Kraft Recipe Makers: Sweet Plum Pork
It was 1:00 in the afternoon and I’d just stepped foot out of the shower when the doorbell rang.
Diiiiiiiiiing dong. Ding dong. Ding dongggggg.
The persistent visitor ended the rings with a cheery knock. Tap-tap-taptap-taaaap-tap. Dripping wet and half nude, I grabbed the first summer dress I could find, and rushed to the front door. Whoever this was, they meant business. And I was intended to discover just the sort of business they were on.
I cracked open the door to discover my 93-year-old neighbor. He gave a flourishing wave over his head, did a little step to the right, and smiled big, “Hello! Remember me?” The accent from his childhood in Germany rolled about his words, making them even sweeter and more endearing than they might be anyway. I couldn’t help but pull him in for a big hug.
Sometimes I forget the goodness of a friendly neighbor. I get too busy, you know?
He’d shuffled his aching, arthritic body across the street to invite us to pick apples and plums from the trees in his backyard. “You know, the uzer women vork in zis street, so we’re not picking until Saturday, to make it fair. Then, it’s vurst come, vurst serve.” And so, plums were picked on Saturday this weekend. Then, plums and pork chops were eaten on Sunday.
Since it was lazy Sunday around these parts (rainy, end of week of true insanity), I was glad to be fifteen minutes from a 4-ingredient meal that made us feel like we were eating out, while lazing around in our slippers and sweats. The secret, of course, was a box of Kraft Recipe Makers I had tucked in my pantry. A few fresh plums, a pound of pork chops, a box of the Sweet & Sour Chicken (which comes with a Sesame Ginger Simmer Sauce & Sweet and Sour Pineapple Finishing Sauce) made the meal gorgeous in minutes. The flavor is absurdly delish.
This is the third time I’ve pulled together some crazy eat with just a handful of fresh ingredients from the freezer and fridge, and a box of Kraft Recipe Makers pulled from the pantry. Cooking like this works for me. Because I truly abhor bad food, but get so busy that I forget to allow myself prep time in the kitchen. Suddenly, it’s 5pm, and everyone is hungry.
With a slew of restaurants just around the bend from our Sugarhouse bungalow, it’s sooooo easy to just call it a night and go out for restaurant eats. But, Kraft Recipe Makers make it so most of the prep work is already done. A happy happenstance when you come to the end of a week and have finished a cookbook, pounded out 85 loads of laundry from sick kids, and are trying to work in a date or two because–you know–why not? So, you likely don’t have a plum tree available in your neighborhood. But plums are sweet and ripe at the grocer this time of year. Buzz over, grab a bag, and whip up this beautiful Sweet Plum Pork. It’s just fair to have you enjoy a meal as much as we did.
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