Saturday, December 8, 2012

A quiet dinner before a fun-filled day and evening

Having a pork tenderloin in the refrigerator, an unreliable (soon-to-be-replaced!) oven, and a bunch of errands to run today, I did some research on cooking pork tenderloin in a slow cooker and found a weird recipe with just a few ingredients: pork tenderloin, sauerkraut, sweet and hot mustard, and Mountain Dew. Yes, you read that right. I'd likely have sailed right past that recipe except that I had all the ingredients--including, improbably, Mountain Dew. No one in our house drinks Mountain Dew, but one appeared in our beverage refrigerator at some point in the last few months. If nothing else came of this recipe, we could at least get rid of that Mountain Dew.

Another reason to do something quick and easy tonight: I've already set the table for our part of a progressive party tomorrow night.

So we are eating at the kitchen counter tonight.

The pork tenderloin was fork-tender and surprisingly tasty.

I served it with sauteed green beans tossed with butter, Dijon mustard, and tarragon.

And because I'm taking a big dish of dressing to a covered dish holiday luncheon tomorrow, tonight we had a little dish of dressing made with cornbread, onions, scallions, celery, Granny Smith apples, and a splash of bourbon.

A quiet evening at home while prepping for a busy, fun tomorrow. That's what we're having.

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