Saturday, February 25, 2012

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

2 (1lb.) pork tenderloins
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
3 cloves of minced garlic
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all spices and herbs with olive oil to make a loose paste.  Spread over the pork tenderloins.  Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 155 degrees.  Let rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pasta Day!

My friend Jen and I set aside a Sunday afternoon to attempt to make homemade pasta.  I recently purchased an old-fashioned pasta maker because I am too cheap to invest in the version that attaches to your Kitchen Aid Stand Up Mixer, which was definitely a mistake and made the process much more difficult than it should have been.

We chose three recipes to try, a pumpkin ravioli with a butter sage sauce, a spinach ricotta ravioli, and a simple pasta with peas, asparagus and pesto.  It was quite the feast! I am not going to post the actual pasta recipes, because we want to work on perfecting them first.  But the cocktails were AMAZING!

1 part gin
2 parts champagne
Fresh lime juice
Fresh mint leaves

Panko Crusted Tilapia

This is great for an easy weeknight meal.  I use it on Monday nights when I have to set aside two hours of my evening to watch mildly insane women fight over a mediocre-looking guy - also know as The Bachelor.

2 tilapia fillets
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 lemon
1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat broiler.  Mix together olive oil and lemon juice and drizzle over the fish.  sprinkle panko and Parmesan on top and broil for about 6-8 minutes.