Thursday, October 9, 2014

Welcome to Cooking For Babe!

Welcome to my very first blog post!

I am excited to share my ideas, recipes and romance with you.  My name is Amity.  I live in the beautiful state of Colorado and it was here in 2012 that I met my babe.  We had an unconventional meeting using a online dating service.  We often talk about our first impressions of each other when we first met.  It's a cute story that I will share with you someday.  After our first date, we were together non-stop.  I personally fell in love a little deeper when I discovered that he loves cooking as much as I do!

We have been living together for over a year now and one of my most favorite things to do is to make dinner (any meal really).  This blog will chronicle of those recipes, meals inspired by our childhoods, plus some things we may even cook together.  Did you know that's a great date night idea?  Cooking dinner together can be very romantic!

I am so excited to share with you!

Both Babe and I love pork chops.  The first time I made this recipe we both looked at each other like WOW!  Didn't Mom make them like this?  It's a comforting delicious method that's really simple. The pork is dredged and baked off in the oven.  I served this with a rice/lentil medaly and roasted broccoli.

Baked Pork Chops

Bone in- pork chops (2-4)
1 C prepared ranch dressing
1-2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
1-2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp parmesan cheese (grated)
1 packet dried italian seasoning mix

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Pour ranch dressing onto a plate
  3. Mix remaining ingredients into a gallon size zip top bag
  4. Dip the chops into the dressing then add into the bag.  Then zip up the bag and shake it all about until coated.  
  5. Remove chops and place on a foil lined rimmed baking sheet
  6. Cook for 30-40 minutes until cooked through or temperature is 165 degrees

Roasted Broccoli
  • This is the simplest, most delicious way to cook broccoli ever!  I love the little charred bits!

2-3 crowns of broccoli, trimmed
Couple of tablespoons of olive oil
Garlic salt to taste

  1. Toss the trimmed broccoli florets onto a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with garlic salt
  2. Roast in oven 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees until tender crisp

Rice/Lentil Medly
  • I bought a premade mix at the grocery store.  This cooks just like rice with 1 to 2 ratio.  To put a favorful spin on it I use chicken stock instead of water plus garlic salt.  It would also be great to saute off some onion before adding the lentils and stock for a little extra bite!

I hope you enjoy these recipes and I am looking forward to sharing more with you!