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Harvest Time Pork Tenderloin

Can I show you what we ate for dinner last night?  In a picture, I mean, not in the way a 9 year old boy would show you..."aaah...see food?"

"Pretty," isn't usually a word that I'd attribute to meat, but I'd make an exception for this pork dish.  With crispy bits of sage, golden brown color, and apples and onions floating around it in a sweet and fragrant sauce, this little piggy got an appearance upgrade.  The inspiration for this dish was a recipe by the name of Apple Orchard Pork Roast in the most recent edition of Taste of Home magazine.  I changed the cut of pork, the amounts of several of the ingredients, and the cooking method, basing my changes on another tenderloin recipe I've done. Our onions and herbs came from our garden, and the apples from the farmer's market, the first we've bought this season.  "Harvest Time" seemed a fitting re-name.

We enjoyed it with roasted red potatoes and green beans.

Harvest Time Pork Tender…

Pumpkinmallow Fudge Cake

Are you as excited about pumpkin season as I am?  I know I'll be sick of it by the time Spring rolls around, but for now I'm thinking let's get cookin' with some Cucurbitaceae, baby! I needed a treat to bring to our very first homeschool group meeting and decided it was a fitting occasion to do my first pumpkin baking of the season.  It made me smile to see everyone milling around, just about every hand holding a plate with a slice.  Baking is best when shared!  I'm looking forward to many future opportunities of getting to know these folks and--bonus for me--occasions to try out new dessert recipes. :D

I've had this recipe earmarked to try ever since I picked up a copy of Mixing Bowl, a Better Homes and Gardens special interest publication, on a whim last year.  I don't typically buy magazines from newsstands, but this one caught my eye, and every recipe featured looked mouthwatering. 

I followed the recipe for the cake exactly, but switched up the frosti…

Zucchini Frittata

I know, I know.  Two zucchini recipes in a row.  'Tis the season.  :)  But! This is yummy enough to have earned a spot on our table twice in the last two weeks, so I feel I really must share it.  It's such an easy and versatile dish and the cooking method so quick and almost fun that I'm regretting not trying it before. Any way you make it, dinner/breakfast/lunch/brunch is on the table in about 20 minutes, including prep time, and I appreciate that because school and housekeeping have been keeping me plenty busy.

In the interest of full disclosure, that sense of busyness has been artificially amplified by an old copy of Emma by Jane Austen (original retail price: 50c!) and the activity of getting my 17-month-old son down from places, because although he's not quite walking yet, he has taken to acting like a daring little mountain goat.  Emma I picked up at a library bag sale last week ($3 to fill a large paper bag at the sale, so we came home with at least a hundred ch…

September & the Start of School

We're enjoying a beautiful, golden day today.  Not quite as literally golden as this picture I took last October, but those days are coming soon. When it comes down to it I really can appreciate all the seasons, but I think if I had to pick one, I could be happy in perpetual Autumn.  Temperatures in the 60s and 70s, the foliage glowing with change, apples and pumpkins and other bounties of the fields in plentiful supply, home and table spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, the sky a mix of sunshine and cozy clouds, feet can feel equally at home in flip flops and tall boots, windows open to welcome breezes at night.   Pastor John Piper once spoke about C.S. Lewis' impact on his faith, and how the latter helped the former, "become alive to life. To look at the sunrise and say with an amazed smile, “God did it again!"'  I felt that way driving home from a "field trip" to the zoo today, sun streaming into our van.  He made Autumn again!  Amazing! 

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Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini pancakes made us late to small group once.  I don't know if I had forgotten to season my cast iron properly or if I had the heat up too high, but for some reason on that night every pancake behaved terribly and turned out more pan than cake.  I couldn't seem to get it right.  I eventually had to have my husband intervene so we could eat dinner and get on our way.  Among other qualities that make him a treasure, he is very level headed and very good at fixing my mistakes.  It's a nice thing.

I make these every year during zucchini season; it's a tasty, fast, and easy way to use prolific vegetables.  And it's a light & meat-free summer dinner that the kids enjoy.  We like them with ketchup, but I've also heard of serving them with sour cream.

Zucchini Pancakes

3 c. shredded zucchini (or zucchini and yellow summer squash)
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 T. mayonnaise
1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. AP…