I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher via a giveaway on goodreads. At the time of this blog post the book is rated 4.45 stars on goodreads. I rated it 4 stars.
I read The Most Fun We Ever Had after I finished reading The Altruists. Truth be told, I was a little worried about getting into this book. Like The Altruists, it’s a long story about many members of a family and the dysfunctions of each character. But unlike The Altruists, Lombardo’s characters were much more relate-able.
The story doesn’t really center on one main character, but it is the story of the Sorenson family: David, Marilyn and their four daughters (Wendy, Violet, Liza, and Grace.) Each character has significant character flaws. Each character makes a series of decisions and a series of mistakes and face a series of consequences that shape their lives. Lombardo weaves their stories together masterfully to tell the story of the Sorenson family.
The food mentioned included:
- Chardonnay and string cheese
- Delicate grilled fish and spring risotto
- Ice cream sandwich and a bottle of pinot noir
- Blueberry pancakes
- Graham crackers
- Chocolate croissant
- Overcooked chicken
- Apple pie with salted caramel
- Brussels sprouts
- Brown rice
- Half-caf cappuccino
- Turkey thigh and pumpkin pie
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
- Chocolate milk
- Swordfish and a salad
- Strawberry jam, peanuts, grilled cheese sandwiches
- Granola bars with chocolate, chips, fresh pineapple , non-gluten free pretzels, Little Debbies oatmeal creme pies, chocolate covered wafers with peanut butter
- Sesame sticks
- Penna alla vodka
- Fontina risotto cakes
- Bunny shaped pasta
- Sprinkle doused ice cream
- Frozen yogurt
- Olives and pita and hummus and some soft cheeses and ceviche
- Chinese food
- Pork chops
- Pad thai
- Kung pao chicken from Panda Express
- A fancy and heart-healthy Mediterranean spread
Because the story is very much about family, making a family meal for this book seemed appropriate. I went with pork chops mentioned twice in the book. Marilyn is described at one point as “an exhausted mother of four trying not to burn the pork chops.”
This recipe may not be the most beautiful, but it sure is delicious.
Pork Chops Smothered in Mushroom Sauce
4 pork chops
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp fresh sage
1 tbsp oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
3 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
6 tbsp heavy cream
salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In a cast iron skillet, melt the butter with the sage, oregano, garlic, and mushrooms. Once the butter is melted add the pork chops and brown for 2 minutes on each side.
- Place the entire skillet in the oven for 35 minutes.
- Once the pork chops are cooked, remove from the oven. Remove the pork chops from the skillet. Over medium heat, whisk in the heavy cream, almond flour, and cornstarch. Cook for about 3 minutes and serve over the pork chops.