All in the name of cooking. My husband and I read the Wall street Journal and each year they have an event called Open That Bottle Night. The idea being that many people save special bottles of wine for a special occasion but then never have an event they feel is worthy of opening that bottle of wine. Before long, the wine has taken on a revered status and never gets enjoyed. We happen to have three bottles of Cakebread wine that were begining to take on that revered status so we decided to open one for OTBN. The moons were properly aligned as my favorite market, Fairway in Plainview, NY had veal chops on sale. My husband, Mike LOVES veal chops! Simply prepared, salt and pepper, grilled, with broccoli rabe and nothing else. For me, a meal is not complete unless accompanied by potatoes so I made baked potatoes as well.
I fired up my Big Green Egg. Have you ever heard of the Big Green Egg? If you like to barbeque, go get yourself one of these babies. It can get up to 800 degrees and go as low as 200. It is great for low and slow as well as searing a steak in a couple of minutes. Did I mention the smoky flavor and how juicy and moist the meat stays? It is amazing! You just have to remember when the Egg is really hot, you have slowly open the lid to let some air in first which I didn't do. When I opened the lid in a hurry, I was greeted by a little fireball and the smell of singed hair and eyebrows. Have you ever smelled burnt hair? It is not appetizing!
Being the food professional that I am, I continued on cooking and serving a delicious dinner to rave reviews. It wasn't until after dinner that I caught a glimpse of my hair and eyebrows in the mirror! I can't understand how my husband didn't notice the freak sitting in front of him! I guess he was too preoccupied with his veal chop and broccoli rabe to notice!