Monthly Archives: March 2009

Pork Tenderloin Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

I wanted a main course salad that was a little different. I started thinking along the lines of nicoise, but I don’t trust the tuna over at SFW. I thought pork tenderloin might make a good substitute, so I started building a salad around that.


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Mixed greens with pomegranate dressing

Finally emerged from my pneumonia coma (yeah, I have pneumonia; good times) to do some cooking last night. Pot together a main dish based on a favorite appetizer recipe, whipped up some oven fries, steamed some green beans with tarragon. But the surprise highlight of the meal was actually the salad.

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Sunrise Punch

So yeah. I’m on Day 5 of Fever Sickness from Hell. I don’t remember the last time I was this sick. I think it was back when I was living in NY. It’s pretty bad.

Food is largely unappealing, and I’ve mostly been living on a concoction of diet ginger ale, grenadine and orange juice. So I’m pretending it’s a recipe.

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Melissa’s Recipe Challenge

Melissa asked me to come up with a meal based on five ingredients chose by a local chef. She took the challenge as well, so check out her entry on her site. The ingredients were chosen by Gillian Clark, who went with:

cheddar cheese
bay scallops

Now, to me, those ingredients scream Southern cooking – cheesy grits, maybe some mashed parsnips… So naturally, I went with tapas.

Kidding aside, Southern cuisine’s not really in my comfort zone, and many of these ingredients I haven’t worked with before, so I figured I’d only get so ambitious. I tried to think of the last time I really enjoyed bay scallops – I remembered some delicious fried ones at a Pittsburgh tapas restaurant with some kind of dipping sauce. I even reached out to their chef to jog my memory, but we never ended up connecting. From there, I built a tapas-style dinner (if not a strictly Spanish one) with the remaining ingredients.

My meal: Cornmeal-encrusted fried bay scallops with two sauces; bay scallop ceviche with plantain chip and avocado; sauteed spinach with cheddar and blood orange dressing; potato and parsnip tortilla


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Top Shelf: Check It Out

As many of you know, my day job is as a reporter, mostly writing about restaurants, for the Washington Business Journal. I write a weekly column called Top Shelf about comings and goings, trends, and other fun stuff in the restaurant and retail industries. But since most of our print content is only available to subscribers, a lot of people don’t get to see it online.

Now they’re changing that (a little bit) – for one day each week, all readers will be able to view it free, and with video! Figured I’d link to this week’s so you guys could get a peek if you’re interested. The old ones become free online after 3 weeks or so, and soon I’ll have an accompanying blog that WILL be free online. But in the meantime, check it out! And try not to mock my untrained broadcasting abilities too much, hehe.

I’m also doing a separate Twitter account for it: @TopShelfWBJ.

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Flatbread Mini Pizzas

These are super easy and slightly more healthy than your normal pizza.

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John’s Jack Daniels Chicken

I don’t know how this recipe went so long without making it to my blog – it’s my favorite thing John makes.

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