Buffalo, NY Sunset June 11, 2014

sunset

Stunning picture of the sun setting over Lake Erie.  Photo courtesy of my cousin, Kim!!

Pork Medallions (super easy dish)

done

It’s a balmy night here with the humidity waiting on the rain.  I had a pork tenderloin out and decided to make pork medallions (which is a fancy term for the tenderloin sliced into 1 inch thick slabs).

Such an easy dish to make and very impressive for serving friends.  I don’t use a recipe but will tell you how I make them and you can follow along without worry of making sure it’s perfectly measured!!

tenderloin season sauce medallionschives

Season the tenderloin with about a tablespoon of sesame oil (or olive oil/garlic oil etc), salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Pork Tenderloin (about 2 lbs)

Chives (grow your own indoors or out they are super easy to grow!!)

Butter, garlic powder, beef bouillon cubes, salt/pepper, sesame oil or other oil, parsley flakes (optional)

Cut into medallions (about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick) and let sit for about 20 minutes

In saucepan measure 1 3/4 cups water with 2 beef bouillon cubes and boil to dissolve the cubes

Add 1 tablespoon butter and let it melt stirring frequently

Add 1 tablespoon cornstarch into 3 Tablespoons of water and stir to dissolve

Add cornstarch mixture to hot simmering broth slowly stirring the whole time

Add 2 Tablespoons chives and parsley and stir to thicken.  Set aside on low

Grill Medallions until no longer pink inside (about 5 minutes each side on medium heat)

Cook rice

Serve Medallions over rice with the sauce and extra chives on top.

We had ours with out homemade freezer applesauce (I will post recipe for that when I make more to replace our stock).  Applesauce should never be purchased it’s so easy and so much better making it yourself!!

applesauce cookies

For dessert I threw together these chocolate chip macaroon cookies before the kids got off the bus.  These are super easy (4 INGREDIENTS) and the recipe is here: coconut chocolate chip macaroon cookies

 

It’s Official

bags

I have become a bag lady in my attempts to keep the mice and birds out of my garden!!!!

My garden was/is coming along nicely even though I lost a LOT of leaves of my plants to the mice.  My sunflowers were growing in nicely also around the edge and I have been watching the birds dive and grab the fresh tender plant that is starting.  So I am fighting back!!  I have never had a problem with mice in the past.  I was planting some new plants the other day and one ran right out and grabbed a bite of a bean plant!!  BAD!!!

You can see my garden started by seeds here

Here are some of the recent pictures.  You will see from the beginning of the container potatoes until these pictures from yesterday how quickly they have grown and filled up a 2 foot by 3 foot pot.  I am hoping for a good haul of potatoes trying this for the first time.

potatoes

container potatoes

cukes

pickle cucumbers, white & red onions, butternut squash

corn

Indian Corn

celery

Pumpkin, celery, peppers

The corn, zucchini, tomatoes, peas, beans, strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries are all coming along also.

So far so good with the bags, windmills, and scarecrow.