The Secret in the Sauce - Pork Chops and Cherry Sauce

Lesson 3 - Cooking School for Real Housewives

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Sauces can be very difficult to cook but if you can learn one or two well - you can make any meal taste like it was prepared by a chef - even if you don't really know how to cook that well. This week I will show you how to make a complete meal fit for a king with a total prep and cooking time of about 45 minutes.

I have made the instructions so basic even Adrienne from Beverly Hills (who can not figure out how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich) can follow along and cook this dinner. It disappoints me that these ladies are supposed to represent the modern day Real Housewife and they feign learned helplessness. Come on Adrienne, even you can figure out how to spread peanut butter AND jelly on two slices of bread.

This sauce is so versatile - it can be used for beef, poultry, pork, fish or vegetables and rice. It tastes delicious and while you build a repertoire of food you feel comfortable cooking, this sauce can be used in a dozen ways and it's a cinch. When you serve your meal - it will look and taste like you spent hours in the kitchen.

Cherry Sauce

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4.4 stars from 9 ratings of Pork Chops in Cherry Sauce

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Dark Cherries, (Frozen or canned are fine)
  • 3 Tablespoons Cherry Preserves, (Jelly or Jam is fine)
  • 3 Tablespoons Orange Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 2 - 4 Pork Chops

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together and puree in a food processor. This is optional though - the sauce is equally delicious with the cherries chopped.
  2. Pour all of the sauce into a ziplock bag and add pork chops and marinate over night.
  3. Remove the meat from the sauce. Bake the pork chops at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until they are no longer pink. You can also throw them on the grill. Cook over a low heat for about 15 minutes each side - depending on thickness.
  4. While the meat is cooking pour the sauce into a pan and cook over medium heat. Heat the sauce to boiling and continue cooking and stirring for about 5 minutes. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  5. Pour the sauce over the meat and serve.

Quick and Easy!

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Research Proves It!

The top five scents that turn men on:

  1. Cinnamon
  2. Vanilla
  3. Lavender
  4. Frankinsence
  5. Myrrh

And now for the secret - in the sauce!

The secret in the sauce is ... the scent.

There is a ton of psychology wrapped into food. Visually, we eat it with our eyes, but before even that, it is the smell that draws us in. The sense of smell is a very primitive one and it has a direct route to different parts of the brain. Vision and hearing, for example, must travel to a sort of hold over station in the brain before they are processed. Smell is associated with emotion and sexual behavior.

This is why, my friends, cooking is a very shrewd skill to use to your advantage if you want to have a happier marriage. A scent can be so powerful that it can conjure up feelings of love, trigger memories or make you feel calm. Humans have approximately 40 million olfactory receptors.

Housewives, when your husband arrives home from work and opens the door, the first thing that will travel to his brain is what he smells. It won't be a purposeful observation - it will be a matter of brain function. Use it to your benefit. If you are not cooking something that smells pleasant light a candle, boil water and cinnamon sticks on the stove.

As a former real estate agent, one of the tricks to making a house more appealing is to bake cookies before you show the home. A tip for any seller is - you must make the house smell pleasant. If there is an unpleasant odor the school of thought becomes, "if you can smell it - you can't sell it."

Aromatherapy is a big business because research shows that different scents can induce calm or pleasant feelings that are also healing. The sense of smell can psychologically be used as a power tool.

You do not have to have four years of culinary skills to prepare food that tastes great. Chef's on t.v. would never tell you to use Bob Evan's potatoes or a bag of microwavable green beans. I am the RealHousewife. This is how a real housewife manages to make a delicious dinner that works for a busy schedule. That, and a little secret sauce!

"Smell is a potent wizard.that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived." ~Helen Keller

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Yowy! will have to give this a try. thanks


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Mhatter99 - you let me know how you like it! It is really good and will impress whomever you decide to share it with:)

Thank you so much!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Kelly, I love this recipe and (as usual) that it is easy!! I would have never thought of using a cherry sauce.

You are so right about how our sense of smell affects us. Smell brings on emotions and good memories!! Especially cooking smells!! I will always remember the way my grandmother's and mother's house. The best compliment I got on my house was when my sister told me that it smelled like Grandma's. Believe me, that was a HIGH compliment.

Votes and shares!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

This hub is impressive and adorable. You say the cutest things. "You go, grill!" LOL--nice touch! Love this. What a great idea with the fancy sauce. I love to boil cinnamon in water. It does make a difference scent-wise as well as hydrating the air during dry months.

Thanks for the scent faves of men. That could come in handy. ;-)

Love it, girl! Many votes and sharing!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Suan - really! I would be honored too if mom said my house smelled like my geandma's! She was the head of food control at this huge hotel in St. Louis for decades. (The Chase Park Plaza). I always think of her Ziti...Awww it was SOOO good and you could smell the sauce and cheese!

But really - my husband says he feel so happy when he opens the door and smells something cooking. He said he forgets the days annoying stuff and instantly starts thinking about what that smell is!

Thank you so much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Vicki! Thank you so much...I had to add the go grill...I'm shameless but it made me laugh! Lol.

Yeah Gus like stuff like more natural smells and even spicy things I read. Some guys LOVE the smell of pumpkin pie! Haha! We need pumpkin pie perfume! Haha!

Thank you so much too!


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Kelly,

Thanks for the hilarious shout out for my hub! :) And I love the Go Grill caption for you picture! LOL This looks delicious, thanks for sharing Kelly!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Wasn't your hub so perfect for this???!!! ha! I couldn't believe my luck considering they showed Adrienne on the lost footage totally butchering a peanut butter sandwich! lol It looked like it had been prepared by Stevie Wonder - no - he could have done a better job! I'm a fan of his:) lol


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rjsadowski 4 years ago

An interesting use for cherries. They are now just in season.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Cherry sauce .... really? I have to try this as you make it sound so good.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Cherry sauce! I love cherries. They are good for arthritis and gout. Plus they really taste wonderful. I buy the concentrated cherry juice and pour some in my Lo-carb Monster (Blue) for a really delicious drink!

I'll bet you could use some of the concentrated cherry juice in this recipe too. But I love the real dark cherries. I would not put them in a blender, I would imagine they are better chunky :-)

I will try this recipe for sure.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

You are correct about the house-smell. I can totally see why a house with freshly baked cookies would sell better than one that has that "old house smell". Your sauce, tips and tricks are wonderful! I'm going to bookmark for future reference. :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi rjsadowski - thank you! Yeah I just bought a huge bag of Bing Cherries - delicious!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Hilarious! I thought Bob Evans was from Idaho! Your tips are extremely helpful. lovE+COOKING= f.u.n. The video was great!. I see Maddie laughing at this hub! The scent? Thanks for the reminder, have to go to buy some anitdeodeorant. Jokes aside.....Hey Dave! Don't let this woman get you out of her life. Your puppies and Kid would kill ya! (JK)

Ps: F.U.N= freaking unbelievable and N/A


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Susan - I swear by it! I've been making it for a long time now and everyone always loves it! If you want to spice it up a bit - you can add a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Lela - I bet the cherry juice would be great in this sauce. You could add it or use it just for more flavor! I will pick some up for sure and try it! I'm always messing with this recipe...I make it for pork tenderloin - flank steak or chops mostly.

I did NOT know Cherries were good for gout! Sometimes I do not puree them...and sometimes if I can't get good cherries in season then I used dried cherries. They work great too!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi cclitgirl! Thanks - and yeah - I used to show some homes and I'd be thinking - this will never sell! Mildew, mold, oh once I even showed my sister a house and it had a pile of dog poop on the floor!! The people were IN the house too and we were whispering and laughing so hard - trying to just find the quickest route OUT!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Your pork chop recipe sounds delicious I'm going to try it. Thank you Joyce.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

And wouldn't you know it, my gout is acting up today! Better get the cherry sauce!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Joseph! Thank you SO much:) Hey - I gotta get my kicks where I can and if my husband is happy then things are much better! They don't say, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" for nothing! The smell - they don't even realize you are infecting their brains with memories to come! I know when Dave see's things like cherries - he is already thinking about cherry sauce poured over meat and potatoes.

He seems to be pretty content and tries hard to do his part to make this *thing work! haha


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Joyce - I was thinking about you while I was in my garden the other day! lol

Hey let me know how it works out - everyone loves it - even the girls because it's sweet!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Lela well that is the best tasting medicine I guess one could get! Hey and I hope you get that gout gone! I have a BIL that gets that and he swears it hurts so bad he can not move his foot!

Oh darn ... I should totally add something in this hub about that! I am slow friend!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

What a great idea, Kelly, adding a cherry sauce to pork chops. I've eaten them with barbecue sauce, mint sauce, mustard sauce, root beer sauce, and no sauce. But never thought of cherries. Thanks for this news.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Drbj - the sauce goes best with pork! I do like it a lot with grilled flank steak - it makes a really nice glaze thats kind of crispy - almost carmelized...and very forgiving! lol

Thank you so much!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I love pork chops and cherries.. I will try this recipe. I bet that would be great on the grill. Great recipe.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Kelly, this looks wonderful. I have to admit, I will put all my time and effort into making the main course and then use ready made for the side dishes. I love all the varieties of steam bag veggies with all their herbs and sauces. And, I have been known to use microwaveable mashed potatoes too. :) My guys don't seem to mind one bit, as long as there's food, they are happy. :) VUMS!


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jagerfoods 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA

Hey this is awesome. Step by step instructions plus tons of useful information. I'll keep in eye out for other recipes. This is right up the Jager Foods alley! ; )


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Tammy - it is one the kids even love...when you tell them the gravy is cherries? They smile! lol And it really goes so well with pork. Sometimes I just slice up a pork tenderloin into medalions and fry or grill them and top them with the sauce. Fast and easy is my friend!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yeah Terrye - my kids do not like the insant potatoes and last time I tried to pull that off they told me my potatoes were worse than at the cafeteria at school! LMAO Now that's an insult! haha

They love the Bob Evans though. I sent a couple of raw chops and a package of the potatoes to my sister (my husband dropped it off at her work) she took it home and cooked it and loved the potatoes! She said she couldn't believe how delicious they were - I am surprised too because I do not like eating at the restaurant. I never have gotten good food there!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi jagerfoods! Thank you!

This is something I just mixed a few recipes together (off the internet) and I tweaked them and this was the best sauce I could get. Many recipes are perfect as you read them...but are not ideal for a house wife. I don't have a commercial stove or double oven - for example. I am sure you know what I mean to say - but this is great for a real housewife and what works on a home stove or grill!! lol

I really appreciate the comment!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

We had the same experience with the Bob Evans - the store ones are way better than the restaurant. We also get the country crock fully loaded mashed potatoes. I love it because, if there are left overs, you just put the lid back on and stuff in the fridge. :) I have almost forgotten how to make real mashed potatoes. :)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

you rock lady. I am sure Dave must be so proud of you :))

Gotta try out that sauce and marinate some cottage cheese with it. Family will love it.

did not know that cinnamon ranked no. 1 in turning on men...lol

gotta rush and make some bread pudding now ;)

voted up indeed and sharing it across!!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I wonder if you can you use Marischino Cherries in this little recipe... as those are my favorite kind of cherries! LOL This sounds delicious. The funny thing is, the smell makes all the difference (however, I wonder how anyone can stomach sourkraut because of how nasty the stuff smells. I won't even try it!) But, what I was going to say is I have a friend who works in the smell business. He literally sells smells for theme parks and such. It kind of stinks because when you think you are smelling some delicious food - sometimes it is nothing more than an illusion! I can't wait to try this!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh I haven't tried Country Crock - are they pretty good for not homemade too? Loaded sounds really good! lol And that sounds like a dish for me - you said just put the lid on and stow it? haha! Now I am gonna try those too! Thank YOU!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ruchira - Dave likes me pretty good, most days! lol But he brought Pizza home tonight and you know that's always a good night!

Yeah, Cinnamon was number one but only on one person's research, so I am sure someone else would debate me on that! lol It is way up there for sure though, it always reminds me of holidays! Oh yum, bread pudding? You should make a hub and tell me your secret recipe!! I love bread pudding but I have never made it!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Stacy actually that would be a great idea if you wanted to use it for a dessert topping! Like on ice cream or pound cake - I may have to try that! I have only used them for drinks or pineapple upside down cake! Great idea! ha! I am learning a few tricks too:)


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Chuck RitenouR 4 years ago from Front Royal, Virginia

I tried the recipe.....added a bit of lime juice to cut the sweetness....delish!!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

HI Chuck! Thanks so much! I bet lime juice was great and I may have to substifute that myself! I tried lemon juice before and it is ok but doesn't compliment the cherries as much I didn't think. That is so awesome and I am glad youl like it - thanks for letting me know!!


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charlie2463 4 years ago from South Afrcia

Sounds like an awesome combo, pork and cherry! Might just have to give it a go!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

That you Vahrlie2463 - I really do love this sauce! I just made a skirt stark on the grill and used it - fabulous! I marinated it over night and it made a nice crispy glaze on the steak. It was perfect cooked over high heat for a short time on each side (like 8 minutes)! Skirt steak is tough so you should cut it at about a 45 degree angle if you try that:)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

this looks wonderful.. I loved to cook.. but I have never made a cherry sauce before I will be trying this. I am going to share this on the cooking page on Facebook

Debbie


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much! I do love cooking. This cherry sauce is so good - and I might mention you can add cinnamon or nutmeg if you want to spice it up even more but I don't think it is necessary, it stands without it!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

This looks great Kelly! If I had to choose between beef, chicken or pork, I choose pork. It's always been my favorite. And the cherry sauce looks so good. Gosh, I wish I knew more about the "housewives" show. I am sure there is much more silliness and sarcasm that I love in your writing but am missing out on, ha.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Sharon - oh my that show is a modern day soap opera. I watched it originally because I thought I may learn something. Like how to be a little classier - but nope! I might be able to teach them a thing or two. I also worry for their children. I mean goodness! Talk about airing your dirty laundry! I do like a couple of the wives and I keep watching for the entertaiment value.

They aren't real though - they are like barbies in rented mansions:) LOL Most of them can't even really cook! What kinda house wife is that?! lol Thanks - your the best!

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