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DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE 2.

2 MILLION FARMSIN AMERICA? AND OF THOSE, 96% ARE OWNED BY FAMILIES, NOT BIG CORPORATIONS.

I DIDN'T EVENKNOW THAT.

NOW, WITH THAT IN MIND, WE CONTINUE ON THIS MORNING WITH OUR SERIES ON FAMILYTIES, AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FARMERS AND FOOD.

WITH THE HOLIDAYS FAST APPROACHING,WHO BETTER TO TURN TO FOR GREAT RECIPES THAN KRISTIN REESE, A VOLUNTEER FOR COMMON GROUND,A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT DESIGNED TO GET WOMEN TALKING ABOUT HOW AND WHERE OUR FOOD COMESFROM.

SHE IS ALSO A FARM OWNER IN CENTRAL OHIO.

GOOD MORNING!GOOD MORNING! THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

ARE YOU KIDDING? I'M THRILLED YOU'RE HERE.

YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY? WELL, NOT ONLY BECAUSE YOU'RE GREAT AND THE FOOD HERE IS GREAT, BUTBECAUSE MY DAUGHTER AND I WERE READING CHARLOTTE'S WEB.

OH, A CLASSIC.

AND SHE TELLS ME, "MOMMY, I WANNA LIVE ONA FARM.

" WELL, SHE IS WELCOME TO COME TO OHIO ANYTIME.

(LAUGHTER).

WE'D LOVE TO HAVE HER.

IT MUST BE GREAT TO BE RAISED ON A FARM.

IT IS.

YOU KNOW, I GREW UP ON A FARM AND IT'SA WONDERFUL WAY TO RAISE OUR CHILDREN, TWO CHILDREN.

AND THEY LOVE THE FARM LIFE ANDALL THE THINGS THAT THEY'RE, YOU KNOW, ABLE TO LEARN FROM IT.

TOO MUCH FUN.

AND YOU KNOW, I WAS REALLY SURPRISED WHEN I READ THAT NOW, THAT MOST OF THE FARMSARE OWNED BY FAMILIES.

THEY ARE.

AND IT'S AN EXCITING FACT.

AFTERMANY YEARS OF BEING ON THE DECLINE, IT'S ACTUALLY A 4% INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF FAMILY FARMSIN THE UNITED STATES, AND THAT'S SOURCED BY THE UNITED STATES' DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,SO VERY EXCITING FOR THOSE OF US INVOLVED IN AGRICULTURE AND IN AMERICA.

AND YOU'RE A VOLUNTEER FOR COMMON GROUND.

TELL ME WHAT THAT IS.

COMMON GROUND IS A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT OF FARM MOMS, JUST LIKE MYSELF–.

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–AND IT'S ACTUALLY MOMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY,THAT KIND OF COME TOGETHER TO TALK ABOUT FOOD AND FARMING, WHAT WE DO ON OUR FARMS, ANDRELATE IT TO CONSUMERS JUST LIKE YOURSELF AND TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, FOOD AND FARMINGAND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THEY HAVE AND HOPEFULLY OPEN THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION ABOUT WHATFARMING REALLY IS AND THE FOOD THAT THEY BUY IN THE GROCERY STORE.

AND SPEAKING OF FOOD, THE HOLIDAYS ARE FAST APPROACHING, AND I KNOW YOU'VE GOT.

YES! OH MY GOSH.

TELL ME WHAT WE HAVE HERE TODAY.

WELL, TODAY, WE'RE GONNA TALK ABOUT A FAMILY FAVORITE OF OURS, A PORK TENDERLOIN.

IT'SGOT A FANTASTIC RUB AND MARINADE ON THAT.

WOW.

AND THEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE DESSERTS OF ALL TIME IS THE CHOCOLATE MOCHA CAKE.

AND I KNOW AS A MOM, AT LEAST FOR ME.

YOU HAVE HOW MANY CHILDREN?TWO.

TWO.

AND I HAVE TWO CHILDREN TOO.

YOU KNOW,NUTRITION IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

YOU WERE RAISED ON A FARM, IN CENTRAL OHIO.

GIVE ME SOME IDEASIN TERMS OF NUTRITIONAL VALUE IN BEING ON THE FARM.

WELL YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S THE MOST EXCITING PART FOR ME, IS THAT MY CHILDREN CAN SEE INALL THE DIFFERENT STEPS OF WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM.

OH, THAT'S TRUE.

YOU KNOW, PLANTING THE SEED IN THE GARDEN.

YOU KNOW, RAISING THE SHEEP ON THE FARM.

AND THEN SEEING THE END PRODUCT WHEN WE GO TOTHE GROCERY STORE, YOU KNOW, WHERE OUR PRODUCT ENDS UP.

AND TO ME, THAT'S REALLY EXCITING.

EDUCATING AND, YOU KNOW, DEVELOPING THE FUTURE LEADERS IN AGRICULTURE.

IT'S PRETTY EXCITINGFOR ME.

AND THEY CAN REALLY APPRECIATE IT MORE–.

THEY DO, HOPEFULLY.

–AT THE END OF THE DAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO TELLME HOW YOU MADE THIS.

BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING I KNOW MY FAMILY WOULD LOVE.

OH, THE SMELL, IT'S JUST FANTASTIC.

SO, YOU'RE GONNA GO TO THE GROCERY STORE.

YOU ARE GOINGTO PICK OUT A PORK LOIN OR A PORK TENDERLOIN.

YOU KNOW, PICK ONE THAT DOESN'T HAVE TOO MUCHFAT.

IF IT HAS A LITTLE EXCESS, FEEL FREE TO TRIM THAT OFF.

WE'RE GOING TO USE SOMESPICES.

WE HAVE GOT CINNAMON AND CUMIN, SALT AND PEPPER.

AND A LITTLE BIT OF RED PEPPER.

OOOHH.

AND MIX THOSE SPICES TOGETHER–.

ZING.

–AND THE SMELL JUST MIXED TOGETHER IS FANTASTIC.

GIVE THE PORK LOIN A GOOD RUB ON THE ENDS, ON THE SIDES, AND THEN WE'RE GONNA PAN SEARTHAT, AND THAT JUST KIND OF SEARS IN THE JUICES FROM THE PORK AND THE FLAVOR FROM THE SPICES.

AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO THAT A DAY AHEAD IF YOU'D LIKE, IF YOU'VE GOT A PARTY THE NEXTDAY.

SO IT'S A GREAT DO-AHEAD.

AND THEN WE'VE GOT THIS GLAZE WHICH IS THE BROWN SUGAR, GARLIC,AND A TABASCO, AND THEN YOU'LL JUST DRIZZLE THAT OVER THE PORK LOIN AND BAKE IT IN THEOVEN.

AND IT IS EASY, SIMPLE, IT'S NUTRITIOUS, AND IT PACKS A LOT OF PUNCH.

AND IT'S SO TASTY.

NOW, TALK ABOUT PACKING A LOT OF PUNCH.

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THE CAKE.

HELLO! LOOK AT THIS!ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE THINGS TO MAKE, AND THE KIDS LOVE TO HELP WITH THIS TOO, BUTIT'S A CHOCOLATE MOCHA CAKE.

SIMPLE CAKE.

IT'S A BUTTERMILK BASED CAKE.

OOOHHH.

AND IT JUST HAPPENS TO HAVE A CUP OF COFFEEIN THE CAKE AND THEN SOME ESPRESSO IN THE FROSTING.

AND IT'S REALLY SIMPLE.

I THINKIT'S EVEN BETTER THE SECOND OR THIRD DAY.

(LAUGHTER).

YOU KNOW, IN THE MORNING, WITH YOUR CUP OF COFFEE? AND THEN OF COURSE, WE'VE GOT ALLOF THE BEAUTIFUL FRUIT.

WHATEVER'S IN SEASON, OR GO TO YOUR GROCERY STORE AND JUST PICKSOMETHING OUT.

AND THE KIDS LIKE TO HELP WITH THIS TOO.

THEY LIKE TO DO THE GARNISHES.

SOMETIMESGO TO THE GARDEN AND PICK THE MINT LEAF TO GO ON TOP, SO IT'S A FUN THING FOR ADULTSTO EAT AND YOU DON'T WANT YOUR KIDS TO EAT TOO MUCH OF IT THOUGH.

THAT'S THE ONLY WARNING.

OKAY.

(LAUGHTER).

SO, THESE ARE ALL, OBVIOUSLY, NEAR AND DEAR TO YOUR HEART.

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THESE ARE FAMILY RECIPES, RIGHT?YES.

YOU HAVE MORE TO OFFER FOR US?WE DO.

WE ACTUALLY HAVE A WEBSITE findourcommonground.

Com, YOU CAN FIND THESE RECIPES AND MANY OTHERSFROM THE COMMON GROUND VOLUNTEERS.

SO IT'S A GREAT RESOURCE.

I GOTTA TELL YA, I'M GONNA MAKE THIS WITH MY GIRLS.

THIS IS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.

THANKYOU SO MUCH.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME.

SO SINCE YOU INVITED US TO THE FARM, DO YOU HAVE A WILBUR? THAT'S WHAT MY DANIELLA ISGONNA ASK ME.

"DO THEY HAVE A WILBUR?" NO.

NO WILBURS.

BUT WE DO HAVE LOTS OF LAMBS,SO.

OKAY, WE'LL TAKE THE LAMB.

(LAUGHTER).

THANKYOU SO MUCH, KRISTIN.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

YOU TOO.

AND TO GET MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES PLUS LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW YOU CAN HELP FIND OUR COMMONGROUND AND JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT FARMING AND FOOD, YOU CAN GO TO THE WEBSITEAS WELL.

IT'S thebalancingact.

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SHE'LLLIKE THE LAMB.

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