It's been busy lately! I feel like I'm ALWAYS saying that...between work, attempting to blog (and usually failing miserably to be consistent), ramping up my spring fitness routine and trying (key word - trying) to have somewhat of a social life, there's not much time for anything else, including spending hours in the kitchen making dinner.
It's about to be the busy season on our farm. We have to wait until the soil dries out a lot more so we aren't compacting the soil by driving tractors and other planting equipment on it. It rains a lot in Western Washington, so it may be a little bit. Once the weather cooperates, days get long really fast. It's important to monitor the soil temperature and moisture levels to make sure the soil is in good shape. Soil testing also does a good job of telling us if the soil needs more Nitrogen, Phosphorus or Potassium (N, P, K). For more about how farmers protect water quality, check out this post.
The corn we plant is for corn silage, which is when we chop up the entire corn plant (stalk and kernel) and use it for cow feed. Corn silage has a lot of energy and dairy cows need a lot of energy since they are producing milk. For an intro course to what planting is click here or more about corn silage click here.
This is the silage truck next to the corn that is next in line to be chopped. The silage wagon (not pictured) dumps the load into this truck, which is taken to the storage area on the farm.
Many times it's hard to find extra time to spend in the kitchen during planting and harvest, so easy recipes are key. You may or may not spend spring and fall in a tractor or combine, but many of us are extremely busy, so this recipe is great. It's also a good one to make ahead of time and take to work for lunch.
APPLE PARMESAN PORK CHOPS
- Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops (click here for the recipe)...you can use these warm or cold in the salad; I prefer cold pork chops on a summer (ish) salad
- Bacon bits
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Apple (your choice of type of apple)
- Whole grain croutons (if you like regular ones better, use your favorite)
- Bolthouse Raspberry Merlot salad dressing
- Prepare Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops according to this recipe (click here) & let cool after cooking (you can do this part ahead of time)
- Fill a salad bowl with spinach
- Cut pork chops into bit size pieces and place in a line down the middle of the spinach
- Sprinkle bacon bits on one side of the pork chop
- Place diced apple on the opposite side of the pork chop as the bacon bits
- Add croutons on one side and shredded cheddar on the other
- Top with Raspberry Vinaigrette