3 posts from month 02/2016

Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Honey-Maple Sauce

My family loves pork tenderloin for dinner.  And it's relatively easy and inexpensive to make so I love it, too.  But what makes it memorable meal versus an okay meal?  In my opinion there are three simple but key steps to making a great dish.  First is really marinating the pork first, for at least a few hours, to let those flavor seep in.  In the marinade below I used a variety of flavors, some of which were used in the sauce as well.  Second, you want to really get a crust on the ... Continue Reading

Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet with Kale Walnut Pesto

There is really nothing like a slow cooked meat, veggie and bean dish that uses lots of wine and herbs.  I mean the flavors just have hours and hours to meld together and get to know each other - like old friends.  And somehow those wonderful combinations seep their way into the beans and create this rich stock that is so much better than just chicken stock alone. I used a round clay earthenware kind of pot for this dish, and covered it with foil for part of the cooking time and then left it ... Continue Reading

Valentines Day Cheese Course

This is such an easy appetizer to any romantic dinner for two - it doesn't have to be Valentines Day.  And it doesn't even require any cooking!  So guys, if you are looking for something spectacular to make for someone special in your life then try out these amazing flavor combinations.  I promise you it will not disappoint.  The star of the dish is the Manchego cheese, which is a Spanish sheep's milk cheese and has a mild, nutty flavor to it.  Try to find one that has been aged for six ... Continue Reading