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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Pork With Apples & Toasted Walnuts


1/2 cup walnuts -- broken
4 pork loin chops -- each 1
1 inch thick
1 salt and freshly ground
1 pepper
1/3 cup apple juice
2 tablespoon brandy
1 clove garlic -- minced
3/4 teaspoon fresh thyme -- finely
1 chopped
1/2 lb tart green apples -- cored
1 sliced 1/4

1. In a large, heavy skillet over high heat, toast walnuts 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove and set aside. 2. Season chops with salt and pepper to taste. Trim a piece of fat from the edge of one chop. In the same skillet over medium-high heat, heat fat until lightly browned, using a spoon to press and rub fat over bottom of skillet to grease it well. Discard fat and increase heat to high. 3. Add chops; brown quickly on both sides. Pour excess fat, if any, from skillet. 4. Add apple juice, brandy, garlic, thyme, and apples to pan. 5. Cover pan and cook over medium-low heat 5 to 8 minutes. To test for doneness, cut into a chop; it should be tender, juicy, and slightly pink. If pork is done and apples are still crunchy, remove pork to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Continue to cook apples until they are tender. 6. Stir walnuts into sauce in pan. Pour walnut-apple sauce over chops. Serve chops immediately. Recipe By : the California Culinary Academy