Hey there! Well, today was the first day back in the studio to tape Season 7 of Cooking for Real! It feels like the first day of school every time, but instead of clothes I lay out my knife kit before I go to bed.
On the first day back we tape just one show to kinda work out the cobwebs, so today was a light day, but busy at the same time. As I've shared with you, I wrote a recipe for one of my favorite short cuts in the meat dept. ... the smoked cured pork chop. It's a must request from your butcher if you haven't seen them around. Inexpensive, fast prep and tasty! Here I am pretty happy with my crosshatch marks and the aroma, plus I know I'm closer to the 4th act of the show ... where I get to eat!
I love the way the smoke from my grill created some Glamour Shot lighting for my chops lol. When I say these are easy to make I mean, they are sooo easy. It's almost a shame to call it a recipe.
One of the neat things I like about going back to work, is how new things pop up and disappear. Today, I got a new dish and when it showed up, I fell in love.
It's just so sweet and innocent. A shame I had to cover it with some chops, salad and pop overs. Ever buy pretty dishes like that? I have a casserole I've never used because I think it's too pretty to use. Very silly, I admit.
I can't wait for you to try the chops, the salad and the popovers. Shortly after I finished taping I headed through the kitchens to say my good byes and caught Cedric, aka "Ced Lova", cooking. I call him that because he always has a smile on his face and reminds me of radio host Ed Lover. He's usually helping out around the kitchens and isn't a chef, nor a staff cook, so I asked him what was up. Turns out he has a recipe coming up in an issue of Food Network Magazine and was demonstrating it! I told him to gimme a pose, and he did ...
Look for his chicken recipe in the next few months. It looked yummy and smelled even better. I say points for the cast iron pan off the top!
Also in this month's Food Network Magazine catch me and Ted Allen in a cooking showdown for the He Made, She Made feature. I told you about testing for this feature a few months back on my post What I Had for Linner: Mystery Meal, FN Mag-Style, now you get the answer to the question I posed when I gave picture clues as to what I was making. Check the recipes and if one of them speaks to you, vote! There's a page to vote here. If you don't subscribe to the magazine yet, click here.
Well, the day went by so fast, I got done when the sun was still out. I hopped in my ride, we turned the corner right outside of Chelsea Market and look what I saw ...
Pretty neat to see as I was leaving my first day back to work. Don't be fooled by the sky, the clouds rolled in soon after and we are waiting to see if it's a snow day for work tomorrow ... hey, this really is like school!