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Bourbon Glazed Smoked Pork Chops
Martha Stewart’s recipes are go-to’s in our home. I have subscribed to Living for years and was a big fan of her short-lived Everyday Food mini-magazine too. These days, however, her website is where I tend to go for most of my recipe hunting. It was recently updated it to be very Pinterest friendly with a recipe layout that is wonderful to use on a tablet in the kitchen. Anyway, as you probably guessed, this recipe is from Martha.  It is so fast and tasty. If you can’t find smoked pork chops, which I had never heard of until I started shopping at my neighborhood butcher, than you can easily substitute a ham steak. Even if you only make two of these chops, keep the measurements of the glaze the same – you won’t really have extra glaze.

Roasted Delicata Squash
I had never heard of delicata squash until I was an apprentice at the Farm School, but once I tried them I was hooked. They are slightly more delicate in flavor than a butternut squash with thinner skin that you can actually eat (more fiber!). If you can’t find them, substitute butternut or acorn squash, but increase the cooking time.

2 delicata squash – halved, seeds scooped out
2 TB. butter
2 TB. maple syrup

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt butter on the stove or in the microwave and add syrup. Place squash halves facing up onto a cookie sheet and brush butter and syrup mixture on the inside of the sqush. Pop in the oven for 25 minutes, or until a knife easily slips through the flesh, and enjoy!

(This is a pretty traditional recipe, but you can also experiment a bit with winter squash and substitute the butter with olive oil and syrup with garlic and a mixture of spices such as cinnamon, chili and cumin. It will be more savory, but equally good!)


Welcome to Everyday Banquet! I’m Kelly, and I am very excited to introduce you to my blog, which is a meal planning tool designed to make your life easier and more delicious. On Fridays, I will post four to five meals and a grocery list to help you shop and prepare for the coming week. The best part is that my family has already enjoyed these meals, usually the week before, so along with recipes and/or links to recipes I will share my advice and insight from having already prepared the meals. To learn a little bit more about the blog and me please visit my about page. And now, on to the first post!

I believe it was Ina Garten, aka the Barefoot Contessa, who once said that most people make the same five to ten recipes for dinner over and over. At first I thought that couldn’t be right, but then I thought about what I make on a regular basis and actually, it is! With some variation here and there, if something is relatively inexpensive, easy and obviously delicious why wouldn’t I make it again and again? For this first week I am sharing a lot of my standards, starting with roast chicken on Sunday night, which, when done well, is one of the greatest dishes on earth.

(Meals should feed four adults and take about 30-40 minutes to prepare, or the time it takes Patrick to give Eliza a bottle and put her to bed.)

Meal #1: Hamersley’s Walk-Away Roast Chicken with Onions and Potatoes, Steamed Green Beans
Meal #2: Penne with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage
Meal #3: Baked Fish with Tomatoes and Olives, Kale Caesar Salad
Meal #4: Bourbon Glazed Smoked Pork Chops and Roasted Delicata Squash

Your grocery list, excluding the usual pantry items:
lemons – 2
large red onion – 2
medium red potatoes – 6
green beans – 1 lb.
broccoli rabe – 1 bunch
tuscan kale – 1 large bunch
delicata squash – 2
plum tomatoes – 8
chicken broth – 1 can (1 pint or 2 cups)
Whole Chicken – 4 lbs.
Italian Sausage – 3/4 lb.
smoked bone-in pork chops, ½- inch thick – 1 per person
white fish – 6 ounces per person