Blog of an aspiring foodie

Hearty American Suburban Dinner

Posted by beer_chris on 24-July-2006

Not much other way to describe tonight's meal – just hearty home cookin'

One of the best things about working in Greenspoint (and there aren't many of these) is being able to jump right off the North Freeway and into Canino's on my way home. They are open until 8:30P, and today I dropped by to pick up a few ears of corn, and as usual was seduced by fresh green beans.

I had some pork chops (bone-in) from Randalls – they had family packs of assorted chops on special this past week (.99/lb). The package I bought was 11 lbs, so we're going to be eating chops for a while. Tonight was the following:

  • Boneless pork chops crusted in seasoned stuffing, pan seared in a little oil and finished in a 350 oven.
    I trimmed the chops so they came out to ~8 oz boneless loin chops. The bone portion of these specific chops were a little messy, so the butchering really didn't waste all that much meat.

  • Boiled corn on the cob
  • Green beans with freshly ground pepper
  • Garlic and cheese mashed potatoes (Used about 2 oz of asiago and a little bit of cream – no butter added)
  • Salad of fresh garden tomatoes (some of the very last ones of my season), snipped fresh sweet basil and balls of chevre cheese, drizzled with Maldon sea salt and basalmic vinegar.
    This is the first time I've ever rolled chevre into balls with my hands. It was messy but much easier to eat then crumbled right out of the package (it sticks to everything).

Was aiming to make the fresh fruit dessert we had a few weeks ago – I'm calling it foolish fruit – because it's kind of like a fool but not really. Pieces of sponge cake soaked in rum are layered in the bottom of ramekins. Vanilla pudding mixed with various fruits is spooned over top of it. Refrigerated and served up cold – it's quite tasty. I made the pound cake for the base tonight (from the ATK cookbook – made with cake flour and butter, this sucker is tasty), but did not have time to finish the dessert.

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