More people are cooking at home in 2020, which makes this a great time to expand your culinary repertoire with delicious meals that can feed the whole family. Experimenting with different flavors is easy when such flavors are paired with familiar favorites.
Pork chops are a staple in many households. This recipe for “Pork Chops With Mustard Sauce and Tarragon” from “Real Simple Dinner Tonight: Done!” (Time Home Entertainment), edited by Allie Lewis Clapp and Lygela Grace, gets a twist from a tangy mustard sauce, white wine and fresh herbs. Paired with a refreshing frisée salad, this meal can go from kitchen to table in mere minutes.
Pork Chops With Mustard Sauce and Tarragon
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 boneless pork chops (1 inch thick; about 11⁄2 pounds total)
Kosher salt and black pepper
2 shallots, finely chopped
3⁄4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 small head frisée, torn into pieces (about 4 cups)
1 lemon cut into wedges
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
Heat oven to 400 F. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the pork with 1⁄2 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and roast until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the shallots and 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the wine and simmer until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the cream and simmer until the sauce just thickens, about 1 minute more. Whisk in the mustard. In a large bowl, toss the frisée with the remaining tablespoon of oil. Serve with the pork, sauce and lemon wedges. Sprinkle the pork with the tarragon.
Tip: If you don’t have heavy cream, sour cream will work. After simmering the wine and shallots, remove the skillet from the heat and whisk in the mustard and 2 tablespoons sour cream.
Volunteering is a great way to strengthen communities and support good causes. Adults looking to volunteer for the first time may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of opportunities to lend a hand.
Finding the right volunteering opportunity requires careful consideration of a host of factors, including some that people new to volunteering may be unaware of.
• Time: One way to narrow down your volunteering opportunities is to consider how much time you have to give back. If your schedule is often hectic, it may be hard to honor a commitment to weekly volunteering. In such instances, signing up for a weekend park cleanup once per month or another opportunity that requires a similar commitment of time might make the most sense. Retirees, adults working part-time or people whose employers allow flex hours might be more suited to time-consuming commitments like coaching youth sports or delivering meals to the elderly.
• Interests: Volunteering and working can be similar, but they’re also different. And the main difference may be related to the motivation to keep coming back. Many people may continue to work at jobs they don’t like because those jobs pay for their homes, cars, etc. But if volunteers don’t like their volunteer work, then they can simply walk away without any financial fallout. Adults committed to giving back to their communities should consider their own interests when looking for volunteering opportunities. A passion for sports might inspire some to coach local youths. Men and women of faith may feel compelled to volunteer at their house of worship. An opportunity that incorporates existing interests and benefits the local community is a successful formula for many long-time volunteers.
• Safety: Safety should always be a consideration when looking for a volunteering opportunity, but it’s taken on heightened importance in 2020. With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 ongoing, it’s important that prospective volunteers familiarize themselves with a charitable organization’s safety protocols prior to signing up as a volunteer. Adults who are deemed low-risk for getting sick from COVID-19 must still prioritize safety, as friends, family members or neighbors may be more vulnerable. Many organizations have gone to great lengths to protect their volunteers and the people they’re trying to help, so don’t be afraid to inquire about protocols before signing up.
No two volunteers are the same. When looking for volunteer opportunities, adults must give ample consideration to how volunteering fits into their lifestyles and how each opportunity aligns with their interests and concerns.