Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I had not cooked any " real food " in a while, so a sort of cool rainy day put me inside.

Smothered Pork Chops
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Beets
Beet Greens
w/ lemon and garlic

I sort of followed a recipe and I thought it was very good.


4 bone-in center-cut pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2/3 cup buttermilk
Store-bought biscuits, for serving (optional)


Sprinkle the pork chops all over with salt and the Cajun seasoning. Pour the flour into a shallow bowl. Dredge the chops in the flour, turning to coat, and tap off any excess. Reserve the remaining flour.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops; cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Add the butter, onion, thyme and a pinch of salt to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved flour to the skillet and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, bring to a boil and cook until reduced by one-third, about 2 minutes.

Add the buttermilk and return the chops to the skillet. Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low and cook until the sauce is thickened and the chops are just cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/smothered-pork-chops-recipe.print.html?oc=linkback

Daily Koda / Daily Garden

 The park folks finally got around to cleaning up the HUGE black walnut trees that were toppled in the micro storm, what? A month ago  -  Our small pile of minor damage is still in front of our house, but at least the trail is now clean again. Koda very much wanted to help the workers.....

We are in full Summer up here -
even though the temps will be in the high 40's tonight....

letter never sent

New Obsession.

My late night news blackout youtube ramblings some how led me to this show.

Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds.

This one with my old obsessions bff Peter

Monday, July 28, 2014


As opposed to Fridays big news....

I have been so bad at this, updating, even to myself lately, just because it is just becoming a farce. Today's news was bigger than most have been because even though this case was heard in Virgina, the ruling from the 4th Circuit Court effects all of the Circuit, Yep, SOUTH CAROLINA just had its equality ban over turned. With 42 pages of exactly why we have to wait in these states... like so many others. YES, its way illegal to deny these same sex couples their CONSTITUTIONAL rights, but you will have to wait a bit more... ( aka farce )

This is the map of where we stand today, IF ( IF IF IF IF IF ) there were no appellate process or stays, with more rulings coming down every day. 
I do not understand the process enough to really know what is going on with all the 50 cases that are in the works. I could figure out Windsor v the US or Hollingsworth v Perry - easy straight forward, mapping their process was easy. Infuriating but easy to follow - when it is 50 cases like this, no more than that , there are multiple in each state, and with the Supreme Court already ruling on DOMA ...
Just seems like the high court could have just ripped off the band-aid as opposed to this drip drip drip method.
Today's ruling was more complex than any I have read before, really took me a long time just to wade into the legalise and still did not really know. Let's just go with it was a GOOD THING.....


Yeah, this is me not wanting to go to the store for supper ......

Double Daily Koda

 Poor little dog was way housebound this morning, so we were very happy to be out and about in the afternoon. Stayed on his leash, or else he would have been in the swollen creek so fast.