People who cook like this on a Monday night should probably blog about it. Let’s scroll back 72 hours. Friday night I got home to a box on the porch from Amazon. It held riches of books-one being Sorella. Sorella is billed by Amazon as 100 bold gutsy comfort-based Northern Italian dishes inspired by the restaurant of the same name in NYC. I think I am a total tool because I bought it because (I think) it was an Amazon recommendation. For real? Who does that? But the minute I flipped through I knew i had done the right thing. The dishes are for real cheffy fare and for me–super inspirational. Fast forward 48 hours to Sunday. I made brine while I cooked dinner last night. I let it cool to room temperature and submerged four 1″ thick pork chops in a bowl under the brine and weighted down the top with a plate to keep them under. I shoved the whole thing in the fridge and forgot about it until I got home tonight and remembered while I was pushing the mower through the yard. After finishing up mowing I enlisted Z’s help to get dinner on the table. We started the olive smashed potatoes which were scented with orange zest and a tiny bit of lemon juice and I quickly boiled (hang with me here) a pint of cherry tomatoes. I plunged them into ice water and I PEELED them. Cherry tomatoes. Z pulled out our smoking gun and put some applewood smoke on them. Then I made them into a delicious little vinaigrette. What? Who puts these flavors together. Then I dried and put the chops on the grill pan after rubbing them in olive oil and a touch of sea salt. We finished the chops in the oven. The chops were briny and porky-kind of baconlike almost. Because of the brine they were moist and the grill pan gave them the most fantastic char. The potatoes? Inspired. Orange and olive? Amazing. I could taste the smoke on the tomatoes. Best. Monday. Night. Dinner. Ever. I am so looking forward to some deep dives into this book.