Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hump Day Dinner

Hubby has been working harder and harder the past few weeks for an end of year presentation that he does each May. This year he went up a notch and having the kids that wanted to, videotape a thank you to their parents and he is making a video out of the collection to show at the end of the year. After he comes home from work, he changes clothes, eats dinner, and heads right to the office to do more editing. 

So, I wanted to give him an extra special dinner tonight to let him know I love him, and that I can't wait until he is on summer break. Because then I will have "Joe" back for a bit of time, and "Mr. Corona, The Teacher" can stay outside the front door until Fall.

Tonight he will be served:

Baked Pork Chops
Green Beans
Home Fries
Cornbread Muffins

Not much to tell you about baking pork chops, other than I like the Original Shake and Bake for pork chops, that I add Parmesan cheese and a couple of pinches of dried rosemary to, and then follow the package directions. I make them in many ways, but this is how I am doing them tonight.

The green beans are canned. Drained, heated, and a pat of margarine on top before serving.

How I do the Home Fries and the Cornbread Muffins are what I will share with you, as to how I make them.

Home Fries

  • 2-3 large potatoes well scrubbed and sliced ( I leave the peel on.)
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • Season salt
  • Pepper
  • Your favorite cooking oil, or melted margarine/butter for frying.( you can even use bacon grease if the mood strikes you.)

In a large fry pan, heat your oil, or melt your butter and lightly cook your onions until just limp. Remove from skillet and set aside.

While the onions are cooking, generously toss the potato slices with season salt. 

In the same skillet, add the potatoes and cook until brown and crispy on all sides ( can take up to 45 minutes depending on how large or thick your slices are.)

Now re -add into the skillet of browned potatoes, your softened onions. Cook another 10 minutes or until the onions are reheated. Pepper to taste.

Cornbread Muffins

  • 1-2 boxes of Jiffy Brand cornbread mix ( depends on how many muffins you want, one box usually makes 6-8 medium)
  • 2 eggs -per box used
  • 2 tsp sugar -per box used
  • Milk as box directs
  • 1 tablespoon melted margarine/butter - cooled
Following the directions on the box for oven temp and pan preparation.

In a large mixing bowl, add the milk, margarine and sugar, stir by hand until mixed. add egg(s),and again mix until mixed. Now, add the dry cornbread mix and fold until the batter is wet, there will be some small lumps but don't over mix.
Place in your prepared pan and bake as directed on the box.

The Re-cap

  • Pork Chops, about 5: $ 4.95 ( on sale)
  • Green Beans: 78 cents
  • Home Fries about 75 cents ( potatoes were $1.98 for 5 pounds and used  about 1 pound, and small onion was 35 cents)
  • Jiffy Cornbread Mix : 58 cents
  • Eggs, sugar, Parmesan cheese etc., are always on hand
  • Shake and Bake is the second of two in a package and cost was already accounted for.

This meal will also have enough leftovers for 2 lunches. This meal's cost was approx: $7.05. So this meal is about $1.75 per person for a generous helping of all.