Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Dinner for Real: A new series? Please vote!

I'm betting I'm not the only person in the world who likes to read cookbooks as if they were novels. Or who loves to collect recipes for yummy things like appetizers and elaborate desserts. Give me an ingredient list that includes sour cream or cream cheese, and I'm a happy girl.

But while I LIKE to read recipes for yummy foods that I'll make only a few times a year, what I NEED to read are recipes for what to fix for dinner. Just for my family. On any given Tuesday.

I've been thinking, "I wish somebody would post recipes for good, dependable, weeknight meals--dishes that are picky-eater tested and that don't require exotic ingredients. Just plain old normal food." And then it occurred to me that--well, what do you know?--I am somebody. I could do it!

So I'm proposing a new series: Dinner for Real. Every Tuesday.

What do you think? Would you read it? Would you want to contribute to it? Would you want an occasional linky party for it?

I'll go first by reprising the recipe one of our favorite foods, something that's good enough for company but also simple enough for every day.

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

1 pork tenderloin
1 teaspoon, more or less, steak seasoning such as McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning
(Note: I don't actually measure; I just sprinkle it all over.)
Bacon slices

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sprinkle seasoning over pork.


Wrap in bacon and secure with toothpicks.


Place pork on lightly greased wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined roasting pan. Bake at 425 for 25 minutes. Then broil about 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp. (Pork is ready when meat thermometer registers 155 degrees. Do not overcook!)



I didn't get a photo of the pork after it was sliced because we ate it all up right away!

If you're watching your fat intake, you don't have to eat the bacon. My boys always eat the bacon, but I usually don't eat mine. But wrapping the tenderloin in the bacon really makes a difference in how the tenderloin cooks--it comes out juicy and wonderfully flavorful.

Now what do you think? Does a Dinner for Real series sound like something you'd be interested in? Please leave a comment and let me know!

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOVE the idea!

Holly Scogin said...

GREAT idea!!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea...I will be there!

Blondie's Journal said...

I think it is a fantastic idea and I love your recipe!

XO,
Jane

Amber said...

Sounds like a great idea! I'm always looking for new, fast, easy recipes for weeknights! I would love to participate, and I think it would be really cool to see what other women are making! The tenderloin looks delicious, by the way!

Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki said...

I would definitely be interested in this. I usually try to have 2 new-to-us meals on our menu each week. I also needed one more meal for my menu for next week and I am adding the Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin! Thanks for sharing!

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

I think it's a great idea! Deciding on what to make is the hardest part, as far as I'm concerned. Just make sure there are no more than 3 ingredients and takes no longer than 30 minutes. I'm lazy like that.

Tina said...

Great idea! I'd contribute...and copy the recipes!

Erin @ Two Story Cottage said...

Mmmm...sounds good to me. I need to be able to make dinner in 30 min. or less with a baby on the hip and a 3 year old underfoot so I'm ALL for this!! :)

Southern Lady said...

Sounds like a great idea! I would participate! Carla

Dineen said...

i think it is a wonderful idea. I am always looking for new dinner recipes.

Bonita said...

I just happen to have a pork tenderloin in the freezer and was wanting to do something different than usual with it. We'll be trying this recipe this weekend!

Yes, I'd love this series!!! I won't be much of a contributor, but I'll certainly be looking for something to cook!

Every Day Blessings said...

Love it and would read it. By the way, I made your chocolate chip pumpkin muffins and everyone LOVED them. I even made mini loaves for christmas presents. I will be looking forward to what you will post and will try to participate.

Love Being A Nonny said...

I love this idea. The recipe you posted sounds yummy! I'll try this one for sure!

sonya said...

Yes! I need easy, yummy, normal recipes!! I am tired of everything I cook! Your pork sounds delicious. I will try it soon! Do the series! It's a great idea.

Denise said...

you had me at bacon (which i too wouldn't eat, but oh i would want to).

i think dinner for real is a good idea.

Anita said...

I think it's such a great idea!! We are an eat-at-home together family, and I am always struggling to come up with something simple enough that everyone likes and does not require three hours in the kitchen!! Wonderful idea!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

YES!!!!! I was actually thinking about that the other day. I love to read recipes, but I like "doable" ones that I know my family will enjoy. I think this sounds like fun, Richella! :)

Merry said...

YES! I love the idea! If you do it, thank you for helping all of us out that just want to do the REAL thing!! xo

Nadir@StitchSense said...

I LOVE this idea! Weeknight dinners are always such a challange for me. I have plenty of tried & true recipies that I use all the time but it would be so nice to mix it up a little bit! :-)

Kathy said...

YES! YES! YES! I love the idea :)

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

Oh I LOVE it!! :) I read cookbook as novels, too! Thank you for bringing some tried-n-true dishes to my family's table every Tuesday! :)

Jima said...

Great idea....and I love the recipe! I may just try it tonight. Thanks!

Jima said...

Great idea and I love the recipe! I may just try it tonight!

Erin said...

Great idea - we all need that info!

Heather said...

This is such a good idea. Thanks!

Patti said...

This is great...I also have a friend Tara from 'between you & me' that posts on Mondays. We all need all the help we can get...I feel like I make the same 6 meals over and over again! Check out Tara too http://tarahlowry.blogspot.com/2011/02/meals-on-monday.html

alimoll said...

YES! Do it! I love the idea and look forward to it!

Tara G. said...

I'd read it!

Julia said...

I would most definitely read and contribute. My hub is SO picky and since we are expecting our first child this spring he is going to have to learn to try some new things. My daughter is not going to exist on meat and cereal :) Anyway a long note to say: Yes please!

Anita said...

My blog isn't the best, but it is aptly named:
www.feedingmypickyeaters.blogspot.com
Anita

HeatherS said...

I like the idea. Actually, I got your bacon-wrapped tenderloin recipe months ago and it is a hit in my house! I serve it with crunchy broccoli slaw and it's one of my hubby's fave meals!

Melissa said...

For sure Richella! :) Sounds like a great idea, and i would LOVE to participate definately. :)

Denise said...

Love the idea. The pork tenderloin - had me drooling.

Lisa said...

I love your idea!!!! I struggle with the "what's for dinner?" question each day! Sign me up! By the way, I think your blog is awesome!!

jkjkjkb said...

LOVE the idea!! Kim B.

FrouFrouBritches said...

That looks delish! I would totally eat the bacon. Love bacon! I've never actually cooked a pork tenderloin in the oven. I've only grilled them.

I loooooove this idea. I have four kids, none of whom do exotic food.

Dawn said...

i would like dinner for real :) share a tried & true recipe? or make up your own? either or? cuz i love a good cookbook, too... more details!!!

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh yes! It's a great idea. I know you would have a lot of input with this idea! Go for it!
Donna

peachysudweeks said...

Yes, please! Love this idea.

Denise said...

I love this idea Richella. I would most certainly participate:)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I love the idea!!!! I'm in!

Paula said...

This is a great idea for a new series. I definitely would be interested and would appreciate your dinner ideas.

This pork tenderloin was a supper club hit thanks to you and is a dish that I know I'll make again and again.

Melissa Miller said...

It sounds wonderful Richella! I would also love to try some new recipes. :)

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

Tuesdays? I'll be here!

Lynn said...

Yes, it definitely sounds like something I'd be interesetd in. I get tired of the same old meals every week! I try to swap it up a bit, but some new recipes would be refreshing!

Have you made this dish in a crock pot as well? I put pork loins in the CP all the time, but I've never thought about wrapping bacon around it - sounds yummy! I'm gonna try that next time.

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

Hi cute Richella! I love this idea...I was seriously just thinking the other day I need some more "tried and true" dinner recipes, nothing weird! I think it's sounds fantastic. xxoo

Mary said...

I'm definitely in! I have such a hard time figuring out what to fix for supper and get so tired of fixing the same thing week after week.

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