This blog... a compilation of my favorite recipes. They have been collected over several years found in various places: the internet, magazines, and cookbooks to name a few. These recipes are meals that I consider to "feed more than your body". These are meals that I hope nurish the heart and soul of those who eat them. I hope that when you have cleaned your plate, you feel like you have taken part in more than just a meal-that you have taken part in something bigger than yourself and food. Whether it is culture, your local place of living, or the life of the plant or those who share this planet, I hope these meals help your family-and mine-to appreciate that we are more than just beings consuming food; we are all connected. And more than that, I hope that these meals help you remember how fortunate you are and that "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.".

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pork Chop and Pear Skillet

4 bone-in pork chops (1-1/2 lb.), 3/4 inch thick
1 teaspoon oil
1 small onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
1/4 cup KRAFT Light Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, divided
1 can (15-1/4 oz.) pear halves in juice, undrained

Cook chops in oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat 3 min. on each side or until browned on both sides. Remove chops from skillet; set aside. Add onions, garlic, rosemary and 2 tablespoons dressing to skillet; stir. Cook 3 min., stirring occasionally. Return chops to skillet. Add pears and remaining dressing; simmer on medium 10 min. or until chops are done (160ºF). Serve chops topped with the sauce.

**Note-the main reason I included this dish is because when I was a newly wed, way back when, this was one of the first recipes I tried out on my husband. I felt like a real cook, not just someone assembling ingredients together like with hamburger helper, previously our mainstay meal. With how fast and easy this recipe is, I hope you too feel like a real home cook making this for yourself and your family.

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