Thursday, June 30, 2011

Pork Recipe

I don't have a better name for this recipe, but here it goes:
Baked Pork Tenderloin
Ingredients:
2 lbs. Pork Tenderloin
5 Strawberries
1 Peach
1 Mango
1 1/2 Green Onions
4 Garlic Cloves
1 Jalapeno Pepper
2 Banana Peppers
Lime Juice
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Slice strawberries, peach, and mango, and place in an 8x13 pan. Chop green onions (including the white bulb) and garlic, and add to fruit bed. Mince peppers, and mix into fruit and vegetable bed. Add lime juice and olive oil.
3. Pat pork tenderloin with a paper towel, to dry out the exterior. Score the outside with a sharp paring knife, to better allow flavor to enter the meat. Season with salt and pepper, and place on top of bed.
4. Wrap in foil, and cook for 2 1/2 hours for a medium. Take out of oven, and wrap to bring it up to a medium well.
5. Cut and serve the now reduce fruit chutney on top of pork.

Enjoy the recipe and pictures. It's delicious.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Baking Bread, according to the Japanese

My sweet husband writes insightful, thought-provoking posts.

I write about food.

And, not to break with tradition, check out a page from the manual for the Hitachi bread machine I inherited from my mom:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dangerous QuickPump

Today I went to Walmart (ahemNecessaryButEvilEmpireahem) to purchase an air pump for our new air mattress, which will take its maiden voyage on our camping stint this weekend. I bought a sturdy-looking rechargeable Coleman QuickPump. And it works fine, don't get me wrong.

However, I was a little alarmed by the following tag attached to the power cord:

WARNING: The power cord on this product contains lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.


I don't know what's more alarming, that my air pump power cord will give me cancer and deform my unborn children, or that this cord looks exactly a dozen other power cords lying around the house. Or that only the State of California knows that lead causes cancer?

The whole thing is quite confounding.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Airing Some Dirty Laundry

I grew up with brothers, and a mother who did not discuss the unmentionables of feminine life. So, imagine the culture shock of marriage, and learning about the underwire of feminine living.

For example, I walked into our bedroom last night, and began clearing our bed of the day's discarded clothes (for the record, we're not slobs. The clothes made their way to their respective destinations: the bed was a way station on their journeys). I found: two blouses, a pair of pants, a sports bra, a regular bra, and a pair of gym shorts. The gym shorts were mine. As I sorted the clothes to their bins or closets, I began thinking about the laundry we bring to our marriage.

I am still learning what it means to be a husband. When we were married (as married folks will agree), I was not instantly changed into a husband. Instead, I am still Mike Lemon, only now heaven and earth recognize my marriage. The change in thought and being is a process I become more aware of each passing day. And yes, I recognize that Hilary and I have been married for only a few weeks, but the thought is pervasive. "How can I become a better husband? How can I support Hilary, as a woman and as a wife?"

In my senior seminar, I have studied the work of Toni Morrison. In class discussion, I have learned about role reduction: when a person reduces their life to one role in life. For many of Morrison's female characters, they sacrifice strong female friendships for marriage, individuality for motherhood, healthy relationships for unhealthy sexual relations. Many of the ills found in Morrison's novels can be traced back to characters being reduced to one role. While I concern myself with being a good husband, I also understand how important developing other roles is: being a good priesthood leader, an academic, a man, a brother, a provider, etc.

So, what does this mean for Hilary? I tell her how important individual goals are, and how proud I am when she pursues them. But do you think? What are ways you have developed your sense of self, while being a mother or a wife? What can you teach me and Hil about roles in marriage?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Today's Bountiful Baskets Spoils

5 lbs. small yellow potatoes
9 yellow onions
2 tomatoes
6 ears of corn
1 head of romaine
1 head/stalk of celery (not sure what you call this, actually!)
2 lbs. grapes
1 lb. strawberries
5 apples
1 cantaloupe
5 bananas

Still leftover from last time, I have a teensy bit of romaine and 2 ears of corn.

What should we make?