Ok, so I didn’t take a picture. I was much too wrapped up in the conversation I was having with my love. What were we talking about? LOL – the best part is, I couldn’t even tell you. I was just soaking up every minute of it though. Sometimes the absolute best way to begin an evening is to sit at the kitchen table (which we made/painted together) and eat good food.
Last night he had convinced me to order out Mexican. Needless to say, I can easily find and trust the gluten-free menu items, but the flavoring? Nope. Didn’t suit me. I think I prefer the food we cook at home now. Honestly, the meat is fresher (heck – I bought it! I know when it’s dated, etc) etc. It’s just much better.
Point and case? Tonight’s dinner: Cole Slaw, pork chops, and potatoes.
For the Cole Slaw:
- Shred 1/2 head of green cabbage, chop up cilantro (1/3 c. chopped) and 1-2 apples (small/medium).
- Mix together Slaw ingredients: 1/2 c. mayo, 3-4 T. rice wine vinegar, sugar & salt to taste, red pepper (sweet red pepper) flakes.
- Pour slaw over chopped cabbage, cilantro and apples. Stir together. Taste test! (Of course!) Add raisins, nuts, etc as desired.
- Put slaw into fridge and chill for a couple hours.
For the Potato Slices:
- Slice 2-3 baking potatoes thinly (I used a mandolin).
- Soak in hot water for 5-10 minutes; changing the water at least once.
- Preheat oven to 450F.
- Drain thoroughly.
- Salt/pepper and sprinkle with EVOO. (Extra Virgin Olive Oil = EVOO)
- Layer potatoes (one layer is ideal) onto jelly roll pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until desired doneness. (We like ours with crunchy edges.)
For the Pork Chops:
- Salt and pepper 1/2″ thick pork chops (our chops were bone-in).
- Put into a preheated/oiled (EVOO) cast iron skillet (medium-high).
- Pan fry for 4 minutes and the flip
- Cook the other side for an additional 4-5 minutes depending on chop thickness.
After doing the dishes, wiping the table, etc. I made the mistake of looking at the calendar. Does it really say 2 more weeks before I have to get back to work? Oh no! Say it isn’t so!
Oh well. In the mean time, I plan to keep enjoying every conversation, nod, glance, smile and laugh that passes our lips this lifetime. I wish the same for you.