It's a special day! You get it all for free! Did you know you paid for it all the other six days of the week? Oh yeah! I'm getting rich over here!
Here's today's quote:
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable; and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony. William Ellery Channing
Here's today's recipe: We had Peppered Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry-Onion Compote (one of those recipes that my friend, Scott, would say that the title was the ingredient list!)
Roll 2 fat-trimmed pork tenderloins (1 lb. each) in 2 T. coarse-ground pepper. Put 1 T. oil in hot 11-12 oven-proof skillet and brown the pork on all sides, 5-7minutes total. Set into a 400-degree oven 20-30 minutes or to 155-degrees. Let stand 5 minutes.
Stir 1 red onion, peeled and chopped (6 oz.) in 1 t. oil until limp, about 5 minutes.
Add 1 c. dried, sweetened cranberries, 1/3. C. raspberry vinegar, 1/3 c. skimmed chicken broth, and 1 T. sugar. Stir till liquid is reduced to 2 T., about 7 minutes.
Reduce heat to low. Add 1/3 c. butter and stir till melted and incorporated.
Cut meat into ¼-inch slices. Serve with compote.
Serve with Potato Risotto (recipe tomorrow!) (and tonight, we had roasted potatoes with it instead), and green snap peas (tonight we had simple petit pois avec du beurre—green peas with butter). See? There's room for variation! For a first course, serve Apple-Mint Salad (again, recipe tomorrow!)
Emily and I had a great BBQ sandwich today for lunch at Joe's in south Lake Union. (looked for a link—couldn't find one. Sorry.)
Today's view from my back yard: a heron! Yes, mark it down, an actual heron! Maybe it was an egret. The only other time I saw one of these was on our one and only camping trip—to Montana. We had gone canoeing and a blue heron gracefully took off from the brush. An amazing site.
Today's sounds in my home: Our self-taught, eldest daughter, Emily bought a rock-songs piano book today. Appropriate since her dad sang the 'oldies' to her in the womb, along with "Jesus Loves Me", and the "A-B-C" song. He wanted her to be culturally aware, spiritually secure, and intelligent. I would say he succeeded.
And if I don't sign off in the next five minutes, it will be tomorrow and all will be null and void.
Love you all—good night!