I decided a little over a year ago that my family should get together and eat once a month,together is the key word. I know a good meal warms the soul and when it is enjoyed with people you love and even sometimes like,that meal becomes priceless.The guests list changes by the month and the location is usually our house,but this past weekend dinner was relocated to Wilmore,Kentucky. My sweet sister Caroline and her fantastic,patient husband Nathan with their lovable chocolate lab Sam, moved last summer to Wilmore,Ky. They have come back to Memphis to visit and we have gone up there to visit.Wilmore is a great little college town and you should go visit when you can oh and stop in and visit Jose,he makes delicious mexican food,...but I digress.
Ok so this past friday a special trip was made by some very special ladies,up to Wilmore to see the Phillips family and most of all Sam! Our mom Mara Sprott,aunt Carol Jean Fox and mother-in-law Betty Harris all piled in my Expedition and set out for the bluegrass state! We arrived a little soaked by all the rain,settled in and got the visit off to a good start.All the ladies went shopping on Saturday.Nathan went to study(smart guy) and Sam,...well she was just a sweet puppy dog.I think the trip might have been way more boring if it had been sunny,but the rain not only made the day more interesting,it made us all the more hungry for a good,wholesome dinner together.We got home,dried off and settled in for a good family diner nite. The menu was marinated pork tenderloin,roasted asparagus,rosemary red potatoes and yeast rolls...oh and caramel brownies and vanilla ice cream for dessert,delish! The nice thing about dinner was that not only was it easy to prepare and full of flavors,but it brought family members together at one table for a real meal and real laughs.
Marinated Pork Tenderloin:
2 pork tenderloins
2 TBL McCormick Greek seasoning
2 TBL olive or vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste
Pat dry pork with paper towels,rub seasonings and olive oil all over pork.Let marinate for 30 min to 1 hour in glass baking dish.Place pork in roasting pan and bake at 425 degrees for 30 min or until pork reaches internal temp of 160 degrees.
2 bunches fresh asparagus
salt and pepper
Directions: Chop off woody ends of asparagus,peel off slick outside layer and coat in olive oil,sal and pepper.Place in single layer on a bakng sheet.Bake for 15-20 min at 425 degrees until asparagus is tender.
Rosemary Red Potatoes:
2 small red potatoes per person
1 tsp dired rosemary
pinch cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
Wash and scrub potatoes. Dry off and quarter and toss in a large bowl with the seasonings and olive oil. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 min-30 min at 425 degrees until tender and browned on the edges.
***You can bake the asparagus and red potaotes at the same time,just keep and eye on the baking time,the potatoes will need a little more time.
Yeast rolls: follow package directions.