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Home Sweet Home.

For the first time since two days after christmas I’m back in NY. The best parts my dog and of course an amazing home cooked meal(sorry mom maybe you’ll make the list next year- don’t cook so well and you’ll have less competition).

The Menu:

 

Grilled Porkchops made by the grill-master extraordinaire(me of course)

Home made Cabbage, Apple, and Bacon Coleslaw… yummy( a recipe my mom stole from food and wine)

This was the best part of the meal, it was not as heavy or overpowering as normal coleslaw, but oooh so delicous with bacon and apples scattered throughout. My mom of course cooked it with love in every bite. She found the recipe on food and wine,stealing the side dish for this pork recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 4 thyme sprigs
  3. 1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  4. Four 12-ounce bone-in pork loin chops
  5. 3 thick slices of applewood-smoked bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  6. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  7. 1/2 head of Savoy cabbage, thinly sliced crosswise
  8. 1 Granny Smith apple—peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  9. 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  10. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  11. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  12. Salt and freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large, shallow dish, combine 1/4 cup of the olive oil with the thyme sprigs and garlic. Add the pork chops and turn to coat with the marinade. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, stirring a few times, until browned, about 4 minutes; pour off the fat. Add the butter and cabbage to the skillet, cover and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the cabbage is tender, about 7 minutes. Add the apple and vinegar, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apple is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mustard and cream and simmer uncovered over moderate heat until the cream has thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, cover and keep warm.
  3. Preheat the oven to 325°. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Remove the pork chops from the marinade; discard the thyme sprigs and scrape off the garlic. Season the chops with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Cook over moderately high heat until richly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the chops for about 12 minutes, turning once halfway through, until just pink in the center. Transfer the pork chops to plates and serve with the cabbage.

MAKE AHEAD

The cabbage can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently.

Lastly we had some asparagus cooked in olive oil, balsamic, and salt; simple, but delicious:

 

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