Pork Chops and Apples

Pork chops and apples

Drool.

Once again I must apologize for the long gap between posts! The holidays got the best of me and I fell out of the blogging routine. Not to mention that Chicago’s dim winter lighting does not lend itself to food photography…

Nonetheless, I haven’t stopped cooking (or eating). Today I’m drooling over this classic autumn-themed dish that happens to be good all year ’round: pork chops and apples. My dad made this a lot and it’s always a classic. This time, I cooked it up at my mom’s place with the help of my sister for a fun family-style meal.

N’awlins Seafood Gumbo

New Orleans Seafood Gumbo

This dish holds a special place in my heart — mostly because it was one of my dad’s favorites, and representative of his love for New Orleans — but also because until this weekend, I never thought I’d taste it again.

Jane Sauce Takes the Cake

 

Jane sauce on chocolate cake with strawberries

It makes everything better.

Chocolate is revered in my family. My aunt gets a Whitman’s sampler for Christmas every year. My mom keeps a bag of Hersey’s miniatures in her kitchen at all times. My 88-year-old grandmother refuses to quit eating it.

That’s why Jane Sauce holds a special place in the family cookbook (which does not, in fact, exist yet). It’s a recipe that’s more than 60 years old, but we’ve actually only been making it since 1998.

Linguine and Clam Sauce (is the Boss)

Linguine and clam sauce

Yum.

Sorry for the long delay on new recipes. I promise I have a good excuse this time: I started a new job! It’s been great, but exhausting. I’m still trying to figure out how I can keep up my cooking schedule now that I am a real grownup, so bare with me please.

Anyway, here’s another classic Wachowiak recipe: linguine and clam sauce. Like most of the recipes I’ve done so far, it was always a favorite “special occasion” request of mine—and it’s also exceedingly simple.

Scenes from Seattle

Seattle Space Needle

While I’m in the process of perfecting my next recipe (linguine with clam sauce!), I thought I’d take this chance to do something my dad always loved: showing off vacation pictures.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to make you sit through a 500-picture slide show. I just selected a few choice shots that I knew my dad would have loved. He never made it to Seattle, but while I was there on my first trip, taking in the sights and seafood, I just knew he would have loved it.