Grilled Pork Chops with Chimichuri Sauce

Summertime and the Porkchops are Grilling . . .
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati

Ice cream man! Ice cream man!
Ice cream man’s gonna be at Elmer’s this Friday night! After dinner you can go outside (if you’re not already sitting outside) and get ice cream for dessert! He’ll be in his big truck! But you have to eat all your dinner first!

Friday Night Menu (06/06/08):

Here’s what we’re having for dinner first:

  • Grilled pork chops with chimichuri sauce
  • Chef Jim’s potato salad
  • Insalata Caprese (fresh mozzarella, basil, big tomatoes, field greens, balsamic vinaigrette)
  • and Grilled vegetable

You know what hearing that menu makes me do? Jump around with my eyes closed and a big grin on my face, rock back and forth and go, “Um um um um um ummm!” And then I make little fists and hold them up to my face and scrunch my cheeks up and —oh wait. (What? This isn’t my Diary of Embarrassment? Oh. Right. Thank you.) Ahem. So, I uh, I think you’ll like our offering this Friday night.

So this whole bit about Rob being really, really funny is starting to bother me. That, along with the “but you’re funny toooooo!” I don’t like that. There can be only one major funny guy here and it’s my store. There can be a major funny guy and a minor funny guy, but not two majors. There can be a major funny guy and a drum major, but not two major funny guys. So Rob sent his report and I will now read it aloud to you. If you laugh audibly, you’ll be kicked off this list.

Rob’s Grocery Talk with Rob

First off, I’d like to apologize for the shortage of beverages in our cooler. This is mostly my fault for not anticipating a higher than usual demand for them that seemed to coincide with a dramatic increase in ambient temperature. I don’t know if there’s any scientific data to prove this, but it seems to me that soft drink sales can be linked to the weather. I’ll

Make a note of that for future reference.

However, our supplier may be a victim of the same phenomenon, which is why many of the beverages that I ordered were out of stock for them, too. So I can’t blame myself entirely. In any case, just buy whatever we got on hand and we’ll figure it out.

Nan told me to get tortilla shells and boy did I ever! We got humungous plain and sun-dried tomato flour tortillas all stacked up in our freezer case. You’ve seen what Chef Jim can do with these babies and now you can try them yourself. Grill some marinated chicken on the Weber and wrap it up with some simple Caesar salad and parmesan cheese. Then grill the wraps themselves. Serve with beer.

Also new in the store is Heinz™ Organic Ketchup, Hick Lickin’ Good™ Mango Chipotle BBQ Sauce (can’t wait to try it), and Tau™ the most pretentious, upscale, Sex-In-The-City-ish bottled sparkling water ever made. It’s from Wales (the country, not the mammals)!

See ya next week!


Current Whipple rating: 2

Current Ripa rating: 3

Currant Super Fat Hawaiian Ukulele Guy Rating: 3

Wait! There was laughing in the front row!

(Um, that was you.)

Well, I made it all the way to the end, through Mr. Whipple, through Kelly Ripa but then there was the Super Fat Hawaiian Ukulele Guy Rating and that was freakin’ hilarious! What does the Super Fat Hawaiian Ukulele Guy measure?

Okay! Farm Report! You know, some people tell me, “Nan, the Farm Report isn’t funny.”

That’s because the Farm Report isn’t supposed to be funny, it’s supposed to be informative! It’s supposed to tell you what we have for fresh, organically grown and locally grown fruits and vegetables at Elmer’s that you can get right here in town and not have to drive 45 minutes to get! You can cut the Farm Report out and put it on your refrigerator and, when you all of a sudden realize that you’re out of bananas or carrots or Crimini Mushrooms, you can close your refrigerator door, look at it and command,
”To Elmers!”

Farm Report!

By Little Donna Elwell


We are now able to stock local greens, so salads are in season! Here
is a salad dressing recipe that is a favorite in our house:

Measure into a blender:
½ cup cider vinegar
4 tablespoons of Miso (a light colored variety like Sweet White or Chic Pea)
3 tablespoons of honey
2 large cloves of garlic
Blend these ingredients. Then with blender on medium speed slowly add
1 cup olive oil

(Miso is an all-purpose, high protein seasoning made locally in Conway
by South River Miso Company and Elmer’s Store has a supply in the
cooler with the cheeses.)


SATURDAY, 5/31/08

FRIDAY, 5/30/08
ARUGULA AND RHUBARB from Spring Water Gardens

PLANTS from Spring Water Gardens
Bee Balm

Organic (Ecuador) Bananas
Organic (CA) Cucumbers
Organic (CA) Herbs: Cilantro
Organic (Mexico) Lemons
Organic (CA) Mesclun
Organic (Ca) Mushrooms: Crimini
Organic (CA) Oranges
Organic (VT) Tomatoes: Vermatoes
Organic (CA) Scallions
Organic (VT) Sprouts: Alfalfa

Organic (Mexico) Avocados
Organic (CA) Red Beets
Organic (CA) Bok Choy
Organic (CA) Broccoli Crowns
Organic (CA) Carrots
Organic (Argentina) Garlic
Organic (HI) Ginger Root
Organic (CA) Herbs: Parsley
Organic (CA) Mushrooms: Portobella
Organic (CA) Parsnips

To make specific produce requests, email me at


Wait—I just read in there that tomatoes from Vermont are called “Vermatoes.” That’s pretty funny!

Poll Question:

Hey, you know I was just putting the hours at the top of the e-mail and I have been wondering:
Would different (longer?) Elmer’s summer hours better serve the shopping public?
Now I ain’t promising anything—just trying to make it all work for everyone. Do you stay out later? Do you want groceries or to-go dinners on the way home from work?

Write me back and let me know!

Art Opening:

We have an art opening this weekend. Y’all come on! As you can see here, the work will be beautiful!

And don’t forget the Cajun Festival on June 20th. I’m a little sleepy now and am not going to write the whole thing out, but don’t forget it.

By the way, we have all kinds of tickets we’re selling at Elmer’s:

  • Green River Festival,
  • Elmer’s Cajun Festival, and the
  • Rod and Gun Club’s Pig Roasting Festival.

Maybe even more! I don’t know!

Come on over!


Photo Credit: (CCL) ctaloi,

One Comment on “Grilled Pork Chops with Chimichuri Sauce

  1. This menu looks delicious! Sorry to miss it.

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