30-minute recipes Posts

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.

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.

Paul’s Guacamole

Paul's guacamole recipe

At long last, the infamous guacamole recipe! I feel like I keep saying that each recipe is one of the first my dad ever taught me, but this is another early fave. I remember camping out by the guac bowl whenever Dad would make this for parties (alongside his famous from-scratch salsas and doctored-up cheese dip).

Now it’s become one of my go-to party/barbecue recipes as well. It’s creamy, spicy, citrusy, and best of all—easy. See for yourself!

Tuna Mac ‘n Peas

Tuna Mac

A (slightly) grown-up version of a childhood favorite.

This is one of the first recipes my dad ever taught me to make. Of course he’d never make anything straight out of the box without a bit of doctoring up. Tuna mac ‘n peas started as a go-to after-school meal and became one of my college staples. Now it’s one of my favorite comfort foods—and a Wachowiak-family tradition.