I lost my grandmother when I was only nine years old. As my mother’s mother, my ‘Nana’ and I didn’t have much opportunity to grow close. Though I was the first grandchild of what would grow to be dozens, she lived many hundreds of miles away…leaving us with little chance for hand-holding, storytelling and cuddling. I was left to get to know her through the lens of my mother’s heart and hand.
I would grow to understand my Nana’s love of her work as a teacher.
My mom would share her committment to her family – her husband and her seven children, often evident through hard work, discipline and even cooking.
I am left with snippets of her dedication to mealtime, preserved, nearly two lifetimes later in her own handwriting….one like this that I’d love to share, not only because it was one of my mom’s favorites, but because it has been in my family for more than 75 years…..
Since I am helping Pyrex®, a World Kitchen brand, to celebrate their 100 year anniversary, it is only fitting that at the time my Nana used to make these Old Fashioned Lemon Pork Chops, the ONLY glassware she used to cook were Pyrex®. As I chatted with my mom about this recipe, she was quick to point out that they didn’t say ‘glassware’ or ‘baking dish’….they simply said Pyrex as they cooked with their mum.
Let’s get to some of the good stuff, shall we?
On the surface, this recipe looks remarkably simple. You need pork chops, seasoned flour, brown sugar, ‘catsup’ (ketchup) water and slices of lemon. But I was a bit suspicious of the seasoned flour. Surely, it would require more than a little salt and pepper, right?
This inquiry netted me an entirely new index card and recipe from my mom AND a mixture that can be used for a variety of dishes.
Do note the inclusion of ‘accent’. As this wasn’t a spice familiar to me, I did a little investigation and found it is, quite literally, MSG (a commonplace ingredient many moons ago) and clearly not needed…so feel free to skip that ingredient when you go old fashioned.
In a matter of minutes I created the seasoned flour, dredged the pork chops and browned them lightly in olive oil with a little help from my assistant. (Yes, his tongue is out….he told me over and over again that his mouth was watering as we cooked.)
We transferred them to my Pyrex baking dish and added some lemon slices.
We poured the remaining ingredients over top and baked for about 30-40 minutes total at 350 degrees. As our chops were both boneless and thinly sliced, they didn’t require a full hour of baking.
I’m happy to share, every member of my family returned for seconds and I was able to save the left-over seasoned flour.
I love that Pyrex has updated their product line with a vintage twist to mark this special 100th anniversary milestone. You can add to your collection by visiting the Pyrex100 Website.
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You will have to let me know if you make our family Old Fashioned Lemon Pork Chops – and naturally, what you think when you do. And don’t forget, you can also enter to win in this wonderful Pyrex sweepstakes below. Good luck!
The Pyrex® 100 Days of Giveaways is sponsored by World Kitchen, LLC. There is no purchase necessary to enter. In order to participate, you must be a legal resident of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia and must be at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Entries will be accepted from March 22, 2015 at 10:00:00 a.m. ET until June 30, 2015 at 9:59:59 a.m. ET.
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