Korean Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Kimchi Slaw, Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob with Salty Coconut Cream

We decided to push back our usual Memorial Day barbecue extravaganza by two weeks since family was visiting up from California.

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We had an array of beers from the darker end of the spectrum: Briny Deep Oyster Stout from Mollusk, The City Never Sleeps Black Saison from Gigantic, El Cuatro – a wild ale aged in brandy and whiskey barrels – from The Ale Apothecary, Mid Century Modern Abbey Dark Ale from Breakside, and Spruce Tip Brown Ale from Wolf Tree.

Pollo Cordón Azul with Romesco (Version 2.0), Grilled Purple Asparagus and Fiddlehead Ferns with Parsley-Tarragon Chimichurri

Originally, I had planned to cook my usual Pollo Cordón Azul with Romesco and the Grilled Asparagus with Parsley-Tarragon Chimichurri. But when I went to the butcher counter at Sheridan’s, the chicken thighs were calling to me – mainly since they were already butterflied. I also decided to use purple asparagus and fiddlehead ferns since they are both in season – and it was also an excuse to buy a grilling basket I’ve had my eye on…

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I decided to go with a bottle of The Gray Tower from Holy Mountain.

Broiled Oysters with Spinach and Brown Butter Hollandaise, Salad with Bay Shrimp

Saw this recipe in a recent copy of Saveur magazine and decided to give it a shot. I paired with a simple salad with bay shrimp and made my mother’s “Papa dressing”.

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I recently picked up the perfect beer for this meal: La Moule De L’Amour – a red Belgian ale brewed with oyster shells – which was a collaboration with Gilgamesh Brewing and Aaron Barnett of La Moule.

Smoked Pork Shoulder Bo Ssäm, Shigumchi Namool, Gamja Jorim

I wanted to try the Smoked Pork Shoulder Bo Ssäm again, but simplify it a bit. I decided not to make the Kimchi from scratch and I skipped the Deulkkae Chimichurri. This time, I wanted to try using a smoke box on the grill versus the kettle smoker. And instead of the Japgok and Pajeori, I made Shigumchi Namool – a spinach dish similar to the Japanese dish Spinach Gomaae – and Gamja Jorim – but using the cooking method of the Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes.

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I pullout two bottles of the Plum Bretta – a farmhouse ale aged in red wine barrels with Italian Plums – from The Commons.

Honey Roasted Pork Tenderloin and String Beans

I had wanted to revisit my mother’s rice casserole – which she always served with the Honey Roasted Pork Tenderloin instead of my Mémère’s Mac & Cheese. But I didn’t have enough rice and the dried black trumpet mushroom I wanted to use were so old I was afraid to use them. So, I just did the tenderloin with green beans.

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I found a secret stash of Jester King beers recently here in town… Thought their Bière De Miel – a Farmhouse Ale brewed with Honey – would be a good pairing.