On Tonight’s Plate 6

So I’ve been slacking a bit when it comes to logging our dinners. I’m doing my best, it’s just that accomplishing anything on a regular basis when you’re also parenting a baby is nearly impossible. My husband is tied up in a seemingly never-ending work project, so the baby and I are left to our own devices more often than we usually would be. Anyway, tonight we had a sauteed trio of summer squashes in browned onions, baked kabocha squash, steamed green beans with garlic. For our protein we split a steak.

Since I forgot about blogging last nights meal until just now, here it is:

Last night was a bland crappy pork chop, roasted asparagus, the same trio of summer squashes only not quite as good, and the best potatoes ever. The potatoes really saved the dinner. I’m not going to attempt pork chops with sage and apples anymore.

2 lbs yukon gold potatoes
1 onion
1/3 pound center cut bacon

Slice your potatoes into 1/4 inch thick pieces.

Dice your onions and chop your bacon. Add both to a saute pan with a tiny bit of oil. Over med-high heat saute them until both begin to blacken. Add

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On Tonight’s Plate 5

I finally got my salad, and boy was it good. I’m beginning my foray back into the land of dairy, going slowly to make sure it’s okay. In case you’ve forgotten, I stopped eating dairy 6 months ago because my daughter (who I am nursing) was having a reaction to milk proteins. I was instructed by a GI specialist to cease consumption of dairy until “a few weeks” before her next appointment, which is December 19th. I think I cried when I found out. I’m glad it’s finally coming to an end.

I started easing my way back in last week with some processed nasty garbage that I used to love, which was mac-n-cheese from Wawa. I barely ate any of it, and was highly disappointed. My baby seemed fine with it, though. No reaction, so I get to continue.

This week I decided to do it right. I had a few ounces of chevre, and it was heaven. Assuming my baby again has no reaction, next weekend I will probably add creamer to my coffee. Black is getting kind of boring.

Anyway, back to the salad. It’s simple, pretty, healthy, and delicious. Everything a salad should be.

Spring mix

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On Tonight’s Plate 4

Pot roast, yukon gold mashed potatoes, braised onions, gravy… That right there would be a hit on its own. Usually I’d have some carrots in there but I forgot to buy them when shopping on Monday, much to my dog’s chagrin. After yesterday’s fry-fest I needed to have good vegetables. I made steamed fresh green beans tossed with Earth Balance and garlic, and I made zucchini sauteed with shallots and scallions. Easily the best zucchini I’ve ever made. Granted, I’ve only been making zucchini for about a year. And shallots make anything tasty. I’m looking forward to a salad tomorrow, though.

My general pot roast seasoning:

a sprig of rosemary
some dried thyme
a few pinches of sage
a dash of tarragon
shit-ton of fresh ground pepper
beef broth or bouillon as the liquid

After the roast comes out, sift flour into the remaining liquid while whisking. Add a bit of gravymaster if it gets too light in color. Salt to taste. This will be the best gravy ever. You’ll have tons, so freeze some for future use. Try using it with meatballs, or thinly slice up a cooked steak and pile it on a hearty bun then pour

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On Tonight’s Plate 3

This is actually last night’s plate. Whatever, though. It’s pretty horrifying, honestly, but it was fantastic. I did not get a picture of the bowl of broccoli and cauliflower I had next to my husband’s plate, but believe me when I tell you it was there and we ate it. I show you this photo not because I’m proud. I’m actually a bit embarrassed. I shouldn’t be, because we so rarely eat like this. And I was feeding my baby homemade organic baby food, so I can feel good about that. Anyway, I share this meal with you for two reasons. One, I’m honest. I’m making an attempt at documenting what I’m eating and/or feeding my family. Because so many good spur of the moment recipes get lost in the bustle of life. Not everything is a winner, and I think it’s okay to show that too. Maybe my mistakes will help people not make the same ones. Crappy food sucks. It’s a sad meal and wasted money. This, however, is not one of those cases. The second reason I am sharing this with you is this:

I have no name for it. We gobbled it all up while moaning

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On Tonight’s Plate 2

Tonight’s dinner was nothing to be proud of. Sure, the stuffing was good, but it was just modified Stovetop (a guilty pleasure for me). The sauteed garlic spinach was tasty, but nothing special.

Those wedges you see there are kabocha squash, which was new for me. I’d never heard of it or tasted it before. I often can’t pass up something new I see in my produce store, and this was one of those times. I overcooked it, so it was dry, but it still had great flavor. It really reminded me of chestnut. I’m looking forward to trying it again, and doing it right.

The big disappointment of the plate was the pork chop and apples. I seasoned the chop simply, with just sage, salt, and pepper. It ended up being bland and unattractive. Why did I not sear it beforehand? I don’t know. Most of the sage flavor ended up in the apples, which was unappealing. The apples gave off a lot more water than I had anticipated, and the pork chops ended up steaming in their shared dish. Total failure. Just like my attempt at daily blogging for NaBloPoMo. Life got busy, my husband had

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On Tonight’s Plate

Tonight for dinner I made maple and mustard glazed pork tenderloin with onions and cranberries, mashed yukon gold potatoes, roasted brussels sprouts and carrots, and mushrooms sauteed in homebrewed wine. It was pretty easy and it was seriously delicious.

The pork loin was almost the star, but for me the cranberries were the real winner. It all came together in about an hour, and I was taking my time and socializing while cooking.

I used Maille Old Style Mustard, but any coarse-grain mustard will work. Please use real maple syrup, it’ll make you smile.

2 lbs pork loin
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) coarse-grain mustard
rubbed sage
cranberries
dehydrated onion

Heat oven to 425F. Heat some olive oil in a big pan. Season your pork loins with salt and pepper. Sprinkle a bit of rubbed sage over them. Sear them for about 3 minutes on each side, until golden. While they’re in the pan, put some dehydrated onions in a bit of water to rehydrate. You could probably use minced fresh onion here if you have don’t have the dry stuff. Or some onion powder. Place the browned loin in an olive oiled baking dish. Add

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