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Menu Plan for Fall I: Week 6, Wednesday

Pork Chops with Lemon Soy Glaze
Sesame Basmati Rice
Sautéed Butternut Squash, Oriental

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

          Dinner with an Oriental flavor; spicy pork chops, sesame rice and even the butternut squash lends itself to a quick stir-fry. 

Pork Chops with Lemon/Soy Glaze

Total time: 30 minutes
    This has a piquant sauce: dark, spicy, salty, sour, wonderful.  The pork chops I use are thin, about 3/8" (3/4cm).  If yours are thicker increase cooking time to 15 minutes.

Pork Chops with Lemon/Soy Glaze Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sesame Basmati Rice

Total time: 20 minutes
   Something as easy as a bit of soy sauce, some sherry and a sprinkling of sesame seeds can elevate simple Basmati rice to a gourmet level.

Sesame Basmati Rice Ingredients:

 Instructions:

To toast sesame seeds:  Put them into a dry, nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Toss or stir them about in the pan until lightly golden, about 5 minutes.

Sautéed Butternut Squash, Oriental Style

Total time: 20 minutes
     Butternut squash sautéed with onion and soy sauce, another simple preparation for this savory fall vegetable.

Sautéed Butternut Squash, Oriental Style Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  To clean butternut squash first peel it, using a potato/vegetable peeler.  If it's large (typically) cut it in half between the 'neck' and 'bowl' ends.  Then cut those in half the 'long' way.  Scoop the seeds out of the round end and discard.  I use the neck end for uniform pieces and the bowl end for soups and smaller pieces.

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl, dish for marinating, large skillet with lid,
small saucepan with lid, medium nonstick skillet

Mix marinade, pour over pork chops
Chop onion, divide
Mince garlic, ginger
Sauté onion, garlic, ginger for chops
Sauté rice
Clean squash if needed, cut
Add stock, sherry, soy sauce to rice, cover, simmer

Brown pork chops (reserve marinade)
Sauté squash, onions
Turn chops, brown
Add reserved marinade to chops, cover, simmer
Toast sesame seeds if needed
Dissolve cornstarch in water
Mind the squash, stir, flip, turn
    Pause while stuff cooks
Check rice, finish
Mind the squash
Remove chops from pan
Thicken sauce, pour over chops, serve