Monday, September 9, 2013

Three Pepper Pork Tenderloin and Grilled Bratwurst

Here are a couple of new recipes I tried during the week of Sept. 2-6. They’re awesome! Click on the links to get the recipes.

Three-Pepper Pork Tenderloin with Peach-Cucumber Salad: The peaches and cucumbers provide a refreshing foil to the peppery pork in this delicious recipe. We only used a pinch of cayenne pepper instead of the full ¼ teaspoon.
   Don’t forget the yogurt (we used plain Greek-style yogurt) and naan bread mentioned at the end of the recipe ingredients – they will pull all the recipe’s components together nicely. You can put the parts together and eat it on a dish, or eat it with your hands by putting sliced pork, salad and yogurt in the naan bread and folding it in half. 
   This recipe feeds four comfortably.

Grilled Bratwurst and Onion Open-Face Sandwiches: Our first time trying bratwurst sausages was a success thanks to this very easy recipe.
   We didn’t make this as an open-face sandwich; rather, we used sausage buns instead of bread, and ate them like hot dogs. The circles of sliced onions will break apart as they cook, making them perfect to pile on top of the sausages in the buns.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Late summer recipes:
Grilled Corn; Black Plum Ice Cream

Here the awesome new recipes I tried from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. Enjoy! Click on the links for the recipes.

Grilled Corn with Herb Butter: This simple recipe will have you munching down corn on the cob in no time. Husked corn is grilled then slathered with a delicious butter flavored with chives, parsley and salt.

Paloma: (alcoholic) This refreshing and elegant cocktail is an easy mix of grapefruit juice, tequila, and lime juice. I cheated and used store-bought grapefruit juice instead of freshly squeezed. Make sure to salt the rims of the glasses – it’s half the fun!

Honeydew, Cucumber and Mint Cooler: (non-alcoholic) This became an instant favorite of mine the minute I tasted it. The lime juice in the recipe amplifies the cucumber in a wonderfully salty way. The recipe says it serves eight, but I was only able to make just two nicely-sized servings with it.

Black Plum, Port, and Cinnamon Ice Cream: This ice cream tastes like ice cream and pie, without the pie! My husband closed his eyes to savor the wonderful taste. Cooking the plums, port and cinnamon will definitely get you in the mood for fall.