As a former vegetarian of nearly 16 years, I am still getting my feet wet in the land of cooking meat. Unsurprisingly, when I first started back into eating and cooking meat, chicken was frequently my go to animal protein source. Easy to prepare, readily available and generally a pretty healthy choice, it can be made a million different ways with sauces or spices which is great for home cooks of all experience levels. I’ve only recently come to realize that pork – and pork loin, in particular – is a similarly great option. A lean, easy to cook meat, it works well with tons of different flavors and is quick cooking for busy nights. I love center cut pork loin chops for weeknight dinners, particularly with a simple pan sauce. I’ve frequently used a basic balsamic vinegar to make a pan sauce and have loved it. So when our friends at Queen Creek Olive Mill sent us a bottle of their Pomegranate White Balsamic Vinegar, I just had to get in the kitchen and play! The result? These Pork Chops with Pomegranate White Balsamic Pan Sauce….
I still remember my first real dinner party. I mean, I had been out with friends a million times. We had ordered in pizzas, gotten take out Chinese, checked out all of the various sub places. But none of my friends were cooks. Although we frequently ate together (and were great at finding awesome restaurants), we didn’t cook for each other. Until I moved to Houston. I became good friends with one of my colleagues and his wife, Andria, and they invited my husband and myself over for dinner (how grown up! how nerve wracking! Turns out luckily we both knew how to behave…). And that is when I learned about One Pot Chicken Tarragon….