“It’s hard to imagine a civilization without onions.” Julia Child

The other evening my favorite daughter and her husband, my favorite son-in-law, took us out to dinner.  It’s their amazing version of a Christmas gift.  We have lovely food, a lovely visit, and no necktie to wear when they come to visit.

After the dinner ended with flan and turtle pie, I had a to-go container with small pieces of tenderloin, duck, and breaded pork to take home.  I love such treasures.

At home, in my own fridge, I had a pork chop in mushroom sauce.  Either treasure was enough for one. My goal was to combine the lot and make dinner for two.


pork chop in mushroom sauce, yes, cream of mushroom soup and canned mushrooms

meats from to-go container

large sweet onion

coconut oil


Saute onion in coconut oil until translucent and on the verge of coloring.

While onion is getting lovely, cut the pork chop into half-inch dice, discarding bone and excess fat if present.  Dice meat from to-go box, also into half-inch dice.  Retain the mushrooms and cream sauce.  Combine meats and mushrooms and sauce.

Add the meat mixture to the onion.  Mix.  Heat through.  Serve over mashed cauliflower that’s posing as mashed potatoes.  Serves peas on the side.


I also had some pieces of bacon and some fresh parsley that I minced and sprinkled on top.  Not necessary but yummy.

The moral of this story.  Bits and pieces of meat can be diced and added to sautéed onion and just about any veggie to make dinner for two or more.  It’s delicious over mashed cauliflower, potatoes, or rice.

Note on favorite daughter and son-in-law.  Relax.  I have only one daughter and thus, one son-in-law.  I’m not really playing favorites.

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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