The First Thursday in May

It’s been a while since I’ve had a good rant. I know I’ve been sharing my faith daily in both little ways (the passages at the end of each post – most are part of our daily readings), and in big ways, acknowledge days of great religious significance. For me personally, today’s recognition as National Day of Prayer really doesn’t affect me. Every day is a day of prayer.

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Burgundy Pork Tenderloin

Today California Wineries are considered to be good producers, making decent award winning wines. Had it not been for prohibition, California Wineries would be among the best in the world. Developing the vine takes time. Prohibition brought a halt to that in many ways.

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Reasons to Celebrate!

Eighty Nine years ago today, the 21st Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, thus repealing the ill-fated 18th Amendment. In other words, Prohibition was over and the bars threw open their doors (legally) once more.

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Apple Mash Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Tomorrow is Apple Cider Day. It also happens to be a Friday. Since I’ll be sharing an amazing Fabulous Fish recipe for a Catholic Friday tomorrow, I thought it would be nice to share something with Apple Cider today.

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Celebrating German-American Day

Today is National Mad Hatter Day. Doesn’t that sound like a fun day? Get a little crazy, wear mad hats and have a tea party. So why aren’t we doing just that? Because today also happens to be German-American Day. I adore Weiner Schnitzel. However; this year National Weiner Schnitzel Day happened to fall on a Friday. We all know what that means in my old school Catholic house.

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Slicing Up a Delicious Sunday

Coming up with recipes to share, for the most part, is easy. Look to National Days for inspiration. Holidays practically write themselves. While other people read romance or mystery novels, I read cook books.

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Mushroom Pork Scaloppini over Egg Noodles

I just found out that today is National Presidential Joke Day. Interesting. I would say that every day is a Presidential Joke, but that would be rude. So I think I’ll just say “no comment”.

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Politics and a Pork Tenderloin Supper

Welcome to the 9th day of September. It’s National Teddy Bear Day, National Care Bears Share Your Care Day, National Boss-Employee Exchange Day and National Wiener Schnitzel Day.

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Italian Pork Tenderloin

This isn’t the first rubbed pork roast I’ve ever made. Chances are, it’s not the last. That said, this had to be the most flavorful pork roast I’ve ever made. Wow is an understatement.

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Rosemary Pork Roast with New Potatoes

Today is National American Beer Day, Navy Day and Black Cat Day. So raise your glass of Coors and say thanks to those who serve our country at sea. As for the black cat thing, this day was created to spark awareness of the low adoption rate for black cats. Personally, if Hubby weren’t allergic to cats, I’d have a black cat. These are beautiful creatures. And just for the record, black canine also face a similar adoption problem. So it’s not totally a superstitious over Black Cats.

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Welcome to Wild Card Wednesday

No National Days jumped out at me for inspiration. There was National Pralines Day, but I’m not a candy maker. A pro at eating candy, just not big on making it. Our other choice – National Parchment Day. Goes well with Pralines, doesn’t it?

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A Feast to Honor National Iowa Day

Today is National Iowa Day. The Hawkeye State was the 29th state to join the Union. Nearly 92-percent of the land is farmland. While Iowa might grow a lot of corn; hogs outnumber people in Iowa nearly 4-to-1. Wow, that’s a lot of pork! Turns out an Iowan also gave the world sliced bread. And according to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Burlington’s Snake Alley is considered the most crooked street in the world.

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Lemon-Garlic Pork Medallions and Asparagus

It was a beautiful Autumn Day – highs in the upper 70s, dipping down into the mid 40s overnight. The air was crisp, and clean and oh so beautiful. My menu for this perfect day was equally perfect – Lemon-Garlic Pork Medallions, Jasmine Vegetable Rice Pilaf and Green Beans. The Marinated Pork was in the refrigerator, just waiting to grace our table. Everything was in place. And then it happened – life had other plans.

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Bacon-Wrapped Pork with Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Beurre Blanc

This is now my second recipe that features Beurre Blanc. Literally translated, Beurre Blanc is French for “White Butter”. The very notion of white butter excites me. Unlike the Five Mother Sauces, Beurre Blanc is fairly new to the culinary world, an accidental creation of Clémence Lefeuvre some time around the beginning of the 20th century.

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Marinated Grilled Pork Teriyaki Kabobs

If you have been following my blog for any length of time, then you know I like shortcuts and I like to tweak things a little. My quick and easy Pork Teriyaki Kabobs are no exception. Let me begin with a little disclaimer – I am not a spokesperson for Hormel – receiving no endorsements; compensation or consideration from the company. I simply like their marinated Pork Tenderloins. They offer a variety of different marinated pork flavors; and it’s a great time-saver. Whenever possible, I prefer to cook from scratch – marinating my meat in my own marinades. That takes thought and planning. Sometimes thought and planning aren’t in the cards. It’s times like those that short cuts are a God send!

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