|Fried okra w/Aunt Colleen's cornbread -- Porkchop M.I.A.: Dinner of Champions!|
|Bonnie Parker standing in front of a Ford Model 18|
|Bonnie & Clyde|
|Mark Danielewski (House of Leaves) and Janet Fitch at the Love Junkie launch party, 2009|
|Janet Fitch at recent lit s'lon, devouring last bit of finger-lickin' good blood orange-avocado vinaigrette!|
|Janet Fitch blissed out w/her new man|
|"King of the Moon" Robin Williams in Terry Gilliam's "Baron von Munchausen"|
|Inflatable Okra Man from Imro Okra Festival|
Epicurious Fried Okra). Googled what would go with okra. Fried anything. Fried chicken, pork chop. Pork chop. Okay. I could do that. Something new. Even though meat scared me. Then I remembered Maili had a recipe for cornbread on her site, so I added that to the menu. (Auntie Colleen's Cornbread via Chef Maili). There were too many new things to invite someone to taste. Tonight would be a practice run. Bought most of the ingredients at Vons. Picked up some items for more halloumi-cuke-lentil salad from Trader Joe's (that and puttanesca sauce are becoming staples), then a piece of pork at Whole Foods. Again, I figure if that's where the Top Chefs go...I had scribbled down the exact description of the meat from the Pan-Fried Pork Chops recipe on the Epicurious site: "7-ounce center-cut pork loin rib chops (each about 3/4 inch thick)" though it truly was Greek to me. I appealed to the butcher. There was only one piece of meat fitting that description left. It looked monstrous! Bloody, bony, thick and...scary. I read the description to the butcher. He said, sounds right. But I had a bad feeling about this slab of meat.
|Faye Dunaway & Warren Beatty, "Bonnie And Clyde"|
I turned my voice all the way sassy, still burned up over the ruined chop and being stood up. Roy leaned his face down into mine, still holding tight to my hair. His pupils sharp like icepicks.