Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Home grown

We had a fun-filled, game playin', drink drinkin' weekend topped off with some great food, amazing weather, and even better friends. Our friend Whitney invited us over for a cook-out at her and Nate's house on Saturday night, and we went with her to the farmer's market (well, two) to pick up some supplies. We stopped by the East Lake Farmer's market and picked up some amazing looking kale and chard. We got two huge bags full for $8. The guy we bought it from said he leases a plot of land a few blocks away from the market site and grows all sorts of delicious things. There were various vendors there selling all sorts of home-grown things. 

I love supporting local farmers, but I loved how delicious the greens were even more. We also picked up 12 yummy ears of corn for $6 at the DeKalb Farmer's Market! Yesss!
BYOMeat & Farmer's Market Corn

Their new garden!
After going to the farmer's market, then seeing Whitney and Nate's garden, I'm inspired me to start one at our house.
Nate & Whit

I've been doing a lot of research this week, and I think I'm going to try sweet potatoes and broccoli...stay tuned.

Well, all of this gardening talk inspired us to get back to our roots.

Some of our suburban friends like to refer to us as “hipsters” and “city snobs”, which we secretly take as compliments because we soooo are hipster city snobs after almost a year living ITP (inside the perimeter). We don’t like to go outside the perimeter of Atlanta without some sort of bribe, celebrity sighting, or special holiday. Yep, that’s what’s become of us.

Chris and I grew up in suburbs of Atlanta – Newnan (on the southside), and Alpharetta (on the northside), respectively. I don’t think either one of us have been home since Christmas because “home” seems a million miles away. And besides, anything and everything cool happens ITP! Luckily for us, our families like to come visit us in the city, so we can get away with being city snobs without missing them too much. Thanks families, we love you.

Anyway, we decided we wanted to get back to our suburban roots for a minute (without leaving the perimeter, ha) and have a good old-fashioned southern, home cookin' meal. We didn’t venture away from our cheap and easy values however. Every part of the meal was donated or left over! We had pork chops that were frozen from when my Dad took me grocery shopping a few weeks ago, as well as a can of green peas and frozen mashed potatoes donated from my brother. I realize this doesn't sound very appetizing, but we worked our magic.

I’d never really made pork chops before (at least not GF ones), so I had to do a little research. This time, I found an easy recipe from The Pioneer Woman. I altered it a little bit so that it was GF and reduced the yield. (I’m also in love with her downloadable Photoshop actions here).

  • 4 Boneless Pork Chops, thawed
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose Gluten-free Flour (donated from Kristin)
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • ¼ cup EVOO
Combine all dry ingredients onto a dinner-sized plate. 

Place each pork chop into the mixture, coating each side, one at a time. After they are thoroughly coated, set them aside.

Heat olive oil over medium to medium-high. When the pan is hot, add pork chops. 

Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on the first side; 1 to 2 minutes on the other side.

We warmed up a can of green peas with a little salt and butter, heated up the mashed potatoes with a little cream and butter, and put them all together for a great little country-cookin’ meal. 

We enjoyed it inside the perimeter at our sweet little Atlanta bungalow.

You really can go home again! 

Oh, and this post's namesake is an awesome little Atlanta restaurant with amazing breakfast. All Home-grown.

Speaking of home, here are a few of our favorite “Home” songs. 

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