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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 7, Tuesday

Pork Chops Diablo
Sweet Potato Oven Fries
Sautéed Carrots with Leeks

Cooking time: 35 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Sweet potatoes are becoming a year 'round staple here and I like to pair their caramel flavor with something spicy. 

Pork Chops Diablo

Total time: 30 minutes
     Diablo or deviled usually means spicy, often hot and always full of rich, complex flavors.  These zesty pork chops are a perfect example. The ones I get are quite thin.  You may need to increase the cooking time if you are using very thick chops.

Pork Chops Diablo Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Total time: 35 minutes
   A bit crunchy on the outside from the caramelized sugars; like warm, creamy pudding on the inside.... Wonderful!

Sweet Potato Oven Fries Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Carrots with Leeks

Total time: 20 minutes 
     If your leek is very clean, leave it whole and slice rounds for a nicer presentation. If sandy, slice in half and rinse as usual.

Sautéed Carrots with Leeks Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, small skillet with lid, medium
bowl, baking sheet, food bag, plate

Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Cut potatoes
Put potatoes, oil in bowl, toss to coat
Bake potatoes
Combine flour, chili powder in food bag
Add pork chops, shake to coat
Brown pork chops
Chop onion
Slice leek

Turn chops
Slice carrots
Remove chops to plate, add chili powder, sauté
Add onion, sauté
Dissolve cornstarch in water
Add sauce, broth, Worcestershire, mustard, boil
Sauté leek
Add cornstarch to sauce, stir, thicken
Return chops, reduce heat, cover, simmer
Add carrots, stock to leeks, stir, cover, simmer
Turn sweet potatoes if you like
Turn chops
     Pause while everything finishes
Remove all and serve

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