Wednesday, August 17, 2011

This Week in the Lab - Pork and Pears

Yeah, sounds disgusting.

Pork and pears.


Anyone who grew up watching episodes of the Brady Bunch has heard of "pork chops and appleschawsh", but I don't typically go for meat and fruit combos.

I'm not a fan of cooked fruit.

Unless it's in a pie.

Which is a totally different situation.

I'd never heard of combining pork and pears before I picked up a copy of The Best Simple Recipes from America's Test Kitchen, but they are AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN, right? If anyone knows what they're doing in the kitchen (which in my house, is referred to as "The Laboratory"), it would be these people.

And it wasn't going to require a special trip to the grocery to pick anything up, because I already had all the ingredients.


For an ATK recipe, it was surprisingly simplistic.

The title of the book isn't false advertising.

Thick-cut pork chops...

a pear...

little bit o' sugar
little bit o' oil
chicken broth
balsamic vinegar
sprinkle of bleu cheese

It was...


I would rate this recipe TEN toques!

10 =

Now I'm feeling ambitious. Does anyone out there have a recipe they love that I could experiment with next week in the lab?


  1. Well it looks delicious for sure! I don't really cook that much unfortunately. I mean I cook in the microwave and on my George Foreman...but that is about it.

    I do like reading comments on All Recipes because you can put in something simple, like a grilled cheese sandwich, and then in the comments you can read all the different things people do to make their sandwiches special.

  2. Holly, this looks super yum! I will be trying it for sure. And that episode of The Brady Bunch made me want to punch walls and and smash furniture when I was a kid.

    And thank you so much for your comments this week, they totally make my day!

  3. Bittner - Grilled cheese. YUM. That may be the experiment for next week. Gourmet grilled cheese.

    Heidi - Thanks, babe!

  4. This looks delicious. Try experimenting with fish tacos you can do anything with those.