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Victoria Country Club chef offers recipes for the holidays

By Jessica Rodrigo
Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.
Updated Nov. 19, 2012 at 5:19 a.m.

Victoria Country Club Executive Chef Matthew Reid prepares a pork loin roast, a family favorite for holiday gatherings.

Whether you are cooking for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's Day, Chef Matthew Reid, of the Victoria Country Club, shared some of his favorite recipes and tips for cooking during the holidays.

Growing up in Louisiana, he said, the star dish of the meal for holiday get-togethers was often a pork loin roast.

Reid, who is in charge of planning menus and wine dinners at the country club, said professionals in the restaurant industry use a simple formula. The usual formula is 5 to 7 ounces for meat/protein, 2.5 to 3.5 ounces for starches, including rice and potatoes, and about 2 ounces for vegetables.

Take those numbers, he said, and multiply them by the number of people and then divide that by 16, which will give you the number of ounces needed per person.

"It's always better to have too much than to have not enough," he said. "There's no worse sin than not having enough."

He added that anything left over can always go into a soup or another meal later in the week.

When he was younger, around the New Year holiday, his mother would prepare a dish to celebrate the coming year.

"Something my family still does is the black-eyed peas and cabbage. The black-eyed peas are supposed to represent good luck and the cabbage for money," he said.

Reid offered his recipe for pork loin roast and recipe for black-eyed pea salad that he said can be substituted with fresh edamame for a fresher, healthier rendition.

"Have fun with it, and enjoy it," he said. "Get some help if you have to, tag-team it in the kitchen."

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