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From the Hearth - Pork Chops & Green Beans

Simple and cost effective, this dish is also packed full of prosperity and protection magic.

My husband eyed this suspiciously the first time it appeared on his plate. He reacts that way to anything new. But he tried it and now he is hooked. Its definitely not low fat, but it is low carb, cheap, tasty, and filling, and it is super quick and simple to make. I use a cast iron skillet to cook this, while the chops are resting the green beans get tossed in all the left over goodness in the pan and emerge piping hot and tasty in just a few minutes.

Ingredients
4 pork chops
2 oz. butter, for frying
1 lb fresh green beans
salt and pepper

Garlic butter
5 oz. butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon dried parsley
½ tablespoon garlic powder
salt and pepper


  • Mix butter, garlic, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • Season pork chops with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add butter to the pan and add the chops.
  • Fry the chops for about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and thoroughly cooked through.
  • Remove the chops from the pan and let them rest.
  • Add the beans to the pan you just cooked the pork chops in. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium-high heat until the beans are a vibrant green and are still a bit crunchy.
  • Serve the pork chops and beans together with a dollop of garlic butter melting on top.


Magical Breakdown:

Pork
Properties: Strength; fertility; luck; prosperity; longevity
Considered the meat of the poor by many, it has a very determined strength to it. Native Americans held the pig to be a symbol of abundance and gratitude. Pork also enhances the energies of any foods it is combined with.


Butter
Properties: Spirituality, Communication, Reconciliation, Enhancing Energies
Butter contains the nurturing qualities of milk solidified. In combination with other ingredients, it adds "sticking" power to their energies. It also helps lubricate communications and soothe conflicts between friends and family members.


Green Beans
Properties: money, sex, protection
Beans contain the wisdom of the ancestors and can be used in divination or to increase personal wisdom and encourage sound decisions. They are high in protein and fiber and resonate with air energy.


Garlic
Properties: protection, health, strength, endurance, male fertility, male potency, courage, inspiration
Few foods are as versatile and steeped in folklore as garlic. Over the centuries it has earned a reputation as potent protection from just about everything including vampires, the plague, fleas, the common cold and tigers. A wreath or braid of garlic is an attractive household decoration; and it helps to keep away negative energies.


Parsley
Properties: Protection, Purification, Astral travel, Funerals, Accidents, Poisoning, Mood, Appetite, Boundaries, Afterlife, Ancestors
The Romans wore parsley to protect against drunkenness and accidents. They placed a sprig of parsley on their plates to prevent against food poisoning and ensure the diners' good moods and healthy appetites.