WE LIKE GRILLED pork chops around here, but now and then it's nice to do something a little different. I browned them in a little olive oil in the black iron skillet; then added three or four small purple potatoes I'd sliced up, and three or four cipollini ditto. After they'd browned a bit I added a good slug of white wine and salt and covered the pan.
Toward the end I threw in a small handful of chopped savory. Cook took care of steaming the broccolini. Green salad afterward, a tangerine, a slice of the Christmas stollen.
YESTERDAY WE MET a couple of friends in a neighboring town, after the Sunday market, for lunch. They suggested a place new to us, and it was really very nice — installed in the footprint of a former Foster Freeze, but brought snazzily into the 21st century. The menu is small and runs to fish, hence the name: but I had a fine taco al pastor, so rich and hearty I didn't want dinner later on.
•Handline Restaurant, 935 Gravenstein Highway, Sebastopol; 707-829-1977
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