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What’s for dinner Wednesday

The people have spoken! Ok, really only about 10% of you spoke up, but that’s good enough for me. Starting today, we’ll have a What’s For Dinner Wednesday each, you guessed it, Wednesday! I’ve thrown together a simple little button you can add to your posts and there will be a Mr. Linky at the bottom of the post so that others can play along and link up. After today, the post will go up earlier in the morning so that you early morning bloggers don’t have to wait around to link up.

One thing you will quickly learn from me is that I rarely follow a recipe. I think I picked the skill up from my mom, but my dinner is often the result of just throwing things together that sound good. Luckily for my family, I do ok most of the time! For your sakes, I will do my best to pay attention to cooking times, temperatures and measurement of ingredients.

Pork Tenderloin on the Grill, homemade applesauce and salad

Grilling a whole tenderloin: Last night I grilled up about 2 pounds of pork tenderloin. I say “about” because I just chopped a hunk off the 7 pound piece of tenderloin I bought this past weekend. I didn’t marinate the meat. I didn’t season it. I just heated up the grill and threw the meat on the top rack (indirect grilling is important! Otherwise the meat will get tough and gross on the outside and not cooked on the inside.). The temperature of the two center burners on the grill were set to medium-high. Pork loin generally takes 20-30 minutes per pound of meat, and I did flip it about half way through the cooking time. After an hour mine looked like this…

The outside of the meat had this gorgeous, yummy crispy crust and the inside was moist and perfectly cooked. The two pounds of meat gave us enough for dinner and a little chunk left over for lunches today.

I served the meat with applesauce I made on Sunday (recipe to follow) and green salad. Here’s one of the boys’ plates….

They all ate their meat and applesauce, but all three of them ended up eating three helpings of salad! Three! They clearly get their love of salad from Nick, because it sure didn’t come from me.

As for the applesauce, I’m not sure if it’s something weird my parents taught just us, or if it’s common place, but applesauce is so good with pork! And let me tell you, homemade applesauce is divine. If you’ve never made your own, you don’t know what you’re missing (or how easy it is!).

Crock Pot Applesauce: This is a super low maintenance way to make applesauce and it makes your house smell amazing as it cooks most of the day. The process is a simple one… peel and core your apples and cut into large chunks or slices (I use one of those nifty apple-cutter-thingys). When I filled my large, oval crock pot on Sunday I think it took about 12 apples. I then added about 3/4 cup of water (you want about 1/4 of a cup per 4 apples), about 1/4 cup of sugar and quite a bit of cinnamon. I cooked it all on high for about 5 hours, stirring it a couple of times throughout the cooking process and to see how the mushiness factor was coming along.

If you have not had homemade, warm applesauce you have not lived. Try it. This week. You won’t regret it! Oh, and you’ll fly through it. I made that huge crock pot of applesauce on Sunday and we finished it off last night with dinner. So much for having any to freeze for later down the road!

So what did you make for dinner this week? Your post doesn’t have to include photos, so don’t worry if you don’t have any! Just grab a button and add your post to our Mr. Linky (try to link to the actual post, not just to your blog homepage)!

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  • October 6, 2010 - 10:34 am

    Monica S. - Thanks for the recipes! I wanted to tell you that I tried your Chicken enchilada recipe from your blog, and they are yummy! I gave the recipe to my sister, and she makes it w/ black beans! I made the chicken enchiladas last night, and my hubby said, “You should quit your job and become a chef!” HaReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2010 - 1:49 pm

    RoseAnne - Applesauce has been cooking in my crock pot twice in the past week! I have found though that water isn’t necessary. I slice up the apples with one of those all-in-one gadgets that peels, slices, and cores the apple. Then I cram those slices into the crock pot; I would guess I get at least 20 apples in, maybe more. I shake cinnamon all over them and squeeze in some honey to give it just a little sweetening (my husband is diabetic.) I’ve also found the applesauce is best if you have a few different varieties of apples in the mix. My most recent mix which was especially yummy was Macs, Cortlands, and Northern Spy. Yum.ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2010 - 1:37 pm

    Aunt Sue - The crock pot way sounds great! Here I am reading as your mom talks about using her crock pot and I still use the food mill she gave me over 20 years ago!! No matter how you make it, warm applesauce is the best. YUM!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2010 - 1:53 pm

    Renee - I just posted a link to my pulled pork recipe. 🙂 I’m going to post additional recipes for what to do with the leftovers, too. I think from your post about the applesauce I want to make it just to smell it!ReplyCancel

  • October 9, 2010 - 1:57 pm

    Dana - Helen, I love this! Like RoseAnne, I don’t use any water for my crockpot applesauce, and I still like the way that it comes out.

    I really like seeing one of your boys’ plates—I always wonder how much food I should be giving my daughter at a meal, so it was nice to see someone else’s plate!ReplyCancel

  • October 30, 2010 - 11:06 am

    helen hayes - Thanks for the recipes! I wanted to tell you that I tried your Chicken enchilada recipe from your blog, and they are yummy! I gave the recipe to my sister, and she makes it w/ black beans! I made the chicken enchiladas last night, and my hubby said, “You should quit your job and become a chef!” HaReplyCancel

  • November 1, 2010 - 8:03 am

    Mexico Lover - Sounds awesome! I just came back from mexico last year and find myself addicted to these incredible enchilada recipes now!! Must go back next year sometime, I suppose, and this time head off the beaten road a little. Looking to reading more!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    Apples! | Three Times the Giggles - […] I made applesauce in the crock pot and boy was it good! Can’t wait to make some more apple treats this week. Share and Enjoy: […]ReplyCancel

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