One of the items on my to do list for Thursday was to clean the kitchen. As much as I love J, and as much as I enjoy his cooking, cleaning up afterwards just isn't his strong suit. You can imagine what the kitchen looked like after my two weeks out of town. So, in an effort to get the cooktop clean, I tossed the grates in the dishwasher and scrubbed down the stainless top.
When J got home from work he commented on how awesomely clean the cooktop looked and then started digging around in the refrigerator for something to cook for supper. This is about the point that we realized that the dishwasher was still running with the grates inside. It's kind of impossible to cook without something to balance the pan on, so we went the next obvious route--the gas grill!
The pork chops J found in the fridge were fabulous, and the broccoli that really needed to be cooked was excellent when cooked in our iron skillet (with a little bacon grease--yum!). While we were outside at the grill, J noticed that the chives really needed to be trimmed, so we cut those down and mixed them with a couple scoops of cream cheese. We used the combined mixture on the cooked broccoli and spread inside two jalapenos we picked from our plant.
Altogether, it made for a delicious meal (with almost no cleanup afterwards)! I think I might just relegate J to the grill...at least for the rest of the summer!