Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce

I found cherries at my local for the first time this season. I made a rice salad with fresh cherries and feta and a grilled bacon crusted pork tenderloin with a red wine cherry sauce. I did not brine the pork per the recipe, I bought a tenderloin with bacon and black pepper already on it. I used a microwave 7 grain rice instead of farro, and feta instead of ricotta salata,

Maple, Dijon, and Bacon Jam Dressing

I love a good spinach salad. I want it to hit all the notes. Red onion, bacon, chopped egg, Mushrooms, crumbled blue cheese or feta, and toasted walnuts. I had some leftover bacon jam and I changed up my normal maple dressing recipe to incorporate it. It was a winner.

Maple Dressing

1/4 C Maple syrup

2 Tbls cider vinegar

2 Tsp dijon

1/4 C Olive oil

1 Heaping tbls of onion jam (if using)

Salt and pepper to taste

Whisk the syrup, vinegar and mustard together until combined. Whisk in the onion jam, salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in your oil until incorporated.

Spiced Lamb Lettuce Cups with Tzatziki

This recipe came from Alex Snodgrass’s new cookbook “The Comfortable Kitchen”. I used ground beef instead of lamb and added in a few ingredients to the filling to bulk it up. I added some oven roasted eggplant and toasted pine nuts. The bitter radicchio works so well with all the richness from the meat and sauce.

Mother’s Day Hash

I do a lot of breakfast hashes. This one was one of the best. I made drunken carne tacos for Cinco de Mayo and I had some of the shredded beef in chile sauce leftover and a few other things that became this hash. Smokey, crispy, creamy and bright. I sauteed some diced poblano, red onion, and mushrooms. When they were tender I added in some black beans and some of the shredded beef and sauce. I browned some already cooked new potatoes in a skillet and added those last. Topped the the has with a over easy egg and some cilantro lime hollandaise, cilantro and queso fresco.


2 Large egg yolks

1 1/2 Tbls of lime juice

A handful of cilantro

1 Tsp hot sauce-more to taste

1/4 Tsp salt

Cumin to taste

6 Tbls of butter

Place the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat to melt. Put all of the ingredients except the butter in the blender and puree until the cilantro is well incorporated. Turn the heat up on the butter until it just starts to boil. Turn on the blender and remove the center on the lid and slowly pour in the hot butter. Puree until thick about 1 minute.