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What I Ate: June 17, 2009

Posted 17 June, 2009 at 11:29pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Dinner: I made pork chops. I still don't have grill (don't plan on buying my grills until after we move again in October) so I used a grill pan and cooked on the stove. I also had some bread from Sunday that I sliced and made into seasoned crostini. Then I put sliced zucchini on the grill pan and seasoned with salt and pepper. I then served all of it with peeled and pitted apricots.
Pork rib chop, apricots, zucchini, and crostini

Grilled Pork Chops
2 tsp. dried rosemary
2 tsp. dried thyme
2 tsp. applewood smoked salt
1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
I brined two Berkshire pork rib chops for forty minutes in a brining solution of approx. 2 quarts water and 1/4 cup salt.
I dried the rib chops. I then toasted the rosemary and thyme and crushed it with a mortar and pestle.
I sprinkled one side of the chop with applewood smoked salt and the other side with the rosemary and thyme.
I placed the chops herbed side down on a hot grill pan with extra virgin olive oil and kept it there for 3 minutes to form a crust.
Then I flipped it over and cooked the other side until the inside hit 140°F - about 2 minutes.

Lunch: We had leftovers - fried rice, dandelion greens, and mapo doufu.
Leftover fried rice, mapo doufu, and red dandelion greens

Tina cooked aloo gobi (potatoes and cauliflower). It was pretty good. Man, turmeric really stains stuff… can't seem to get it out of anything it gets on.
Aloo Gobi

2 comments to What I Ate: June 17, 2009

Oana, June 18th, 2009 at 12:52 pm:

  • Apparently sunlight will get turmeric stains out - I guess it depends on what's stained.

Michael Chu, June 18th, 2009 at 10:29 pm:

  • Hmmm… anything else work? What if it's on the counter or the oven handle?