Monday, June 17, 2013

Teriyaki Sauce

This is a good sauce that goes great with chicken, salmon or tofu. Grill your choice of protein, add crisp-tender veggies and toss with the sauce. Pair it up with rice and you have a fast weeknight meal.

1 C. Chicken Broth
1/3 C. Soy Sauce
1/3 C. Sugar
2 Tbsp. Mirin
2 Tbsp. Sake
In saucepan, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down to a simmer. Stir to dissolve sugar, continuing to simmer until sauce starts to thicken and turn syrupy.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Summer Cranberry Seltzer

Light summertime drink for people that don’t like the strong taste of alcohol.  It is almost like a wine cooler in flavor.  You can change the cranberry juice to almost any other juice. Grape or pomegranate juice works well.

2 C. Cranberry juice
2 C. Seltzer
2 Tbsp. Lime
6 oz. Vodka
Fill glasses with ice.  Mix all ingredients in small pitcher.  Divide among glasses.

Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Sauce

I have to admit, I have a love affair,….. with balsamic vinegar.  I absolutely love the stuff.   This sauce has a good balance of flavors and would pair equally well with chicken or salmon.

1 pd. Pork Tenderloin, ½ “ slices
1 ½ tsp. Butter
1 ½ tsp. Olive Oil
1 Onion, minced
2 Tbsp. Honey
½ tsp. Allspice
2 C. Chicken Stock
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
¼ C. Heavy Cream
2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
Parsley, minced

Pound slices of pork to ¼ “ thick. Season with salt and pepper. Heat large skillet. Melt butter and olive oil. Cook pork slices in batches, until lightly browned on both sides. Remove from pan. Add onion, honey, and allspice. Saute until softened and translucent. Increase heat to high and add stock and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Continue to simmer until the sauce is starting to thicken. Add the cream and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Return pork slices to pan. Heat through.


The Salty Dog

I like just about any drink that has salt on the rim.  The grapefruit gives a nice sourness to the drink.  This is a great summer evening porch sitting drink.

½ C. Vodka
¾ C. Fresh Grapefruit juice
Coarse Kosher Salt

Moisten the rim of 2 glasses. Dip in salt. Fill glasses with ice cubes. Divide the vodka and juice evenly between the two glasses.