We spent the entire weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at two Feis (rhymes with mesh). We headed home. She earned a 2nd place trophy in Treble Reel, 3rd in Traditional Set (both days), and a 3rd in Slip Jig. She was pretty pleased with her first day of dancing not so much on her second day. She thought she danced better but didn’t place that day. Different day, different judges. That is life.
When we got home reality hit me in the head yesterday. My daughter passed her driving test last week but yesterday she said, “I am going to drive to work.” I watched her pull out of the driveway, in her car, for the first time all by herself. It was kind of the feeling I had the first time watching her pedal away on her bike or leaving her for kindergarten. I know she is her own person now and is making her own decisions. But this was a visual representation to me that I am no longer in control. It was a mixture of fear, sadness, and a bit of pride in her. She has become a wonderful young woman and will continue to grow and change but my part is mostly done. Oh, I will forever be her mother but things are changing.
How does this relate to our dinner? It doesn’t in the least but I really wanted to tell this story about our lives. I want you to understand who we are, where we are in our lives, and just a bit about us. We are all busy and going through things. Some big, some small, but we are all on the road in our lives.
We are back on a bit of a pork chops/pork loin run lately. Pork has been super cheap in our area so that means I am buying quite a bit of it in bulk. From $1.29 to $1.49 a pound it is a great buy right now.
Then comes how do I cook these things so that my family doesn’t tire of pulled pork, barbecue pork, or ribs? Out come the old cookbooks and start to look through my mom’s recipe cards.
My daughter actually said that these were the best pork chops she ever remembers me making. They were so simple! I love slow cooker meals for busy nights and this was perfect. Be careful not to OVER COOK your pork. If you are not going to be home for 10-12 hours this will not be the best recipe for you. The pork will dry out and become stringy if you cook it too long. Just a hint.
Make this for the sauce! Oh my yum! My children were putting it over the broccoli and dipping their salad veggies in it. The white wine we used was perfect. It had the flavor of the wine (so use a decent one!) but was not overpowering. If your sauce is too thick add just a hit of wine at the end to thin it out.
I serve this with a green spinach salad and broccoli for a side to complete the meal.
- 2 lbs. pork chops (boneless are best but I had bone-in – use what you have!)
- 2 (.07) packets dry Italian dressing mix
- 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
- 2 (15 oz) cans cream of chicken soup, condensed – or homemade equivalent
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup white dry wine (can substitute chicken stock, if desired)
- To Serve (if desired): angel hair pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes
- Place pork chops in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Mix all other ingredients in a bowl and then pour over pork chops.
- Cook on low for 5-6 hours (thinner bone-in pork chops) or 7-8 hours(boneless pork chops).
- Once cooked through serve over angel hair pasta, rice or mashed potatoes as desired.