Friday, November 23, 2012

The comfort of the familiar

Eastside Road, November 23, 2012—
A FOUR-MILE WALK with a couple of friends, then an unexpected invitation to dinner in their house — a very pleasant way to wind down from yesterday's feast. Our hostess dredged some boneless pork chops in flour, then seared them in butter and olive oil, seasoning them with salt and pepper and offering some mustard sauce alongside. Delicious.

With them, as you see, Brussels sprouts and roast potatoes, and afterward a most interesting and delicious combination of flavors involving chocolate with chili pepper, licorice tea, and the last glass of Zinfandel. There's always something new, and it's nearly always a great pleasure.
Rosé, then Sangiovese, then Zinfandel, Hook and Ladder (Russian River), 2010 (very sound, well balanced, well made, with good finishes)

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