Archive for February, 2007

Seeing Double

February 18, 2007

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These two squirrels had quite a fight keeping each other off of the bird feeder. They finally came to some sort of understanding and tolerated each others presence. However, they each fed out of separate tubes.

Do Not Enter

February 17, 2007

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It seems the R’s in Washington might have been wise to have heeded these signs – “Pay for Our Troops”, “Do Not Enter”, “Wrong Way”. But no, it was more inportant to help this oil company (and others) who apparently cannot afford numbers for their rapidly escalating gasoline prices (profits?). “Play Here, Win Here” – guess that did not work out either!

Fig and Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

February 11, 2007

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Tried this recipe from Cooking Light magazine today. It was delicious and quick to prepare. We had it with potatoes and steamed snow peas.

1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
1/2 cup dried figs, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 Cooking spray
1 tablespoon apple jelly, melted

Preheat oven to 450°.

Slice the pork in half lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open the halves, laying pork flat. Place pork between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or small heavy skillet. Sprinkle figs and blue cheese over pork, leaving a 1/2-inch margin around outside edges. Roll up the pork, jelly-roll fashion, starting with long side. Secure at 2-inch intervals with twine. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper, and place on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 450° for 20 minutes. Brush jelly over the pork. Bake an additional 5 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink). Let stand for 10 minutes. Discard twine; cut pork into 12 (1-inch-thick) slices.

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Brrrrrr! It’s Cold Outside

February 11, 2007

Been having about a week of cold weather. However, Busydingbat does not seem to care. The dogs are gone, family strangers are back at their own homes, and the slaves she lives with are back home. A kitchen chair and a wool Army blanket in the direct sunlight make a perfect resting place on a cold, winter day. Wow, life is good!

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