When I read about the reader whose pork chops are dry and tough, I decided to share my recipe. These are so tender you don't need a knife.
Pork Chops and Rice
1 c. long-grain rice
1 c. water
1 can (10 oz.) beef consomme
Brown pork chops in a skillet in a small amount of oil.
In 2-quart casserole, mix rice, water and consomme. Add onion flakes, salt and pepper, to taste. Lay chops on top. Cover; cook in preheated 350-degree oven 1 hour.
In 1937, my grandma Katherine Hays of Tulsa won an award from Better Homes & Gardens for her salmon loaf. Here's her recipe.
1 1/4 c. dry bread crumbs
2 eggs, well beaten
3 T. melted butter
1/2 t. celery salt
1/8 t. pepper
2 T. finely chopped onions
1 can (3 oz.) pimientos, chopped
1 can (16 oz.) salmon
Reserve 1/4-cup bread crumbs. Mix remaining ingredients. Form into loaf; place in greased baking dish. Cover; bake in preheated 450-degree oven 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with reserved bread crumbs. Cover; reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees. Continue baking 1 hour.
Spray with plain water occasionally to keep loaf from drying out.
I'm enclosing a different salmon recipe for your readers.
Salmon Egg Loaf
1 can (15 1/2 oz.) salmon
3 eggs, beaten
2 c. soft bread crumbs
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilies, drained
1 T. instant minced onion
1 T. snipped fresh parsley
1 T. lemon juice
3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled
Drain and flake salmon.
In bowl, combine salmon with beaten eggs, bread crumbs, chilies, onion, parsley and lemon juice.
Spread one-third mixture in greased 8x4x2-inch loaf pan. Place hard-cooked eggs end to end on top of mixture, pressing lightly. Gently but firmly, pat remaining salmon mixture over and around eggs.
Bake in preheated 350-degree oven 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then unmold. Slice and serve.
Many times the poems and songs requested by your readers bring back memories and smiles.
The Lydia Pinkham lyrics I recall from childhood are:
Oh a drink, a drink, a drink
To Lydia Pinkham, Pinkham, Pink
Savior of the human race
She invented a medicinal compound
Efficacious in every case.
The words never made sense to me until I read in your column that Lydia Pinkham produced medicine for women years ago. Nevertheless, the words have stayed with me for 35 years.
Please tell readers that the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts invites them to a show of doll houses and miniatures from 1 to 5 p.m., Oct. 1, at the Marriott Hotel.
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