Nothing I love more than spending a cold, autumn weekend in the kitchen whipping up lovely, warming meals. Nothing I hate more than when one of those meals turns into an Epic Fail as it did Saturday night. Suffice it to say, the recipe called for a lot of salt, so much so that I cut it by a third, but the meal (a slow cooker Indian dish) was so salty that it was inedible. I had to make us a platter of cheese, apples, nuts and crackers to fill the void.
Sunday was redeeming. We spent a good amount of time putting together a Leek and Root Vegetable Gratin, but we cut the recipe by half. I should have agreed when my husband said "buy it" when I was eyeballing that mandolin in Costco. It did give me a good workout on my knife skills. I made pork to go with it. Center cut, bone-in chops pan seared with a quick sauce of apple brandy, beef stock, grainy mustard and a dribble of half and half. I highly recommend the gratin. It is worth every slice, every layer.
Heaven on a plate!