Thursday, February 27, 2014

Home Cooking To Crave; Pork Tenderloin, Jar Dressing

Do you crave home cooking? I sure do. 
Here are 2 favorite recipes for your home cooking cravings.
Juicy Pork Tenderloin and 
"Jam Jar" Dressing

This is an all-time favorite that I cook for my family, for just my hub and myself or for a dinner party-it is that good and easy too! It is a pork tenderloin recipe stolen and modified long ago from Cathy Boatwright, friend and neighbor (thank you Cathy!) 

Also I want to share the "jam jar "concept for salad dressings to make fresh salad dressing light and easy. 

I got the idea from this guy. (LOVE)

But first the pork tenderloin ...

 ...which looks like this, sometimes packaged with 2... this...haha...just kidding...

Ingredients are simple; combine soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

Sprinkle tenderloin with cranberries or raisins or apricots and some thyme

pour the combined marinade over top

and simply bake at 350 for 45 minutes. What could be easier???

The jar dressing is so simple too! Save an old jar, jam or mustard, wash to reuse with lid.
I add about 1/4 of the jar with a light vinegar like wine vinegar and a teaspoon of dijon mustard.
Put the lid on and shake.
Then fill about double that amount with oil. 
(I like to use vegetable or canola because they do not congeal in the fridge and are light and fresh)

Shake again and you have a nice light french vinaigrette.
So easy!!! Beats any bottled dressing you can find HANDS DOWN!!

Toast some pine nuts, slice up some tomatoes or whatever you have and sprinkle dressing on top.

Add some couscous and some steamed asparagus and voila home cooking made easy that you, and everyone to whom you serve this easy meal, will CRAVE!

Again, you're welcome. 

Love your body, love each other, eat your carrots 
and cook at home-it's good for you!

Pork Tenderloin

1-2 pork tenderloins  (avoid the pre-marinated ones)
2 Tablespoons thyme
1/4-1/2 dried fruit i.e. cranberries, raisins, apricots
1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1/2 cup of olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Sprinkle tenderloin with thyme and dried fruit
3. Combine balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and olive oil in measuring cup
4. Pour over tenderloin
5. Bake in oven for 45 minutes. 
6. Rest and slice. Pour juices and fruit on top and serve.

French Jar Dressing

1/4 of the jar light vinegar such as wine vinegar or just plain vinegar
1 teaspoon if mustard
1/2 of the jar with light oil such as canola or vegetable oil

1. Pour vinegar in jar about 1/4 full
2. Add teaspoon of mustard
3. Lid and shake
4. Add oil to about 3/4 full of the jar
5. Lid again and shake.
6. Refrigerate after use. :) 


  1. Carrot-On...!! Carrot-On...!!
    Kim, I love your ease in cooking, photography and narration!!
    Your posts are always eloquent and inspiring!!

  2. Just love the post and i also like your blog. I’ll definitely try these. I have both goji berries and cranberries in my cupboards so i will try both berries in this it will be more healthy. Thanks for the nice recipe.
    Goji berry juice

    1. Thank you Lucas! Goji berries sounds like a great idea!


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