People living along the East Coast of the United States from Florida to Maine raided their local grocery stores this week in preparation for a snow storm of gargantuan proportions. After all, it's best to be prepared and stock up on food, blankets, firewood and batteries when a storm is approaching.
I learned the hard way that it's best to get to the supermarket at the first threat of snow or ice in my little Georgia town. If I should happen to postpone my trip for even a short time, the grocery stores in my town are completely depleted of milk, bread and eggs - the trifecta of snow storm preparedness. Apparently, this obsession with buying milk, bread and eggs is not regionally specific. They're actually proven to be the most commonly purchased groceries in preparation for winter storms.
I will admit that I've headed to the supermarket in anticipation for a winter storm and stocked up on milk, bread and eggs, just like the rest of you. I'm not sure whether I purchased them as part of a survivalist strategy or because I simply got caught up in the hype and bought the things that everyone else thought was most important.
I can understand keeping some bread on hand - it doesn't need to be cooked or refrigerated, but why in the world am I buying milk and eggs? For some reason, I lose sight of the fact that a power failure can wreak havoc on my plans to cook and keep food properly refrigerated. What I should be buying is food that can be cooked or heated over the fire my charcoal grill and stored in a cooler with ice.
It is my prayer that everyone affected by this winter blast was able to safely and warmly ride out the storm. If you are fortunate enough to have power and the ability to cook your meals today, I highly recommend making these Pork Chop Sandwiches. This simple pork sandwich is the essence of comfort food and surviving a winter storm is the perfect excuse to indulge in some delicious comfort food.
Pork Chop Sandwich
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 cup milk
4 boneless pork chops
2 Tablespoons canola oil
4 hamburger buns
Place a pork chop on a hamburger bun.
Top with a slice of pickle and yellow mustard.
You can dress these sandwiches up or down. Add a few slices of red onion, some sautéed mushrooms or even a slice of peppery cheese to make these simple sandwiches a bit more fancy. I prefer a more stripped down version of this sandwich - a slice of pickle and a drizzle of yellow mustard. I love these sandwiches and I think that you will too.
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