When shopping at our local farmer's organic market, (just down the street), I always leave with a smile on my face.  Bless their hearts - especially with the challenges they face with our very strange, crazy West Coast weather.
One of my favorite summer side dishes is a simple saute of zucchini, tomatoes, yellow or green beans, in Olive Oil and butter, salt and pepper with a sprinkling of fresh minced basil.  A great side dish to accompany any main dish.
Then, I learned how to cook the most succulent, moist delicious pork chop you have ever tasted.  I kid you not.  Looking at Christina Ferrare's site, Big Bowl of Love,  she has a recipe on how to cook beautiful pork chops that is no fail.  Seriously, no fail.  We have made pork chops this way three times now - delicious every time.  Thank you Christina!
Now you know the old story of Pork Chops and Applesauce?  Well, applesauce, I am sorry to say, but move over, cause you have permanently been replaced:
The heaven's have opened up on this one - pickled Rhubarb.  Mercy!  If you love pickles these are a must!  Please check out this post:  Tom, of Tall Clover Farm posted this recipe he received from his friend Chris.  A humungous thank you Tom and Chris!
Here is the thing:  I am not meaning to sound bossy now, but, seriously, this is what you need to do:  first, make the pickled rhubarb - too easy.  Then follow Christina's directions on how to cook succulent pork chops.  Next, slice a piece of pork chop, add the pickled rhubarb - and eat in one bite.  Deliriously delicious yes???  I think I can hear the groans of delight right now!  My only regret was that I did not cook more pork chops.
I love new recipes, summer, and sharing.  Thanks to the Farmer's Market, Tom, Chris, and made me a happy girl!

Ina Gawne


  1. Ina Ina Ina, I'm blushing and salivating at the same time. Thanks for the shout-out and so glad you loved the rhubarb pickles. Now if you could just put this meal in a Tupperware and FEDEX it to Vashon Island I'd be most grateful. 😉

    1. Thank you Tom! I can hardly wait to see my daughters face when she tries these pickles - she is an even greater pickle lover than her mom!

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July 16, 2011