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Pork chops served on a corn and kale faro salad, topped with plum salsa and a balsamic vinegar pork sauce and 'Would You Rather'

By Jim Hasser

Pork chops served on a corn and kale faro salad, topped with plum salsa and a Balsamic vinegar pork chop sauce


2 center cut boneless pork chops
½ cup farro
2 scallions
Bunch of kale
1 corn ear
1 plum
2 tbls balsamic vinegar 
2 tbls butter
2 tbls sliced almonds


Cook enough farro for 2, drain and return to pot. While cooking, slice the corn off the cob. Slice the scallions and separate the green part from the white. Strip the leaves from the stalk of kale and chop up. Dice the plum.

In a large pan, heat up 2 tsp olive oil on medium high. Add the corn and white part of the scallions. Salt and pepper. Cook a few minutes until soft and then add ¼ cup water and the kale. Salt and pepper. Cook a few more minutes until the kale is wilted and the water has evaporated. Add the mixture the almonds and half the vinegar to the farro. Salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Stir until combined.

Salt and pepper pork chops on both sides. Heat 2 tsp olive oil on medium high in the same pan the vegetables were cooked in. Cook the chops for a few minutes on each side until golden brown. Set aside chops and rest for 5 minutes.

To the same pan, add remaining vinegar and ¼ cup water. Cook on medium high, scraping up residue from the bottom of the pan, reducing the volume by about ½. Add butter and stir until combined.

Combine the plum and half the green parts of the scallions in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Stir until incorporated.

Place half the farro salad on each plate. Put a chop on each pile. Top with the plum salsa and pour the pan sauce over the tops of all that.

Eat and enjoy!

“Would You Rather”

Iris’ brother is dying of cancer. Although there is a cure, she has no money to pay for it. However, a sadistic rich man is offering to pay for it if she wins a game of “would you rather," played against other desperate competitors. Each one is given a lesser-of-two-evils task. The first is whether to electrocute yourself or the competitor next to you!

The cast is composed of Brittany Snow, Jeffrey Combs, Jonathan Coyne,Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Enver Gjokaj, Sasha Grey,John Heard, Charlie Hofheimer, Logan Miller, June Squibb, Eddie Steeples, Robin Lord Taylor, and Robb Wells, all of which do excellent jobs of acting. It is directed by David Guy Levy.

This is a dark, violent, suspenseful, borderline sadistic movie with a surprise twist at the end, making it well worth watching. But it’s not for everybody, and certainly not for kids. Two thumbs up!

(Editor's note: Jim and Carolyn Hasser's Dinner & a Movie is a regular feature in Mobile Bay Times. Jim is an attorney in Mobile and Carolyn is a Realtor with Roberts Brothers.
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