Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rosemary Sage Pork, Chicken Chilaquiles, Drinking with my Loris and Two Tasty Inexpensive Dinners

Can somebody please get me a Loris for a belated birthday gift?  I want to take it to the bar with me. We’d drink fruity tropical drinks together so she (Vanessa) could play with the umbrella that comes with the drink.  I am certain, I would never have to actually pay for another fruity drink.  It would be like free casino drinks in Vegas only we are not in a casino or in Vegas.  Vanessa and I would really appreciate if one of you would step up and bring us together.  Thank you.

In the meantime, while I wait for Vanessa to arrive via special UPS shipping, I’ll share a few inexpensive dinner recipes from this week.  The first dinner was exciting because I’ve started using my own herbs. What is also cool, is that these recipes are so easy even a drunk Loris could make them.  

Rosemary Sage Pork Chops (from

2 to 4 tablespoons of olive oil (depends on number of pork chops and size of pan)
2 tablespoons sage; chopped
2 tablespoons rosemary; chopped
2 large cloves garlic; thinly sliced
2 to 4 pork chops, bone-in, about 8 ounces each
Salt and pepper, to taste

Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat.  Add olive oil.  When oil starts to shimmer, stir in sage, rosemary and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper and cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  In the meantime, pat chops dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and pepper to taste.  Increase heat to medium-high and add chops to skillet, directly on top of herb/garlic mixture.  Cover skillet and cook chops undisturbed for 5 minutes.  Turn chops, cover pan, reduce heat to medium and cook until just cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Adjust time according to thickness of chops.  Transfer to plate (I place them on a bed of rice pilaf) and serve.

I also served this with an Arugula salad.  Basically just Arugula tossed in a bit of extra virgin olive oil with sliced almonds and shaved parmesan.  We also opened our first bottle of wine from Laithwaites Wine.  It was from the Warburn Estate in the Barossa Valley of Australia.  The 2009 cabernet was really quite good.
Chicken Chilaquiles (also from

4 boneless chicken breast halves
½ teaspoon cumin
Salt and pepper; to taste
8 ounces of tortilla chips
28 ounce can green enchilada sauce
8 ounces monterey jack cheese; shredded
½ ounce cilantro; chopped (I use parsley instead of Cilantro)
4 green onions; chopped
Sour cream

Sprinke chicken breasts with cumin, salt and pepper.  Broil until just done (about five minutes per side).  Slice or shred broiled chicken.  Evenly cover four microwave safe plates with tortilla chips (I use New York Brand Chipotle Cheddar Tortilla Strips).  Sprinkle with chicken.  Pour enchilada sauce over the chicken and microwave each plate for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.  Top with cheese and microwave each plate for 45-60 seconds or until cheese melts in the center of the plate.  Meanwhile, chop and combine cilantro (parsley) and green onions.  Sprinkle ¼ cup mixture over each of the heated plates.  Put dollop of sour cream in the center of each plate and surround with salsa.


  1. Sorry to rain on your parade Jan, I do hope that you were just being philosophical when you said you wanted someone to buy you one....
    Found this on a website....
    OK, hear me out here. Before you get a loris, think about the following.

    A pet loris is a bad idea. They are a wild animal, illegal to own, and despite their cute appearance they have several characteristics which make them a terrible choice for a pet.

    First of all, if you find a pet loris it will most likely have its canine teeth broken or pulled out by the seller so it can't bite. Having these teeth removed also means the loris will not be able to properly eat the foods it normally eats in the wild, such as lizards and other live prey. It's also just plain cruel!

    Next, the loris's bite is toxic! The loris secretes a foul smelling toxin from its elbows which it licks and then delivers with a bite. Having the canine teeth removed doesn't prevent a toxic bite, because the venom is delivered by the smaller teeth which are specially curved for this purpose.

    The loris also marks its territory with urine. Constantly. For the span of its entire life. This is not a habit that can be changed like house training a cat or dog - the loris is wild and doesn't care that you don't like your house smelling like pee.

    I won't even mention the cruelty of taking a wild animal out of the wild, often times killing the mother to get the baby so you can have a novelty pet.

    Don't get a loris unless you want your house to smell, yourself to be in danger of a toxic bite, and the guilt of forcing a wild animal to comply to your life style just because you think it's cute. It doesn't make sense. Don't do it.

  2. Oh damn, but Vanessa would hold an umbrella from my drink. You know you'd want me to bring her to Logan's wearing a diaper and muzzle, of course.