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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 5, Thursday

Pork Tenderloin with Lemon and Capers
Barley
Glazed Tarragon Carrots

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

      With the Lemon Caper Pork and Glazed Tarragon Carrots I thought a simple, unadorned grain, Barley, would go best.  This is an elegant dinner that goes together quickly.

Pork Tenderloin with Lemon and Capers

Total time: 35 minutes
    Pork tenderloin lends itself to a variety of treatments; it's lean, cooks fast and stays moist and tender.  I can get them under a lb which is perfect for us.  You could substitute boneless pork chops if you like. 

Pork Tenderloin with Lemon and Capers Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Barley

Total time: 20 minutes
   Simple, plain, barley.  Sometimes, we just want plain....  Barley is a hearty, nutritious grain; easy to cook and flavorful.  Mine is quick-cooking barley, which takes about 15 minutes.  Cook in chicken stock for added flavor.

Barley Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Glazed Tarragon Carrots

Total time: 25 minutes
    Roll-cutting gives interesting looking pieces with lots of surface to be coated with this lovely sweet-sour, tarragon glaze.  I came up with this recipe in the spring with my fresh tarragon, but it's just as good now, with the dried.

Glazed Tarragon Carrots Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small skillet with lid, large skillet with lid, small
saucepan with lid

Slice lemon, remove pips
Slice onion, mince garlic
Sauté onion, garlic
Slice pork, sauté
Roll-cut carrots
Put carrots, et all in saucepan, cover, simmer
Turn pork

Add capers, stock, wine, tarragon to pork
Add lemon slices, cover, simmer
Start to cook barley
          Pause while stuff cooks
Dissolve cornstarch in stock
Uncover carrots, cook off pan juices
Check barley, remove, fluff when done
Remove pork, lemon to platter
Increase heat, add cornstarch, thicken
Spoon caper sauce around pork
Remove carrots, barley
Serve