While the pork chops were grilling, we made the lobster tails ready for the oven by brushing them with salt, pepper, and herb infused oil.
While I was at the grocery I spied Dry Scallops, they were on sale for $17.00/#, and my cart pulled alongside them, and they jumped in.....They were huge and packaged $11.00 and so I splurged(I had extra tip money), I rinsed and halved them, rolled them in seasoned flour, sauteed them in a smidge of basting oil in the cast iron pan, and finished them up with some garlic butter....yeah, that good...
Just when I think that Andrew can't out-do his last grilling feat, he amazes me, truly, he grilled up for Mother's Day Monday(sort of like Boxing Day or Easter Monday) the fantastic veal chops(got to love that freezer).....When Andrew cooks, he too, cooks with his heart and soul, and you can taste it. He enjoys the fruits of his labors, and gets the same pleasure as his Mom did watching others enjoy what he conjures up. Andrew trimmed slightly, and scored the fat on the chops, then rubbed them with his secret stuff, and then grilled them to utter perfection.
Last year Andrew was outside doing or fixing something, the guy that delivers frozen meat and fish drove by peddling his company's wares, he had some great stuff the kids like. His company has has a nice mix of meat and seafood, he gave me the brochure and business card. I googled the company, they had a good reputation for their quality and pricing. He was in the area last week and had some great deals, if you bought three lobster tails, you got the fourth free, and yeah, I bought three....
I think that this was the best Monday I had since the last Monday had a holiday on it. Andrew prepared the lobster the same way as on Mother's Day, salt, pepper, and herb oil, then into the oven for 15 minutes....viola'
I have been experimenting with different kinds of risotto desserts, but I keep forgetting to take all the pictures, I start out taking for each step, then I forget to take a picture of the completed dessert. Got to work on that.
Remember the lack of veggies, well they were not on the menu for two days, but the truth is we have been enjoying a wonderful crop of Broccoli Rabe, artichokes, peas, corn, broccoli, artichokes, spinach.
I was asked by a dear friend if I would make a dinner to go for the Pastor's Family. Broccoli Rabe with Hot/Sweet Sausage was going to be on the menu. I went to the Green grocer for broccoli rabe, and was pleasantly surprised by how really nice everything was. The fruits and veggies were priced great and the selection was fantastic. I picked two bunches of broccoli rabe, spinach, shallots, pears, and cherries. I love, love, love cherries. They also had Andrew's sea monkey juice, we call the aloe drink he enjoys that because it has floaties in it. They were on sale, and he just finished his last bottle on Thursday.
I trimmed and washed the broccoli rabe, cut and diced the shallots, onion, and garlic.
When the sausage was almost cooked, I took it out of the pan, and drained the pan, I put the juice/fat into a separator, and waited for it to separate.
I had set a pot of water to boil for the macaroni. When the water was boiling I added salt, then the macaroni. As the sausage mixture melded together, cooking very happily, I added the al dente macaroni to it, added a little starch water, grated cheese, a quick shake of red pepper flakes, and we were gold.
I let it cool, packaged it up, added a tupperware of cheese.
My own little slice of nirvana to share. I am after all my Mother's daughter.