This Stir Crazy column first ran on April 1, 2009. New columns resume April 10.
Mon | Chop shop
Big, thick pork chops are the centerpiece of tonight's meal, Honey-Mustard Pork Chops With Roasted Asparagus, inspired by a Pillsbury recipe. Sprinkle olive oil over cleaned and trimmed asparagus, arrange in single layer on a baking sheet and pop in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes. While the asparagus is cooking, mix ⅓ cup honey, 2 tablespoons yellow mustard and a hefty pinch of cloves in a small bowl. Sear ¾-inch chops in a nonstick skillet, about 3 minutes on each side. Reduce the heat and pour honey mixture over them. Cover and cook for about 8 minutes.
Tues | Eating out, but in
Use your imagination and what's in the fridge for Quick Weeknight Stromboli. Divide 1 pound of store-bought pizza dough into four pieces and roll to a rectangle shape. You can come up with your own combination, but we're using thawed and squeezed frozen spinach, minced garlic, a few shakes of dried Italian seasoning, diced ham and shredded mozzarella. Spread it all evenly on the dough and roll to close. Bake for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Serve with warm marinara and a green salad.
Wed | Rotisserie chicken
Shred the bird and use 2 cups of meat, as much dark as you can get, for Chicken Tortilla Pie. Lightly spritz an 8- by 8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Layer in 4 toasted corn tortillas (you'll need 12 total), 1 cup of the chicken, ½ can of mild, chopped chiles, ½ cup green salsa, a few spoonfuls of sour cream and a handful of shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Repeat once more and top with the rest of the tortillas, more sour cream and cheese. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. Slices of cold cantaloupe and honeydew melon on the side.
Thurs | Shrimply devine
Baked Shrimp With Tomatoes and Feta (recipe below) is a simple dish that will elevate a weeknight meal to something special. Serve with a green salad and bread sticks.
Fri | Burger, a la Caesar
All hail the end of the week with Caesar Burgers. Grill patties and dress with big shaves of Parmesan, creamy Caesar dressing and ice-cold Romaine lettuce. Toast buns with a swipe of melted garlic butter for the crouton effect. Potato wedges on the side.
Janet K. Keeler can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8586. Follow her on Twitter at @roadeats.