Monthly Archives: December 2012

Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Parmesan Crusted Tomatoes and Mustard Mash

Happy holidays!  It’s been rather busy around here this holiday season, and I haven’t had a chance to write about any of the great stuff coming out of the GP kitchen.  There’s been some sugar, some spice, and a lot of really picante food!  We skipped out on the traditional holiday routine, and decided to do a “Very Curry Christmas.”  I will do my best to get some of that posted in the new year.  With that being said, here’s a dish I’ve been meaning to post that won’t set your taste buds on fire.

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Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Parmesan Crusted Tomatoes and Mustard Mash

Sounds fancy, right?  I first made this about 10 years ago.  I had been to a restaurant that served a similar dish with the crusted tomatoes and a grilled pork loin.  I enjoyed the tomatoes very much but the pork was dry and life-less.  I figured I could try and make it at home, and I did.  That was one of the first times I realized how much better making the same things you eat out at home can be.  Here’s how it goes: Continue reading

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“Man Flu” Soup

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So gracias to a co-worker of mine I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather.  Yes, that means man flu.  The number one symptom of man flu is whining and thinking your going to die, when it’s really just a puny little cold.  Guilty as charged.  Nothing makes you feel a bit better when your a bit down than some nice spicy soup (winning the lottery aside).  I made a couple of pots of this the past few days and I’m starting to feel right as rain.  It really should be called “I threw whatever I had in my fridge soup”, but I thought this title was more fitting.  Anyway, here it goes. Continue reading

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Black Bean Soup, by Request

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This is my first post as per request of a friend in South America.  I don’t remember exactly what I had made back in those days, but I remember that I had to buy the beans dry and then cook them.  It was always a long process, and since I didn’t exactly have a trusted bean vendor per say, sometimes I got beans that came out a bit dry (old beans). Continue reading

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Easy Baked Rotini

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Sometimes you just need pasta, yesterday was one of those days.  Baked pastas are always a crowd-pleaser, relatively easy to make, and taste amazing.  If you’ve never tried your hand at one, now is the time.  It’s a very simple concept: noodles, sauce, and cheese.  How you go about those three ingredients is what separates the good from the extraordinary.  For this particular dish I used rotini, mainly because I happened to have in the pantry.  You could easily do this with ziti, penne, or any other similar style of pasta.  The important thing is to make a sauce that you’re proud of, and the rest of the dish will follow.  This will serve at least 6. Continue reading

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