Saucy Pork Tenderloin

Hey Readers,

Sundays. It’s one of my favourite days of the week. Most people despise Sundays for the sheer fact that it’s the end of the weekend and people are gearing themselves up for another long work week.

For me, one of the big reasons why I love Sundays is because of Sunday night dinners. This is when my boyfriend/partner person rolls up his sleeves and makes the kitchen his kingdom.

Since we have been together, he has been a whiz at throwing ingredients together to create some amazing dishes. This past Sunday night was no exception. His latest creation was a saucy pork tenderloin dish.

Readers, my boyfriend/partner person had to all but swat me out of the kitchen in order to cook this dish. I took so many shots of him preparing this meal, but I am only going to share the best ones with you, along with what he did to pull this masterpiece together.

Ingredients:
2 Cuts of Pork Tenderloin
1 Can of  Whole Tomatoes
1 Onion; half of it chopped
1 Clove of Garlic
2 Handfuls of Baby Spinach
2 Tablespoons of Butter
Thyme, Salt and Pepper for taste.

My guy first seared the two pork tenderloin pieces on medium temperature along with the butter, the garlic, and the onions that have been chopped for about five minutes per side.

 

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The can of tomatoes was then placed into a casserole dish. He added the pork tenderloin pieces, along with the chopped onions and garlic. The spinach and the onions were then added to the mix all around the casserole dish to spread their flavours around, as well as to provide a preview for our meal. The dish was then popped in the oven for about an hour to finish cooking (this time may differ depending in the size of your cuts of pork tenderloin. He checked on it to make sure it was cooked thoroughly).

 

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This is how my personal chef plated the finished product! I had to stop myself from devouring all of this loveliness so I could take a picture of it. He added Basmati rice and yellow beans as sides to complement the tenderloin.

 

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This saucy pork tenderloin was amazing! My plate was emptied within minutes of it being presented to me. I love how my guy can just make a meal like this on the fly so well. He’s a very resourceful fellow!  Since there were leftovers of this meal, I was more than happy to enjoy the rest of it the next day for my lunch! I mixed it together with some rice, and it was just as tasty.

 

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Another great feature of creating this dish is that it can be customized to your liking, so you can add or take away ingredients my guy used, and you’ll have your own take on this meal! This saucy pork tenderloin dish has easily made its way onto my list of top five favourite meals my guy prepares for my family.

Readers, let me know what you would do to make this saucy pork tenderloin dish your own?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Product Review: SLOTDOG – Hot Dog Fun for Everyone!

Hey Readers!

Hotdogs. These delightful meaty treats are one of the highlights of a good barbecue.  From time to time, they tend to turn up at the ends, or some people find it difficult to keep all of the toppings on their hot dog because they slide off the top and off the ends with nothing to catch it but your hand or plate.   I was given the opportunity to review SLOTDOG, a device that wants to change your barbecuing experience where hot dogs are concerned.

SLOTDOG, was created in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada by Daniel Crichton and his family.  Crichton wanted to stop eating hot dogs that he found to be boring, or that were not cooked properly.  SLOTDOG is suppose to guarantee that your hot dogs will cook evenly and quicker by using SLOTDOG than if you were not to use this device.

This is how I usually would cook up my hot dogs:

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Yep, on the stove with a bit of boiling water.  It’s quick, but it is a bit lack- luster.

I was very curious about SLOTDOG when I heard about it.  I was wondering just how easy it would be to use.  When I received it in the mail, I was pleasantly surprised that it was already assembled, and in one simple box! It is also light weight, so it is not hard to maneuver.

This is it! I like how the blades are only exposed on the bottom.  It is not heavy, and the handle iss easy to grip, too.

This is it! I like how the blades are only exposed on the bottom. It is not heavy, and the handle is easy to grip, too.

Here are the instructions to use SLOTDOG:

1. Press the SLOTDOG down on the opposite sides of a hot dog.

This is me using the SLOTDOG. You sort of have to give it a bit of a press to make sure the blades are breaking the skin of the hot dog.  This is because the blades are not razor sharp. You feel a bit of a pop when you do it properly.

This is me using the SLOTDOG. You sort of have to give it a bit of a press to make sure the blades are breaking the skin of the hot dog. This is because the blades are not razor sharp. You feel a bit of a pop when you do it properly.

2. Place the hot dog on the barbecue. For this post, since it was too cold to use our grill, I did this test in my oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes to simulate what would happen on the grill.

This is the design you'll get once you've used the SLOTDOG on your hotdog.  My younger daughter said it looked like a dinosaur!

This is the design you’ll get once you’ve used the SLOTDOG on your hotdog. My younger daughter said it looked like a dinosaur!

For this comparison, I used the same kind of hot dog for the SLOTDOG hot dog as well as the normal hot dog.

For this comparison, I used the same kind of hot dog for the SLOTDOG hot dog as well as the normal hot dog.

3. Watch it as it changes, expanding to easily let you know when the hot dog is thoroughly cooked.  This is how the hot dogs came out:

Here they are! Fresh out of the oven! Look at the difference!

Here they are! Fresh out of the oven! Look at the difference!

It was really interesting to the difference  in the two hot dogs.  While the hot dogs were cooking, it really was easy to see when they were ready by looking at the SLOTDOG hot dog.  I could see the SLOTDOG hot dog get bigger the more cooked it became.  The normal hot dog just split down its seam, and I only saw that after I took the hot dogs out of the oven. The SLOTDOG hot dog, to me, even looks better, and kept its shape better than the normal hot dog after being out of the oven for a while. It also held the ketchup on the hot dog better than the normal hot dog.

This is what they look like all dressed up!  I'm not too adventurous when it comes to putting toppings on my hot dogs. I'm also not sure why the ketchup is lighter on the SLOTDOG hot dog than it is on the normal dog. It's in the same light, and I used the same camera and camera mode to shoot both pictures.

This is what they look like all dressed up! I’m not too adventurous when it comes to putting toppings on my hot dogs. I’m also not sure why the ketchup is lighter on the SLOTDOG hot dog than it is on the normal dog. It’s in the same light, and I used the same camera and camera mode to shoot both pictures.

Another good thing about this product is that it is dishwasher safe.  You just have to make sure the blades are facing down so they are cleaned properly.  When I first used it, I did wash it with soap and water.  It still was fairly easy to clean as the handle makes it easy to hold, and the blades are not too sharp, so I didn’t cut myself when cleaning between them.

Overall, I liked the SLOTDOG.  It was easy to use, and clean.  It also kept my ketchup on the hot dog better than the normal hot dog.  The SLOTDOG will not change the taste of your hot dogs, but it makes your hot dog eating experience a whole lot more fun! Try it the next time you’re going to barbecue, a special event, or even the next time you have a craving for a delicious hot dog!

Disclaimer: For the purposes of this review, I received the above mentioned product free of charge and with no compensation.  All opinions are honest and are my own. Feature image used with consent of Muskoka Maverick, Ltd.

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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Easy Snackity Pita Pizzas

Hey, Readers!

I’ve been in the kitchen again!  This time, it was with my boyfriend/partner.  He is the ‘chef’ in our family, and let me tell you, I cannot complain!  He is so clever and can come up with some of the tastiest meals out of nothing.

One evening, my other half showed me how to make these super delicious Easy Snackity Pita Pizzas!  Now, we like to shake things up from ordering a pizza by putting together this yummy dish.

 

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Easy Snackity Pita Pizzas

Listed below are the ingredients you will need for the Easy Snackity Pita Pizza you see in the picture above:

  • 4 loafs of large pita bread
  • 1 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 container of bocconcini cheese, sliced
  • 1/2 cup loosely chopped spinach
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 6 pieces of prosciutto
  • 4 cooked chopped strips of bacon

Directions:

1)  Pre-heat your oven to 325°F.

2)  Place your loaves of pita bread on a cookie sheet.

3)  Spread the tomato sauce over the pitas, making sure there is a good layer over each one.

4)  Sprinkle some of the cheese over the tomato sauce.

5)  Place your vegetable toppings over the cheese.

6)  Place your chopped bacon pieces over the vegetables.

7)  Add bocconcini cheese slices on top of the other toppings

8)  Sprinkle the remainder of cheese over the toppings.

9)  Place your pita pizzas in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or when the cheese has melted.

10)  Serve and enjoy!

(Yields 4 servings or a small-sized pizzeria pizza)

These would make an amazing snack, a light lunch or dinner option. We also love making these for family and friends on big game days to munch while we cheer on our favourite team.  You can change the ingredients to what you have in your kitchen or to satisfy your taste buds!

 

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The skies the limit with this Easy Snackity Pita Pizza! We all enjoy different toppings and have fun trying new combinations to try. These are a family favourite dish to eat any time of the year.

I hope you give these a try! Happy snacking!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

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