The 86th recipe I made with the Eating with Ellie group is Pork Chops with Carrots, Parsnips, and Sage, and can be found in Ellie Krieger's book Weeknight Wonders, on page 121. The theme for the week was chosen by me: It's Cold Outside, Let's Warm It Up.
When it is cold outside, I love firing up the stove and oven and making something with substance and depth. When I was growing up in Iowa, the winter months were always very cold, snowy, icy, windy, and just no place you wanted to be after dark, which comes early in the winter. There was always something magical about the oven and stove top hosting wonderful meals that seem to just bring comfort and security from the warmth and fragrance emitting from them. This week seemed like a great time to create something along those lines with maybe just a tad more lightness in the carbs/calorie/fat contents. Enter Ellie with this homey comforting pork chop dinner that would be welcome on any Iowa dinner table in the midst of these cold winter days...and just as welcome at our Indiana table as well. The flavors are excellent and the parsnips with their light creamy color make it seem like you are having potatoes with the carrots. The cider kept the pork chops moist and tender, the mustard so delicious with the pork. We served a salad alongside and loved this meal. Definitely a repeat.