ALSO last night was a momentous occasion in my kitchen...all 4 burners were used at the same time!!! This is a first in my kitchen! The only other time this happens is at my mom's house during a holiday meal. Even with all the cooking I do, this is a rare occurrence in my world! :)
Ok onto the recipes...
Pork Chops with Rhubarb-Cherry Sauce
1/2cup dried cherries
1 TBS balsamic vinegar
1/4cup hot water
1 tsp plus 2TBS olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
8-10 oz rhubarb (cut into 1/2 in pieces...about 2 cups)
3 TBS sugar (splenda)
pinch ground nutmeg
coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
4 pork loin chops
Combine cherries with vinegar and hot water in a small bowl, let stand about 10 min to soften.
Meanwhile in a saucepan, heat 1tsp olive oil and cook onion until softened, about 10min. When cooked add cherry mixture, rhubarb and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 min. Stir in nutmeg, salt and pepper.
Generously season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper. Heat remaining 2 TBS olive oil in a skillet. Cook pork until browned and cooked through. 3-4 min per side, depending on how thick they are. Serve topped with warm rhubarb sauce. Serves 4.
Snap Peas with Mint
1lb trimmed snap peas
1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh mint (I only used about 1/8 cup)
salt and pepper
Bring 1 cup water and butter to boil, add peas; cover and cook until bright green. Remove lid; reduce heat, continue cooking until peas are crisp and the water has evaporated. ( I didn't wait..too impatient, just drained them). Toss with mint and season with S&P.
Warm White Bean Salad
1TBS olive oil
1/2 small red onion, diced
2 med carrots, thinly sliced
1 med red bell pepper, diced
1 garlic clove
1 can cannellini beans, drained/rinsed
1tsp grated lemon zest
2tsp fresh lemon juice
Heat oil, add onion and carrots; cook until onion is browned, about 5 min. Add pepper and garlic; cook until pepper is tender, about 3 min. Stir in beans, lemon zest and 1 cup water and season with S&P; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer; cover and cook until beans have absorbed most of the liquid, about 10 min...took me a little longer. Stir in lemon juice and season with S&P again. Serves 4.
AND FOR THE FINISHED PRODUCT...notice the steam...mmmm!
And another happy customer :)
Logan's Rating: ***