What’s for dinner: Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin with Acorn Squash

Click on image to go to the recipe on the Everyday Food (source) website.

And so we meet again, acorn squash. After last night’s peeling party, I was relieved to see that I would just be cutting tonight’s incarnation into wedges, then roasting the heck out of them.

Cost of ingredients: $13.50, almost $11 of which was for the pork loin. I already had the olive oil, brown sugar, cinnamon and cumin (which I suspect is old and weak, since I can’t remember when I actually bought it).

Substitutions: None — although there was one omission. For some reason, I forgot the chili powder.

As easy as they said? I got very excited about getting to use my cast-iron pan, which happens so rarely that I had forgotten where I had stored it . (Prominent place in pot rack, not under stove with commonly used pots and pans.) Why do you think they ask you to tie a pork loin? I know they say “so it cooks evenly,” but it wasn’t like my untied version suddenly spread into a thin paste or anything. It cooked just fine. Plus, who enjoys cutting and picking off pieces of string? Do not want.

How’d THAT go over? Quicker than expected — I set the timer for 40 minutes, as indicated, but the pork was way done by then — about 20 degrees higher. Luckily, it wasn’t overdone, but the squash wedges were caramelized (which was actually quite tasty). Also, speaking of omissions, I skipped over the instructions to brush the meat with sugar mixture and turn the squash every 15 minutes. And also the tenting at the end, because we were in a hurry.  We lived.

Would I make it again? Eh. The brown sugar glaze with cumin and cinnamon was a nice touch (and I can only imagine what the chili powder would have done), but the acorn squash itself wasn’t too amazing — again, yams would have been a perfectly good substitute, even with their higher sugar content.

WHAT SAM WORE: 05-04-10

The shirt: Band-collar white linen shirt from Banana Republic.
The pants: Olive boot-cut cotton khakis from Old Navy.
The shoes: Sneakers by Skechers, from Last Chance.
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