Today has been the nicest day yet this year. The sun is shining, and the weather is warm enough to go outside in a t-shirt. All day, you've been able to hear people mowing their lawns. This morning Mom made a pie, and we put up our magnetic knife block, which we have had for years, and put on the knives that Dad (yesterday) and Mom (tomorrow) got for their birthdays. For dinner, Cy's going to make pork chops with green beans and stewed apples.
Right now, Cy's chopping the apples, (though not with the new knife), and Dad is prepping the green beans. Cy says the new knife is great, and though I haven't gotten the chance to use, it does look really cool. The pork chops are sitting out on the counter, waiting for the moment, alongside their batter. Once the green beans and apples are on the stove, they'll get dipped in salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and paprika, then be dredged in flour before being thrown onto the stove to cook in bacon grease. mmmmmm. In an instant, the beans, apples and pork chops are done. I think this might be the first Sunday Dinner we've had during daylight this year.
The pork chops were awesome. They were juicy, and the batter was ridiculously flavorful. The green beans were good, Cy cooked them Catalonian style (lots of olive oil and sprinkled with big chunky sea salt), and the apples were also great, they had just a touch of cinnamon and clove in them that set off their apple flavor. The apple pie, for dessert, was excellent. The filling was one of the best I've ever had, though it was a little sparse. The crust was very tasty too, though a little tough. Between courses Mom opened up her Birthday present from Cy, Dad and I, a photo book. The pork chops were amazing. My theory: bacon grease.