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The Road Not Taken

 

Earlier this week I was out taking pictures for my annual fall picture essay when I came across this scene.

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Immediately it reminded me of the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken.

I don’t know why, but I have always loved this poem from the first time I read it to today. It resonates with me for some reason.

So for no particular reason I decided to share it with you today.

Is there a road you have not taken? Has that decision, “made all the difference? Did it change your life? For good or ill?

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The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

 

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there

Had worn them really about the same,

 

And both that morning equally lay

In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

 

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

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Featured Recipe        Nutty Pork Chops     

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I call this recipe nutty cause well, because I am really more than a bit nutty.

This is a very tasty dish as well as being quick and easy. This is a great recipe for busy nights. And busy nights are almost every night. Right?

This is what you will need for 3 – 4 people:

3-4 medium thick pork chops

3-4 tablespoons flour

1 egg

5 tablespoons breadcrumbs

3 tablespoons nuts of your choice – walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts

Zest of 1 lemon

3-4 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoon butter

Salt and pepper to taste

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Here is what you do:

Lightly salt and pepper the chops.

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Beat the egg , crush the nuts, zest the lemon.

I use the rolling pin to crush the nuts because 3 Tablespoons is just not enough nuts to bring out – and clean up – the processor! I am so lazy!

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Place the bread crumbs in a bowl or container large enough to hold a pork chop. Mix the chopped nuts and the zested lemon into the breadcrumbs.

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Place the flour in a separate bowl as well. Then set up an assembly line by placing the bowls in this order: flour, egg, crumbs. Place the chops to the left and a plate to hold the coated pork chops

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Here is how you coat the chips:

Dredge the chops first in the flour, then the egg, and last in the breadcrumbs. Shake off any excess. Then place ion a plate till all chops are coated.

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Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan.

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Add the chops and fry for 6-8 minutes on each side depending on thickness of your chops.  (To 145 degrees F on instant read thermometer, to be safe.)

NOTE: I forgot to put the oil in the picture of the Ingredient List above. Here it is.

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NOTE:  However, do not over cook as overcooked pork is tasteless and tough. You don’t want that!

Add the butter to the pan right before you remove the chops. Turn the chops over to coat both sides with the butter.

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Serve with a salad.

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Bon appétit!!!
Cost

3 medium thick pork chops               $4.80

4 tablespoons flour                          $0.32

1 egg                                             $0.14

5 tablespoons breadcrumbs              $0.55

3 tablespoons hazelnuts                   $1.17

1 lemon                                          $1.09 ***

3-4 tablespoons olive oil                   $0.46

2 tablespoon butter                          $0.16

Salt and pepper to taste

*** Can you believe the cost of lemons these days? Crazy!!!

Total cost = $8.69
Cost per chop = $2.90

Quote of the Day

Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself.

William Hazlitt

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7 comments to The Road Not Taken

  • I’m going to try the recipe – loves yummy. The poem is one of my favorites but I wish he’d have left off the last line. I just don’t like it because I think the meaning is implied without the last line. The last line tells me it made all the difference. I want the implication that it made all the difference. 🙂

    • Roberta

      Interesting take, Julia. Because of the word, “sigh” in line one of that last stanza I have always thought he was wistful and wishes he knew what would have happened if he had taken the first road.

      This is exactly why I love poetry. There are so many interpretations. Love sharing them with people. I always learn a lot and get deeper and different ideas of what the author meant. Thanks for sharing yours. 🙂

  • Carol Sternberg

    Love the poem. Put in today’s words woulda coulda shoulda
    I’ve wondered, not too often, of other paths I may have taken and I’ve discovered I like the looped trail. It’s more secure and I guess that is something I need.

    Pork chops sound yummy! I will try

    • Roberta

      You are a poet, Carol. That up to date poem is fantastic!

      Hope the recipe is as good as the recipe and picture showed. I love it.

  • One of my favourite poems too Roberta, although not that frequently featured in my English oriented schooling on the other side of the world. We were raised more on Tennyson, Wordsworth, Keats.

    I have taken the road less travelled since deciding a conventional university-safe-lifelong-career-pension life was not for me.

    It’s been a wild ride, almost killed me at times, but I’ve seen sights and had experiences few others have. Definitely more exciting than the road more travelled.

    If I had the choice again, I would still take the road I did even if I could see what lay ahead.

    And, Julia, I like it the way it is, with the last line, but then I’m a just a mere male!