Heinz 57 Pork Tenderloin

I love a quick and easy main course, particularly when the dish ends up tender and tasty, and this particular Heinz 57 recipe is both delicious and super easy.  My grandmother made it every year for New Year’s Day until she was unable to cook New Year’s Dinner anymore.  I wish I knew why pork was served on New Year’s Day.  I’m not sure of the meaning behind that tradition, but I know that many Southern families prefer to serve a pork dish on New Year’s Day.   Regardless of the reason behind serving portk, the rest of my family still carries on my grandmother’s tradition of serving this Pork Dish on New Year’s Day.  As for the origin of the Heinz 57 Pork Tenderloin recipe, I have no source, other than my grandmother, and she didn’t even write it down.  Did I mention that the best part is that the entire recipe only requires three ingredients?

My Mom Made That: Heinz 57 Pork Tenderloin
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Sesame Ginger Pork Tenderloin

I first shared this recipe over at Designed Decor a couple of weeks ago, but in case you didn’t get a chance to check it out, I’m reposting my recipe for Sesame Ginger Pork Tenderloin. This recipe is very yummy and reminds quite a bit of another pork recipe that I’ve written about– Asian Pork Chops.  This recipe has popped up on a number of websites, but I wanted to let you know that it’s a very versatile recipe.   First you can cook it on the grill. This is a great summertime option. Alternatively, you can cook it in the crockpot/slow cooker. When I’ve seen it posted before, it is generally for the grilled variation, so I wanted to showing everyone that this recipe works wonderfully in the crockpot/slow cooker. However, at the end of the recipe, I’ll let you know how to change the recipe for the grill.

Sesame Ginger Pork Tenderloin
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Asian Pork Chops

Pork Chops are not a favorite food in our house.  MM is a bit suspicious of the “other white meat,” and last week Frog decided that he was tired of eating “chicken, beef, hamburger and pork.”  This recipe is a tasty and easy way to make pork chops, and it isn’t a traditional recipe.  I found this on Martha Stewart over 10 years ago, and I’ve made it regularly ever since.  I mix the marinade up in a pyrex dish, and cook the pork chops on the grill, so there isn’t even that much clean up.

My Mom Made That: Asian Pork Chops

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Traditional New Year’s Day Menu: Cooking Greens and Black Eyed Peas {Family Favorite}

This year, LB, my parents and I celebrated New Year’s Day with my in-laws in Florida.  (MM had to work, and BB was away with his dad’s family.)  Before arriving my mother-in-law and I talked about having New Year’s Day dinner.  Her family is from above the Mason-Dixon line, and her New Year’s Day menu is somewhat different from that I grew up with.  She grew up with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut.   I grew up with black-eyed peas, collards and rice.  We both always have pork on New Year’s.  We divided the menu up, and she cooked her traditional favorites and the pork, and I cooked the greens and peas.  Greens and peas are required for wealth and good luck in the New Year, so I was determined to have them!
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