I just got back from a trip to FL. I had a wonderful time. My first stop was at St. Pete’s Beach to visit my brother. There I was able to relish in the warmth of the sun, food, sunsets and spending time with great people.
When traveling, I always try to find a restaurant that was on Food TV. There is a website and phone app called TV Food Maps. It will show you places near to where you are at that was on a TV show. On the website, you can actually road map your trip and then it will show you all the spots to hit on your way. Pretty cool. Anyway, we went to Keegan’s. It was on Diner’s Drive In’s and Dives. I had to talk myself into it, but I had to try the Baked Octopus & Feta Cheese Baked in a terrine w/feta cheese & Greek hot peppers. It was pretty good. I wanted to try the Char Broiled Octopus Cooked & steeped in garlic, wine & herbs, then finished on top of a lava rock flame…but they were out. For my dinner I ordered Blackened Grouper. It was fantastic.
I had the opportunity to go on a huge boat. It was a lot of fun. The best part was, there was one dolphin that followed us for a long time. He would turn on his side and look up at us. It was pretty cool.
After visiting my brother, I was off to meet Mark and Samantha at Pharmacy Development Conference in Orlando. The company that Samantha’s works for puts on this conference. Here we were energized with new ideas to make our pharmacy even better I was a very proud Momma here. Samantha was one of the CE speakers. She spoke in front of 700 people. She did an awesome job.
OK, onto a recipe. It was Valentine’s Day the day before I left, so I made a yummy supper for Mark and the girls. Holy Cow, this was a great sauce! This is a PW (aka Pioneer Woman) recipe, which are usually awesome recipes. Click here to check this recipe out and her website.
Pork Chops with Wine and Garlic
- 6 whole Pork Chops (medium-to-thin)
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- Salt And Pepper
- 1-1/2 cup Red Wine (Note this is not vinegar, that is what is in the photo and what I read it as. Glad I caught it before I put in Red Wine VINEGAR)
- 1/2 cup Beef Broth (more If Needed)
- 1 whole Bay Leaf
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 18 whole Peeled Garlic Cloves
- 1 Tablespoon Butter (additional)
Heat oil and butter in a heavy skillet over high heat. Salt and pepper both sides of the pork chops and sear them on both sides until they’re nice and golden, about 2 minutes per side. (No need to completely cook the chops at this point.) Remove the chops from the skillet and set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium-high, then throw in the whole garlic cloves. Stir them around and cook them for several minutes, or until they get nice and golden brown.
Pour in the red wine, then add the bay leaf. Stir around and let it reduce, raising the heat if necessary. Cook the sauce for several minutes, or until it’s nice and reduced and thick.
Stir in the beef broth (you can add more if it needs the liquid) and add the chops back into the cooking liquid, arranging them so that they’re swimming in the sauce. Allow the chops to cook in the liquid for a few minutes, then pour in the balsamic. Shake the pan to get it to distribute, then cook for a couple more minutes, or until the pork chops are done.
Remove the chops from the pan once more, then let the sauce reduce a little more if needed until it’s very thick and rich and the garlic is soft. Swirl in 1 tablespoon of butter and sprinkle in a little salt and pepper.
Arrange pork chops on a platter, then pour the whole skillet of sauce (including garlic) over the top.
Trust me, you will love this recipe.
The sunsets were beautiful in Florida.