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Saskatoon Berry Madeleines

The day after I made these madeleines I took them to the school where I was the substitute teacher. These 6 children on the Colony were my tasting panel. "What is the secret ingredient?" I asked. Well, they said saskatoons and lemons, which of course, I told them were no secret at all. Those were the bold flavours. They could not taste anything unusual or different. They loved these. That is my proof that the lentil flour was a success in this recipe.

A madeleine is a small French butter cake. They are almost like a little cupcake. They can be mixed up in advance, cooked in just a few minutes and are a sure crowd pleaser for any party. They are very 'fashion forward'. Simple, rich and flavourful desserts are in vogue. I had fresh out of the oven madeleines with a chocolate dipping sauce at a very chi chi restaurant last month. I loved the warm and fresh little cakes. It felt decadent and did not break my budget.

Saskatoon berries are a favourite on the Canadian prairies and northern plains of the United States. They are so unique that they have been added to the Slow Food Ark of Taste. The Ark honours foods and food preparation styles that are unique to an area and something we would never want to lose.

The saskatoons have a unique flavour reminescent of blueberries but less sweet and a 'je ne sais quois' that is impossible to describe. Needless to say they are a strong favourite and a coveted experience for anyone visiting the region. The berry is dry and lends itself to baking in batters.

Canadian Lentils has a recipe challenge until April 7.  Pop on over to view all the interesting recipes and 'like' mine so I have a better chance to win some prizes. This is my entry in the Dessert category. I am incorporating the lentils in the flour ingredients. This is my final entry for this contest. I have been cooking with and eating lentils for the past month, and you know what, I like them. I had no idea how many adaptations I could make to incorporate lentils into my recipes.

Green lentils grind easily in a blender to produce a cornmeal textured flour. I have a VitaMix blender and it ground a cup of lentils in less than a minute. Sieve it if you would like a finer flour.

I can see many applications for this flour.

Lentils are naturally gluten-free.  They add a raft of nutrients and dietary fibre. The flavour of green lentils is peppery and works well in many recipes.

This recipe is almost gluten free! These are best served right out of the oven. Rich and delicious. The tart lemon glaze is perfect to compliment the rich and intense flavour of saskatoon berries.

Saskatoon Berry Madeleines

3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup lentil flour, sieved
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
zest of one lemon
2/3 cup saskatoon berries
3/4 cup melted butter, cooled to room temperature plus more to grease pans
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Brush madeleine pan with melted butter. Dust with flour and tap out excess. Refrigerate. I tried both all purpose flour and lentil flour for dusting the pan and I prefer the lentil flour. It is easiest to use a sieve and dust it over the pan.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip eggs, sugar and salt for 5 minutes until frothy.

Whisk flour with baking powder. Fold egg mixture into flour with spatula.

Add lemon zest to cooled butter and slowly pour butter into batter while gently folding the batter. Fold just until all butter is incorporated.

Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 12 hours. These were in the refrigerator overnight.

To bake, preheat oven to 425F. Fill indentations in madeleine pan about 3/4 full, approximately 1 large tablespoon. Don't spread out the batter. Just leave it in a clump. I found that a 1 1/2 inch ice cream scoop was the perfect size.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until cakes feel set. While cakes are baking make the glaze by stirring together icing sugar, lemon juice and enough water to make it smooth.

Remove from oven. Carefully loosen each cake with a table knife while still hot. Cool for a couple of minutes and empty pan onto a cooling rack. The berries can stick to the pan so be gentle. As soon as they are cool enough to handle, dip each cake into the glaze. I only dipped the bottom side but you can do both sides if you wish.  Scrape off excess glaze. Place on rack to cool and let glaze set.

Best served immediately. Can be kept in a container up to 3 days. Do not freeze with the glaze. The glaze will melt.


    The Secret Recipe for Pickled Eggs


    I have a friend with an organic hen and egg operation. Last winter he was left with an over supply of eggs and asked if I would help him out by making pickled eggs. I had never done this before nor do I eat pickled eggs. No matter, I helped him out. This was our favourite recipe.

    Pickled eggs
    Stale eggs peel much more easily than fresh eggs. Pickled eggs are a great snack, easily sliced into a salad, can be made into devilled eggs or a sandwich. Add flavourings such as curry or hot dried peppers.
    12 hard boiled eggs, peeled
    1 c. pickling vinegar 250 mL
    1 1/2 c. water 500 mL
    1 tbsp. sugar 15 mL
    2 tsp. pickling spice 10 mL
    1 tsp. kosher salt 5 mL
    Yellow or white onions, thinly sliced in rings
    Combine vinegar, water, sugar, pickling spices and salt in small saucepan.
    Bring to boil, stirring frequently, until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
    Place eggs in jar layered with sliced raw onions. Pour hot liquid over to fill jar. Seal jar with lid.
    Refrigerate for at least four days before using. Pickled eggs will keep for a month or more in the refrigerator. Serve with slices of onion from the jar.
    To make hard-boiled eggs place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Cover with at least 1-inch (2.5 cm) cold water over top of the eggs. Cover saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately remove pan from heat. With lid on, let eggs sit in hot water for 12 minutes. Drain and immediately put eggs in cold water until cooled. Crack the blunt end of the egg and then peel with a spoon.

    Oven Back Ribs with Baked Beans

    Real ribs are made in a smoker cooking low and slow. It is winter and I don't feel like lighting up the barbecue. These ribs made in the oven are pretty darned good, too.

    Baked beans are an excellent side dish. I made them in a slow cooker.  Rather than soaking the beans overnight and slow cooking them all day I did the opposite. It was mid-day before I thought to make them. I put them to soak and before I went to bed I assembled all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let them cook all night. The only drawback is that around 2am I was awakened by the wonderful aroma. If they had been ready I would have eaten a meal then and there. Glad they weren't done!

    Oven Pork Baby Back Ribs

    1/2 tbsp. smoked paprika
    1/2 tbsp. ground coriander
    1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
    1/2 tbsp. kosher salt
    1/2 tbsp. black pepper
    1/2 tbsp. ground ancho chiles
    1/2 tbsp. dry mustard
    1/2 tbsp. dried oregano
    1/4 c. canola oil

    Mix all spices together in a small bowl. This makes enough for 2 racks of ribs.

    Prepare the ribs by removing the shiny thin skin on the back called the silver skin. Trim off  2 or 3 ribs from the small end and 1 rib from the large end to make a more even rack. It will cook more evenly. The cut pieces can be cooked along with the racks.

    Brush ribs with oil and rub with spice mixture. Place in a plastic bag for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.

    When ready to cook, preheat oven to 300F. Place ribs on a baking sheet and bake in oven. After the first hour, baste with the 'mop'. Baste again after an hour. After 3 - 4 hours baking they should be ready to serve.

    This is a basting liquid to keep the ribs moist while they slowly cook. It is traditionally applied with a brush called a mop.

    1/2 c. barbecue sauce
    1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
    1 tbsp. light brown sugar
    2 tbsp. apricot jam
    1/4 c. apple or apricot juice or water

    Bring to a boil over medium heat to melt all ingredients and cool to room temperature.

    Baked Beans
    Panela is a Mexican unrefined natural sugar. It has a molasses flavour. Substitute with 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1 tablespoon molasses.
    3 c. dried navy beans
    1/4 c. panela brown sugar
    1 c. low sodium tomato juice
    1/2 lb. pork belly or thick cut bacon, chopped
    2 c. chopped yellow onion
    2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 tsp. dry mustard
    1 dried chipotle pepper
    2 tsp. salt
    Pepper, to taste

    Soak the beans overnight in enough water to cover by 3 inches. Drain.

    Add tomato juice, panela, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, dried pepper and dry mustard in slow cooker set on high with the lid on until the sugar is dissolved.

    Layer the soaked beans with the bacon and onion. I make about 3 layers. Add enough water to cover the beans. Cook on low for 6 - 7 hours or until tender.


    Scotch Eggs

    Peeling eggs is one of the first things we learn in the kitchen. So I thought. I have been making pickled eggs for a friend that has a free range chicken operation. Please, don't give me all your tips on peeling eggs. I know them all. But these present a unique challenge. Is it the extra hard shell? Is it the extra strong inner membrane?

    I felt like a complete failure in the simple task of peeling eggs.

    We all know that stale eggs peel easier. We all know that the cooked eggs should be plunged into an ice bath until fully chilled. We all know that we should crack the blunt end of the egg and slip under the membrane. Using logic I can peel an egg.

    Free range organic eggs are a whole other animal. Stale, chill, blunt crack and I am still not getting a clean peel. By chance I received a tip that changed my life. Use a spoon. So simple. Since I have been using a spoon to peel my eggs they are almost perfect. Tuck that tip in your recipe box.

    Scotch Eggs

    Scotch Eggs originated from a need for hearty travel food. I used a lean spiced pork sausage and panko bread crumbs. Use oil with a high smoke point such as canola or peanut oil.
    4 eggs, boiled
    3 large sausages, preferably a lean spicy Italian style
    1 c. flour 250 mL
    1 egg, lightly beaten
    1 c. breadcrumbs 250 mL
    Frying oil
    Put eggs in pot and fill with cold water. Place on heat and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and cover. Let sit for 12 minutes. Then remove eggs to an ice water bath until fully chilled. 
    Prepare the sausage by squeezing from casing and forming into 4 balls. Flatten each ball into a thin patty. Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs into separate bowls.
    Peel eggs and dry thoroughly. Wrap each egg in sausage and pinch so there are no holes exposing the egg. Roll in flour, then egg and finally breadcrumbs.
    Cook one or two at a time in oil heated to 350-375F in a deep pot. Turn occasionally if they are not totally submerged in oil. Fry until very browned. Remove and drain on paper towel lined plate. Serve hot or at room temperature. Serve with catsup, mustard or plain.
    Prepare 3 dishes. One with flour, another with beaten egg and finally one with breadcrumbs. Meanwhile heat a pot of oil to 350-3750F.


    Lentil Wontons

    This recipe is a keeper. Traditionally wontons and dumplings are made with pork and shrimp so I was worried about the intensities of flavours and the texture. Mushrooms have an earthy flavour and are meaty in texture. They were perfect. Any mushroom would work but sliced button mushrooms were on sale this week. I added wild foraged dried Saskatchewan Matsusake mushrooms. Shitakes would be another good choice. I fully cooked the lentils and they held their shape well. They had a nice firm texture in the finished wonton.

    These work equally well as potstickers served with a soy dipping sauce or as wontons in a mushroom broth for a vegetarian version of wonton soup.

    This is my entry for the recipe contest with Canadian Lentils. I call it my wild card entry because it doesn't fit into any category. Yes, there is a category for that. Click on this link to find all the entries on Facebook. Remember to 'like' my entry to help me win. Comments are nice, too.

    Don't be put off by the number of ingredients. Many are always in your kitchen already. There are a lot of veggies which is a good thing. And like with all recipes, just adapt it to your liking. Skipping water chestnuts, for example, will not make this any less appealing.

     Lentil Wontons

    1 tbsp. fresh ginger, finely chopped
    1-2 cloves garlic, minced
    4 green onions, finely chopped
    1 c. green lentils, cooked
    1 oz. dried wild mushrooms
    1 lb. button mushrooms, sliced
    1 - 227 mL can water chestnuts, coarsely chopped
    2 chard leaves, ribs removed chiffonade
    1/2 c. yellow onion, finely chopped
    1 carrot, finely shredded
    2 tbsp. cornstarch
    pinch of white sugar
    1 tsp. sesame oil
    2 tbsp. vegetable oil
    1 tsp. sea salt
    2 tbsp. soy sauce
    1 tbsp. rice wine
    salt and white pepper, to taste
    wonton wrappers

    Wash lentils and cook in ample water for 30 minutes or 10 minutes in a pressure cooker.

    Saute yellow onion in vegetable oil until soft but not browned. Put in a medium sized bowl. In the same pan saute mushrooms until soft. Chop finely in food processor and add to onions in bowl. Meanwhile soak dried mushrooms in 1 cup hot water for 20 minutes. Drain and reserve liquid. Finely chop. Add wild mushrooms, fresh ginger, green onion, chard, lentils, water chestnuts, carrot and garlic to bowl. Add sesame oil, rice wine, soy sauce, salt, pepper and cornstarch.

    Place a scant teaspoon of the mixture on a wonton wrapper and fold as desired. Round or square wonton wraps can be used. Wet the edge of the wrap and pinch the edges together to seal. I had square shaped wraps in my freezer. Makes approximately 50 wontons.

    At this point the wontons can be laid on a parchment lined baking sheet and frozen, then stored in a freezer bag or they can used right away.

    For potstickers, fry quickly in a hot pan with vegetable oil until browned. Turn over, add water and cover to finish cooking. The dough should shrink around the filling. Serve with dipping sauce.

    These can also simply be boiled and served with dipping sauce.

    Dipping Sauce
    4 tbsp. soy sauce
    1/2 tsp. sesame oil
    1 tsp. rice vinegar
    1 tsp. finely minced fresh ginger

    Wonton Soup

    Mushroom Stock
    1 large yellow onion, sliced
    2 medium carrots, chopped
    1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
    1/2 lb. white mushrooms, sliced
    1 oz. dried shitake mushrooms
    2 cloves garlic, smashed, skin left on
    bouquet garni of thyme, oregano, bay leaf and black peppercorns

    Cook all ingredients in a stockpot with 10 cups of water for 45 minutes without the lid. Strain and discard solids. Use stock to make soup with ingredients below.

    2 chard leaves
    finely chopped green onions
    1/2 tsp. sesame oil
    soy sauce, to taste
    salt and white pepper, to taste

    Season stock with soy sauce, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Add wontons and simmer until tender Add chopped chard leaves to hot stock.  Serve. Garnish with chopped green onions, if desired.


    Lentil Falafel Appetizer

    Lots of bloggers tell great stories about life in their kitchen or life on their farm or in their family. I am just not into that. My life isn't so exciting. The best part is the cooking I do almost every day. There always seems to be some inspiration that takes me off on a tangent. At the moment it is the recipe contest with Canadian Lentils. Be sure to click on this link to see their Facebook page. And while you're there, 'like' my recipes and it will help me to be a winner. Well, you are all winners actually. There are some pretty amazing recipes popping up daily.

    Falafel balls are usually made with a seasoned chickpea mixture. They are a traditional Middle Eastern recipe and are often stuffed into a fresh pita along with fresh tomatoes, red onions, hot peppers and a tahini sauce for one of the best sandwiches you will ever have.

    This appetizer is a riff on that utilizing green lentils. The lentils are quite dry. I tried making the balls without the egg yolk but they fell apart when frying. Adding a little water helped but it was not until I added egg yolk that I had a ball that held together nicely. If you make the balls in advance they can be refreshed in a 350F oven for 5 minutes. Assemble the appetizer just before guests arrive.

    Dried mint works best in the yogurt dip. You can find at a Middle Eastern grocer. Thana jeeroo is an Indian spice mixture. It was perfect for this recipe and was the best choice from my spice cupboard. Most kitchens probably don't have this. I know I didn't until I found it recently. Substitute half ground cumin and half ground coriander.

    These are still good as leftovers. Just microwave for a few seconds. Delicious. They seem moister after sitting in the refrigerator for a few days or do I just have a bad memory. They are not as crispy but who cares! Someone asked how the flavour compared to chickpeas and I can't tell the difference. Don't be tempted to omit the cayenne. That little kick of heat is really nice.

    This recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free.
    Lentil Falafel Appetizer

    1/2 c. dried green lentils
    2 T. finely chopped yellow onion
    1 minced clove of garlic
    1 tbsp. thana jeeroo
    1 tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp. cayenne
    lemon for garnish
    oil for frying

    Cook lentils in plenty of water until very tender, about 40 minutes. Drain.

    In a heavy pan heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and add lentils and remainder of ingredients except oil and egg yolk. Saute until onions are soft. Puree in food processor for a minute or two. Leave the mixture chunky. Chill. This will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

    When you are ready to fry the balls, add the egg yolk to the mixture and using your hand, mix it in well. This acts as a binder so the balls don't fall apart in the oil. If the mixture is still dry, add a tablespoon or two of water.  Using about a teaspoon of the mixture roll into 1 inch balls.

    Use an oil with a high smoke point such as canola and heat about 3 inches in a pan. Attach a thermometer and when the oil reaches 350F it is ready.  Don't overcrowd the pan or the temperature of the oil will drop. Turn over so all sides become browned. Drain on paper towels.

    Serve on skewers with a dollop of mint yogurt and half a grape tomato. Garnish with parsley, mint leaves and wedge of lemon. Encourage the guests to squeeze the lemon juice over the lentil ball.

    Makes about 24 balls. These are very filling so if you are having other appetizers I might suggest only 1 to 1 1/2 per person as a guide for your party.

    Mint Yogurt Dip

    1 c. Greek style yogrt
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1-2 teaspoons dried mint

    Mix all ingredients and refrigerate until needed. Will keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator.


    Sprouted Lentil Salad Rolls

    Lentils are an inexpensive and excellent source of protein, dietary fibre, high quality carbohydates and iron. They are highly recommended when weight gain, high cholesterol or type 2 diabetes is a concern.

    My back door neighbour is a farmer and has bins of them. "Any time you need lentils, just let me know," he insists "you can have all you want." These are his green lentils harvested less than ten kilometers from my home.

    Canadian Lentils is kindly sponsoring a recipe contest until April 7. The recipe categories include appetizers, salads, main courses, desserts and free style for recipes that don't fit into any of these categories. This is my entry for salads. Follow them on Facebook by clicking here. Don't forget to 'like' my entry and help me win! You can also leave a comment here, on my blog.
    Sprouting lentils makes them more digestible for some. They are used raw and have a crunchy, peppery presence in this dish. Addition of lentils adds a vegetarian and vegan source of protein. Feel free to add avocado or blanched asparagus.

    Sprouted Lentil Salad Rolls

    1 c. sprouted lentils
    1 c. shredded carrots
    1 c. shredded iceberg lettuce
    8 pieces of small to medium size rice paper
    1 pkg. rice noodle sticks

    Soak lentils for several hours, up to overnight. Drain and leave in collander or sieve. Cover with plastic wrap. It will only take about a day or two for the lentils to sprout. Rinse twice a day. The lentils are ready to use when the sprouts are about 1/2 inch. If they sprout much more than this the flavour becomes bitter and they are less appealing.

    Soften rice noodles in hot water for 3 or 4 minutes. Drain thoroughly and rinse with cold water. Lay out the filling ingredients in bowls, the carrots, lettuce, sprouted lentils, basil, mint, rice noodle and rice paper. Fill a bowl large enough to hold the rice paper with warm water. Place a large cutting board on the counter top.

    Now you are ready to make the wraps. Hydrate the rice paper until it just becomes limp and lay it out on the cutting board. Sprinkle lentils over the rice paper. About halfway up the rice paper circle place the other fillings. Place a tablespoon of each and a small amount of rice noodles in a line across the middle of the rice paper. Leave an inch clear on both sides. Roll from the side nearest you and tuck the filling in as you roll. Fold over both sides toward the centre. Continue to roll into a sausage shape with sides tucked in. Continue until all ingredients are used. Serve 2 rolls per person with dipping sauce.

    Dipping Sauces

    Mango Mustard Chutney thinned with water makes a sweet and spicy dipping sauce. Purchase a bottle of the chutney and thin as required.

    Hoisin sauce, chunky peanut butter, sriachi and water to thin is traditional. Heat 1/2 c hoisin with 1 T chunky peanut butter and a squrt of sriachi. Thin with water as required.

    Salmon Potato Pie

    Last year I visited Osoyoos in British Columbia for the Slow Food Canada conference. Osoyoos is on the southern end of Okanagan Lake and just minutes from the U. S. border. It is also at the northern tip of the Sonoran Desert. Mental images of desert are a reality when you visit in the summer. The temperatures are high and rainfall low. The lake is rimmed with mountains and benches. I cannot imagine a more beautiful setting for vineyards and orchards.

    It was at this conference that I learned about the Okanagan sockeye. Over the past century hydropower dams have been built downstream making it impossible for the salmon to return to the Lake. It has been so long since there have been salmon in the lake that someone like myself, not a local, didn't even realize they ever were there. Now a joint US/Canada effort of building fish ladders have allowed the salmon to come upstream and spawn. The levels of salmon in the lake now allow for sport and commercial fishing. You can read all about the return of the sockeye salmon in Canadian Geographic here.

    I bought a can of this salmon to bring home. I have been saving it for a special occasion but I think I am a food hoarder. Today I am making it as a treat for myself.

    As a child on the farm in Saskatchewan we always had hired hands. My father particularly liked the hardworking young men from a neighbouring farm. They had a large family and easily could allow one to work outside the home and they were good workers. We always had fish on Friday. Although we were not Catholic, they were and we made the meal to respect their beliefs. Tinned salmon made more than one appearance on our prairie dinner-time table.

    Apparently this tradition of tinned salmon was also popular in New Brunswick. Browsing through the cookbook A Collage of Canadian Cooking, I found this recipe. Here is my traditional meatless Friday meal using my Okanagan sockeye salmon with a recipe from New Brunswick.

    Pate aux Patates et au Saumon   (Salmon Potato Pie)

    pastry for double pie shell
    3 cups mashed potatoes (mashed with milk)  750 mL
    1 can (419 g) salmon, drained and flaked
    2 tablespoons butter                                          30 mL
    2 tablespoons chopped onion                            30 mL
    1 tablespoon each celery & carrot, chopped     15 mL
    1/2 teaspoon Chesapeake Bay Style seasoning    2 mL
    salt and pepper
    milk to brush the crust

    Line 9-inch pie plate with pastry.

    Fold potatoes and flaked salmon together lightly.

    Melt butter in small saucepan. Add onion and saute until tender, but not brown. Fold into potato-salmon mixture. Season with savory, salt and pepper.

    Fill pastry-lined pie plate with potato mixture. Place top pastry over filling. Seal and crimp edges. Cut slashes in top.

    Bake in preheated 425F oven 40-45 minutes until crust is golden.


    Parmesan and Sage Crusted Pork Chops

    Although I have never visited Italy in March I think it would be much greener than March in Saskatchewan. Italy at any time of the year is a nice place to be. Menus vary from region to region and I am excited to see what my dinner partners are presenting.

    If you are new to my blog, we have a virtual supper each month using recipes from Cooking Light. Yes, that's right, a lovely guilt-free meal every month. Can't beat that.

    These pork chops were love at first bite. They are so easy to make, tasty and a healthy choice. I will be using this breading recipe again. Perhaps I'll try it with meatballs or chicken paillards. These bone-in pork chops are very flavourful and juicy with just a little bit of fat.

    In Italian pork translates as carne di maiale. Usually pork is cured in Italy. It becomes prosciutto, pancetta, cappacolla, guancialle or lardo. But you can also find pork that is served without curing in most parts of the country.

    Now go and check out these recipes honouring Italy:

    Jerry's recipe from A Life Lived is Melon Prosciutto Salad with Parmigiano Reggiano.

    Sandi at the Whistlestop Cafe is presenting Tuscan White Bean Soup with Proscuitto

    Val from More Than Burnt Toast is making Gnocchi with Browned Butter. This is one of my favourites.

    Susan's dessert Warm Caramelized Pears with Clove Zabaglione. Oh yum. This is when I wish this was a real dinner party.

    This gives us all great motivation to get into the kitchen and make a lovely meal. And bonus, it is not packed with calories and fat.

    These pork chops are outstanding. It is super easy to use quick fry chops. Bread them in this herbed mixture and you have a main course to build a meal around.

     Parmesan and Sage Crusted Pork Chops

        1 (1 1/4-ounce) slice white bread, torn into pieces
        1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
        1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
        1/4 teaspoon salt
        1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
        1/4 cup all-purpose flour
        1 tablespoon prepared mustard
        2 large egg whites
        4 (4-ounce) boneless thin-cut pork loin chops, trimmed
        1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil

        1. Place bread in a food processor and pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure about 1 cup. Combine breadcrumbs, cheese, sage, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish. Place flour in another shallow dish. Combine mustard and egg whites in another shallow dish, stirring with a whisk.
        2. Working with one pork chop at a time, dredge pork in flour, shaking off excess. Dip pork into egg white mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Coat pork completely with breadcrumb mixture. Set aside. Repeat procedure with remaining pork, flour, egg white mixture, and breadcrumb mixture.

     3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add pork; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned and done.

    Lorrie Hulston Corvin, Cooking Light
    DECEMBER 2008

    Nutritional Information per serving

        Calories: 272
        Calories from fat: 45%
        Fat: 13.6g
        Saturated fat: 3.7g
        Monounsaturated fat: 6.6g
        Polyunsaturated fat: 2.2g
        Protein: 28.8g
        Carbohydrate: 7g
        Fiber: 0.4g
        Cholesterol: 69mg
        Iron: 1.3mg
        Sodium: 409mg
        Calcium: 102mg


    Pork and Squash Chili

    This is meal #3 from my pork butt roast. My second meal was a pureed roasted vegetable soup with thinly sliced pork on a bun with barbecue sauce.

    Pork and squash are a good match. It has a TexMex feel about it with chilis and pepitas. The family will never think this is leftovers.

    Guajillo and pasilla peppers are not hot. They are considered medium on the Scoville scale. Add a hot chili pepper such as a serrano, aleppo or habenero if you like spicy food.

    Pork and Squash Chili

    2 dried quajillo chilis
    1 dried pastilla chili
    1/4 c. pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
    2 c. cubed cooked pork butt roast
    1/2 butternut squash, peeled and sliced
    2 tbsp. vegetable oil
    1 tsp. sea salt
    1 tsp. ground cumin
    grating of black pepper
    1 clove garlic
    2 c. hot water
    1 onion, roughly chopped

    Preheat oven to 350F with cast iron skillet inside.

    Toast pepitas in skillet in oven and set aside. Toast dried peppers, seeds and stem removed. Add toasted peppers, salt, cumin, garlic, 1/4 c. of the chopped onion to blender. Add hot water and let sit for 10 minutes. Puree.

    Add vegetable oil to skillet. Add onions and squash and place in preheated oven for about 10 minutes to start cooking. Add cubed pork and pureed chili sauce. Return to oven until the squash is tender. Serve garnished with toasted pepitas.