NOTE: I spend my Wednesdays Unplugged from appointments. It's my day to stay home, enjoy cooking and welcome our kids and grandkids for dinner in the evening. We end our meal with quotes from the Norwegian 'Quote Cup' passed on to me from my grandmother. I share a quote and a recipe here each week, and sometimes some photos of family fun. I love trying new recipes…and love getting recipes you would like to share!
"Do yourself a favor. Overlook at least two things today." ~ M.J. Ryan
It's been a rainy week, seems perfect for ducks and geese. Speaking of which, there was a goose who made a nest on top of a shed in our complex… turning Father Goose into an attack goose… it was sometimes tricky getting to the car! The eggs hatched this week and although I didn't see how they got off the roof, I did see them floating down the creek…ahhh…
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
For some reason I felt like pork tenderloin last week and orange sauce sounded good. This is the recipe I came up with, which turned out tasty. When I checked the meat temperature to make sure it was cooked adequately it kept registering low so I finally took it out of the oven anyway, thinking something must be wrong with the thermometer. Turns out the thermometer was just fine, it was the operator who was off! If you are usuing a digital probe make sure it is set to F, not Celsius! Happy to say, in spite of being cooked longer than ideal, the pork was still moist and flavorful.
ORANGE BAKED PORK TENDERLOIN
- 2-3 pounds pork tenderloin
- 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons flour
- Additional orange juice, about 1 cup
Pat tenderloins dry with paper towels. Mix butter, thyme and cayenne; spread mixture on the tenderloins. Place meat in a flat buttered baking dish, pour 1 1/2 cup orange juice into the pan.
Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 20-30 minutes, basting several times with liquid, until meat thermometer registers 155-160 degrees F. Remove cooked tenderloing from pan, keep warm.
Measure cooking liquid, adding orange juice to make 2 cups. Mix flour and sugar with 3 tablespoons orange juice, cinnamon, cloves and lemon peel in a saucepan. Add cooking liquid. Cook and stir until mixture boils and thickens.
To serve, slice tenderloins into 1-inch slices and spoon sauce over all.