Monthly Archives: August 2012

Meat and Potatoes…and Kale

Naturally, I’m not a typical meat and potatoes kinda gal. Not that I have anything against traditional meat and potatoes, because trust me, there are some really delicious ways to make meat and potatoes. I just am generally more of an adventurous eater. I like to explore the culinary world.

Even so, the other night meat and potatoes sounded pretty darn good. These recipes are a twist on the classic. Yes, they incorporate both meat and potatoes (and greens), but for those of you who are looking for something different, this is it. Thinly sliced panko crusted pork chops and gravy, Ina Garten’s potato basil puree, and Kale sauteed with bacon and white wine. It’s definitely more of a comfort food meal, and not a figure friendly one. Although, Kale is full of nutrients (anyone will tell you). Let that ease your conscience as you eat the pork chops and potatoes. Continue reading

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Shrimp Orzo Salad

I mentioned in a previous blog post that while we were vacationing in North Carolina with my husbands family, his aunt made a shrimp orzo salad that was to die for. I was determined to recreate it. I knew that it definitely had dill, parsley, feta and lemon in it. What’s funny is, after I came up with this recipe, trying to mimic the salad we ate in North Carolina, I found a recipe from Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa (who I adore) that was almost exactly the same! And if the Barefoot Contessa says it’s good, you can be sure it’s good. I was proud of myself for coming up with a recipe that was almost an exact replica of super-star chef and queen of entertaining, Ina Garten. If you want her recipe, click here. Like I said, mine is pretty similar. There are a few slight differences, the major one was instead of cucumber, I used celery and cherry tomatoes, which I have to say, really added something nice to the dish. Continue reading

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