3 things your learned with Bill Spadea: Christie’s colossal error and more
We continued this week with passionate conversations. Our topics ranged from callers giving opposing views on why Governor Christie should #digin or resign. We even had Senator Kip Bateman calling in to provide detailed solutions on concerns over NJ's drinking water. I even provided a great pork loin recipe that will surely make your mouth water!
Governor Christie misses #BlueFriday honoree's wake
I think Governor Christie made a colossal error when he skipped fallen #BlueFriday honoree, NJ State Trooper Sean Cullen’s funeral for an interview with Donald Trump. Hundreds of people came from all across the country to honor Trooper Cullen. Cullen was fatally struck by an oncoming vehicle last week, while responding to a car fire.
Many Garden State residents are frustrated. Gov. Christie isn’t focusing enough attention on the state. I don't think Christie should resign, he should take this as time to #digin. We took calls from both sides of the issue today. Listen to two calls in particular that were on complete opposite sides on how they feel about Governor Christie. Listen to Murray on the Turnpike and Kyle from Matawan discuss their views on what Christie should do in the clips below.
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Bill's Pork Loin Recipe
I spoke about this recipe I made with a pork loin recently and decided to post in online for those of you who may have missed it.
Pork Loin rolled and boneless.
Make sure you pat the meat dry. Then place the meat in a brine for a couple hours or a couple days. The brine is equal parts sugar and water.
Roll out the meat so it's relatively flat...that's not as easy as you think...you might need a sharp knife to cut some of the fat...especially what's called the 'silver skin', that's a really tough layer of fat that you want to get rid or before you cook.
Season both sides of the meat generously with salt & pepper, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder and a little bit of cayenne pepper.
Then add a little olive oil to both sides.
With the meat flat, add a layer of pancetta (italian bacon - buy it sliced and not chopped) then a layer of spinach - pile it a little as it cooks way down. Last layer is fontina cheese. it's a soft, delicious mild cheese that won't overpower the other flavors. Cut the cheese thick as the meat will cook for a little more than an hour.
The hardest part is rolling the pork back up and then tying it with twine for roasting. After it's tied up, heat a cast iron skillet with a little olive oil. Make sure it's very hot before adding the meat. At this point preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Place the meat on the skillet and let it sit and fry for about 4 minutes. Then turn - each side should look crispy & brown
The reason you need a cast iron skillet is that goes right into the oven. .Place the browned pork into the oven and cook for about one hour. With a meat thermometer make sure the thickest part of the meat in the middle of the roast is 140 degreees.
Once you've hit the target temp (as I said about an hour) pull the meat out and let it rest for about 10 minutes. The rest ensures you retain the juice when slicing.
You can also ad some raw cut potatoes to the skillet to cook with the pork in the oven.
When you serve the 1/2 inch slices scoop up some of the pan juice and spread over the slices...
OK, now I'm hungry. Make it and tweet me your pics! Here are some pics from my dish below.
Senator Kip Bateman: What NJ is doing to protect our water
We need someone in NJ to stand up to some of the nonsense coming out of Trenton. Even for little issues, for example -- water. A recent article by our own reporter Joe Cutter states that 52 percent of Jersey residents are concerned about the water they drink. Water fountains were recently turned off in 30 Newark schools after elevated levels of lead were found.
Senator Kip Bateman joined us this morning to discuss a bill he is sponsoring to study and protect the infrastructure of NJ's drinking water. Bateman stated, "It's a real problem." You saw what happened in Flint. Flint was a different story. Their water was actually contaminated. Here we have good water but the infrastructure needs updating."
Listen to Senator Kip Bateman explain New Jersey's role in short and long term solutions below.