"Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time." Marthe Troly-Curtin

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Spiced Cantaloupe Butter

cantaloupes (1 cantaloupe will yield approximately 2 cups of purée/pulp)
lemon juice

Remove rind and seeds from melons. Cut melon into small pieces. Put cantaloupe in a large, heavy kettle; add just enough water to prevent sticking (about 1/4 cup). Boil until soft, then process with a food processor or a food mill. Measure cantaloupe pulp; add 1 1/4 cups sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon allspice to each quart of pulp. Boil gently, stirring often to prevent sticking, until thick. Pour hot, thickened mixture into hot, sterilized jars. (Also read your jar manufacturer's instructions.) Wipe away any spills on jar rims with paper towels moistened with sterilized water. (A wide-mouth funnel is very useful for filling jars.) Apply lids and rings. Process for 10 minutes in boiling water bath, then tighten rings and check for proper sealing . Store in a cool, dark place.

This recipe will make about 2 half-pints of cantaloupe butter for each quart of cantaloupe pulp

By Diana Rattray, Guide

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Grape Sauce
From EatingWell: November/December 2008
Here, we roast grapes to bring out their succulent sweetness, then combine them with thyme, mustard and Madeira in an easy, savory sauce for pork tenderloin. Serve with barley and steamed green beans.
4 servings | Active Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes
4 cups red and/or green grapes
1-1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
1/2 cup Madeira, (see Shopping Tip) or white wine
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, or 1 teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons water
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1. Position racks in the middle and lower third of oven; preheat to 425°F.
2. Place grapes on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast on the lower rack, shaking the pan occasionally to turn the
grapes, until they are shriveled, 25 to 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, rub pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork and brown on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn the pork over and transfer the pan to the top oven rack. Roast the pork until just barely pink in the center and an instant-read thermometer registers 145°F, 12 to 14minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board to rest before slicing.
4. Place the pan over medium heat (use caution, the handle will be hot), add shallots and cook, stirring, until
softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add Madeira (or wine) and cook until reduced by half, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in broth, thyme and mustard; bring to a simmer. Combine water and cornstarch in a small bowl and stir into the pan sauce. Cook until thickened, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir in the grapes. Serve the sliced pork with the grape sauce.

Nutrition Per serving : 299 Calories; 6 g Fat; 1 g Sat; 4 g Mono; 74 mg Cholesterol; 31 g Carbohydrates; 26 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 407 mg Sodium; 799 mg Potassium 2 Carbohydrate Serving Exchanges: 2 fruit, 3 lean meat, 1 fat
Review suggestions: Use less grapes and slice/chop grapes.