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Dark Days Challenge

DDC meal 13: pork cutlet and pasta

pork cutlet stuffed with smoked cheddar, mushrooms and shallots

A gourmet dinner for 1: stuffed pork cutlet, pasta and a salad from the garden

Rick went hunting last night, so I was on my own for dinner. It’s been a while since I’ve made myself a gourmet dinner—I’m usually at least feeding Rick too when I pull out all the stops. But I wanted something good last night after a very hard and stressful week at work, and I wanted an interested Dark Days Challenge meal this week.


Dark Days week 13: venison tenderloin and omelet

venison tenderloin and omelet

Fluffy eggs, spicy cheese, and fresh, tender venison...the perfect Sunday morning treat.

The past few weeks have been very hectic… and exciting. I decided to take the next step in my desire to find better health and life balance through food: I’ve enrolled to become a certified health coach through the amazing Institute for Integrative Nutrition program. I can’t wait! I’ve thought about doing this program for years, but for a variety of reasons didn’t. The time is now. Classes start in late March, but I’ve been busy doing the pre-work and getting to know the other students. I am sure my journey through school will show up in this blog. How can it not? Meanwhile, I’ve started thinking through how I’ll use my certificate…I’ve got a plan in the works, but it’s premature to share it, so you’ll just have to wait. Suffice it to say, the plan is AWESOME.


Stuffed Duck Breast for My Valentine

duck breast with mashed turnip and broccoli rabe

This dinner of stuffed duck breast made my hubby's belly very happy.

I just love concocting wonderful things to stuff inside beautiful cuts of meat. I do it with venison all the time (like stuffing venison with mashed turnips or mashed pumpkin). A few months ago I got a gorgeous local duck breast from The Organic Butcher in McLean, which has sense been sitting in my freezer waiting for a special occasion (or really just a free Saturday night when I had the time to make a fancy dinner). This weekend presented the opportunity. The fact that it’s Valentine’s Day weekend is purely coincidental.Especially since we don’t actually celebrate Valentine’s Day, but that’s another post.


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