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I was given a single pork loin, and I had to come up with what to do with it. And, I was thinking about a raspberry pear jam from my neighbor Kathy…What could I do with both of these items given to me to make a luscious dinner?

I went on a quick trip up to Boa Vista Orchards in search of pears. The season of these being available from the farm was over. But I did spy some Granny Smith apples, so I grabbed one of those.  Then nearby I saw really good looking oranges, so I grabbed one of those too! Then I found the treasure of the day:  fresh asparagus!

So what can I do with these ingredients?  Here is what I put together:

Ingredients
1 single pork loin
1 russet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
Zest from one orange
2 shakes of Saigon cinnamon
4 twists of fresh ground salt and pepper
1 1/2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 dash of cumin

Sauce
1/2 cup of raspberry pear jam
1 cup of Chardonnay (You can substitute Merlot for the Chardonnay, but the Chard was really, really good!)

Take the pork loin out of the refrigerator to warm up. Take the next 7 ingredients and combine them. In a greased baking pan, add the potato and apple mixture.

Apples and potatoes

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. While this is cooking, take the raspberry pear jam and add this to a saucepan and blend with the Chardonnay. Heat on medium high, and bring to a boil.

Jam and wine sauce

Reduce the heat to medium low, and stir every five minutes, until the mixture is reduced by half. Remove from the heat, and strain the seeds from the mixture into a bowl. Be sure to push on the solids with the backside of a spoon. Rinse the pot and return the mixture to the pot.

About this time the timer should be going off on the potato apple mixture. Remove this from the oven, stir the potatoes and apples, and then split the mixture so that they are split in half with a trough in the middle. In the open area, lay in the pork loin.

Pork loin added to the apples and potatoes

Even the potatoes and apples around the loin, and then with a paint brush, baste the loin with the raspberry pear chardonnay sauce. Just a bit, because the rest will be used for a drizzle over each serving! Put this back in the oven and cook for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 135 degrees. While it is baking I got the fresh asparagus ready.

Asparagus is ready to go

At the 25 minute mark I basted the meat again with some of the jam sauce, and again at the 30 minute mark. When the pork is done, remove the pan from the oven.

Right out of the oven

Transfer the pork to a cutting board and cover. Stir up the apples and potatoes and cover. Get the asparagus going. Let the meat sit for 10 minutes. Reheat the wine and jam sauce. Slice up the meat,

Slice the meat

and serve it up with the apples, potatoes and asparagus. Drizzle the jam sauce over the meat

Dinner is served!

and dinner is served!  This dish was incredible blend of flavors and it was so yummy that we ate the whole thing!  This recipe is a keeper, and Kathy, I will need more of your terrific jam!

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I have been a bit under the weather, and I wanted to make a simple dinner for this evening. Tonight the fare is sirloin steaks, baked potatoes and steamed asparagus.

Take the steaks out about an hour before cooking, and season both sides with fresh ground salt and pepper.

Steak seasoned with fresh ground salt and pepper

My husband will be doing the grilling tonight. He says the steaks take 20 minutes.

Steaks midway through cooking on the grill

Scrub the potatoes and rub with a bit of oil and fresh ground salt.

Potato scrubbed, oiled and ground salt and pepper added

These will take 50 minutes or so to cook, so you will need to time the rest of the dinner. Turn the oven on to 375 degrees, and when the oven is ready, place the potatoes on a rack in the center for 25 minutes. Turn 1/2 way through the cooking time. Before removing from the oven test them to make sure that they are soft cooked.

Get the asparagus ready next. Wash them and then snap the stalk.

Bend the asparagus until

The asparagus snaps

Lay these in a steamer basket. When you are ready to steam these get your steamer going and cook until just crisp tender, about 6 – 8 minutes.

When the steaks are done, pull them off the grill and let them stand for 5 minutes. During this time, get those spuds ready by adding a bit of butter, and sour cream if you like. Lay the asparagus on the plate and lay on the steak!

Dinner is served!

Serve this dinner with a really good Bordeaux or try a Cabernet Sauvignon! Enjoy!

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The aroma of beef rises up in the air and dances a waltz with its partners, garlic and peppercorns.  The fragrance fills the house and arouses the stomachs of those that inhabit the home.  The rotisserie slowly turns, the fat drips, and the juices permeate throughout the meat.  Can’t you just smell it?

Ingredients
3 1/2 – 4 pound prime rib, cradled
8 big cloves of garlic
1 TBS black peppercorns
1/2 tsp fennel seed

Garlic, peppercorns and fennel

Hours before you start to cook the beef, peel the garlic and place it into a food processor along with the peppercorns and fennel. Grind until it is well blended.

Garlic, peppercorns and fennel rub

Place the meat into a pan and rub in the garlic and peppercorn, fennel mixture over all surfaces of the meat.

Meat is rubbed and now needs to sit

Cover and let this sit in the refrigerator. Take the meat out one hour before cooking to warm up a bit. When you are ready to cook the meat, place the meat on the rotisserie spit. Then set it and forget it!

Half way through cooking...can you smell it?

Prime Rib is done!

Cook it until the internal temperature is 140 for rare, or 160 for medium. Let the meat rotate for 15 minutes with no heat before slicing.

Tonight I served the prime rib with Conor’s roasted potato wedges, and fresh steamed asparagus!

Dinner is served!

The wine: Most definitely a Petite Sirah!

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Last night I pulled out the wok and made my version of Chicken Chow Mein. It takes a bit of time to put together but it is well worth it!

Ingredients
1 Bok Choy
1 Napa Cabbage
1 Carrot
8 Asparagus
8-10 Green Beans
1/2 Can of Bamboo Shoots
1/2 Can of Sliced Water Chestnuts
1 Broccoli Crown
6 Dried Shitake Mushrooms
4 Cloves of Garlic
6 Boneless Chicken Thighs
8 Oz. Chinese Noodles
Rice Wine
Soy Sauce
Sesame Oil
Peanut Oil
1/4 cup of water
Dash of Salt
3 Spring Onion

Start with the Shitake mushrooms. To rehydrate these, place them in a bowl and cover with hot water.

Rehydrate the Shitake Mushrooms

I cut up the vegetables and separate them into two batches. The Bok Choy and Napa cabbage in one; the carrots, asparagus, green beans, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, broccoli and mushrooms in the other. The first cooks quicker than the second.

Napa Cabbage and Bok Choy prepped

Prepped veges

Then I cut up the chicken into small chunks. Add a glug of rice wine.

Cut up Chicken Mixed with Rice Wine

Chop up the garlic, and put into a small bowl. Slice up the spring onion and put into another small bowl. Set aside.

Spring Onion and Finely Chopped Garlic

Prepare the noodles according to the package directions. Add soy sauce to your liking and a good dose of the sesame oil and combine. Set aside.

Chinese Noodles

Add one TBS. peanut oil to your wok and heat. Then toss in the Bok Choy and the Napa Cabbage. Stir fry until they just start to wilt.

Stir Fry the Bok Choy and Napa Cabbage

Then remove to a bowl. Add another TBS of peanut oil to wok and heat again. Add in prepped veges and start to stir fry. Then add the water and a dash of salt. Cook until just crisp tender.

Sitr Fry the Vege Mix

Remove to the bowl with the cabbage and bok choy. Heat a TBS of peanut oil to hot and then add the garlic. Stir fry this until the aroma comes up and then add the chicken.

Stir Fry the Chicken

Cook until the chicken is no longer pink inside. Then add to the bowl with the vegetables.

Everything is Cooked and Ready to Use

Now add 3 TBS of peanut oil to the wok and heat. When hot add the noodles and stir fry for about one minute. Then add the bowl of chicken and vegetables and the spring onion and stir fry to combine and all is heated through, then serve it up!

Dinner is Ready!

I make a lot of this so that I have leftovers for lunch at work. It is really good cold too! I hope that you enjoy this as much as my husband and I do!

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