meals (Reiman Media Group, 2010) home from the library almost two weeks ago which means ... it's due back soon. I'd like to keep it out a bit longer, but have you seen the size of my "to be read pile?" It's ginormous and a good third of the pile is comprised of library cookbooks! Yes, it is time for Almost Homemade to go on to another kitchen.

Recipes in Almost Homemade use a combination of convenience and fresh ingredients to create easy, stress-free meals that taste close to scratch. While I like the idea of convenience cookery, many convenience cookbooks freak me out with their dependency on super-processed ingredients. I was pleased to see that most of the convenience ingredients called for in Almost Homemade are items I already buy -- prepared polenta, pasta and pesto sauces, cooked shrimp, packaged rice blends, etc -- or are easily substituted with homemade ingredients -- leftover cooked chicken for ready-to-use cooked seasoned chicken bits, etc -- so was happy to give this cookbook a whirl.

I've made four recipes from Almost Homemade and was mostly pleased with them:

Gnocchi Chicken Skillet

Fast Gnocchi

(I substituted ground turkey for ground chicken and added in some finely chopped zucchini)

Asparagus Beef Lo Mein

Asparagus Beef Lo Mein

(Next time, I would add mushrooms and onion)

Fiesta Chicken Chowder

Fiesta Chicken Chowder

(Next time I would just stir in quick-cooking barley instead of using instant brown rice as I'm just not keen on instant rice)

Penne Chicken With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Creamy Penne Chicken

(My favorite recipe of the bunch! Blogged 25 Feb)

The recipes are pretty simple and straight forward -- a good thing if you've worked a long day and are too darn frazzled for fiddliness. While many of the recipes don't say it,  dishes like "Penne Chicken With Sun-Dried Tomatoes" can be assembled in advance and refrigerated until you are ready to cook them.

25 February 2011

Delicious Garlicky Penne

Wednesday, I made a half recipe of "Penne Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes" from Taste of Home Almost Homemade. It was the last recipe I made from this cookbook before returning it to the library and it was an excellent recipe to end on as it was a fine example of the cookbook at its best.

Creamy Penne Chicken

Ingredients: whole grain penne, mushrooms, garlic, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, garlicky Alfredo sauce, cooked chicken, Parmesan.

This recipe was delicious and easy and also nice enough to serve any casual visitors. I did make a few substitutions -- fresh mushrooms for canned (and twice as many!), olive oil instead of butter, and "Italian" flavored ready-to-use cooked chicken strips instead of "Southwestern."   While I felt a bit dirty using ready-to-use cooked chicken strips, I did not have any cooked leftover chicken on hand and the chicken strips turned out to be pretty darn tasty, anyway (I'm guessing it's all the salt and corn syrup solids!).

I'm pretty sure, come next November, I will be making this recipe with leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

14 February 2011

Menu Plan Monday, 14 February

Brought a new cookbook home from the library -- Taste of Home's Almost Homemade: 374 Easy Home-Style Favorites -- and have already bookmarked a bunch of promising recipes!

  • Another yummy "Illinois Prairie Chowder" mix prepared in my slow cooker! Ingredients: soup mix, turkey stock, potatoes, cream, shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp cheddar, crab, fresh ground black pepper. (You're thinking corn chowder doesn't sound very special for Valentine's Day, but The Husband loves this stuff).
  • Leftover chowder with sugar snap peas and guacamole for dipping.
Wednesday (Peapod PM)
  • "Gnocchi Chicken Skillet" from Taste of Home Almost Homemade (using turkey instead of chicken) with roasted green beans. Ingredients: ground turkey, frozen gnocchi, tomato sauce, onion, oregano, Parmesan, green beans, olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper.
  • Leftover chowder with cucumber and tomatoes in light Italian.
  • "Asparagus Beef Lo Mein" from Taste of Home Almost Homemade (because I found a bottle of hoisin sauce in the back of a cupboard!) Ingredients: organic beef steak, asparagus, garlic, ramen noodles, hoisin sauce.
  • "Fiesta Chicken Chowder" from Taste of Home Almost Homemade. Ingredient: organic boneless skinless chicken breasts, low-sodium fajita seasoning, low-sodium black beans, Muir Glen fire-roasted diced tomatoes, mexicorn, chilies, brown rice, cilantro, lime juice, condensed cheddar cheese soup. (Recipe calls for nacho cheese soup, but Peapod doesn't carry it so I'll doctor cheddar cheese soup w/ Penzey's "Bold" taco seasoning).

12 February 2011

Crabby Cottage Cheese Salad

Thursday, I made a half recipe of Taste of Home's "Cottage Cheese Crab Salad" for lunch and was surprised by just how much I liked it. I did omit the sour cream as I had none and that probably made the salad quite a bit drier than it would have been otherwise, but I didn't mind that as my greens didn't get soggy in the five hours between packing lunch and eating it!

Cottage Crab

Ingredients: salad greens, grape tomatoes, surimi, 2% cottage cheese, green onions, celery, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, pepper.

I served this salad on a bed of greens just I could just as easily see stuffing it in a whole wheat pita pocket.

06 February 2011

Crunchy Cottage Cheese Salad

I made this based on Taste of Home's recipe for "Cottage Cheese Salad," but increased the amount and variety of vegetables as I wanted something really crunchy.

Crunchy Cottage Cheese Salad

1 4-oz container 2% cottage cheese
½ cup diced grape tomatoes
½ cup diced seeded cucumber
½ cup diced yellow pepper
2 radishes, diced fine
1 sliced green onion
2 Tbsp light mayonnaise
1 Tbsp Penzeys Buttermilk Ranch dressing mix
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Combine all in bowl and allow to mellow over night. Serve over salad greens or with crunchy whole wheat pita chips.

24 October 2010

15 Minute Supper

While I've made Taste of Home's "Creole Tuna" a couple times now, I still continue to be surprised by how tasty it is considering how little time it takes to make -- fifteen minutes, not counting the time it takes to cook the rice. If I used minute rice, then the whole thing really would only take 15 minutes, but I prefer to use my rice cooker.

Ingredients: red onion, red bell pepper, flour, salt, pepper, sugar, milk, low-sodium stewed tomatoes, low-sodium tuna, thyme, garlic powder, paprika, and cumin.

While the recipe calls for green bell pepper, I use red as that's what I always have on hand. I also sauté a quarter cup of diced red onions with the peppers, because I think a little onion can't do any harm.

As I don't own any Creole seasoning and (as far as I can see) Penzeys doesn't sell anything similar, I substitute ½ teaspoon each Hungarian Sweet paprika and garlic powder and ¼ teaspoon each French thyme and cumin.

10 November 2009

Butternut Squash & Apple Bake

I really enjoyed the butternut and apple mash I made at the end of October and have been looking for other (non-soup) butternut and apple recipes. Over the weekend, I picked up a copy of Taste of Home's Best Holiday Recipes 2009 which contained several butternut squash recipes, including this one for "Squash-Apple Bake."

Butternut Squash & Apple Bake

It was a very easy dish to prepare and yielded quite tasty results even though it went a little awry at the end!

First, I sliced a peeled and seeded two pound butternut into quarter-inch pieces and placed them in greased 8-inch square baker. Then, I topped the squash with sliced, cored, peeled McCoun apples. Lastly, I combined brown sugar with melted butter, King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour, ground ginger, and Penzeys cinnamon blend and poured it over the apples before popping the dish in a 350°F oven for forty-five minutes.

(I should mention that the recipe did not call for ginger or cinnamon, but I don't own any mace and reckoned I should stick with flavors I knew I liked eating).

After the squash finished baking, I shut off the oven and forgot about it for two hours! Happily, the lengthy oven time seems to have done the dish no harm.

If I were to make this again, I might add in a cup of plumped dried cranberries.

28 October 2009

Garlicky Potato Soup

I made a really awesome soup for Sunday's supper using the recipe "Hearty Garlic Potato Soup" from Taste of Home. Thick and creamy with potatoes, it was rich and yummy -- really excellent comfort food! Of course, I made a few tweaks to this recipe but that was more for my convenience than for taste.

Garlicky Potato Soup

The original recipe called for using three different pots! I don't know about you, but I like to do as little washing up as possible so I condensed it down to one. Yep, cooked the veg then set them aside and wiped down the pan, cooked the sausage and onion, set them to drain in a colander lined with paper towels, then wiped down the pan again, melted the butter and finished the soup. Still time consuming, but only one pan.

The recipe did call for mashing only half the boiled veg, but the soup seemed too thin and chunky that way so I gave the whole pot a gentle mash at the end. Then I let everything simmer for about fifteen minutes -- the soup was much thicker and more lovely that way. I also whacked in some Garlic Garlic while the soup was simmering as a soup with "garlic" in its title can never be garlicky enough!

Unfortunately, I am now out of Garlic Garlic seasoning blend and don't know what to do. I'm loathe to contact my (too darn chirpy) local Tastefully Simple consultant and shell out nine dollars (plus shipping) for 4.5 ounces of dehydrated minced garlic, minced onion, salt, garlic powder, chives, and a proprietary blend of spices. Surely, I could make my own?

Penzeys will sell me dehydrated minced garlic, onion, and chives so that's no problem. The problem is -- what's in that seasoning blend? I can't find anyone else on the Internetz who has reverse-engineered Garlic Garlic seasoning blend so I can't use someone else's hack. No, I'm all on my own here ...

Let the experiments begin!

27 September 2009

Quickie Clam Chowder

Was in the mood for chowder and had plenty of tinned clams on hand, but was feeling too lazy to make my favorite chowder -- "Light New England Clam Chowder" from The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (also in The Best Light Recipe). Happily, Taste of Home had a recipe for "Creamy Clam Chowder" which looked like it would do in a pinch.

The recipe called for two cans of condensed cream of potato soup which I could not find a lighter version of so I settled for reducing the amount of fat in the soup by using three tablespoons of unsalted butter instead of the twelve called for. I could probably have omitted the butter altogether and used a little cooking spray instead, but I wanted to keep some of the richness butter brings. Otherwise, I made the recipe as directed.

Quickie Clam Chowder

How did it taste? Pretty good. Not as awesome as CI's, but much better than anything to ever come out of a can. This chowder is fast -- took about thirty minutes to make -- and very easy, which would make it an excellent last minute supper on those nights where I forget to plan ahead or am no longer thrilled by what I have planned.

06 April 2009

Healthified(ish) Cheddar Chicken Elbows

Monday's supper can, at best, be called a close cousin of "Cheddar Chicken Spirals" from Taste of Home's The Busy Family Cookbook (Reiman Media, 2007) for, in using what was on hand, my ingredient list deviated from the official one pretty broadly. For example, I substituted a stir-fry blend for the mixed vegetables and elbow noodles for the rotini. I also healthified the recipe by halving the amount of cheese and using lighter dairy.

Healthified(ish) Cheddar Chicken Elbows

How did it taste? Pretty darn yummy! Much more so than I thought when I saw that the sauce was made of mayonnaise -- a mayonnaise-based sauce in something other than salad just seemed a bit weird. Happily, while the finished dish had a rich creamy taste, the mayonnaise doesn't stand out from the rest of the ingredients and you would never know it was in there.
Cheddar Chicken Elbows

8 oz (half box) Barilla elbows
8 oz (half bag) Birds Eye Sugar Snap Stir-Fry blend, thawed
1½ cups bits of leftover roasted chicken
1± cup (shredded) Cabot Hunter's Sharp Cheddar
½ cup light mayonnaise
1/3 cup 1% milk
1 teaspoon McCormick Salt Free Garlic & Herb Seasoning

Make the pasta as directed. Meanwhile, whisk mayonnaise, milk, and salt-free seasoning together. Mix in most of the shredded cheddar, drained stir-fry mix, and chicken. When pasta is ready, drain and stir into mayonnaise-chicken mixture. Pour into a greased 8x8-inch square baker, top with the remaining cheese, cover and microwave for about five minutes. Let rest for about five minutes. Eat.

02 April 2009

Easy Work Night Supper: Golden Pork Chops

Made "Golden Pork Chops" from Taste of Home's The Busy Family Cookbook (Reiman Media, 2007) for supper with dilly carrots and shredded pickled beets and it was pretty darn good!

Golden Pork Chops

Used pork chops out of the freezer, that can of creamed corn I couldn't remember the reason for buying, and cornbread stuffing mix leftover from Thanksgiving. Yes, indeed, Thanksgiving. That's how often I make stuffing!

This was an easy dish to throw together and thus made an excellent work night supper. Yes, it did have to bake for forty minutes, but that just gave me plenty of time to reconstruct the kitchen, drink a little cider, and read a few more chapters from Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark.

To make these chops, you first mix creamed corn, stuffing mix, paprika, minced onion and celery together. Dump the corn-stuffing mix into a greased bake and pat flat (don't smoosh). Top with thickly cut boneless pork chops. Brush the chops with a mixture of brown sugar and spicy mustard. Bake uncovered for about forty minutes. Nom.

Now, I did goof up a bit with the mustard-sugar mix. My brown sugar was rock hard so I chiseled a chunk off and microwaved it in a bowl covered with a damp paper towel until the sugar was softened. Or that was the idea, anyway. My damp towel was too wet and I ended up with brown sugar soup. I mixed the spicy mustard in, anyway, and basted the pork with it. Happily, my mistake worked out just fine -- the chops had a delicious honey-mustard type tang to them.

I imagine I could just has easily have substituted maple syrup for the brown sugar (or just used honey mustard from the start).

We both quite liked this dish -- the pork was deliciously tender and tangy and the stuffing was rather nice, too (and I am not big on stuffing). I will be making this recipe again and recommend you try it, too!