Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cook Once, Eat Twice Follow Up

We just finished the Pork Pot Pie made from Sunday's leftovers and it was a huge hit!

On Sunday I took a 1-pound pork tenderloin and rubbed it in whole grain Dijon mustard, garlic powder and white pepper while I chopped the veggies, which included 4 small Yukon gold potatoes (just under a pound total weight), 1 bunch of carrots, the kind with the greens still attached that need only be washed, not peeled and an acorn squash. I diced the squash and carrots the same size, but left the taters a bit larger. I tossed the veggies with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper, put them on a tray and roasted them at 400 for 30 minutes. Took them out, put the pork on top and roasted another 35 minutes (Rob likes his pork well done.) We ate half the pork and half the veggies for dinner and the rest went in the fridge.

For the Pot Pie tonight, I sauteed some cremini mushrooms until tender then added two tablespoons of butter blend and cooked until melted. I added two tablespoons of smooth Dijon mustard and two tablespoons of whole wheat flour. I cooked it until thick then added 1 cup 2% milk, 1 cup stock and a pinch of herbes de Provence. I cooked it until it was thick and bubbly, stirred in the pork (which I diced) and veggies and heated it through. Into the pie dish, topped with frozen puff pastry, brushed with egg wash and baked for 25 minutes at 450 degrees. It was absolutely delicious and so unlike leftovers. I look forward to having the leftovers of the leftovers on Thursday night at work.

In other news, I'm on day 2 of the office project and just about done. I need only purge and organize my massive stash of memorabilia (I am the worst sort of sentimentalist, I have the ticket stub of every movie, show and concert for oh, the past 25 years) then I'm as far as I can go with it until Rob kits out the closet with the new shelving system. I reorganized some of the furniture so there is much better flow, piles of papers have been shredded and the picture frames that were still boxed from the old house have all new photos ready for hanging. It's such a relief to know that I can leave town without the mess hanging over my head.

I'm leaving a week from tomorrow. I'll be blogging until then but it may be quiet around here while I'm away. Things are a bit upside down for my family at the moment so I'm going up to help shoulder some of the burden so I don't know that I'll have much time for the computer. If I'm able in next few days, I'll set some posts to automatically publish while I'm gone.

Have a great night!

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