Grilled pork loin chops; Brussels sprouts; piperade – 4 December 2017

D grilled one boneless top pork loin chop from yesterday’s Costco trip, split into two normal-thickness pieces. He put lots of garlic slices (“which fell off”) on them while they awaited cooking and warmed to room temperature, as well as salt and pepper and several smallish sage leaves from the garden, in smaller pieces. I saw him add more garlic after turning the chops, and he says he also re-salted them after turning (and re-pepperred). He cooked them on high, mostly covered, on the front (less hot) part of the range grill. They were as close to perfectly cooked as I can imagine, and perfectly delicious.

I kept out this chop while freezing the others b/c D wanted to try pork chops with the piperade I had made, and he really liked the combination. I loved both separately and enjoyed them together, but the chops were really so good alone I hated to mix the taste with anything. The piperade is supposed to keep well for 5 days in the fridge, according to Mr. Hirogoyen’s cookbook Pintxos.

I cooked the sprouts, first peeling off decayed layers, then halving or quartering or something else (cord and split the fatter piece) and boiled in salted water 5 minutes, then drained and returned to the dried (by heat) pan with melted butter, salted and peppered them, tossed well, and left on low till time to serve. They were excellent, too. We’re both glad we didn’t inherit the hating-Brussels-sprouts gene (which D’s Mom clearly had, though I don’t know if any sprout-hate running in my family).

We had another of the “tester” wines from Costco, and we both liked it but not as in (per Sandra Boynton) “I like to breathe.” May get more to try out. It’s sort of flinty (but not very) Pinot Grigio from the Dolomites. Name is Tiefenbrunner, which sounds more German but it’s from Italy. Costco guy E said one of them was in the German style, and this is probably it. I love the label, too. It’s actually not as interesting when you analyze it as when you get the gestalt of it, which is delicate and complex.

D bought an Acme rustic sweet baguette before lunch so we could have it with both meals, and we actually finished in one day. Partly b/c lunch was so dependent on it.

D bought some grapes on his Bowl run today – purple seedless ones. They’re not as yummy as the monster green ones we’ve been having, but they did provide a good dessert.

Lunch:

Lunch was great, too. We’d bought Cambozola at Costco, and unfortunately didn’t really get it out early enough, but other than that, a wonderful lunch. The Cambo was really good, just not as perfect as it could have been if we’d thought out lunch earlier. D got the Rustic at the Bowl to spread it on, and sop up salad dressing and push zucchini onto forks ‘n’ stuff. He cooked the last half of a white zucchini with onion, in oil, salt, and pepper. I made a salad with arugula from the pillow R bought I think Sunday and split with us, and some of the last of the romaine from the fridge – inner parts in great shape. While trimming and washing the arugula, I noticed that it is slightly damaged – looks as though that would be b/c it’s too crowded in its bag, I think so we really have to get on using it. I thinly sliced (vertically( half of the persimmon I bought at Grand Lake – was it really back then, on the 25th of November?… or perhaps at Berkeley more recently… anyway – cut the slices in half to bite-sized and topped the lettuce/arugula with them. I made a dressing of olive oil and red raspberry vinegar, salt and pepper, adding a bit more vinegar after tasting, and it turned out to be quite a good match. Very enjoyable lunch.

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