Jen Cooks {Crockpot Wednesday}


Jen is at it again!! A yummy crockpot recipe that is easy and different!! I LOVE the idea of wrapping the chops in their own little package and I am always looking for a “new” way to prepare pork chops, this is a great idea. Would be lovely for a dinner party as well. Thanks Jen!!

4 pork chops

1 jar of apricot jam

salt & pepper

2 granny smith apples

1 cup brandy

Place each pork chop on a sheet of tinfoil; add salt, pepper, spoonful of jam, 4 slices of apples,  wrap package up leaving one end open, pour Brandy in. (Apx 1/4 to  1/3 cup) seal other end. place in crockpot and cook on low 8 hours.

pretty fab.

xoxo. Mama Bird

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Coffee/Bourbon Pork Chops


I had some great looking pork chops that I picked up at the new Lowes Grand Opening and wanted to try something different! I was in the process of making my fav chocolate chip cupcakes and had an extra cup of coffee so I thought, ummm… coffee, bourbon, molasses (I used this crazy syrup/molasses like ingredient called Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup which our good friend Matt brought us from Louisiana. It is crazy thick, I had to take a pic for you all to see!!


Here is what I used:


1 cup cooled coffee

1/4 c bourbon

1/4 c steen’s syrup (or molasses)

1 T whole grain mustard

2 T apple cider vinegar

2 cloves garlic, crushed

fresh thyme

salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients, salt & pepper the chops and put in gallon plastic bag. Marinate overnight or longer! Hubs grilled on the gas grill you could use grill pan or whatever works best for you. We had these fantab carrots with the pork. A great side!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Pretzel Crusted Pork Chops and Lemon Basil Beans

P4120029 Jack helping in the kitchen!

This is a crazy creation that I came up with tonight and it was DELISH! I know it sounds funny but the combo is just perfect.

3 Pork Chops

1 egg

1 1/2  T mustard

1 T honey

10 pretzel rods, chopped fine in food processor

2 T parmasen cheese

Lightly beat egg, add mustard & honey, mix well. Pour over pork chops and marinate for 30 mins. Dip chops in pretzels & parm mix and place in hot pan. Sear for 3-5 mins until nice crust forms, flip and then slide pan in 350 oven and cook additional 30 mins* or until cooked. 


*cook’s note: My chops were thick and needed to cook a bit longer than normal.

Lemon Basil Green Beans


I found some beautiful French green beans, trimed the ends, blanched in water for 5 –10 mins drained the water and added 1 T butter, juice of 1/2 lemon & 3 fresh chopped basil leaves. I love beans this way! SO fresh, summery and crisp!! Contrary to what many believe green beans do not need to be cooked to death!! 

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Pepper Jelly Pork

I made a ton of Pepper Jelly this past summer and I have been trying to think of things to do with it other than just one of the most simple and yummy cream cheese and pepper jelly with butter crackers. I found some great looking pork chops on sale and my mind starting churning. Here is what I came up with.
4 pork chops

s & p to taste
1 T olive oil
2 T butter
1 T flour
1/3 c white wine
1 c chicken broth
1/2 c pepper jelly
Season chops with s&p. Add olive oil to grill pan and cook apx 10 mins flip and cook additional 8 mins. Remove chops and add butter & flour to pan cook 2 mins add wine then broth then jelly cook 2-5 mins, add chops back to pan and allow sauce to coat chops. Enjoy!
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