Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Our Air Fryer Pork Chops

 Hello, Darlings

Below is my recipe for air fryer pork chops. With this recipe you can cook chops in half the time than when baking or on a stove top. I also added that for those of you who must limit your sugar intake that you can use reduced or sugar free maple syrup as a substitute for the pure maple syrup.

 

Air Fryer Pork Chops

Ingredients

·       3-4 Boneless Pork Chops (Thick Cut)

·       Salt

·       Ground Black Pepper

·       Apple pie or Pumpkin seasoning

·       ¼ cup Maple syrup (pure, reduce or sugar free)

·       1 tablespoon Butter favored margarine

 

Directions

  1. In mixing bowl season pork chops with salt, pepper; apple pie seasoning.  Microwave butter favored margarine with maple syrup for 45 second in glass measuring cup
  2. Pour over pork chop and flip chops until cool enough to add to large plastic zip lock bag; turn bag to cover chops with maple syrup mixture.
  3. Place bag in refrigerator for 20 minutes or overnight.

4.     Meanwhile, coat the air fryer with regular cooking spray and preheat at 360o F for 5 minutes.

5.     While air fryer is heating take pre-coated pork chop and place them on air fryer rack to drain. Reserve maple syrup mixture in bag to coat and retain moisture in the chops during cooking.

6.     Then place the pork chops in the air fryer and cook for 4 minutes. Use the Reserve maple syrup mixture as necessary.

7.     Carefully flip the pork chops and cook for an additional 4 minutes or until done.

8.     Serve with your choice of sides, and enjoy.

 

Note:


1.       For pork chops less than 2 inches, reduce air frying time by half. Check for doneness.

2.       Likewise, from chops 4 inches or more increase air frying time and check for doneness.

3.       De-bone chops with bones if desired either before or after air frying.

Until next time,

     Chow!

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

What to do with a damage product when the seller does not want it back

Hello, Darlings

Okay, sometimes we get damaged goods (and heaven forbid not too often) from a company that we have known and trusted for years. In some instants the company will allow you to keep, donate or dispose of the product.

Well, this happened to us just recently with a cabinet we use for storing linen. We have limited closet space, so the cabinet was a necessity. We contacted the seller and after some back and fore we were allowed to keep, donate or dispose of it. Therefore, given these options we elected to keep and try to repair it.

The problem was that the cabinet came with a split wooden side panel and locking inserts that did not fit. Several of the pre-cut holes for the locking inserts were too large and deep. Each time you attempted to lock the panel and the shelves together, the locking inserts would be pushed deeper into the holes. The split wooden side panel probably happened by applying too much pressure when making the holes for the locking inserts at the manufacturer’s warehouse.

Anyway, after buying some L-shaped hinges and 8-hours of labor of applying them, the photos below is the results and also a picture of another cabinet and how it should be if not damaged.

Multi repairs


How one look without damage

In conclusion, do not be too quick to dispose of a damaged product. 'If you have some DIY skills and some luck, you can probably save something that would have probably been recycled for parts.

And pray for ‘no more damage products’ to arrive.

Until next time,

  Chow!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

My Rant on How to Seep the Perfect Pot of Tea

Dear, Distinguished Tea Drinkers

We all know that there is a decided difference between tea that is boiled, tea that is brewed and tea that is divinely seeped. I guess you know where I am going with this article. Nevertheless, in all my years as a tea drinker, I continuously sought for the perfect method to make a cup of tea, and not the common daily tea bag of pekoe orange that our mothers and grandmothers would throw into a stovetop tea kettle and boil for 10 minutes or more. Oh, let's not forget the notorious saucepan.

Yes, that was a thing. A horrible thing but that was how many of us as children were first introduced to tea drinking.  Once made, at no given time was the consistency of the tea’s flavor truly the same as the one before it.


 One of the wonderful things about how my mother made a pot of tea was during the times my brothers and I would come down with a cold or the flu. She would then boil the tea and add honey, lemon and of course the bourbon. Too us it tasted too strong and bourbon-ly but we were happy after the second cup and gladly looked for a third or fourth cup as our temperatures went down and we sweated like fish out of water, ran to the bathroom and giggled a lot. And if at night and one was on, we had a great time watching an old Hammer horror film. We never stayed awake for a third cup or to finish watching a movie.

However, now as an adult, for me making tea has become almost like a art form, and as I stated above there is a difference between tea that is boiled,  tea that is brewed and tea that is seeped

As a child mom’s old process of making tea was either by placing tea bags in the bottom of a stovetop tea kettle or placing loose leaf tea in a coffee percolator basket, and then letting it boil for the number of minutes she desired. With the early percolators if it was an electric one, you could brew tea, but you still did not have a choice of brewing times. The electric percolator just brewed until it finish. The notion of strong or mild tea or coffee settings with these old brewers was a thing of the future. This you did on your own generally with a cooking timer. Again the consistency of the tea’s flavor was not the same. It was either too weak or too strong.

Later on in the 1970s the automatic drip coffee maker came into being and it was versatile for tea making. However, it too had the same drawback as the old percolator. You place the tea in the basket and hot water flows over it. No seeping. And through all this new innovation, the tea kettles sadly remained basically the same; therefore, you continued to either boil, brew or did the dump and seep method by hand in a cup of hot water until you got close to the right consistency and taste. For many years, I too made tea in these ways and even tried using a microwave with a ceramic pot.

Truly, if you look at a tea electric kettle today and one from yesteryear, they are much the same. Only some are electric, some are shapes are different and many have higher prices.

 

 

 But I digress. My point is that making what I believe to be the perfect pot of tea, with great flavor and no dreadful after taste that can happen with black and herbal teas takes the right tea maker and patience.

For me seeping, which is the process of boiling the water to a desire temperature and then pouring it over the tea and letting it stand for a desire number of minutes, is the best method of making tea, any tea, all teas. So the method of making the tea was no mystery. However, I found for myself that the problem was in the pots I used and how I could seep the tea in fewer steps. One must have great patience when making tea. I am an “I want it now” kind of girl, so I needed an easier method. By now you have figured out that the taste consistency of tea is important to me. I cringe when drinking a bitter cup of tea.

A cup of tea whether fruity or woody should taste smooth and not harsh. It should have a hint of the earth but not strong like bark. If I wanted to drink tea that tasted like the bark of a tree I can try the ones in the backyard.

Nevertheless, the right pot is still the key to seeping the perfect pot of tea. So having stated all this, I still believe that the best tea maker is the Nesco TM-1 Electric Tea Maker. Sadly, Nesco stopped manufacturing this tea maker some time last year. I only discovered it when the cord of my old one was accidentally damaged. However, instead of replacing the cord as I assumed would happen with my tea maker, the servicer kept it. Although the tea maker was insured through a service plan, I lost no money; yet I was still saddened because a new one was nowhere to be found. 

 I then contacted Nesco and asked when the tea maker would return to the market. That was when I learned it would not, and that the best option for getting one was on eBay. I got nervous because most of what I saw was used.
 
Sooo, I waited and debated the pro and con of buying a used Nesco TM-1 Electric Tea Maker from a website I knew very little about. While deciding on what to do, I continue to make tea in my state of the art duel coffee/tea maker. Although it makes excellent coffee from a single cup to a full pot, the tea making options regardless of the type of tea used, the machine still has the same brewing process as an electric kettle where you set the minutes for water to boil and the water essentially washes over the tea bag or leaves. No true seeping is involved. Therefore, after my not so inexpensive coffee/tea maker makes tea that does have a consistent flavor, which depending on the setting for the tea would either be too woody, fruity, or medicinal, a year later, I finally broke down and purchased what I thought would be a decent used Nesco TM-1 Electric Tea Maker.

I am so glad I did so. The tea maker arrived in a shipping box so dented it made me cringed and wonder if the tea maker was damaged. However, after opening the shipping box, I found that after removing the many, many layers of bubble wrap from the tea maker. It and its seeping basket and glass pot all looked brand new.
 
Today, after what seemed like forever, I had my first cup of the smoothest tasting white tea, which was seeped for six minutes without the leaves sitting in the pot or my having to manually, pour the water over it. Did I mention that I also got a one-year service plan?

I am so happy with my little Nesco TM-1 Electric Tea Maker. However, knowing that it is no longer being manufactured, I will carefully care for it and treasure it in the years to come. Perhaps someday in the future Nesco will reconsider and re-manufacture it, or someone will buy the patent and put it on the market again. It is a nice thought.

Thank you for reading my rant on how to seep the perfect pot of tea. Oh, yes. Check out my earlier article Momma Evelyn's New Tea Maker! It explains more of why I love this tea maker and why I hunted another one down.

Until next time,

            Chow!

Monday, April 18, 2022

LONDON BROIL EVELYN'S STYLE

Hello, Darlings

It’s been awhile, but I assume like many people my husband and I are adjusting to this unwanted and apparently non-ending covid lifestyle and some of the other problems that come along with it.  Although, we have not contracted the virus or any of its variants, life still has its trying moments. However, as elderly citizens we continue to adjust and carry on with our daily lives.   

Enough said on this issue, today I want to share my updated version of the previously posted roaster oven London Broil recipe. Unlike the original recipe this update is richer in flavor and has more gravy.

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Remains of the day: London Broil     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONDON BROIL EVELYN'S STYLE

Equipment: Roaster Oven and large casserole dish

Ingredients

 

1 London Broil, 2 - 3 pounds

1 can of cream mushroom soup or beefy mushroom soup

1 package onion soup mix

3 jumbo potatoes or 12 baby red or butter potatoes

1 jar of sliced mushrooms, or 8 ounces of fresh sliced mushroom

1 cup boiling water

Directions

1.      Preheat roaster oven to 400 degrees

2.      In large microwaveable mixing bowl add water, mushroom soup, onion soup mix, and jar mushroom. Set aside

3.      Slice potatoes lengthwise into 6 to 8 pieces

4.      Place London Broil in a large casserole dish lined and crossed with heavy duty foil.

5.      Add jumbo potatoes slices or whole baby potatoes. Pour onion soup mixture over meat and potatoes. Seal foil tightly.

6.      Make small vent holes in foil for steam to escape.

7.      Optional: add 1 inch of water in the bottom of dish; add more as water evaporates.  Remember what leaks out can also seep in. So try not to dilute onion soup mixture too thinly.

8.      Place casserole dish in roaster oven and bake for 2-3 hours.

 

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 Until next time,

         Chow, Darlings