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pork chops
Hot and Sweet Glazed Pork Chops

parmesan potatoes
Grilled Parmesan Potatoes

chard with onion
Sautéed Chard with Red Onion

Menu Plan for the week of August 2, 2013: Day 5 Recipes

Hot and Sweet Glazed Pork Chops
Grilled Parmesan Potatoes
Chard with Red Onion

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      Meat, potatoes and greens - simple...

Hot and Sweet Glazed Pork Chops                 Preparation and cooking time:  30 minutes
    Fresh, chopped ginger adds a a better, sharper flavor than the powdered. 

2 - 4 pork chops, boneless, 12oz (360gr) total
1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
1/4 cup orange marmalade
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbs sherry    substitute white wine or vermouth
1/2 tsp powdered or 2 tsp fresh, chopped ginger  2- 4 slices, 1/8" thick
1 tsp garlic powder - or 2 cloves minced

In small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the marinade - you need to use the whisk to break up the marmalade.  Pour over chops and let marinate for 10 minutes (or longer...). 
Remove from marinade and cook on barbecue 10 - 15 minutes turning once. Baste with any remaining marinade before turning to give better glaze.  In all cases it depends on thickness of the chops. Test for doneness by slicing and peaking.  Remove and serve.  

Grilled Parmesan Potatoes                               Preparation and cooking time:  35 minutes
     Simple, grilled or roasted potatoes are perfect with equally simple, grilled meats.  These have a coating or crispy, golden Parmesan cheese when finished.

2 medium potatoes
1 tbs olive oil
2 tbs grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp paprika

Slice potatoes in half the long way, then in half again.   Then slice in half or thirds the short way.  Put remaining ingredients into large bowl and mix well.  Add potatoes and stir, coating thoroughly.  Put them into a pan used for the barbecue grill and cook for 25 - 30 minutes or until done... and you will need to stir them with a long-handled wooden spoon occasionally as they tend to develop 'hot spots' and can get a little crispy.   
you can roast them in the oven.  Arrange potatoes on baking sheet with rim (I use my trusty, round pizza pan) Bake at 400F for 30 minutes.

Sautéed Chard with Red Onion                        Preparation and cooking time: 15 minutes
   Chard and Red Onion - with a hint of bacon.  Greens at their best! 

6oz (180gr) chard   Swiss chard
1 smallish red onion
2 slices bacon
1 tsp oil   if you need it to fry the bacon - I do

Wash the chard and trim any bad bits.  Stack the leaves together and fold over, the long way.  Slice into thin strips, using both leaves and stems, but keeping the stems separate.  Slice the onion.
Heat oil in a large skillet if using. Add the bacon and fry until crisp.  Remove and drain on paper towels.  Remove all but 2 tsp fat / oil.  Add the onion and chard stems and sauté over medium heat until onion is transparent and chard starts to get tender, about 8 minutes.  Add the chard leaves and stir until the leaves soften and fit into the skillet. Crumble bacon, stir into chard, remove from heat and serve.

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl, whisk, dish for marinating, medium bowl,
large skillet, barbecue grill, grill pan

Turn on/light barbecue grill
Cut potatoes
Mix oil, Parmesan, paprika
Add potatoes, stir gently
Put in grill pan, cook
Make marinade, spoon over pork
Wash, trim and cut chard
Slice onion

Mind the potatoes
Sauté bacon
Start to cook chops
Mind the potatoes
Turn bacon
Remove bacon, some fat
Sauté onion, chard stems
Turn chops
Stir onion / chard stems
Add chard leaves, stir, cook
Remove potatoes, chops
Crumble bacon, finish chard

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