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Hey, kids! I wrote a hilarious novel! Read the reviews on Amazon! Buy it – read it! Laugh until you pee!
Now – food!
I don’t eat meat & haven’t since the late 80’s. Some time in that period, my then boyfriend & I were renting a house that had a strange chicken coop kinda thing in the yard. The house was on Mount Washington in Highland Park – not exactly a rural location – but we thought – a few chickens might be fun. We thought we could raise them & then eat the eggs they produced. So – we bought a book hilariously titled “Poultry as a Hobby” – found a pet store selling teenage chicks, bought a few – and built a little chicken-wire run around the coop and deposited the new pets into their new home.
A few weeks later, as I was hosting a dinner party, I remembered I had neglected to lock the chickens back up inside their coop for the night. I ran outside but, even though it had just gotten dark out – in the dim light – I could see that there were no chickens in the run. Coyotes had gotten them all, leaving no trace of their crime. I returned to my dinner party, sobbing, and declared to my guests, “No chicken will ever again die because of me!” And I gave up all meat & poultry forever – right then & there.
That boyfriend has since gone on to marry & have a pack of gorgeous, bi-lingual kids & open a chain of AMAZING gourmet pizza places all over France (and in other parts of Europe). Look up PINK FLAMINGO PIZZA, if you are ever in Paris. Truly inventive & amazing pizzas. With lots of meat. HERE is a post I wrote about the restaurant last year. Definitely check it out!
My current boyfriend is also an over-achieving carnivore & regularly orders things with names like “Meat Lover’s Pizza.” He happened to be in town for Easter this past weekend & I decided to treat him to something other than my vegetarian pastas & pizzas. I bought a huge log of pork loin at Costco that was nearly as long as his leg & as big around as his slim thigh. And it was only $20! Who knew pork was such an economical way to feed people? $20 for nine pounds of pork loin? Wowza!
So – I brought it home & cut it into three roasts & marinated it for three days. On the day, I fired up some coals on a grill & when they were all hot & ashy – I put one of the roasts on the grill. I decided to cook one up on its own lest I try to cook – and ruin – all three at once. It blackened nicely on the outside & took probably 45-60 minutes to finally reach 145 degrees in the thickest part (a meat thermometer is crucial for cooking pork). I let it rest for about ten minutes & then sliced it up. Miles, my boyfriend, tasted it & gave it his seal of approval.
I put the other two chunks of meat on the grill but the grill was only hot enough, by that point, to char the outside. So – I put them in a roast pan with some olive oil & baked them at 350 for about 30 minutes – until they, too, were 145 degrees inside. Then I just sliced them all up, too, and put them on a platter with little slider rolls & a few variations of BBQ sauce. It smelled incredible & people inhaled it. I highly recommend trying this if you want an easy & cheap way to feed about 20 people!
Here are the ingredients I used for the marinade:
9 pounds pork loin – divided into three
1 cup Jack Daniels Honey Whiskey
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1 cup Dijon mustard
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce