Pork Chops with Cranberry Balsamic Glaze

One word could describe most of my day yesterday. 


And it was wonderful!  I am one of those people who always has a list of things I have to do and a list of things I want to do.  I don’t waste a lot of time sitting around. Maybe it’s because I knew I had two more days off of work, but the urgency to do stuff just wasn’t there. 

Tony and I slept in, watched movies snuggled under blankets.  It was glorious!  We finally got up and going and it was probably 11:30 before I ate breakfast.  Another Tony original – spicy eggs and hash browns with toasted bread with grape jelly.

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It probably wasn’t until about 2:30 that I thought I should get my act in gear.  I had a couple errands to run.  I am making my step-son the Ultimate banana bread (he is a banana bread junkie!).  And even though they are leaving tomorrow, I have no doubt he can finish the loaf by himself by tomorrow. Open-mouthed smile

And I made Lizz some of my baja fresh salsa.  Whatever she can’t eat I am going to have her give to her parents – since they are flying she can’t take it with her. Sad smile

It was so nice outside – imagine grilling in Chicago without a coat on November 30!

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Both Lizz and her parents can handle the spice, so this is VERY spicy, but still flavorful.  I may have to keep some for my eggs later this week.

I had pork chops that I never used last week and had to use them up.  I think Tony was just happy we weren’t have party pizza Friday (although I am making pizza tonight when Joe and Lizz come over!). 

I had leftover cranberry apple relish from Thanksgiving and wanted to make a sauce for the pork chops.  Now normally Tony doesn’t like sweet with meat, so I put his sauce in a tiny dish on the side – and while he said he wouldn’t have wanted it all over his chops, he did like the little bit that he had.


  • adapted from Bon Appetit


  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup canned whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

    In a skillet, add all the ingredients except the butter and cook, over medium high heat for about 5 minutes.  Reduce to low and cook an additional 5-10 minutes, until the sauce gets thick and can coat the back of a spoon.  Take off the heat and stir in the butter.  Pour over pork chops.

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    I absolutely loved this.  The balsamic made this more savory than sweet for me.  On the side I had sautéed spinach and scalloped potatoes.

    My Skinny Snowman Challenge stats for yesterday:   30 points

    • 5 points for veggie at dinner
    • 10 points for logging food
    • 10 points for getting more than 64 ounces of water
    • 5 points for 5 positives for the day
    1. not feeling guilty for being lazy
    2. spending time with Tony!
    3. enjoying our mild weather
    4. finding the humidifier in our basement to replace our fan in our bedroom
    5. cheering Helen on while she tries to earn her first degree black belt!

    So for the first week of the challenge (not including today and tomorrow) I’ve earned 210/450 points.  I’ll adjust that on my Monday blog post.

    Alright, off to make banana bread and pizza dough.  Enjoy your weekend and I’ll “see” you on Monday! 


    12 thoughts on “Pork Chops with Cranberry Balsamic Glaze

    1. We all need those days! Love the salsa…it is the best….so long as there is onion in there 😉

    2. I want Tony to come and make my breakfasts:)

    3. HI Biz! I can already tell that I’d LOVE your cranberry glaze. Can’t get enough of pumpkin or cranberries these days.

      🙂 Marion

    4. My friend, I know your lazy days are few and far between – so glad you got to relax and enjoy your day off!

    5. I love pork, and that does sound like a great sauce! I think lazy days is your body’s way of saying it needs a day off! Have a great weekend!

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      Hi Vat, nothing wrong with a lazy day now and then. I don’t think you have many of them so I guess your body was telling you something. Have a great weekend.

    7. Lazy days are so much fun. Pork is my go to quick but yummy weekday item. I can get the kids to eat it. That sauce looks great!

    8. Good for you for having a lazy day! I’m jealous. I love your salsa. My husband and I devoured it. We both agreed it’s the best we’ve had. That cranberry glaze sounds delicious. I’m all over cranberries, winter squash and sweet potatoes these days. I hope you have a great weekend.

    9. Sounds like a perfect day to me! Sorry the visit with your Step Son is over already! Have a great Sunday.

    10. I love lazy days, had one myself yesterday too. Like you I always have a to do list and sometimes it’s nice to break the habit and just enjoy doing nothing. We need that sometimes.

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