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9 Brussels Sprouts!? Pork, Risotto, and 9 Brussels Sprouts

July 2, 2013

Any day I know Bill will be returning home with groceries is a great one.  It’s always intriguing to see what he brought back and figure out what ill be cooking that week.  This week was no different.  I returned home to find a freshly stocked fridge to my delight.  It held all the normal stall worths of our apartment: asparagus, chicken, salmon, kale, and many more.  However I was delighted to see that my favorite vegetable, brussels sprouts had finally returned to our fridge.

You see, Bill had long been claiming that the grocery store didn’t have these and that they’ve been impossible to find.  I figured, and still do, that he was just too clueless to find them.  (Much like the time he tried to tell me that green onions didn’t exist since he couldn’t find them.) So, after cracking a few jokes I removed the container of Brussels sprouts from the fridge, and dumped them onto the cutting board only to realize that there were 9.  9 Brussels sprouts.  They were gigantic, but still, he bought 9 Brussels sprouts…

Yes, it is in-fact possible to purchase 9 brussels sprouts.

Yes, it is in-fact possible to purchase 9 brussels sprouts.

After getting over the shock of such a minuscule amount of sprouts I washed and cut them.  This process went much faster than expected due to the comically small amount I had to work with.  From there I drizzled them with olive oil, sprinkled on salt, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, and placed them in a baking dish in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

As for the pork chops, they were brushed with a mixture of soy sauce, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, and black pepper.  To cook, I seared them in an iron skillet for about 2 minutes on each side then moved the skillet to the oven for 10 minutes.  While the pork chops and brussels sprouts cooked in the oven I prepared an italian risotto made by our friends over at Lundberg Farms.

It all worked out in the end.

It all worked out in the end.

All in all the meal was a success even though we only had 9 brussels sprouts.  I’d like to say I hope Bill doesn’t do something like this again, but that’s just not the truth.  These posts would be far more difficult if he learned from these mistakes.  Let’s hope things stay the same!

-Patrick

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