winter chopped salad

This is yet another one of those recipes that almost didn't make it. Not because it isn't good, but more because it was totally unplanned. This dish was literally leftovers; odds and ends. It was a super quick lunch, that we realized at the very last second, was also very pretty to look at, and just happened to be delicious.

Even though it has only been a few days since we have had it, we are already talking about intentionally purchasing the ingredients to make this again. Happy accident, I suppose. Either way, despite its origin, it really is a perfect salad for this time of year. It is hearty enough to pass as a meal in February, but fresh enough to remind you that its almost over.

*All ingredients are approximations. Since, ya know, that whole no planning thing

winter chop salad

  • 3-4 cups kale. chopped. center ribs removed
  • 3-4 cups red cabbage, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 3 ribs celery. chopped
  • 2 cups cooked chicken. chopped. (leftovers, obviously)
  • 1/4 cup green onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • large handful cilantro, chopped

Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Toss with spicy vinaigrette, or your favorite dressing. Serve immediately.


spicy soy vinaigrette

  • 1 garlic clove. minced
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 3 Tb Unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 Tb soy
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • pinch of kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, or a jar with a tight fitting lid. Whisk, or shake vigorously, until totally combined.

one pot pork meatballs + creamy tomato sauce

Giving consideration to events so far this year, I took a really long time thinking on opening lines/thoughts for what will be the first thing we have done for ourselves in almost 6 months. "Digging in" "What's in a name" "Comfort food" "paths" "true to self", were all things that kept swirling around in my head. However, when it comes down to it, these are meatballs, and none of those things are really appropriate. I mean, seriously, they are simple, and delicious. That's really all you need to know. Sometimes, you really don't need to know the story, you just have to trust that the right ingredients will get you what you want.


one pot pork meatballs + creamy tomato sauce


for meatballs:

  • 1 1/2# ground pork
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup parmesan
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tb fresh sage. chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh oregano
  • 3 Tb flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion, chopped, sauteed, divided

Combine all ingredients (1/2 of each, garlic & onion) together in a large mixing bowl. Form into 2" balls. Place in large baking dish. Add tomato sauce. Bake in 350° oven for 45-60 minutes, or until done. When finished, remove meatballs from sauce and add cream a little at a time, until desired sauce thickness is achieved.  Serve with your favorite pasta or alone.


for sauce:

  • 1 large (28oz) can crushed tomato
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • salt to taste
  • onion, chopped
  • garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • heavy whipping cream

Combine all ingredients (minus the cream) and pour over meatballs.

crispy fried sage:

  • small to medium sized fresh sage leaves
  • olive oil

Fill the bottom of a small saute pan with olive oil.  Heat oil over medium heat until hot. Fry sage leaves 6-8 at a time, until crisp, about 20-30 seconds. Transfer to a paper towel and sprinkle with kosher salt.