Pork Loin with Pumpkin Sage Bread Pudding
Six-Course Dinner - Menu and Recipes

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Pork Loin with Pumpkin Sage Bread Pudding
Six-Course Dinner - Menu and Recipes


First Course:

Appetizers served before dinner in living room)

Feta Cheese with Pepper Honey
Feta Cheese with Pepper Honey
A very simple and utterly spectacular appetizer! Your guests will be impressed!

Parmesan Crisps and Baskets (Frico)
Parmesan Crisps (Frico)
Called "Frico" from the Friuli region of Italy, these delicious wafers are spoonfuls of grated cheese that are baked and cooled. Great served with cocktails or wine, filled with your favorite filling for appetizers.


Second Course:

Dill Pickle Soup
Dill Pickle Soup
This very unusual Dill Pickle Soup tastes fantastic! It always surprises my guests when they discover that it has dill pickles in it.


San Francisco-Style Sourdough French Bread
San Francisco-Style Sourdough French Bread

This Sourdough French Bread recipe is very easy to do, but if you desire, you can also purchased your bread to save some time.




Third Course:

Caesar Salad
Caesar Salad
My all-time favorite salad is the Caesar Salad. To many, including myself, this is the King of salads.


Fourth Course  - Palate Cleanser

Lime-Basil Sorbet or Verjus Mint Sorbet



Fifth Course - Main Course:

Pork Loin with Pumpkin Sage Bread Pudding
This recipe was adapted from a recipe for Double-Cut Pork Chops with Pumpkin Sage Bread Pudding and Pan Gravy by the Blue Sky Cafe in Manzanita, Oregon. The original recipe appeared in the Oregonian newspaper on Tuesday, January 6, 2004. The original recipe called for double-cut pork chops. Since this cut of pork is harder to find, I substituted pork loin.

Sixth Course - Dessert:

Creme Brulee
Perfect Creme Brulee
Very few desserts are more delicious to eat and to look at. Translated from the French, this popular dessert means "burnt cream," referring to the caramelized finish. A classic finale to a meal, creme brulee can be served slightly warm or chilled. This is one of my favorite desserts to serve at my dinner parties.


Latte CoffeeFinale:

This course can either be served at your dining table after clearing the dishes or in the living room.

A good way to end a meal is with a (decaf) latte. Learn how to make a perfect cup of Coffee



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