Saturday, August 26, 2006
Good Ol' Country Cookin'
Tonight, we had a meal to remember. My parents had given us lots of nice, fresh veggies from their garden. So, we decided to put them to good use.
Marvin bought some pork chops at the grocery store, and I put them in a ziploc bag to marinate. I used Old Bay Seasoning, Sea Salt, Thyme, Sage, Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, and Lime Juice. While it marinated in the refrigerator for an hour, I prepped the rest of our dinner.
After shucking the corn, I put a few of the tender green shucks in the water with the corn and added some salt, pepper, and butter. I turned the burner on low, and let it simmer with the cover on.
I washed the okra, then sliced it in big chunks, and seasoned it with salt, pepper, and Old Bay Seasoning. After dusting it with cornmeal mix, I stirred it up real good. I put about 1/4 cup oil in the baking dish, poured in the okra, and topped it with small chunks of butter. It was cooked in the oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. (I stirred it once after it cooked for 20 minutes)
When the okra was first put in the oven, Marvin fired up the grill, and I brought out the pork chops. We use the "indirect heating" method. You turn on one side of the gas grill, and cook your meat on the other side. This makes the meat so tender and juicy. We love it! I put the meat on the grill, closed the lid, then set the timer for 15 minutes. When the timer went off, I turned over the meat, and set the timer for 10 minutes. After that time was used up, I moved the chops to the heated side and fired the meat on both sides for a few minutes.
The meat turned out perfect, and the okra was superb! Marvin loved the corn, and the sliced tomatoes added just the right touch. Yum!