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The Beauty of Mathematics

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Dedicated to Norma  @gemdrgn1
I hope those who have struggled with math will send Norma good wishes and let her know there is life after math class. And those who aced math, I hope you  will send her encouragement.

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 Featured Recipe    Pork Chops with Apples and Cranberry Stuffing

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Pork. Apples. Cranberries. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Talk about your fall tastes – all in one easy to make meal. Best of all, this delicious meal is budget friendly too.

This is what you will need for 3 people:

3 medium thick pork chops*

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

2 apples

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1 6 ounce package stuffing mix

1 ½ cup apple juice

4 tablespoons butter

½ cup dried cranberries

Couple sprigs parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

* Can substitute left over turkey. If you use left over turkey just heat it in the microwave or by placing in a 200 F oven for a few minutes.

Here is what you do:

Wash and slice the apples.  If you are not sure how to do this click this  link and follow Steps 1-6. How To Slice Apples

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Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Since I zest my own nutmeg I just eyeball it. I use my fingers to mix together.

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Place most of the cinnamon mixture in a skillet large enough to hold all of the apples over medium low heat. Put the apples on top.

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Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar sugar mixture on top of the apples.

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Basically you want to let the apples pretty much alone alone until the brown sugar starts to melt. Actually, you are going to leave the apples alone even after the brown sugar starts to melt. I just wanted to alert you that the brown sugar will and should melt. Below is a picture of what it looks like when it starts to melt.

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However, check the apples periodically as you make the rest of the dish, stirring occasionally.

Pat the chops dry with a paper towel, salt and pepper the chops and fry in an oven proof skillet about 2-3 minutes per side depending on thickness, turning several times to ensure even cooking, until browned on both sides.  The chops do not need to be completely cooked as you are going to place in the oven until everything else is finished.

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Put on a plate and cover loosely with foil, and keep warm in a 200 F degree oven.

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As I said above periodically check the apples. Stir around occasionally.

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Make the stuffing according to package directions substituting the apple juice for the water and adding the cranberries when you add the bread mix to the liquid. You will need butter to make the boxed stuffing also.

NOTE: I forgot to put the butter in the picture of the ingredients above. In addition to being a lazy cook now you all know I am also a forgetful cook.

Apple juice and butter to make the stuffing.

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Add the stuffing/bread package and the cranberries to the liquid and mix.

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While you wait for the stuffing to finish up chop the parsley.

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When the stuffing is ready, place one chop one each plate. Top with some of the stuffing, sprinkle some parsley on top and serve with a side of the apples.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

3-4 medium thick pork chops           $3.72

2 tablespoons vegetable oil              $0.12

2 apples                                         $1.00

½ cup brown sugar                         $0.40

1 teaspoon cinnamon                       $0.14

¼ teaspoon nutmeg                         $0.14

1 6 ounce package stuffing mix         $1.25

1 ½ cup apple juice                         $0.48

4 tablespoons butter                        $0.32

½ cup dried cranberries                   $0.60

Couple sprigs parsley                       $0.24

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $8.41
Cost per person = $2.80

Quote of the Day

A man has one hundred dollars and you leave him with two dollars.  That’s subtraction. 

Mae West

and

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. 

Albert Einstein

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