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No longer a graduate student, Teresa is now a professional know-it-all.

Friday, June 02, 2006

After the Pizza is Gone. . .

. . . you may be left with extra toppings and sauces, with which you know not what to do. I still haven't figured out what to do with that half-jar of alfredo sauce myself, either. However, the last time I made pizza, I made only one of the best-ever white pizzas, using the other crust to make my traditional tomato-pesto pizza. For this pizza, I used a standard spaghetti sauce with a layer of pesto-and-sundried tomatos for a base. The toppings included roma tomatos, but as usual I misjudged my produce needs, and was left with two tomatoes. Today's meal incorporates these tomotoes in addition to the remaining spaghetti sauce, mushrooms, and chopped onions.

Pork Chops for Two

Note: this recipe is for a small slow cooker of the 1.5-2 gallon size range. It may not cook properly in a larger cooker.

Ingredients:
3-4 small thin pork chops, the type used for pan frying

~ 1 cup spaghetti sauce; more or less as desired
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon each oregano and basil
dash of salt and pepper to taste.
grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:
1) Spray the lining of the slow-cooker crock with cooking spray, if desired. Place the pork chops in the pot.
2) Pour the spaghetti sauce over the chops.
3) Add the onions, garlic, and tomatoes. Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours.
4) Add the oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Continue cooking on high for 1-2 hours. You may add grated parmesan to the dish towards the end of the cooking, if desired.

Accompaniments:

1) Prepare whole wheat fettucini or other pasta as directed. When the pasta is cooked, coat thoroughly with pesto, olive oil, or another favorite sauce. Serve beside or beneath the main dish.
2) Heat a loaf of Italian bread, breaksticks, or foccacia bread on the side, if more carbohydrates are desired.
3) Serve with salad, green beans, or spinach. (If you have spinach leftover from making a white pizza, this is a great time to use it. Sadly, we had to throw ours out because it had wilted.)
4) Have a bottle of your favorite wine, and put some nice violin music on in the background.

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