Officially Spring!

Pork Tenderloin with Winter Flavors:

It is officially Spring — And yes, we’ve been enjoying some warmer, mild weather.  But late yesterday, we actually got a few inches of snow — A fluffy-but-wet ‘spring’ snow.

3-Snow-100

Snowy evening created a perfect setting for making one more dinner with Winter flavors — Something I’d been intending to make for the past few months.  A Pork Tenderloin with an Orange/Date Compote — Presentation on a happy/bright Jim Lorio Plate!  Dinner-Delish — Flavors definitely worked.

3-PorkDate-100

The Food – Pork Tenderloin with Orange/Date Compote:

I love dates, although sometimes they’re too sweet.  Then I discovered a recipe for a Date Relish — With dates AND orange.  I cooked up a pork tenderloin (and a butternut squash).  The pork I first pan-seared, then oven roasted for 15 minutes.  Once I had pan-drippings, I added the chopped dates, the orange juice, a bit of cider, and orange zest, and finally cilantro.  Served on a waiting plate — Delicious!  Flavors worked wonderfully — The Orange/Date Compote was perfect with the pork — Earthy-sweet, but totally balanced and refreshing with the orange.  Winter flavors on a snowy Spring evening.

3-PorkDateDk-100

The Pottery – Dinner Plate by Jim Lorio:

I’m serving my late-winter dinner on a favorite plate made by Colorado Artist, Jim Lorio — Stoneware, Shino glaze, earthy-but-friendly ‘bare’ rim.  I have a ‘set’ of these plates — I really do enjoy them in my life!  I use them quite often — They are so perfect and comfortable for so many meals!!  Jim Lorio will be participating with the St. Croix Pottery Tour in early May — At Guillermo Cuellar’s Studio (where I help out every year).  I’m looking forward to a few more plates….

3-LorioPlates-100

And that’s the tale of my late-winter meal.  Happy EARLY Spring everyone — I know our sudden snow will melt quickly, and I will be thinking of more springtime flavors.

3-Snow-100

Advertisements

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s