I had thoughts of starting the grill back up tonight but instead I opted for simplicity. I'd like to imagine that my shot at simplicity is from some Mark Bittmanesque wish to return to basics instead of some Nate-esque wish to not have to start up the grill.
For salad I tossed some escarole with tasso, Marcona almonds, feta, lemon juice, and olive oil. Jen's plate was completely bare except for a small pile of perfectly diced tasso. I thought that perhaps she did not like the tasso but it turns out she had reached her "meat limit" for the day.
It's been a long time since I've made one a one pan meal. If you're a reader of the blog you'll know that these are my favorite dishes because
Tonight I sauteed up some crushed garlic cloves, sliced onion, cabbage, and Yukon Gold potatoes in a little olive oil. I tossed in some red pepper flakes and caraway seeds. That went far in using up a lot of items from the crisper.
At the end I sliced up some Polish kielbasa (which I've been craving for the past week or two) and stewed it together for a bit. I contemplated adding a beer to the pot but I didn't have a beer in the fridge that I felt I could waste on cooking so I left it as is.
For beer I begrudgingly poured out the Golden Delicious from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. It's beer that's aged in apple brandy barrels. I figured an apple taste would go quite nicely with the pork on the menu tonight. It turns out I was right!
The reason I was resistant to have this beer was because they didn't list the alcohol by volume. I even checked the website and it lists the ABV as "NA." I find this to be quite unacceptable especially since I've had one snifter and I feel like it might as well have been filled with pure apple brandy instead of merely beer aged in apple brandy barrels.
I guess that's the price I pay for being enough of a pretentious jerk to drink my beer out of a snifter.