One of our favorite things to do on the weekend is to have dinner with Sara and Tim and play their new Guitar Hero Rock Band. Rock Band is addicting and so fun! Sara always cooks wonderful meals for us at their house, but tonight it was our turn to host them. I cooked some of my favorite dishes that I think you will enjoy making too! They are very simple, tasty recipes!
Ingredients: Dressing ingredients:
1/2 c. sliced almonds 1/2 tsp. salt
3 T. sugar dash of pepper
1/2 head iceberg lettuce 1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/2 head Romaine lettuce 1 T. chopped parsley (can use a little dry)
2 whole green onions, chopped 2 T. sugar
11 oz. can mandarin oranges, drained 2 T. vinegar
In a small heavy pan over medium heat, cook almonds and sugar, stirring constantly until almonds are coated and sugar dissolved. Watch very carefully as they will burn easily. Cool and store in container. Mix all dressing ingredients and chill. Mix lettuces and onion. Just before serving add almonds and oranges. Toss with dressing. Yields 4-6 servings.
2 lb. bag hash browns, thawed (can use shredded or small cubes, I prefer cubes)
3/4 c. margarine (1/2 c. with potatoes, 1/4 c. with corn flakes)
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 c. mild Cheddar cheese (shredded)
2 T. dry minced onion
8 oz. sour cream
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
1 1/2 c. corn flakes
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 pan. Crush the cornflakes by hand. Melt 1/2 c. margarine and 1/4 c. margarine separately. Combine the 1/4 c. margarine with the crushed corn flakes. Combine the 1/2 c. margarine with the hash browns and all other ingredients except for the corn flake mixture. Top the potatoes with the corn flake mixture. Bake 1 hour or until hot and bubbly on top.
***For four people, I cut this recipe in half.
This recipe is for a 2 lb. pork tenderloin or approximately that. Would probably serve 6-8 people.
Cut a clove of garlic into two pieces and use to rub the meat.
Rub the pork tenderloin with the following mixture of spices:
2 tsp. ground sage
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. marjoram leaves
Tie the two strips of meat with cooking twine to keep the two pieces together. I just used some string that I had on hand and it worked fine. My mom grills this meat until the temperature reaches about 150 degrees. I had to improvise because we don't have a grill, so I browned it on all sides in a large frying pan with oil. Then I put it in a 350 degree oven and baked it until the temperature reaches around 150 or until it is not too pink. It was so tender and just as good as grilling it. Let sit 5 minutes before cutting.