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Thursday, Megan's in studio to help with realistic Valentine's Day expectations and helpful recipes to keep you under budget. For Megan's lip smacking/booty shaking/Mama slappin' recipes:

Pork Chop Dinner

  • 2-4 bone-in pork chops (bone-in is cheaper and there is more flavor)
  • 4-5 potatoes (any variety but I like Yukon gold potatoes for this)
  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 1 c. grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • cajun seasoning
  • garlic seasoning

Mushroom/onion sauce (optional)

  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1/2 c. mushrooms
  • 1/4 c. chicken broth
  • 1 c. milk
  • 2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1/4 c. parmesan cheese

Instructions: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. First, rinse and scrub your potatoes and green beans. Trim the ends off of the green beans, toss with a tablespoon or two of olive oil and put on a lined baking sheet pan (tin foil is fine or parchment paper works too), season with salt and pepper, then cut your potatoes into quarters, put in a bowl and cover with 2 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic, and parmesan cheese.

Toss to coat all potatoes well and put on the other side of the lined baking sheet pan with the green beans, put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, flip both items over and bake for 10-15 more minutes. After you put in the veggies proceed to make the pork chops and if needed leave space on the sheet pan for the chops to go on when you flip the veggies around.

Heat a pan (cast iron preferable if you have one) on medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp of olive oil (so the butter doesn't burn) and melt. While the pan heats and the butter melts season both sides of the chops with all of the seasonings listed to your preferred taste.

When the pan is hot lay pork chops in and cook on both sides (cook time will vary depending on the thickness of your chop) 6-7 minutes per side is a good starting point. Chops should be firm to the touch, pork needs to be at 145 degrees in temp to be safe to eat, you don't want to have a medium-rare chop, if you are worried about the chop being done you can put them on a sheet pan in the oven while your potatoes and green beans finish cooking.

Sauce (optional) After chops are done cooking remove them from the pan and place on a plate to rest (cover the chops with foil so all those juices redisperse through the chop again keeping them moist) put in the sliced onion and mushrooms with another tablespoon of butter. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook down until the onions are brown then add in chicken stock and scrape the bottom of the pan getting all the good flavor off it. Add in the milk, dijon mustard, and parmesan cheese, bring to a boil and let the sauce thicken slightly then turn off the heat.

2nd option: If you're not comfortable with cooking the chops in a pan you can put everything on the sheet pan and let the oven do the work. Follow the instructions for the veggies and seasoning the chops, place the green beans on one side of the pan with the potatoes on the other side and have the chops down the middle of the pan. When you take the pan out after the first 20 minutes make sure to flip the chops over as well as the veggies and finish cooking in the oven. The sauce can still be done in a pan the same way if your wanting a little more.

  • Tiramisu Mousse
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c. coffee
  • 8 oz. whipped cream
  • 1 pkg. graham crackers (crushed)
  • 1 candy bar (chopped fine)

Instructions: Mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and coffee with a hand mixer to get a nice, creamy consistency. Once mixed well fold in the whipped cream. Take a nice bowl or pretty glass and layer the cream, graham crackers, and chocolate until you have 3 layers total or more depending on the size of the bowl or glass you have. Make sure to finish with the chocolate on top and then chill the dessert for at least an hour.

  • Strawberry Tiramisu Mousse
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 box strawberry pudding mix
  • 8 oz. whipped cream
  • 1 pkg. graham crackers (crushed)
  • 1 candy bar (chopped fine, could use white chocolate or cookies and cream bar)

Instructions: Mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and pudding mix with a hand mixer. Once mixed well fold in the whipped cream. Layer the cream, graham crackers, and chocolate until all of the ingredients are gone and finish with the chocolate. Chill the dessert for at least an hour.

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Thursday, Megan's in studio to help with realistic Valentine's Day expectations and helpful recipes to keep you under budget. For Megan's lip smacking/booty shaking/Mama slappin' recipes: