Chef Ken Shares a Festive Holiday Recipe

November 16, 2021

Ingredients

  • pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/8 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Dash salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 apple (peeled, cored, and diced)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Heat the butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat — brown the pork chops on both sides.
  3. Place pork chops in a shallow baking dish.
  4. Sprinkle the chopped onion, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper over the pork chops. Add the chicken broth.
  5. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Combine cranberries with the diced apple, sugar, and 1/4 cup of water. Add 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans or walnuts, if desired. Spoon the mixture over the pork chops. 
  7. Bake 20 to 30 minutes longer, or until pork chops are tender and done.

Meet Chef Kenneth and Discover Five-Star Dining at Paul’s Run!

For Executive Chef at Paul’s Run, Kenneth Masten, creating five-star quality meals is not just his job, it’s his passion. From working alongside Iron Chef and James Beard Award winner, Chef Jose Garces, to creating innovative recipes at The Rittenhouse Hotel, Chef Kenneth has quite an impressive history in the culinary world.

“My interest for food and cooking first began with my foster mom,” Chef Kenneth explains. “Everything she made tasted good. She never made a bad meal and I really appreciated that. It sparked a fire in me to make food that makes you feel good,” he adds. Chef Kenneth began his culinary journey at a catering company in South Philadelphia. From there, he worked in the Rittenhouse Hotel, where he created five-star dishes in an upscale restaurant.

Possibly one of his most exciting jobs was working alongside renowned Iron Chef, Jose Garces, who not only has a James Beard Award, but owns and operates numerous restaurants in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Times Square in New York City. Gaining valuable experience, Chef Kenneth would also help cater large events with Jose Garces Events at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, where he says every opportunity was filled with excitement.

Finding Paul’s Run…

As Chef Kenneth brings his rich culinary history to Paul’s Run, he is thrilled to work in this warm, welcoming community. “I enjoy the people at Paul’s Run. There are so many unique personalities here. It makes every day exciting,” he affirms.

Part of what makes his work so exciting is getting to know residents throughout the community. Starting at Paul’s Run in October of 2020, Chef Kenneth has made fulfilling friendships as residents share their remarkable stories and compliment his exquisite meals.

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I enjoy making the residents happy and seeing them smile. When they tell me this is the best meal they’ve ever had, that makes my day. The residents at Paul’s Run are worldly and they’ve had cuisine from so many different countries throughout their lifetime. When my meals remind them of a certain time in their lives that’s really rewarding.

Executive Chef at Paul’s Run, Kenneth Masten

Discover an outstanding dining experience at Paul’s Run! Click here for a sneak peak at our menus and explore what Chef Kenneth and the team are cooking up next!

As Chef Ken innovates new recipes with fresh ingredients at Paul’s Run, residents are sure to give their high regards. “The residents love my grilled Mediterranean lamb chops. It’s one of their favorite dishes that I make. One resident loves them so much, she asks me nearly every day when I’ll be making them again,” he laughs.

Bringing happiness to residents throughout Paul’s Run with delicious, high-quality cuisine, Chef Kenneth greatly enjoys the relationships he builds in this welcoming community. “The residents have so many great stories,” he says.

“We do live cooking demonstrations for residents in the Bistro and it’s been a great way to get to know them, and get them excited about the food that we’re making,” Chef Kenneth adds.

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I love living at Paul’s Run for so many reasons, and one is the food. The food here is delicious and I enjoy eating with my friends at dinner. The servers and cooks are so friendly and nice. 

Dolores, resident of Paul’s Run

With satisfied taste buds, residents look forward to Chef Kenneth’s new recipes and he couldn’t do it without the support from the community’s outstanding culinary team. “The dining team at Paul’s Run are great to work with. Every day they give their absolute best to make sure that residents are happy because that’s what it’s really all about,” Chef Kenneth says.

Residents are certainly pleased as they’re always wondering what exciting dishes will be on tomorrow’s menu, especially around the holidays. "We're very excited for our residents to enjoy the upcoming season in our newly renovated dining room and Bistro. The holidays are really a time for getting together with great food and these new renovations will definitely add to that togetherness and spirit," Chef Ken affirms.