Sarah Kenney about pork-chops, cars and the man she considers the best husband in the world.
By Sarah Kenney
I remember as if it were yesterday the day my husband bought his first brand new car. Little did I realize at the time, what a monumental day that was for him. You see, now that we have been married 20 years, I understand more about this guy than I did all those years ago. I understand how truly and incredibly hard he works for the very few items he desires.
We were so young when we married. We were engaged our senior year of college and planned to marry the summer after our college graduations. My graduation was the day before his ceremony. The plan was for me to fly out of NYC to St. Louis and attend his graduation the next day. We were young, in love, and the world was our oyster.
He said he had a surprise.
When he met me at the airport, the look on his face was pure rapture. No, this time it wasn’t because he laid his eyes on me! He had worked hard on a full scholarship for an engineering degree. He had a diploma in hand. And, he had a wonderful job offer waiting for him. I had an inkling what this surprise would be but I played along.
I had graduated from college the day before, tearfully said farewell to my beloved NYC, had a wedding to plan, a new job position to begin, and a new move way up to Michigan to anticipate.
As we held hands and walked into the parking garage for the first time as a real couple about to be married, he stopped and looked at me with the happiest grin I have ever seen on his face. A brand new red car was sitting proudly in its parking space. I’ll never forget that day.
Over the 20 years that I have been married to this man, he has owned 3 cars. Each one of them has been taken care of with utmost tenderness and respect. I can honestly say, I have never known someone to work as hard as my husband. He takes care of his car as he takes care of his family, with pure devotion. Without fail, he is up early, off to work, day after day with seldom a complaint about his job.
Other than his love for beautiful cars, there are hardly any other material items that he desires. Comfy sandals and worn out T-shirts are his style. He did ask for an ice cream maker last year but I think he was just trying to come up with an idea for us.
One thing I can think of that makes him happy is a nice barbecue. Well, it’s indeed that barbecue time of year. I was so pleased with that flap steak soft taco dish the other day, I decided it was again time to open up my new cookbook The Cook and the Butcher by Brigit Binns.
I also really fell in love with rhubarb this year after making Martha Stewart Living’s Poached Rhubarb with Elderflower Sabayon this spring. One of the pork chop recipes in my new cookbook uses rhubarb as a savory side to these smoky chops. It is called a rhubarb mostarda.
Again, a hit from this cookbook! This pork chop dish is amazing. Another recipe with rhubarb to celebrate this wonderful stalky pink celery looking plant.
Not only are the pork chops a wonderful barbecue treat but paired with this incredibly deep red and fragrant side relish was a dish that I will no doubt make again and again. It was a 4 thumbs up for all of us.
Recently, I looked at my husband and I told him…it is time. It is time to make one of his wishes come true. My husband is a person with few materialistic possessions or desires for possessions.
I told him. It is time. Go and live a dream.
And you know what? He did.
And I am so happy. It isn’t flashy red like his first car years ago. It is a more mature smoky grey. I am so happy.
Because he is the best man in this world. And he’s a really good Dad too. So here’s a great barbecue Sunday dinner. And a little something else…a side of wheels.Print
Sarah is an adventurous food photographer and writer who has moved six times with her family from the U.S. to Wales, Japan and back. They are affectionately known as "The Rolling Stones". She is a passionate chef who thinks that their experiences living in Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Missouri, Kansas, and now Texas culminate in shared meals and tales around the table as her family experiences each regions offerings of cuisine and culture. Texas is her current stop and good food and good times are a passion of this southern state. She writes about her foodie adventures in her blog "Snippets of Thyme".