Who doesn't adore Giada?

Giada in Town & Country magazine - January 2007

I love to cook....but it wasn't always this way. When I first started dating my future husband, I was terrified of the kitchen. I didn't even know how to make hard boiled eggs. My mom and dad cooked, but I never paid attention or cared how the food ended up on my plate. It wasn't until 2001 when I discovered Nigella Bites on the Style Network that I became motivated to be a "domestic goddess." I was mesmerized with how easy and natural she made it look. I went out and purchased all of her books published in the US. I graduated to Saturday mornings spent hungover with my roommates watching "cooking school" on the Food Network. I loved Sarah Molten and Bobby Flay!! But it wasn't until I started watching Everyday Italian with Giada de Laurentiis that I truly felt inspired. Not only is Giada bubbly and adorable, her food is really doable! Her show always has a stylish theme and the recipes are fantastic! I went to one of her book signings in NYC a few years ago (when I lived there) and she was even better in person. I have all of her books and they are great. Below is one of my favorite recipes, I've made it a dozen times and it is always a crowd pleaser!

Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops
Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

2 large eggs
1 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
3/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan
4 (1/2 to 3/4-inch thick) center-cut pork loin chops (each about 10 to 12 ounces)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons olive oil
Lemon wedges, for serving

Whisk the eggs in a pie plate to blend. Place the bread crumbs in another pie plate. Place the cheese in a third pie plate. Sprinkle the pork chops generously with salt and pepper. Coat the chops completely with the cheese, patting to adhere. Dip the chops into the eggs, then coat completely with the bread crumbs, patting to adhere.
Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a very large skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops, in batches if necessary, and cook until golden brown and the center reaches 150 degrees, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer the chops to plates and serve with lemon wedges.


Red River Interiors said...

love your new blog...you're doing great!!..since i love to cook & my husband likes chops i'll try this recipe next week...i'll let you know what he thinks.......

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Style & grace - what a lovely name and a lovely blog!!

Laura said...

Giada is the best--I've made tons of her recipes (and I don't even really like to cook) and they've all turned out great.

Style Court said...

I agree! I think her recipes really do work. I especially love the sweets, and how the kitchens where she films are styled. Don't you just love her vacation specials?

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Your blog is beautiful! I love to watch the kithen divas too.. Only wish I could make it look that easy..
Thanks for sharing,

Brilliant Asylum said...

Yum. I actually think I could make these. Perhaps dinner tomorrow...

annechovie said...

I am a big fan of Giada's shows and cookbooks. I think she's terrific! I just discovered your blog through Stylecourt and love it! Would you be interested in exchanging links? Have a great weekend!

style & grace said...

Hi Anne! I would love to exchange links! Thanks for visiting and I am glad you like the blog!