Soy-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

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The first Christmas we were married, Mr. V and I spent alone in Nashville. We went and saw family over Thanksgiving, and planned on seeing more a little after Christmas. But at the time – I was a very tender 22 years old! – it felt devastating. I didn’t have any vacation time for my job, though, because I had just started on November 1. So it just was.

I cried in my cubicle, and then we moved on.


I planned a special Christmas Eve dinner. It’s legend in my nuclear family that the first Christmas Eve my parents were married, my mom made Cornish game hens for my dad. Every couple of years, she would repeat the tradition. I just knew that the pork tenderloin I planned on roasting would be that recipe for our family for years to come.

I followed Paula Deen’s recipe exactly, including the root vegetables, despite the fact that I’d never actually eaten or touched a rutabaga or turnip. I think I made a pie. We went to church at 5:30 and I thought I’d have plenty of time to roast the pork after we got back from the service to have a late dinner. (I vaguely remember this time when I wasn’t worried about feeding small children.)

But I kept looking at the pork, and it was hardly cooked. An hour … an hour and a half … why wasn’t it cooking like Paula swore to me it would?

Well, it turns out, that was because I didn’t know the difference between a pork loin and a tenderloin. I was expecting a huge roast to be magically done in an hour. I think after two hours or so, we were able to saw off the very ends to eat with our turnips. (Ick. I do not like turnips. Or parsnips.)

http://www.pauladeen.com/pork-tenderloin-with-root-vegetables

If you use actual pork tenderloin, this is a fairly simple but incredibly tasty dish. Marinate for a couple hours or overnight, toss in a dish, and roast it for awhile. The cinnamon-flecked meat is great with some roasted veggies and a salad. I roasted carrots and sweet potatoes around the meat, and it worked out great.

Soy-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Soy-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Asian-inspired marinade gives this pork the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Adapted from Paula Deen.

Ingredients

  • about 1 1/2 lbs. pork tenderloin
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 2 T red wine or a splash of red wine vinegar
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 T honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger or 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 green onions, sliced, white and light green parts

Instructions

In a measuring cup or bowl, whisk together soy sauce, red wine, brown sugar, honey, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, and onions. Place the pork in a gallon-sized zipper bag and pour marinade over it. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Preheat oven to 350F. Place pork on a baking sheet. Surround with vegetables tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic if desired. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until pork reaches an internal temperature of 145F. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

http://www.jessieweaver.net/2017/11/soy-marinated-pork-tenderloin/

Korean Barbecue-Inspired Grilled Pork Chops with True Made Foods Veracha

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Korean BBQ Pork Chops

For part of #CookoutWeek, I received a great little package from True Made Foods. It included their three current products: Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, and Veracha Hot Sauce. I love what True Made is doing – they use vegetables to naturally sweeten their sauces, cutting the sugars in half to make more nutritious sauces. And these sauces taste amazing.

True Made Foods Veracha Hot Sauce


As someone who tries to stick with real foods as much as I can, I love what True Made Foods is doing. For this recipe, I incorporated their Veracha Hot Sauce into an Asian-inspired marinade. Veracha is a thick, mildly spicy hot sauce, perfect for people like me who like things on the milder side. Veracha uses a combination of vegetables alongside jalapenos and cayenne to add the kick.

Everyone in our family enjoyed these grilled pork chops. I used my grill pan, because (like I said) our outside grill isn’t working right now. I’m sure they’d be even better with some charcoal flavor, too. 🙂

Asian ingredients

How can you go wrong with this cast of characters? I love having a big stockpile of Asian ingredients to throw together great marinades, sauces, stir-fries, and so forth.

Korean Barbecue-Inspired Grilled Pork Chops

Yield: 4-5 pork chops

Korean Barbecue-Inspired Grilled Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. fish sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2T brown sugar
  • 1 to 2 T Veracha Hot Sauce (or other hot sauce, to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 1/2 lbs. bone-in pork loin chops

Instructions

Whisk together all ingredients except pork chops in a bowl or measuring cup. Place pork chops in a large freezer bag, pour in marinade, and seal bag. Marinade in the refrigerator at least 4 hours, up to overnight.

When ready to grill, preheat grill to medium-high heat. If using a grill pan, coat lightly with grapeseed oil or other unflavored, high-heat oil. Remove pork chops from marinade and let sit on a plate at room temperature while grill heats.

Grill pork chops on one side for 4 minutes; flip and cook another 3 minutes or until chops read an internal temperature of 145F. Let rest for 10 minutes before servings.

http://www.jessieweaver.net/2016/06/korean-barbecue-inspired-grilled-pork-chops-with-true-foods-veracha/

I made a little dipping sauce from about 1/4 cup of the True Made Ketchup with 1 Tablespoon Veracha Hot Sauce. My 3-year-old loved it, although I didn’t think these needed a dipping sauce at all.

Don’t forget to go enter the awesome #CookoutWeek giveaway we have going on this week! And if you are interested in their products, you can follow True Made Foods on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Indian-Spiced Chicken Thighs {Secret Recipe Club}

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Indian-Spiced Chicken Thighs

If I ever want to feel really lame as a food blogger (which I am not, really), a visit to Culinary Adventures with Camilla will do it for me. The woman is pretty much a miracle: she is a mom to two boys and sometimes posts four recipes a day, highlighting her family’s adventuresome eating style. And this month, her blog was my assignment for the Secret Recipe Club.

There is no way on earth, though, I can feel any animosity toward Cam. She is a wonderful food blogger, super supportive of other bloggers, and the group leader of our SRC Group B. I’m just jealous of her amazing blogging prowess, which I do not have.


Given that my family is also not super adventurous about food, I decided to make one of her tamer recipes: Indian-Spiced Roasted Chicken Thighs. (Although SO many recipes looked delightful, like these Mashed Potato-Wrapped Meatballs, Tomato-Herb Bread Loaves, or this beautiful Ham and Caramelized Onion Tart.)

My kids will generally eat any kind of chicken, no matter how it’s flavored, as long as it’s not too spicy. Which is good for me, since Mama doesn’t tolerate heat very well, although sad for Daddy, who loves spicy food. I was glad everyone loved this chicken, and we will definitely make it again.

Indian-Spiced Chicken Thighs

Yield: 4-6 servings

Adapted slightly from Culinary Adventures with Camilla.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. chicken thighs (you can use skin-on, bone-in, or boneless/skinless)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander or dried cilantro
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • olive oil

Instructions

Place raw thighs in a single layer in a 9x13 pan or other large, flat container. Mix all spices (remaining ingredients except oil) in a bowl, then rub chicken all over with the mixture. Cover container and refrigerate overnight.

Remove chicken for the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking time. Preheat oven to 400F. Move chicken to a baking dish if needed. Drizzle with olive oil for browning. Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

(For bone-in thighs, you may need to increase this time. Boneless ones may take less time. Start checking after about 25 minutes to see if thighs are cooked through.)

http://www.jessieweaver.net/2016/06/indian-spiced-chicken-thighs-secret-recipe-club/

(This is the second time I’ve had Cam’s blog for SRC. The first time I made Cherry Scones with Vanilla Lemon Curd.)

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Asian-Inspired Lemon Chicken {Secret Recipe Club}

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Asian-Inspired Lemon Chicken

It’s another beautiful month of the Secret Recipe Club, y’all! You know what? I have been participating in the club for over four years now, with only a couple months off here and there. And it’s truly still enjoyable for me. I love getting to peruse new-to-me foodie blogs.

I think people probably get confused when they’re assigned my blog, since I’m not a *real* food blog. But I am glad they allow me to participate, and it makes sure I cook something new at least once a month!


This month I was assigned to A Spoonful of Thyme. Kathy has been blogging since 2009 about good food, memories, her children, and more. I really enjoyed perusing her gigantic recipe index, and finally got so overwhelmed that I let my husband pick the recipe for this month. He really liked the look of the Southwestern Stuffed Peppers, but determined that our kids wouldn’t touch them, sadly. (Stinkers.) So instead he decided on Lemon Chicken, Asian-Style.

Asian-Inspired Lemon Chicken

I would never order this in a Chinese restaurant, even though I’ve seen it on the menu, because it doesn’t seem authentically Chinese to me. I didn’t see much fried when I was in China in 2002. But maybe I’m wrong? Either way, whatever the inspiration is, the sauce is nice and tangy and I enjoyed this dish!

I modified to shallow-fry the chicken, although I think deep-frying like Kathy did gives it a better crust. I just don’t have a lot of deep frying skills and I try not to use the typical frying oils (like vegetable or canola). I shallow-fried the chicken in a combo of palm shortening and grapeseed oil, but you can do what you want!

We all thoroughly enjoyed this chicken and sauce over jasmine rice and accompanied by roasted broccoli, which I jazzed up by drizzling the florets with sesame oil as well as olive, adding to the Asian flair. Sesame seeds sprinkled on it all would be good, too!

Asian-Inspired Lemon Chicken

Asian-Inspired Lemon Chicken

Yield: about 6 servings

Asian-Inspired Lemon Chicken

Adapted from A Spoonful of Thyme

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lbs. thin chicken cutlets
  • oil for frying
  • for the batter
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • about 1 1/3 c. club soda
  • for the sauce
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 c. chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tsp. finely minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 to 4 T honey (start with 2)
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch stirred into 2 T cold water

Instructions

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. It is ready to go when you put the end of a wooden spoon in it and bubbles form around the spoon. (Or 375-400 degrees.)

Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and pepper. In a measuring cup, beat egg, then stir in club soda. Add enough club soda mixture that the batter is a little more runny than pancake batter. For me this took about 1 1/3 cups.

Dip chicken cutlets in the batter, letting extra drip off. Deep-fry, or shallow-fry about 5 minutes on each side, until browned and cooked through. Place a cooling rack on a jelly-roll pan, and put cooked cutlets on the rack in a 300F oven to warm while you finish cooking the chicken and sauce.

For the sauce, bring all ingredients except cornstarch to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce by half (to about 1 cup of liquid). Add cornstarch slurry to boiling liquid and cook a few more minutes, until thickened.

To serve, drizzle sauce over chicken pieces. Sprinkle with chopped scallions if desired.

http://www.jessieweaver.net/2015/08/asian-inspired-lemon-chicken-secret-recipe-club/

Tilapia with Honey-Tangerine Sauce

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Do you ever buy ingredients for a recipe … and then not make it, for weeks? Or is that just me? I kept putting off making Sauteed Tilapaia with Honey-Scallion Dressing because we did something else that night, or I didn’t feel like fish, or I didn’t feel like fighting with Libbie about it, etc, etc.

By the time I went to make it on this past Friday night, my scallions and lemon were far past usable (and either used for something else or thrown out). So I improvised and tweaked a little, creating a warm sauce instead of a cool salad dressing. I think it turned out wonderfully!

You could, of course, replace the tangerine juice with any other citrus for a different flavor. Tangerines are in season right now, so I grabbed one for twenty cents–cheaper than a lemon!


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Tilapia with Honey-Tangerine Sauce

Yield: 3-4 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-4 fillets tilapia or other firm, mild-flavored white fish
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 shallot, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 tangerine, juiced
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 1/2 T soy sauce (use LaChoy or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1/2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger

Instructions

In a small saucepan, heat 1 T olive oil over medium-low heat. Add shallots and sweat them until they are soft. (Try not to brown them, although I was not too successful at that endeavor. The first time I burnt them. The second time they got brown because my heat was too high. I was not going to try a third time!)

When shallots are soft, add tangerine juice, honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger. Whisk until well-combined and let cook over low heat.

In a large saute pan, heat remaining 2 T olive oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish fillets with salt and pepper and add to pan. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish is flaky. Remove from heat.

Bring sauce to a bubble over medium heat. Let cook until reduced by half, about 3-4 minutes. Sauce should be thicker but not goopy. Spoon sauce over fillets and serve.

http://www.jessieweaver.net/2011/04/tilapia-with-honey-tangerine-sauce/

Added to:
Mouthwatering Monday
Tasty Tuesday
Ultimate Recipe Swap (Fish on May 19, assuming I remember to link up!)
Parade of Gluten-Free Recipes at Heavenly Homemakers 
Share Your Sunday Best at Feels Like Home
Gluten-Free Recipe Link-up at Musings of a Housewife
Ingredient Spotlight at Eat at Home and at Finding Joy in My Kitchen (Citrus)

Weekend Bloggy Reading

 Countdown to 2011 with Finding Joy in My Kitchen

Cookie Exchanges & Molasses Cookie Recipe

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I love the idea of having a cookie exchange any time of year! Why not mix it up a little? Jen is a faithful reader and commenter of Vanderbilt Wife. Thanks, Jen, for this guest post! 

There are some things I’ll never understand. Like, why do people only break out the pumpkin around Thanksgiving? And, deviled eggs. Yes, a great picnic food, but why not all year round? Next year, I think I’ll make pumpkin pie for Easter and deviled eggs for Thanksgiving. That will really throw everyone for a loop. Which brings me to Christmas and cookies. Why the big push for cookies at Christmastime? I need them all year round!

We recently had our annual mother’s club cookie exchange. What could be more exciting than going to a party and coming home with six dozen different kinds of cookies? It *could* have something to do with the fact that I’m 33 weeks pregnant. Maybe.


Never done a cookie exchange? Here’s how it works. Everyone who is participating tells the other participants what type of cookie they are planning to make. That way there are no duplicates and plenty of variety. The number of people participating is the number of dozen cookies you make and bring to the party. The extra dozen is for everyone to enjoy at the party.

One of our moms hosts the cookie exchange, and we all bring our kids. The cookies were wonderful and the company delightful! Here is what I came home with: Chocolate Pecan Bark, Butter Cookies, Cracker Candy (this should just be shortened to Crack Candy, really), White Chocolate Cranberry Shortbread Cookies, Chocolate Caramel Bars, and Chocolate Chip Cookies with Mint Sprinkles.

This year, I opted for my tried and true molasses cookies. Now, I never considered myself to be a fan of spice or gingerbread cookies. I think it’s because I love soft, chewy cookies and those cookies were always crunchy when I tried them. These cookies are chewy, spicy, sugary rounds of goodness. They are by far my husband’s favorite and most requested cookie.

Molasses Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. molasses
  • 2 ½ c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1/2 c. white sugar for rolling cookies

Instructions

Beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and molasses and beat for one minute.

Combine dry ingredients and whisk together. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Cover dough and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Put white sugar in shallow bowl or pie plate. Use tablespoon cookie scoop and roll balls in sugar completely. Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Makes 4 ½ dozen cookies.

http://www.jessieweaver.net/2011/01/things-i-love-thursday-cookie-exchanges/

Have you ever done a cookie exchange? What is your favorite crowd-pleasing cookie recipe?

Jennifer Young is wife to Jay and mommy to Tommy & Baby Girl due early 2011. She recently decided to leave a career in commercial real estate to be an at-home mom. Jen loves baking, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She also has a now-defunct blog A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That.

Added to Things I Love Thursday at The Diaper Diaries.