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Door County Cooking, The Least of my Worries

Our fellow patron host is on vacation this week. He has traveled much this year, and as usual, he has some things to report from the field. Like when he visited Arizona earlier this spring, and discovered the Dip Lady. Or when he was up in the wilds of northern Minnesota a few weeks back,  and won the great 2013 Burger Throw Down there, with his pine-apple topped  blue cheese jerk burger. This week he finds himself in Door County, Wisconsin, a lovely tendril of real estate patron to a mid-west sort of paradise. He’s loitering in a quaint country cottage there, and reports back to us his latest supper from the grill. The man is clearly on vacation.

There are times when your mind needs to slow down. When your body needs respite, and life just needs to take a little 20130613-111556.jpgbreak. A small cottage in the middle of Door County, Wisconsin, is just a place to do such things. Though the six-hour drive may seem long, pulling into the driveway there is the moment when the cares of this world seem to leave. When life, work, and responsibilities back in Minneapolis begin to disappear. Though I’m not going to write about my worries and cares, there are a few things I can honestly say allow me to let the worries of the world leave for a few hours. And that happens usually when I’m cooking, and mostly when I’m cooking for other people. Which was one of my few responsibilities while spending six quick days in Door County, Wisconsin.
Pork chops are this evening’s canvas for the variety of flavors I’m able to add to them. Mustard, cracked pepper, salt, and brown sugar to start, and finished the it all off with a medium baste of bbq sauce.

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And of course I’ll perform with the indirect method. We want to be able to cut these chops with a fork.

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Ahh, this evening’s “chef-d’oeuvre”. A BBQ glazed pork chop with a fresh garden salad. Oven baked potatoes topped with sour cream and chives. I only heard a few choice words during dinner. Allot of  yums, mmmms, and a couple of wows. I walked away knowing the lack of communication was a compliment.

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8 responses

  1. Liz

    Are you cooking for everyone in Door County? Them’s a lot of chops! They look amazing as does your entire meal.

    June 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    • Thank you! No not everyone. I figure I should have some leftovers.

      June 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

  2. It has been my experience that oftentimes when food is served, there is a period of profound silence, while those at table partake of the succulent goodness which has been set before them, which apparently, is directly related to the quality of the fare which has been prepared and served up. Those in attendance are unwilling to engage in much verbal discourse for fear it would interfere with their partaking of said fare. In other words, “nuff said, let’s eat!” Their silence is also their supreme compliment. Well done, sir!

    June 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    • Thank you sir. You said it well. Talking would get in the way of chewing, so why talk. Just chew what’s been cooked for you. Let’s see what happens tonight with the smoked chicken. Grill on!

      June 14, 2013 at 4:19 pm

  3. Nice. Sound like a very tasty and mellow way to unwind. Good work.

    June 15, 2013 at 6:13 am

  4. Can’t see my computer screen for all the long tongue marks over it.
    Yum,
    Laurie.

    June 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm

  5. As usual – looks so good I can almost taste it way down here in Ecuador!

    Happy Father’s day or Feliz Dia de Padres!

    June 16, 2013 at 9:30 am

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