Pork Chops and Squash

2 inch Pork Chop cooked in Butter, Sage, and Garlic. Roasted Acorn Squash with Sage and Garlic. Wild Rice with Onion, Walnut, and Blueberries, cooked in Cider and Chicken Stock. And Chicken Stock, Cider, Brown Sugar, Pan Dripping Gravy.


Second Pork Chop. With Walnut Pumpkin Risotto


Leftover Wild Rice with Walnuts and Blueberries. Roasted Squash with Sage Pesto. And Quartered Chicken with Blueberry Sauce.


Leftover Pumpkin Risotto. Seared Duck Breast, cover it in Cranberry Sauce and Toasted Walnut Crumbs. Roasted Endive covered in Bacon and Goat Cheese. And roasted Fennel and Apple plop.


Cleaning out the Fridge
Leftovers Edition:
When you have too many leftovers, but a freezer full of chicken stock.

My Seven Dinner Challenge

Living by myself, I admit I don’t always take the best care of myself. In an effort to save some money and be a little more adult, I challenged myself to cook 7 dinners in 7 days. (Might seem kind of easy, but this is a girl who will opt for icecream for dinner when she is too tired to cook… which is more often than not…)

Night 1: Chicken Parmigiana with homemade Arribiata Sauce..

Night 2: Sausage, Kale, and Green Bean soup, Thickened with Pureed Poatatoes and Heavy Cream. And a piece of Toast..

Night 3: I cheated. I added the leftover Arribiata Sauce to the leftover soup..

Night 4: Shrimp and Arugula Pasta with Lemon, Garlic, and Parm. And Thyme and Red Pep Flakes..

Night 5: Lemon Garlic and Herb Cornish Hen, Wild Rice with Cranberries and Walnuts stuffed Acorn Squash, and Garlic and Shallot Sauteed Green Beans

Night 6: Pumpkin Risotto with Bacon, and the other half of the Cornish Hen..

Night 7: Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, with Garlic Green Beans, some leftover Squash pureed, and Broth made from the bones of my enemies… I mean from my Cornish Hen carcasses…

The lesson to be learned here is this: Home cooking is probably worse than just going out to eat. It is totally just as expensive, takes a lot of work, and you still have to wash the dishes after!… (and that its hard to get a sexy picture of a bowl of soup…) But I sure do love to cook, and it was kind of fun to rise to the challenge. Plus I got to eat a lot of awesome food 🙂