Herbed pork chops

WOW: Herbed pork chops with spinach, tomatoes and potatoes. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

Total time: 1 1/2 hours

Servings: 6

Note: The beauty of this weekday, no-frills dinner recipe is that an herb-spice paste made at the beginning becomes a wagon train of flavor that carries through every element of the dish.

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 teaspoon dried chile flakes

Freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon dried sage

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram

6 pork chops

Olive oil

5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

12 small boiling potatoes

12 pearl onions

1/4 cup red wine vinegar, divided

1 1/4 pounds small ripe tomatoes (10 to 12), halved lengthwise