Every so often I get an email from someone who’s lost a beloved family favorite from My Great Recipes. Epsy wrote:
Hi, I’m looking for a recipe from the My Great Recipes Collection. I *think* it was the blue ribbon edition. If I remember correctly, it was a “Delicious Pork” category card (category #7). The dish is a pork dish made using balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, bell peppers, and I think some sort of cream. Looking at your index of the 1981 version, I *think* it may be the Pork Southern Style, but am not positive. I was wondering if you could add a blog post or send me an image of it? Or if you have any pointers, it would be super helpful. I don’t want to buy the whole set since it’s really just this one recipe that I need (I lost the rest of the box to water damage but this is my husband’s favorite!). Thank you so much.
Epsy’s story is so much like stories I’ve heard from other folks. And you’re definitely not the only person who lost their box to water damage!
I searched high and low, and am still not sure if I’ve got that long lost recipe.
For example, the Pork Chops Southern Style has green peppers, but no balsamic or dijon mustard, and definitely no cream.
Pork Chops Southern Style
Did we even know about the wonders of balsamic vinegar back in the early 80s? I don’t recall hearing about it until the 90s.
The next contender is Pork Chops in Dill Cream. It has dijon mustard and cream, but no bell pepper. There’s lemon juice though, and you could replace that with balsamic vinegar.
Pork Chops in Dill Cream
Finally, there’s Pork and Pepper Goulash. This has both red and green bell peppers but no balsamic and no dijon mustard.
I doubt it’s this one, but the recipe sounds tasty!
Pork and Pepper Goulash
Which Pork Is It?
So there you have it, Epsy. These are the pork recipes that sound about like what you described.
My money is on the Pork Chops in Dill Cream. It seems to have the closest ingredients. Subbing balsamic for the lemon juice would work, and the addition of some bell pepper wouldn’t be a big deal.
Do any of them work? Does Epsy’s description sound familiar to anyone?