Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Easy pork loin #recipe + contest & giveaway news!

From Daryl

Have you entered our 7th anniversary photo contest? We're still celebrating! 

Click on the picture of the cheerleaders (us) on the left and enter a photo. It doesn't have to be perfect. It has to include one of our books. Read the rules and see how you can enter up to 5 photos!

5 will win this prize:  9 of our books plus a cute MLK tote bag!  

Don't miss out. We're accepting photo entries until the 25th.

Photos like these - easy peasy!

a) with a cat
b) with a dog
c) having summer fun
d) in a library
e) in a bookstore

But after entering contest and viewing cute pictures... a girl must eat...and so I need to share a delicious and EASY recipe for pork loin. I'm at the final stages of writing the second French Bistro Mystery, SOUFFLÉ OF SUSPICION, and as you must all know by now, I need "easy" when I'm in write-mode.

5 ingredients plus the pork. How easy can this be? And so tasty?  Granted, the weather is hot so you might not want to turn on your oven, but if you do, I promise this will satisfy your taste buds.


1 2-pound pork loin
½ cup Rice Chex cereal, crumbled
1 teaspoon Tuscan Sunset spice (Penzey’s or replace with bouquet garni)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon mustard seed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a pan with foil. Set the pork loin, fat side up in the pan.

In a small bowl, mix the cereal and spices.  Top the loin with the spices.  Fold the foil together, to seal.

Set the pan in the oven and bake the loin for one hour.

Open the foil and let the loin cook another 10-15 minutes to brown the topping.

In the meantime, make your vegetables.

Slice the pork loin thinly, and serve 1-2 slices, with juice that accumulated in the bottom of the pan.

Savor the mystery!

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  1. What a clever idea!
    That must make a tasty, crunchy topping.

    1. Just think: If you use Rice Krispies in place of the Rick Chex, you can call it Snap, Crackle, Pop Loin!

    2. Libby, cute! I like that idea. It does make a tasty crunchy topping. I've used it on a meatloaf, too. ~ Daryl