This recipe is adapted from "Pasta Sfoglia," by Ron and Colleen Suhanosky (Wiley, 2009), which also has a recipe for preserved lemons. Serve this dish with nutcrackers, so that guests can work on their own crabs and lobster tails. The job can get messy, so have extra napkins on hand.
This savory pork dish has always been one of Mrs. Kostyra's favorites to prepare and -- since her childhood in Nutley, New Jersey -- one of Martha's favorites to eat. Surprisingly easy to make, the recipe features a rich reduction sauce flavored with marjoram, onions, and prunes.