Going into the Blogger dashboard and finding no already written posts to publish always send me into a tailspin. What to write???
We had company for dinner last night; my blog friends Tiff and Biff, and my employer. This dinner had to be postponed several times due to snow or the calendars of busy people not meshing - and it had been a long time since I had seen the couple - so I wanted to make a good meal and hoped everyone would enjoy themselves. There is one thing I can cook and know I will not mess it up in some way, and that is pork tenderloin. I have never bought a bad one and most of the time they come out tender and moist and altogether delicious. I have concocted a new sauce for it: orange marmelade and peach and mango salsa mixed together. It was a big hit! I doubt I'll ever fix tenderloin another way again.
What I call adult macaroni and cheese was a great accompaniment to the pork. It is made with gruyere and cheddar cheeses. It was supposed to have grated Parmesan in it as well, but as I was typing out the recipe for Biff later last night, I realized that I had forgotten the Parmesan. I can safely say it made little to no difference in the taste of the dish! Four of us had seconds - so I think it was a hit.
Ordinarily, asparagus is my green vegetable of choice, but I bought some tiny green beans from Sam's and sauteed them in EVOO with red onions, adding slivered mint leaves just before serving. I grew up in the south, where green beans are usually cooked with ham or streak-o-lean until they are limp and olive-colored, but I think from now on, I'll be sauteeing them al dente, so that they actually resemble beans when they are served.
Tonight's dinner will be a reprise of last night, and hopefully, these are leftovers that mr. kenju won't mind eating again.