Monday, February 21, 2011

Using Recipes

I've been cooking for so many decades, that I usually do not follow a recipe. I make simple food for us at home.....broil, steam, serve. Larry always tells me that he'd be happy with a bowl of cold cereal. Food is just "fuel" to him. Hah!
Lately, I've been sitting around listening to the "gourmettes" at my Sometimes Sunday Crochet group talk about all the fantastic recipes that they've been cooking, so I decided to change up my repertoire and actually follow a new recipe.
On Friday, before this past 3-day weekend, I stocked up on goodies at Trader Joe's, after perusing "The I Love Trader Joe's Cookbok" by Cherie Mercer Twohy. There are a few other Trader Joe-inspired cookbooks out there, but I decided to concentrate on this one.
On Saturday night I whipped up "Pesto Pork." It turned out great and I'd definitely cook it again. The recipe is simple, with excellent results. I sliced a pork tenderloin into 1/2-inch thick medallions and sauteed them in a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. until they were almost done I transferred the medallions to a baking sheet and topped each with a tablespoon of Trader Giotto's Pesto alla Genovese and broiled until the pesto was bubbly, about 3 minutes. While the pork was broiling, I deglazed the fying pan with a bit of sweet cherry and thickened it. I poured the sauce over the medallions and served them with a side of Jasmine rice and steamed asparagus. Dinner was divine and there were leftovers for the next night! Thanks for the inspiration, Girls!
Next up: "Okey-Gnocchi with Pancetta & Peas" from "Cooking With All Things Trader Joe's" by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati,

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At 6:57 PM PST, Blogger betty said...

I also love the "Cooking with Trader Joe's Cookbook -- Dinner's Done!" book. My favorite inspiration came from a recipe using the Trader Joe's steamed lentils. That's now my favorite product and I always keep some in the fridge.

At 10:16 AM PDT, Anonymous Beth said...

These looks so good! And I even have a jar of TJ Pesto sitting in my cupboard!!


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