On November 17, 2012 I married the love of my life and met a new love: My pressure cooker!
To spread the love I’m using my pressure cooker every day and sharing the recipes on my blog.
“Where are you Kayla? I’ve been following this blog for a couple of years and you’ve totally disappeared! It’s sad! You used to post at least once a week but now your fiance becomes your husband without so much as a wedding pic? Or an article about budget weddings?”
Oh goodness, where have I been?!
I started Kayla K’s Thrifty Ways as a college student in November of 2008. Although I depended on student loans to cover tuition, I worked to pay my own living expenses. Living within my means was something I grew up with but was not the norm in my college surroundings. My blog was a response to that.
My blogging has taken several hiatuses, from my Living History Farms internship to Student Teaching. But I have been largely absent the last year, save a few recipes here and there.
And what a year it has been!
My hard work in college paid off and I am now in my second year as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. I teach culinary and life skills to high school students. I recently became the Speech coach as well.
True to form, I put off planning to the final months. Although we had lots of thrifty DIY touches, I was too busy doing them to blog about them.
I have only a few wedding pictures to share. I am planning a very loooong series of wedding related posts as the pictures come in.
In addition to marrying my love, I found a new love: Roller Derby! I practice four hours a week and have bouts and promotions on the weekends.
Another new love: My pressure cooker!
Why the long-winded introduction to a simple recipe? Because this three-course meal can be prepared in less than 30 minutes! Almost as amazing as the quick cook time is the cleanup: Everything is made in the same pot!
Don’t make my mistake and wait to get a pressure cooker as a wedding gift. My Presto 6-Quart Aluminum Pressure Cooker can be purchased for less than $30. It will pay itself off quickly in both time and sanity!
Pork Chops with Cabbage and Baked Potatoes
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 t each: Fennel seed, salt, and pepper
- 4 porkchops
- 1 small head of cabbage, cut through the core into thick 1-inch slices
- 6 small russet potatoes, scrubbed and poked with a knife
- 2 tsp flour
- Heat oil in pressure cooker with lid off.
- Rub seasonings into pork chops.
- Brown pork chops seasoning-side down. You may need to do only a few at a time based on the size of your cooker. Set aside.
- Arrange cabbage in bottom of cooker to create a sort of rack for the pork chops. Place the pork chops brown-side up over the cabbage. Place the potatoes over the pork chops.
- Pour 3/4 C water over the food.
- Close lid and bring to full pressure. Cook for 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow pressure to drop naturally.
- Remove potatoes, pork chops, and cabbage from the cooker. Bring remaining liquids to a boil. Whisk in flour and cook until thickened.
- I used more water than the original recipe because I added potatoes. Definitely not necessary, so I wrote the original amount.
- Spencer says: “Not bad. You could make it again sometime.” He did not try the cabbage.
- I say: Delicious! This pressure-cooker business is really magical. All of the foods kept their taste and texture but the flavors are so much better.