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Cooking chops with cola

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. So, today I’m going to be teaching you how to cook with soda using the stove. I’m sure some of you are thinking that sounds yummy but wouldn’t my meal taste sugary and what is the point of cooking with soda? My response to your questions is you don’t have to worry about your food tasting sweet because the heat from the stove eventually will burn off most of the sugar and the main purpose of the soda in this recipe is to keep the chops moist. Do you have any other ideas that would be good to add to it? Let me know below!

 

Coca Cola Pork Chops

Four boneless or bone-in pork chops
Olive oil
1 C. Coca Cola
1-2 C. of Ketchup
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter.
Rinse each chop with cold water then place them on the wax paper. Get a few paper towels to dry them off individually until they are no longer wet. Use your hands, a basting brush or paper towels to cover both sides of pork chops with olive oil, sprinkle salt and Pepper them to taste and set aside.

2. In a small/medium mixing bowl stir together coca-cola and ketchup.
Pour your mixture into a skillet and cover your chop. Cook the chops in your skillet covered with the lid over medium for about ten minutes or until thoroughly cooked (will depend on thickness.) If sauce is too thin, remove chops and set aside, then reduce sauce to desired thickness.

3. Enjoy!

I am proud and happy to say my results of the pork chops were a huge success and they tasted excellent. How did yours turn out? I’d love to hear about the outcome of your chops. 🙂

Just a few suggestions: Use a timer so don’t loose track of cooking time and accidentally overcook your chops. Not sure if your food is ready? Stick a meat thermometer through one of the chops and wait until it gets to 145° F. If you prefer not to use your hands, paper towels or a brush to spread oil on each chop you can also pour a few drops into your skillet then if you are physically able to pick it up, gently move the pan around so that the oil will cover the skillet. Make sure the pan is completely covered with oil 😉 so your chops can quickly come off the pan. Also, if you’re worried about burning yourself while using the stove then I highly recommend using a heat resistant glove. Please do not feel awkward cause I occasionally will use one too! 🙂

I am very well aware there are some of you who might be a little uneasy working with either the oven or stove and then those who are nervous using both appliances. And I totally understand some of your thoughts are “this is foolish to have the feeling of fear using an oven or a stove”. and you often probably think you are the only one that has butterflies in your stomach when you’re working with them.

I want to encourage you not to feel embarrassed and I wanted to let you are not entirely alone in the challenge of defeating your uneasiness. And how do I know this you might ask??? Well, because I completely understand what it’s like to endure the anxiety. But I also know that God is constantly watching over me and it gives me extreme comfort knowing He’s with me at all times especially when I have to put to up with the annoying oven lol. Moreover, I also know that God is with you all of the time too and if you ever sense nervousness while working with the oven or stove then my tip to you is to ask Him for help in giving you boldness. Trust me it works 🙂

Later this week, I’ll be teaching you how to cook a healthier version of one my other favorite chicken dishes and a chicken soup that is incredibly good and creamy. Yummy! 🙂

Lol, that’s all for me tonight. Thanks again for reading! Have a great night and God Bless!

 

 

 

 

Recipe adapted from Frugal Living Mom

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Not a huge seafood fan but…

Hey cooks,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was great!

Okay so, I want to ask you a question, do you like seafood? Your answer is probably “yes” or “no”. If some of you said “Yes” then that’s great news. I have no doubt you will enjoy this recipe, I’m going to show you. But if you said “no.” then that’s okay too. I don’t like seafood either lol. However, a few weeks ago while I was searching for recipes to cook and write about I saw this one salmon dish that looked superb and thought to myself hmmm….I should give it a try. And not surprisingly I did eat it and the dish tasted excellent. Now for those who don’t like seafood, I’m sure you are skeptical of me at the moment in which of course I completely understand where you are
coming from because I’m sure you like me, for example, have a few opinions about fish. I will give you my thoughts on fish for one thing they smell terrible and the other one is seafood tastes dull. Lol. But thankfully for this recipe, not one of those beliefs came to my mind and I think it has changed my outlook on seafood and maybe it will do the same for you too! 🙂

Maple Glazed Salmon

Ingredients

3 tbsp maple syrup

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated

1 1⁄2 tsp of flour

1 tbsp water

4 salmon fillet

1 green onion, sliced thin (white part plus about 2-3 inches of the green)

1 tbsp sliced almond, toasted (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450°F

2. While the oven is preheating, get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter. Next, rinse the salmon with cold water then pat dry fish with paper towels.

3. Line a baking dish with aluminum foil and set aside. In a medium bowl stir together the syrup through flour solution until smooth.

4. Place the fillets skin-side-down in a shallow baking dish. Pour the syrup mixture over the salmon. Bake about 15-18 minutes at 450°F until the fish flakes easily; baste with glaze halfway through cooking. Sprinkle with scallion and almonds before serving.

I want to let you know I’ve been keeping your uneasiness of using an oven in my prayers and if you ever do get discouraged or sense fear, please don’t give up or say “I can’t do it.” Regardless even if this is your first or third attempt of using one. Just keep on working at it and trust me you eventually will have the necessary courage to deal with one. You are probably annoyed thinking “Courtney what is the point of practicing when I can’t even successfully put the baking dish into or take out of an oven when it’s turned up to four-hundred degrees or more.” My answer to your question is that I know what you are going through and fathom your frustration. I remember when I used to be afraid of using it I’d get very impatient with myself. However, I am not as fearful anymore since I started to enjoy cooking last fall.

I’d like to share with you again one of my favourite verses that I shared with you two weeks ago as a reminder for you to remember that God is always protecting you no matter what you’re doing. “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NLT

One of the reasons why I love this verse because it reassures me that NOTHING is impossible with Christ especially when an oven is involved.

In my next post, I will show you how to make chicken parmesan.

Thank you again for reading and God Bless!

Recipe adapted from KitchMe

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