Pork chops for a single person are an easy option since one chop equals one meal. However after seven years on my own I was beginning to get pork chop fatigue. A pork chop can be bland and dull.
Patti LaBelle in her book LaBelle Cuisine has a recipe “Smothered Pork Chops with Mushrooms” which prevents the pork chop from drying up and provides a little extra flavor. It is also easy to divide or multiply depending on which way you need to go.
Patti LaBelle is famous for appearing on Oprah and making potato salad and her “Over the Rainbow Macaroni Cheese”. I borrow her book from the library since I know it is there, but for those people who are interested in the emotionally and spiritual aspects of cooking her book is a wonderful read, since she describes recipes for people who are sick, and ways of using food to raise money or bring the community together.
To make her “Smothered Pork Chops with Mushrooms” you have to brown off the pork chops, saute onions, celery, green pepper and mushrooms. The add flour as a thickening agent to the vegetable and then stir in stock (chicken or vegetable will do). The secret ingredient is to add milk to the sauce. This makes a little creamy without making it dense.