We moved into a new home last month (finally!), and my husband bought a new grill to celebrate the occasion. It’s a mammoth thing, all stainless steel and shiny, and looks something like a not-so-miniature aircraft carrier. This is a “manly man’s” grill, huge and professional-looking, containing all the bells and whistles. The problem is, my husband can’t cook.
Spring and Easter always make me think of baked ham. That makes sense within the context of ham being a traditional Easter dish, but then I start wondering why ham is a traditional Easter dish. Hogs are traditionally slaughtered in the fall, not the spring. It would make more sense if ham were traditional for Thanksgiving or Christmas, not Easter. But then, how long does it take to cure a ham? Weeks? Months? I honestly don’t know. Maybe ham is traditional for Easter because that’s when it is finally cured/smoked to perfection.
Tonight’s meal takes advantage of two different spring vegetables, radishes and spinach. If you garden, you’re going to want to plant both. Radishes are particularly easy. We had a neighbor when we lived in Hicksville, Ohio (yes, there really is a town named Hicksville!) who used to bring us over bunches and bunches of radishes each spring. I finally asked him why he planted so many more than his family could use, and he replied, “Oh, we hate radishes, but they’re the only thing we’ve been able to grow.” Evidently, even someone with a brown thumb can grow radishes.
Tonight’s meal is both versatile and satisfying on a cool, damp autumn evening. Low carbers can serve their Swedish Burgers on lettuce leaves or just place them on the plate and eat them with a knife and fork, omitting the lettuce leaves. Non-low carbers can have their burgers on buns if they want to.
I was looking back through previous Low Carb Cooking 101 lessons, and I was amazed that I had only shared one pork recipe with you. Autumn and winter aren’t the only times I serve pork, for crying out loud. We have pork for dinner at least once every ten days or so, usually pork roast, pork chops, or pork steaks. But I really do like pork most in the fall and winter.
Tonight’s menu serves a duel purpose because it can be served simply as either a family breakfast or dinner and it can also be expanded slightly to a terrific company brunch that you serve for your family and friends. My husband and I were served a variation of this meal when we were down in Florida visiting friends this January. Not only did I enjoy it, but so did Rod – and he is a high carb Philistine.
It’s always a good idea to stock up on whatever bargains we can when the stores offer them. I always stock up when there’s a good sale! Pork roasts were on sale this week – buy one, get one free, which dropped the price of the meat down to $1.99 a pound. I bought four.