Those of us in Central Illinois experienced Snowpocalypse 2011 or Snowageddon 2011 this week with 13 inches of snow, a little more ice, and 3 days out of school. The result was alot of cooking and baking and mandatory reading time for our family.
I have a freezer full of pork from some amazing friends, and decided to try a new recipe. Not a difficult one, but it called for white wine, which we didn't have in the house.
It was day 2 of the "snow emergency" and there I was with the other 3 people at the grocery store, looking for white wine. But I don't know anything about wine, for cooking or otherwise, so I stood there for quite a while.....I asked the store employee who seemed to be worried about the length of time I was standing in front of the wall o' wine what SHE knew about how to choose a white wine for cooking and she just shook her head and said she knew nothing about wine (that makes 2 of us). I finally decided on the one that clearly said "white wine"....words like "zinfendel" and "peniot grigio" were throwing me off...AND was on the cheaper end of the spectrum.
I slid all the way home and began working on the mouth-watering pork chops....until I remembered that wine bottles come with corks....and we don't own a corkscrew. Todd googled "open bottle without corkscrew" for me.
This doesn't work:
My very wise husband screwed a long screw into the cork and we eventually pulled the cork out with pliers.
And the pork chops were totally worth it!