As usual, I’m making more than one side to go along with the main course. Tonight’s dinner is the very last of the pork from our friends’ farm-raised hog. I never want pork from the supermarket again. This meat is so flavorful! It looks and tastes completely different (in a good way) from store bought meat.
I was overtired after a sleepless and stormy night on Sunday so I let my trusty slow cooker do the work. I diced onion, celery and green chile, dumped in can of whole peeled tomatoes, and seasoned the pork with garlic, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. I put in the tomato juice from the can and added a bit more water. The chops were still a bit frozen so I left the cooker on high setting for most of the day, then as the meat was getting tender, I brought it back to low for the last 3 hours or so. I made some quinoa and finished off the ginormous bag of spinach Hubby had bought for me by creating a mixed green salad, adding beets, scallion and topping with goat cheese. Hubby got the leftover truffle mac ’n’ cheese, and I had quinoa. It was the sort of comfort food meal that we both love, and we devoured it with sort of a bittersweet sensation knowing that the homegrown pork was gone forever. No more farm-raised hog until summer time. Enjoy your dinner! V.