September 28, 2011

pot roasted pork chops, chicken and dumplings, and pw's blackberry cobbler

after staying up late making a fun fall wreath.  i slept late and had energy to spare, so i whipped up lunch AND dinner + a delicious dessert!

for lunch i defrosted some pork chops that were wasting away in the freezer.  i roasted them up with onions and carrots like a pot roast and called it pot roasted pork chops. creative, i know.
pot roasted pork chops
for dinner i asked brian to pick from a list of random supper ideas.  he chose chicken and dumplings.  
brian crain loves them.  i washed my awesome dutch oven from lunch time (that i received at my bridal shower from these sweet friends) and started the comfort food finale.

sweet girls
chicken broth (not exciting, just check out the le creuset)

i threw the dumpling ingredients into the food processor to blend (flour, baking powder, salt, milk, shortening).  then i rolled them out with a small wooden rolling pin that snagged from my parents' kitchen on my last visit home.  i've heard stories about my maw-maw brown rolling out dumplings for her family.  i've made them at home with my mom and also one afternoon with brian's mom.  it takes some practice to get them just right, i've tried different versions of dumplings on poor brian a few times or three or seven.  i like this recipe for dumplings. the rest of the chicken and dumplings is to taste and right consistency, hence the practice.
roll it out and cut into strips
tah-dah chicken and dumplings
the dessert requires no experience and no practice!  after watching The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, whip up blackberry cobbler on her new food network tv show.  I decided it would be a great addition to our well rounded comfort food meal (day)!   i was happy how delicious it turned out! it was also super easy to make.  if possible, i would send everyone a basket of fresh berries attached with this recipe...and you would thank me! our Sunday night D-Group will see this someday soon!  

Blackberry Cobbler Recipe:
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
(serves 4, in our case we went back for seconds, so more like 2 and 1/2) 

1/2 cup of self-rising flour
1/2 cup of sugar + sugar for dusting 
1/2 cup of milk
2 Tbsp of melted butter
About 1 cup of fresh blackberries

Mix flour, sugar, milk, add the melted butter. Butter baking dish and add batter. Then carefully or not so carefully add blackberries. (I think peaches would be great in season).  I didn't want to waste the piece of butter stuck to the butter knife so I threw it in too. Then sprinkle your little heart out with sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Top with vanilla ice cream!

ready for a tan in the oven
perfection! did i mention it was tasty?

happy plates in the crain house


  1. Keep up the great work Hannah! I can't wait to try your cooking!



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