banana bundt cake

banana bundt cake

insanely moist

I went to college in Richmond, Virginia and during my four years there I lived in  a neighborhood called The Fan.  It was a mixed blend of college students and yuppies just starting their families.  The closer to campus the more pizza joints and laundromats, further out were great hole-in-the-wall restaurants and bistros.

 

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herb crusted veal chops

 

 herb crusted veal chops

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For all of you carnivorous, meat-loving cavemen (and women), this is for you!  I’m excited to say, it’s for me, too.  For dinner, tonight!  I first made these veal chops for my husband’s birthday — in April. I had planned to do a blog about it then, but it was his birthday and it just didn’t feel right denying him the main course, while I primped and fussed over his plate — taking endless pictures for just a few good ones to post here.

 

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tangy lentils and quinoa

 tangy lentils and quinoa

Comfort food.  It means different things to different people.  For some it’s pizza, or a fried chicken, for others it’s spaghetti and meatballs or meatloaf and mashed potatoes.  A strong case can be made for mac-and-cheese or a toasty grilled cheese sandwich with a cup of tomato soup.   If it were my last day, any one of those would be a suitable meal for me.  

 

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lime beef salad

 lime beef salad

I visit our library regularly.  Aside from the self-help books, which promise to make me stronger, thinner, smarter, younger, more focused or better organized, I usually leave with at least 2-3 cookbooks.  They give me inspiration, make me think about different flavor combinations and push me to learn new techniques.  

 

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asian turkey lettuce wraps with quick pickled veggies

asian turkey lettuce wraps with quick pickled veggies

fill lettuce cups with asian inspired turkey and kale filling, quick pickled veggies and dipping sauce.

No wait, let me explain.  Despite my last post which would indicate a lapse in our “healthy eating commitment”, we are actually trying to stick to our plan to get back in shape.  That carolina pulled pork made its appearance on the 4th of July.  It just took me an egregious amount of time to post it.  Sorry.  For a much more current look at what’s on our dinner table, check out these lettuce wraps.  

 

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