I was grocery shopping on Monday and picked up a small pork loin roast that was priced about $10.00. I looked up and noticed that for $8.00 more, I could buy a whole pork loin – about three times the size of the roast in my hand.

I bought the whole loin.

I got 9 thick-cut pork chops, a pork roast the size of the original one I picked up, and a few stray pieces that will go well in a pasta sauce. I got four additional meals for 8 bucks. Not bad…

I took a couple of those chops tonight and stuffed them with raspberry chipotle sauce and blue cheese. I get the sauce from Cost Plus whenever we’re near one.

I cut a pocket into them and then seasoned them with salt, pepper, and a bit of garlic powder. I browned them in a skillet, set them on their bottom, and added the raspberry chipotle sauce and placed them into a 375° oven for 20 minutes. After 15 minutes, I added a chunk of blue cheese and let it ooze and melt inside… Oy, they were good!

Oven-roasted sweet potatoes and some roasted corn finished the plate.

I tried to be a good boy and not dirty too much stuff because our dishwasher is on the fritz… It’s been seeping water a bit and now it’s just not behaving, at all. The Maytag Repair Man will be out on Monday. In the meantime, that means Victor is doing dishes by hand…

We have a great rule in the house… if I cook, Victor does the dishes. If Victor cooks, Victor does the dishes.

I’ll be honest… I’m not sure how this all came about, but, at this stage of the game, I’m not going to argue the point.

I’ve been known to pretty much destroy a kitchen cooking a basic meal for two, so any and all help in the clean-up department is always appreciated. I have gotten better over the years, but… pristine is never going to be a word that describes our kitchen. The only one eating off our kitchen floor is Cybil – and there’s generally plenty to keep her fed.

My dream kitchen would be tile walls, stainless steel counters, and a quarry tile floor with a properly-sloped drain that I could just turn the hose on after cooking. Or a steam hose like I had in the Navy.

Maybe in my next life…