Sometimes it is hard to figure out what to have for dinner. On those occasions you can either check out your cookbooks or food magazines, or go to your internet friends. I feel like I know lots of creative cooks in my circle of internet friends. We may have never met, but I know what you are like, how you think, what you find funny and what you like to eat. We reveal much about ourselves through our blogs. So far, I have not been wrong. I have met several bloggers after following them for a while and they were just as I surmised.
Katie of Thyme for Cooking is one of my friends. Hopefully I am not being presumptuous. Katie lives in the South of France and she and her husband are restoring their farmhouse. Katie is funny, straightforward, hard working and an accomplished cook. She recently made this potato gratin for dinner and it sounded just right to me. I had just purchased a hunk of Gruyere cheese and knew this would be the perfect use for it. I was right. The potato gratin has sauteed shallots to which a bit of brown sugar is added to help caramelize them. They add a hint of sweetness to the casserole. So thank you Katie for a great, easy recipe. You can view it on her website.
So what to have with the potatoes? I had pork chops. I found the perfect recipe on The Pioneer Woman’s website. Now, I probably will never have the opportunity to meet Ree Drummond, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling like I know her. She is funny too and she has shared so much of her life with all of us on her blog that I’m sure she understands why every one of us wants to meet Marlboro Man. My picture does not look half as good as hers (Have you seen the size of her camera?). But the chops were outstanding. They were browned briefly and then a pan sauce was made with red wine, beef broth, whole garlic cloves and balsamic vinegar. They were succulent and rich.
So thank you friends for a great dinner.
I am not retiring my cookbooks, but a little help from friends sometimes comes in handy at dinner time.