Cuban-style Pork Tenderloin with Beans and Rice

I never got to the store that day. I had no plan for dinner, and no energy to even think about it. I’d spent part of the day trying to can beans, but my pressure canner was on the fritz. That left me with several jars of cooked beans that hadn’t been properly processed, so…

Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin (Slow Cooker)

What it is: A slow cooker recipe that’s delicious, easy, and requires very little hands-on time. What it isn’t: Soup, stew, shredded, or fatty. There isn’t even a sautéing step! Such recipes are elusive, to say the least. No matter why you love your slow cooker, this dish, which I’ve adapted ever-so-slightly from Let’s Dish,…

The Best Meatballs With Sauce

I’m getting hungry just writing about these! I had a craving last winter for a meatball sub. You might call it something else, depending on where you’re from. Submarine, Grinder, Hoagie, and Hero are some of the ones I’ve heard. I poked around online comparing various recipes and settled on this one, adapted from Serious…

Oregano Pork Chops With Zucchini & Caramelized Onions

Sticktoitiveness: noun. The quality of persisting at something; tenacity. I had the best fourth-grade teacher. The first time I heard her use this word is also my first memory of someone using a word other than “stubborn” to describe my unwillingness to give up; she made it into a compliment. I also loved her for…

Pork Medallions With Chunky Spiced Pear Sauce

You know that old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover?” I have to admit, the photo of this dish is…unimpressive. At best. The flavor is decidedly not unimpressive. It’s delicious! Add to that the fact that it’s quick and easy to prepare — about 30 minutes from “What’s for dinner?” to “Dinner’s ready!”…

Orange Pork With Broccolini, Scallions, and Rice

This tasty, vaguely Asian-style dish has been in my book so long I don’t even know where it came from. I dragged it out recently, dusted it off, and added the broccolini. Back before the paper got so yellowed, I’d never even heard of broccolini. Now I look for excuses to slip it into a…

Grilled Pork With Rhubarb Sauce

You know rhubarb is a vegetable, right? A lot of people think of it as a fruit because of its association with pies and crumbles. Most dessert pies are fruit-based, with the exception of sweet potato and pumpkin pies. Although botanically speaking, pumpkin is actually a fruit, not a vegetable. But I digress. I adore…

Black & Bleu Meatloaf

Technically, it’s already spring here. But we had a cool, rainy day on Tuesday, and it seemed we could do with some comfort food anyway, so I whipped up one of my favorites. My butcher used to always have Black & Blue Meatloaf in the case. It was delicious. For some reason, probably not enough…