Homemade French Bistro

Are you a “Modern Family” fan? If you haven’t seen the show, it’s an exercise comedic brilliance as far as I’m concerned. I’ve never laughed so often and so hard from a sitcom in a long time. One of the characters on the show, Sofia Vergara, recently revealed in an article that she was told she should lose weight.

“The “Modern Family” star admitted that she used to have trouble finding outfits to wear to events because the size zero dresses sent by designers didn’t fit her hourglass figure. But the actress refused to change her curvaceous shape.”

Good for her! These are things I like to read about celebrities and “diets.” She went on to say: “Columbian women are held to different standards than American women. “We’re not expected to be as thin or skinny,” Vergara said. “And we’re a little less conscious about our bodies.” ”

I think that’s a breath of fresh air. I hate seeing these models and actresses criticized on the cover of magazines because they have curves.Β  Or if they aren’t rail-thin the tabloids make fun of how they look in a swimsuit or claim they are pregnant. Who wants to look like this:

When you can look like THIS:

I’d take Sofia’s curves ANY day! I think she’s gorgeous and looks like a real woman to me. One thing I’ve noticed as my body changed with the weight loss was the loss of my curves. My breasts shrank, my stomach flattened, my waistline narrowed. I saw my curves disappearing a little. I’m happy with my curves. Michael asked me once what happens if I reached my “goal” of 140 pounds–what’s next? 130 pounds? Nope. I don’t WANT to be super skinny. I DO want to keep my curves! That was a realization that I came to in the last few months: a low number isn’t what I’m searching for.

QUESTION: How has social media changed the way you respond or think about yourself or your body?

Tuesday night a friend came over for dinner. Michael and I had picked out the following recipe when we Meal Planned this weekend and it sounded good to me. We bought 3 pork chops and gave it a go.

Pork Chops au Poivre

From EatingWell

Turn your dining room into a French bistro when you dress up pepper-crusted pork chops with a rich, creamy brandy sauce. Serve with roasted sweet potato slices and green beans.


* 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
* 4 4-ounce boneless pork chops, 1/2 inch thick, trimmed
* 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 medium shallot, minced
* 1/2 cup brandy
* 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream


1. Combine pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Pat the mixture onto both sides of each pork chop. Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge each chop in the flour, shaking off any excess.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chops, reduce heat to medium and cook until browned and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add shallot to the pan and cook, stirring, until softened, about 1 minute. Add brandy and cook, stirring and scraping up any browned bits, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in sour cream and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve the pork chops with the sauce.

Nutrition Per serving (4 Servings): 299 Calories; 15 g Fat; 4 g Sat; 8 g Mono; 72 mg Cholesterol; 3 g Carbohydrates; 22 g Protein; 0 g Fiber; 342 mg Sodium; 319 mg Potassium

The pork chops were easy and Michael just prepared them in the skillet the way he normally does. The only difference was the flour.

Michael didn’t think the flour was necessary by I liked the extra flavor and crunchiness it added. Instead of sweet potatoes and green beans I baked a squash of unknown origin. There was no sticker on it so I am at a loss for what it was!

The squash was small but took a long time to bake.

Dinner was delicious but I was disappointed that the “gravy” wasn’t very thick. Too much brandy perhaps?

What kind of squash do you think I picked up? It was sweet but not overly sweet and when I first cut it open and scooped out the seeds it smelled like cucumber.

Our friend Kat brought her adorable baby so I got my baby fix too. Kat also baked a PIE!! From scratch! Oh my did it smell good. It was still warm too.

It tasted delicious. It fell apart but it tasted good. She used the Paula Deen recipe for Apple Pie but I’m not sure which one.

There’s nothing better than homemade pie. I had a great time. The kitties–not so much. They were alarmed by the baby in the house and they scattered whenever she made noises. Poor Maya!

Scared to pieces. πŸ™‚

QUESTION: What’s your favorite homemade pie recipe? Any tips for a newbie that wants to try?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

15 thoughts on “Homemade French Bistro”

  1. I agree that there is less pressure put on Columbian/Hispanic women than Americans and I love that she embraces her curves rather than tries to change genetics! I orginially had my blog called Beth’s Journey to Thin, but now it’s just Beth’s Journey because I don’t WANT to be thin. I never will be, and I’m ok with that. I want to be strong and athletic!

    1. That’s funny! I don’t think I even noticed you dropped the “Thin” but I like the concept better. The more I get healthy and the more I listen to my body, the less I have a desire to be “thin.” I’d rather be healthy!

      I notice a lot of the body acceptance in other cultures. Not so much for white America. White America “should” be super skinny. Which is weird to me because it doesn’t look that great.

  2. we OVE Modern Family… seriously one of the most funny shows in a LONG time… that is crazy she was asked to lose weight… yes she has curves but she is thin also!

    most of my life I was VERY skinny… I drank instant breakfast each day in addition to regular meals, my mom trying to bulk me up! people don’t think twice to say things about how skinny you are, right to your face. I remember feeling better as I started to fill out.

    I’ve never really placed too much weight (ha… see what I did there?) on what social media may be influencing… until very recently I have always been happy and comfortable with where I am. I do know that the media still has a long way to go in building a healthier image of what is normal, what is important.

    1. What happened recently to make you change your mind about your body?

      I love the show too. Michael’s mom is actually the one that told us to watch Modern Family. She also recommended The Middle–which is hilarious too.

  3. Who in their right mind would tell that woman that she needs to loose weight. Her body is bangin’! πŸ˜‰

    But seriously, she is not even a bit overweight. It’s good to know there are those out there in hollywood trying to be true to themselves and set good examples for others about body image. Plus Modern Family is a ridiculously funny show!

  4. I actually think she still looks a little thin to me! She could do some biceps curls πŸ˜‰
    But good for her not going the even thinner route. It is hard not to give in to that pressure.

    I have a lot of curves and muscles and I am very okay with that. I used to want to be smaller, but I don’t know if I would be happy trying to be smaller and what that would mean.

    I really try hard not to pay attention to media stuff. It’s funny, I watch tons of old movies where women were quite a bit larger than what you see today and they really are very natural looking and feminine. If I were to aspire to look like someone, it would be Marylin Monroe (whom my husband thinks is uber sexy).

    1. Agreed! The old-time movie stars like Marilyn and Greta Garbo were gorgeous and curvy. They could really wear a dress well!

      My body type is muscular and stocky…so I don’t think I’d ever be “skinny.”

  5. I think social media can be a help OR a hindrance to healthy body image. It can fuel a community of disordered eaters, all reassuring each other they’re okay. I also think bloggers can unintentionally project the false appearance of perfection; that they eat whatever they want and exercise very little, or conversely, that they eat very little, OVER-exercise and are still healthy. The problem comes when people try to mimic the actions bloggers they follow, who themselves often know very little about health and fitness.

    ::gets off soapbox::

    But I think what YOU’RE doing demonstrates the thoughtful approach to health and fitness blogging and social media. You’re honest and realistic and you don’t pretend to be perfect or know everything.

    1. Marie-so true! I noticed that I was suddenly getting obsessive with how *I* was living my life because I compared it to other bloggers (who in my opinion are disordered). I compared my own exercise level–which is healthy and normal–to the intense and sometimes multiple times a day workouts THEY were doing and feeling like I wasn’t doing enough. Luckily I realized pretty quickly what I was doing and I stopped following certain blogs that made me feel that way. It helped to correct SOME of that thinking for me. I still struggle with some balance but I think it will be a lifetime struggle for me as I figure out what a “happy medium” is for someone who used to weigh 250 pounds.

  6. I love Modern Family too! And you’re right: I haven’t laughed that hard at a sitcom in a long time. Hilarious! Sofia Vergara is stunning! Just like Christina Hendricks, I strive to have bodies like theirs, not like the stick-thin actresses who’ve been so popular in the past few years. I think that’s changing, though. I think women like Sofia and Christina are becoming more acceptable because they’re what men want! Sad that that’s the litmus test. Us women should be the ones saying: this is who we are! Curvy and beautiful!

    Enough ranting! Your dinner looks yummy! I want some pie too.

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