Fancy Food

Today I have been thinking about upping the ante when it comes to cooking dinner. Having a large kitchen means I can prepare more elaborate meals. I looked for recipes that were visually appealing, unique, and were rated medium to high in difficulty.



Last year I was introduced to romesco sauce. I had it at a great restaurant in Portland, Oregon  called Toro Bravo. It is the one place to eat that I recommend to all out of town visitors. Ever since I have tasted it, I have tried to perfect it at home. None of them have been just right. Either too much garlic or it comes out with an unpleasant texture. Hopefully this recipe will be the winner!

Pork Loin Chops with Romesco and Grilled Onions

While I was eating paleo, I cut out all dairy. Which meant my love- hate relationship with cheese had to be put on hold. While I know that I feel better on paleo, I haven't been good about sticking to it. I'd say my weeks are about half paleo at their best. This cheese dish is most definitely tempting. If you haven't heard of burrata yet, you will. Once only seen in Italy and fine dining restaurants, it is becoming a big player in the foodie sphere. I'm trying to find a cheese shop that sells authentic burrata. Some Whole Foods sell a version of it, but I want the real deal.

Burrata with White Wine and Garlic Sauteed Tomatoes
My husband finds plain pork chops unsuitable for eating. This recipe has no sauce or breading, but maybe I can win him over with the fact that they are stuffed with deliciousness.

Spinach, Feta, and Sundried Tomato Stuffed Pork Chops


I really love peppers and I also love spins on traditional Latin American dishes. This stuffed poblano pepper recipe is so unique. It is like nothing I have ever seen before. It incorporates sweet and savory with the combination of plantains, apples, pears, and pork. Topped with a walnut sauce. This is on my must try list!

Update: Tried this recipe this week. It was TONS of work, but my husband loved it. We made some  slight modifications to the walnut sauce by adding more salt and some jalapenos! Very yummy!

Chiles en Nogada

This last recipe is also very interesting it could be a big hit or a big miss with my crowd. I think it is worth trying. If we don't like it, we don't have to make it again.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Jezebel Sauce