I must say everyone enjoyed the meal, even the broccoli salad! Kudos Trisha! The pork was nice and moist. I purchased the family pack at Wegmans for $2.99/lb. The broccoli salad was a nice change. I added the raisins the recipe called for, however, when I purchased this from the old A&P, I think their's had craisins; so I may try that the next time. I didn't have the sunflower seeds so I added chopped walnuts for some texture.
The Black and Mille Crepe cake was delicious, however, I prefer the Gateau de Crepes that I have made previously for my daughter's birthday. I think the richness of the pastry cream made the crepe cake more decadent. Perfect for a celebration.
Needless to say, as of Monday, there are no leftovers. One piece was saved for her sister-in-law and delivered to her on Long Beach Island.
Birthday Dinner June 25th
Five-Spice Pork – Better Homes and Gardens, August 1997
Rub this aromatic Asian blend of spices over the tenderloin’s surface before roasting. Use the remaining spice blend in other recipes calling for five-spice powder.
3 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. anise seed
1-1/2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
1 tsp. fennel seed
½ tsp. ground cloves
1-12 oz. pork tenderloin
3 cloves garlic, quarter (optional)
For five-spice powder, in a blender container combine cinnamon, anise seed, peppercorns, fennel seed and cloves. Blend till powdery. Make random cuts in about ½” deep in meat and insert garlic slices. Brush meat with oil; rub about 1 tbsp. of seasoning blend over the tenderloin. Let stand 30 minutes before grilling.
To grill, arrange medium hot coals around a drip pan; test for medium heat over drip pan. (As you can see this recipe is a bit dated. I put a sheet of heavy duty foil on the grill; turn the center burner either to low or off and cook the pork on the foil). Place pork over drip pan. Cover and grill for 25-30 minutes or until thermometer registers 160° and juices run clear. Remove pork from grill and cover with foil. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Recipe makes 4 servings.
For 4 people I would cook two pork tenderloins that have a package weight of approximately 2 lbs.
Edie’s Macaroni Salad
This recipe is from a family friend. This is another gem that I’ve been making for years.
8 oz. sour cream 8 oz. Hellman’s Mayonnaise
1-2 tbsp. olive oil* 1-2 tbsp. white vinegar*
1-16 oz. box of elbow macaroni
Cook macaroni per box instructions. In a separate bowl add olive oil (Edie’s original recipe didn’t give a specific measurement of so I would start out with 1 tbsp.) to mayonnaise. Add vinegar (again no specific measurement); then sour cream. Taste and adjust quantity of vinegar and olive oil.
When pasta is done, remove from heat and drain (DO NOT RINSE). After draining season with salt and pepper while hot. Let pasta cool down. When cooled, add sour cream mixture. Taste and adjust seasonings. You may want to make a bit extra of the sour cream mixture to add later when the salad has chilled to ensure it has a creamy consistency, not soupy.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.