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I was happy to be home all day and get to make my own birthday dinner, inspired by @ckreef's zucchini gratin, and @keeperovdeflame's mayo corn.  The pork sirloin chops were marinated in buttermilk, then rinsed and patted dry before applying a garlic and herb rub for a couple of hours.  Sirloin doesn't take long to cook, so I did the gratin first, then the chops with the corn mixture on top.  This is what it's all about. Lovely.

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Making the most of Jr, as always!  I'm always amazed at how well you utilize the space.  You are an Akorn Jr. Diva for sure in my book!  Looks like a wonderful meal.  I have recent first hand experience telling me the zucchini gratin was great.  I'm going to need to check out that corn.  Thanks for the inspiring cook and happy birthday - for what few moments of it remain!  :)

 

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I've been waiting for this cook. It looks delicious. 

 

BTW - happy belated birthday :)

 

Just curious what did you and the hubby think of the Gratin - and please be honest - I respect your opinion whether positive or negative. Give me the full critique. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, skreef said:

Great cook @Smoke and Awe. I guess cooking for your Birthday wasn't a bad deal :)... Everything looks great.. Was that a Raspberry ice-cream popcicle? A Nice Treat.

It's my new favorite, the mini-dark chocolate raspberry sorbet ice cream bar from Dove.  Being able to be home and get in some kamado time was definitely a birthday treat.

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1 hour ago, ckreef said:

I've been waiting for this cook. It looks delicious. 

 

BTW - happy belated birthday :)

 

Just curious what did you and the hubby think of the Gratin - and please be honest - I respect your opinion whether positive or negative. Give me the full critique. 

 

 

We both enjoyed the gratin and I finished it off for breakfast.  I might have sliced the zucchini a bit thick, but it cooked up well.  I'm going to try it again with cheddar and the fresh tomatoes, as I really like that combination also.  I did have gruyere cheese on hand but still sealed, and had some asiago that was open so I used that.  Maybe didn't melt as well, but the flavor was there.  It feels like you're eating well, I mean healthy, and it's so good!

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