Sunday, October 24, 2010

28 Days

What A Show

He pulled out my chair

and whispered in my ear

“Madam, just for you.”

Scanning the night sky

I settled in with ease

anticipating

quite a show.

The curtain opened

just as the ball began

a slow ascent

into the eastern sky.

Its golden vibrant hue

illuminated the evening

casting shadows

across the ground.

The crowd murmured

and

gasped

for a show like this

is simply hard to beat.

It was then I knew

the best

moon viewing chair

had been saved

just for me.

a work in progress Ready All Rights Reserved 2010

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28 days of no rain, crisp, cool, clear nights and mild autumn days is cause for celebration and perhaps a little poem writing. As the rain moves in with cooler temperatures things surely are about to change.

Ralph Fletcher, one of my favorite writers, has written a book called Poetry Matters. In this book he focuses on helping you write poems from the inside out. He gives practical ideas on how to make your poems come alive. He believes poetry matters and that some of our best ideas arrive when we are not actively thinking about the writing but just simply paying attention to what's going on around us and inside of us.

Moon watching has been at its optimum lately and certainly provides an abundance of material if you feel the urge to create a poem.

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Cooking Light...Pork Medallions with Cranberries and Apples

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup fat- free, less- sodium chicken broth
  • 1 TB. brown sugar
  • 1/1/2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp.salt
  • 1/4 tsp. sage
  • 1/8 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 2 TB. flour
  • 4 tsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup thinly sliced Rome apple
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
Directions:
  • Combine first 7 ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk
  • Cut pork into 8 pieces and flatten each piece to 1/4 inch thickness
  • Dredge each pork piece in flour
  • Heat 3 tsp. oil- add pork and cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side until browned
  • Remove pork from pan
  • Add 1 tsp. oil to pan, add onion, cover , reduce heat and cook 5 minutes or until golden brown
  • Return pork to pan add juice mixture, apple and cranberries bring to a simmer cover and cook 3 minutes until cranberries pop and pork is done
  • Stirring occasionally and garnish with sage springs
  • 4 servings
  • Serve this dish wild rice




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