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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 13, Monday

Honey Mustard Pork Chops
Fried Smashed Potatoes
Braised Cauliflower with Bacon

Cooking time: 35 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     I admit, I like bacon with vegetables.  It adds a bit of salt and a lot of flavor.... easily.   It can be a challenge to keep vegetables interesting.

Honey Mustard Pork Chops

Total time: 35 minutes
    Pork chops get fork-tender in no time when gently braised.   I prefer thinner, boneless chops for this spicy/sweet honey mustard sauce. They stay tender and moist, and the reduced sauce makes this a lovely main course.

Honey Mustard Pork Chops Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Fried Smashed Potatoes

Total time: 35 minutes
     Boiled potatoes, smashed and fried in butter and olive oil.... A bit of salt and pepper, nothing more...  These are meant to be rough, big chunks mixed with small bits, and brown. 

Fried Smashed Potatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Braised Cauliflower with Bacon    

Total time: 25 minutes
    For years I only steamed cauliflower. I'm discovering other methods work equally well, with delicious results.

Braised Cauliflower with Bacon Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium saucepan with lid, 2 medium skillets,
1 lid, small skillet with lid
Cut potatoes, cook
Chop onion for chops, sauté
Cut bacon, sauté
Move onion to side, brown chops
Cut cauliflower
Turn chops
Mind the potatoes
Mind the bacon

Add wine, stock, mustard, vinegar, honey to pork
Cover, braise
Add cauliflower, water to bacon, cover, braise
Drain potatoes
Heat butter in skillet, add potatoes, smash
      Pause while stuff cooks
Turn potatoes
      Another pause
Remove pork, keep warm
Reduce sauce
Check cauliflower, cook off remaining water
Turn potatoes, drizzle oil if using
Serve all