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While driving home from the lake house yesterday, we were already making plans for our next trip out of town – to meet family friends in Hot Springs. My husbands parents bought a set time-share week there, and we try and go every year.
We cook dinners in the condo, and shared with our friends, they always seem especially special and festive. I made this pork tenderloin last year, after a day at the races, and served it with mashed sweet potatoes and a mixture of melted brussels sprouts and leeks.


2 (1 pound) pork tenderloins
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup minced green onions
1/4 cup bourbon
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

Remove silver skin from tenderloins. Combine brown sugar and next 5 ingredients in a large zip top plastic bag, add pork. Seal bag, and chill 8 to 18 hours, turning bag occasionally. Remove pork from marinade, reserving marinade.
Preheat grill to 350F to 400F, grill pork, covered with grill lid, 8 minutes on each side, or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 155F  (I baked ours in a 350F oven for 35 to 40 minutes). Remove from grill and let stand 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine reserved marinade and cornstarch in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Cut pork diagonally into thin slices and serve, drizzling with warm sauce.

Recipe adapted from Southern Living, February 2011


2 to 3 medium sweet potatoes
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon brown sugar
pinch of ground cinnamon
pinch of ground nutmeg
pinch of salt

Peel and dice sweet potatoes. In a pot of boiling water cook sweet potatoes until tender. Drain water off, leaving sweet potatoes in the pot. Add cream, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Heat through, stirring frequently. Mash to desired consistency.