GCC: Fruit Stuffed Pork Loin

This past weekend I had every intention of doing this dish, except that I spend it running around doing errands and Saturday dinner turned into pizza.

Instead I decided, I would do it for Sunday’s dinner.

Sunday came and went and back in the refrigerator everything went. But, I made a mental vow that I was going to do this for our Monday night dinner no matter what.

I had doubts that this was going to work out for a quick meal, but once more, I realized that there is always a way.  And in less than 1 hour, I had it on the table for us to dig in.

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FFwD: Hachis Parmentier


Ok guys, we are entering the forth week of cooking from the new book by Dorie Greenspan - “Around my French Table”.  This is my third contribution, since I skipped last weeks choice, the Vietnamese Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup.

But, this week I could not resist, because mashed potatoes and meat, in this case chopped meat - are like a great marriage.  

In France this is the equivalent of the English Shepard pie. “Hachis”, which means a dish in which the ingredients are chopped or minced, come from the same root as the English word “hatchet”.  I did not use a hatchet of course, but I like the mental picture of it.  The rest of the dish is named after Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, a French pharmacist, nutritionist, and inventor who, in the late 18th century, was instrumental in the promotion of the potato as an edible crop.

Let’s all stand up right now and thank THAT MAN!

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GCC: Menu 1 - Baked BBQ Wings and Potato Skins with Cheddar and Bacon


And the inaugural post for Gutsy Cooks Club has finally arrived!

A couple of months back I decided that I needed a kick in the butt with my savory cooking.  I was finding myself baking more and more, but my savory cooking was taking a back seat.  I needed an incentive, and thus the Gutsy Cooks Club was born.  As of today, we have a total of nine Gutsy Cooks and that talent pool is awesome, I can not wait to see what we cook up.

Some have been blogging for a bit, some started their blog when they joined us, but all of us have the same goal, to cook, learn and to share our experiences.  You can too, by going here and seeing the roll call and visiting each of their blogs.

The month of October menu was decided by yours truly, and I got to come clean.With over 1,000 recipes in The Illustrated Kitchen Bible Cookbook to choose from, it was HARD, very, very hard to narrow them down.  So I did the next best thing.  I simply closed my eyes, open a random page and picked by placing my finger in the page.  Where ever it landed, that was the recipe of the week.
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