I did it!

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I made a holiday meal that actually was served on time. Okay, I was 15 minutes late. But that has been the closest I’ve ever been to my announced meal time. So my time management skills are getting better.

Easter is the only holiday that wasn’t spoken for when I married into this family. My mother-in-law makes Thanksgiving, a grandmother-in-law prepares Christmas Eve dinner, and Christmas is handled by my mother-in-law. While I help out on Thanksgiving and Christmas, I don’t get to set the menus. This is a family steeped in tradition.

A couple years back I started making dinner.

This year’s menu was simple. An herb roasted pork loin, roasted asparagus, homemade macaroni & cheese, a potato cake aka Pommes Anna, and a storebought cheesecake. (I made marshmallows with my boys the day before. I wasn’t about to make a cheesecake, too)

The pork loin is dead easy. 4 lb pork loin on a rack in a roasting pan. Cover w/ a mixture of 3 Tbl olive oil, 6 minced garlic cloves, 2 tsp each of chopped fresh basil, thyme and rosemary, 1 T salt. Cook at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, then reduce temp to 400 and cook for 40 minutes or until cooked through. Then remove from oven and let the meat rest another 20 minutes before slicing. (I had a jar of crushed garlic and just put in a giant spoonful. I think that’s more than 6 cloves, but we love garlic) It was delicious and considering how little fuss was involved, I think that’s earned a spot in rotation when I do cook for the family.

The potato cake didn’t quite hold together. I admit, I was lazy and didn’t use clarified butter (next time I might just buy ghee if I feel lazy). I was also lazy and used my food processor to slice the potatoes, but that was a plus, not a minus. Anyways, the potatoes were still cooked through and had a lovely flavor.

It was a great dinner. If you’ll notice, out of the whole meal, the only thing LK couldn’t have was the macaroni & cheese (yes, the potatoes were made with butter, but that doesn’t seem to bother him).

If I’d practiced making the potatoes ahead of time (since the recipe calls for flipping the pan partway through), it probably would have been ready just a little before 5! Ah well, next year.