Whaddya Know, A Great Dinner...
When I try three brand new recipes, I'm always a bit skeptical. When the three recipes are all found via google, and not via one of my trusted cookbooks, I'm even more skeptical. I was NOT expecting all three of these dishes to turn out well, but they did.
The Maple Balsamic Pork Chops were incredibly tasty, and very easy. I used Cabernet vinegar instead of balsamic, and apple cider instead of apple juice concentrate, but otherwise, the recipe was followed as written.
The beet greens were probably my favorite dish of the night. They were so luscious and silky. The bacon was subtle but lended a great element. The sugar added just the right hint of sweetness. Michael and I LOVED this dish. (Dylan wouldn't eat it - it's hard to make ANY pre-schooler eat beet greens. She will eat beet sprouts though - go figure.)
Finally, I made Alton Brown's Perfect Fingerling Potatoes. These were wild. I boiled the potatoes along with one and a quarter POUNDS of coarse salt (you read that right) in two quarts of water. And that was it. The salt formed a crust on the potatoes (and on the pot, stove and counter - a fact that was NOT mentioned in this recipe). I placed a few dollops of herb butter on top of these after they were plated. Amazing.