Monday, February 11, 2013

A Leisurely Friday

As we all well know, Nemo hit Friday afternoon and blanketed the city rather quickly in some heavy snowfall. Since I was lucky enough to leave work early, I stopped at the grocery store and took advantage of the not yet faded sunshine by walking the two subway stops home. Yes, I had a bag of groceries to carry. Yes, it was still snowing. Yes, it was cold. But it was bright and refreshing and the snow was still so clean - I just wanted to enjoy a little bit of New York at it's prettiest. 

Walkin in a winter wonderland :-D


I wanted a quick yet hearty dinner so I opted for roasted potatoes, pork chops and an easy kale salad

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

First the dry rub:
- 1 TBSP brown sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves

Massage the rub into the pork chops and let them marinate while preparing the potatoes. 

Pork chops with brown sugar, hot pepper and clove dry rub #recipe

Scrub and slice about one pound of fingerling potatoes and tossed them with the following:
- 1 TBSP olive oil
- 1 scant tsp sea salt
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
(feel free to mess with the measurements as you please)

Lay them out in a single layer in a glass baking dish and put in the lower third of the oven. 

Meanwhile, heat about 2 TBSP olive oil in a cast iron skillet over med-hi heat until shimmering. Add your pork chops to the pan and brown, approximately 1-2 minutes on each side. Once browned evenly, transfer skillet to the upper third of the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes. 

Roasted fingerling #potato #recipe

While the pork and potatoes are baking, wash your kale. Make sure to slice off and discard the tough spines and chop the remaining pieces until very fine. Toss about 1 tsp of sea salt into the shredded kale and massage with your hands until the kale begins to wilt, then set aside. 

- 1 TBSP white balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- fresh ground black pepper to taste 
- 1 egg yolk 
- 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil

Whisk all ingredients except olive oil in a small glass bowl until fully combined. In a slow steady stream pour in olive oil while constantly whisking until the dressing is light and creamy. The salt already on the kale should be enough to season the dressing but feel free to add a bit more if you'd like. 

prepping for a #kalesalad

At this point your pork and potatoes should be just about finished. The pork is well done when the internal temperature hits 145 degrees Fahrenheit, and the potatoes are done when a fork slides in and out easily. 
Toss your kale with the dressing, tweak the seasoning if you want to, and serve! 

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