Spiced Pork Medallions with Bourbon Sauce Thursday, Jan 9 2014 

1/2 cup bourbon (I used Crown Royal Black)
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, cut into 12 slices
Cooking Spray

In a small saucepan, combine the bourbon, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, combine the chili powder, cinnamon, salt and allspice; rub over pork slices.

In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook pork over medium heat for 2-4 minutes on each side or until tender. Serve with sauce.

Yield: 4 servings

Taste of Home, Page 31

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Gnocchi with White Beans Wednesday, Dec 25 2013 

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 package (16 ounces) potato gnocchi
1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add gnocchi; cook and stir 5-6 minutes or until golden brown.

Stir in beans, tomatoes, spinach and pepper; heat through. Sprinkle with cheeses; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts
1 cup equals 307 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 789 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 13 g protein.

Taste of Home, December/January 2011, page 52

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Grill Sirloin Kabobs with Peach Salsa Friday, Oct 11 2013 

3 tablespoons peach preserves
1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
1 beef top sirloin steak (1-1/2 pounds), cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 medium peaches, cut into sixths
1-1/2 cups peach salsa

In a small bowl, mix preserves and jalapeno. Season beef with salt and pepper. Alternately thread beef and peaches onto six metal or soaked wooden skewers.

Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill kabobs, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat 6-8 minutes or until beef reaches desired doneness, turning occasionally. Remove from grill; brush with preserves mixture. Serve with salsa.

Yield: 6 servings.

1 kabob with 1/4 cup salsa equals 219 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 427 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

Taste of Home, June/July 2013, page 22

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Tart Cherry Lattice Pie Tuesday, Jun 4 2013 

1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed and drained
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine sugar and flour; stir in cherries and extract.

On a lightly floured surface, roll one half of the pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate. Add filling; dot with butter.

Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; cut into 1-1/2-in.-wide strips. Arrange over filling in a lattice pattern.
Trim and seal strips to edge of bottom pastry; flute edge. Cover edge loosely with foil.

Bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Remove foil. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 8 servings

Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt; cut in 1 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 1/3 to 2/3 cup ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

Per Serving 561 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 338mg sodium, 78g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 6g protein.

Taste of Home, June/July 2013, page 103

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Bistro Apple Panini Monday, Oct 24 2011 

PREP: 20 MIN COOK: 5 MIN BATCH YIELD: 6 SERVINGS

12 thick-sliced bacon strips, cut in half
1 medium apple, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp ginger ale tsp.
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup apple jelly
4 tsp minced fresh tarragon
12 slices sourdough bread
6 slices Havarti cheese
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
3 Tbsp. butter, softened

In a large skillet, cook bacon over mediurn heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels to drain. In a small bowl, toss apple with ginger ale and lemon juice; set aside.

Place jelly in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave on high for 20-30 seconds or until softened. Stir in tarragon.

Spread jelly mixture over six bread slices; Top with cheese; apple and bacon. Spread mustard over remaining bread, place over bacon. Spread the outsides of sandwiches with butter.

Cook on a panini maker or indoor grill for 3-4 minutes or until bread is browned and cheese is melted.

June/July 2011 TASTEOFHOME.COM
NOELLE MYERS GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA

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