• 17Feb


    4 gloves garlic minces or crushed

    1 tsp dried rosemary (or 1 tbsp fresh)

    1  teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tbsp fresh)

    Fresh ground pepper to taste

    1 4-5 lb pork loin roast

    1 tbsp butter

    2 large granny smith apples, peeled and sliced into 5mm wide slices

    1 large onion, thinkly sliced

    2 tbsp brown sugar

    1 tbsp Dijon mustard

    1 cup apple cider (can be substituted for apple juice, but this is far better)

    Preheat over to either 325F or 350F.  Mix together garlic, rosemary, thyme, pepper and about 1tsp of salt in a small bowl.  Slice pork loin in the middle, and rub ¾ of this mixture in the middle of both sides.

    Melt the butter in a large frying pan.  Add apples and onions to frying pan.   Sautee until onions are clear, about 5 min, not more than 10 min.  Stir in the brown sugar and mustard.  Remove mixture, and spread in the other side of the pork loin.   Tie together with kitchen string, every 5 cm or so.   Place loin on a roasting pan, and spread with remaining garlic mixture.   Poor the apple cider over the roast, and place in oven.

    Place meat thermometer into the center of the meat (not the stuffing, but the center of the thickest part of the raost).  Place roast in oven, and remove when roast is finish, about 155F.  Let sit for at least 5 min, and not more than 10min.  Slice, and serve with mashed sweet potatoes and/or rice and vegetables.

  • 16Feb

    At some grocery stores, it is possible to find really think slices of pork loin.  This are perfect for a quick dinner, because depending on their thickness, they can take as little as 5 minutes to cook.  Wow!  Here are a few ideas on how to spice them up a bit, without having to prepare an entire recipe.

    How to cook them

    – add tbsp of olive oil to a frying pan.  Heat on med high.  Once pan is heated, toss on the cutlet, cook for a minute or two, turn over and cook another minute or two.  It should be done, but you can check by cutting it open.  If there is hardly any pink or none at all, it is ready to go.

    Quick Sauces

    – try any of your favorite BBQ sauces.   BBQ sauce goes great with pork.

    – Frank’s hot sauce is a great hot sauce if you like spicier dishes.  It gives the pork a quick, but does not overpower it.

    – mix together a bit of honey and mustard and spread on top.


    – if you don’t  want to use a sauce, consider some spices or herbs.  Rosemary or thyme both go great with pork.

    – try the pre-made spice combos.  Find one for pork, and sprinkle that on.  The only problem with these is they can be high in pork, so if you need a low salt diet, check the sodium content of these.

    Quick Sides

    – if the side takes a long time, then quick cooking pork is pointless.  One great option are corn on the cob (cooks in just a few minutes).  If you don’t have any, frozen corn is another excellent quick option, as are peas and carrots.  You can try buying fresh but pre-washed and pre-cut veggies, which can be steamed in just a couple minutes as well.

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  • 14Feb

    Ok, most people now have read it, it seems pretty ridiculous, but I suppose it has some truth? People everywhere are making a big fuss about the greenhouse gases caused by cow flatulence. This seems preposterous, but its supposedly been proven by the Food and Agriculture organization. Really? So the cows are farting, and this is what is going to kill the world? Ok.

    Actually, there is a good article by the independent which explains it a little better.  Although they do mention that cow flatulence is a leading cause of methane  gas, they state one of the main reasons cows are such a a contributor to global warming has more to do with things such as the amount of land it takes to feed them, the grass that they eat, the fertilizer   it takes to grow their feed, the run off from the fertilizer, etc.

    Anyway, this gives us another reason to eat pork.  It is better for the environment!!!  So next time you are eating a juicy pork loin, one that you got from our delicious pork loin recipes (sorry, shameless self promotion), think about how you are saving the environment, one juicy bite at a time.