The other day I told you I'm from a long line of potato-lovers. To be more specific, I'm from a real, true meat-and-potato family. Our dinner plates could almost always be divided in perfect thirds: meat, potato, vegetable. Meatloaf, boiled, canned corn. Roast beef, mashed, Green Giant medley. Fish sticks, McCain fries . . . uh . . . that one mighta skipped the veg.
What can I say, we were a very typical middle class, suburban family.
So perhaps it's hard-wired, but a plate in thirds is comforting, particularly on a Sunday night. We had two hulking pork chops in the freezer begging to be doused in olive oil infused with fresh chopped rosemary. I pan-seared on medium-high heat for two minutes, flipped for one more, and then finished them off for eight minutes in a 400° oven. Served with steamed green beans and basic-mashed, it was a perfect, cozy meal.
Wine: Villa Maria, a sharp, fruity Sauvignon Blanc out of New Zealand - It's comparable to your Kim Crawfords and your Oyster Bays and other mid-priced off-the-racks, but cheaper. $15.95 is a great value for something that tastes much more expensive. I could drink it all day.