Thursday, July 12, 2012

Can you smell that?

My house is smelling very yummy right now. I've got two crock pots going, each with different pork tenderloin dishes. One has a couple of tenderloins that were seasoned up well (salt, pepper, garlic powder and Pampered Chef Sweet & Smokey BBQ Rub) which I'm going to shred later and add some Sweet Baby Ray's (I could drink that stuff with a straw!!). The other pot has my usual go-to Mexican Chicken recipe, except I used pork tenderloin instead of chicken breasts. That pork also was nicely seasoned with the salt, pepper and garlic powder, but then I added a generous amount of ground cumin (since I love it), as well as some salsa, which really adds flavor to the dish.

Now I'm torn as to which we should have for dinner tonight. I'm tempted to have a little of both. Is that wrong? I normally serve the Mexican Chicken/Pork with the Mexican rice my mother-in-law taught me how to make almost 30 years ago. It's super YUM. I figured a nice cole slaw would compliment the pulled BBQ pork. Either way, I'll be making a salad. Probably a tossed salad, along with Caprese (think I spelled it wrong in my last post) since my basil plants look more like bushes now that I FINALLY planted them in their pots.

I decided to make both because I bought the tenderloins at Sam's Club last week, thinking I'd make one last week, and one last week. But, I obviously never got around to making anything last week, mostly because it felt like we were living on the surface of the sun. I was going to just throw one of the tenderloins in the freezer, but then I remembered how much I hate having to defrost meat, so I said "screw it!" and just made them both. The other thing that swayed me toward that decision is that the heat is supposed to return over the next few days. Super. Now, at least I won't have to cook for a couple of days.

I guess I'd better get to the store and pick up some cabbage to make that cole slaw. Oo, and maybe some fresh buns from the bakery to make the sandwiches. Ok, now I'm making myself hungry.

9 comments:

jo.irish.rose said...

oooooohhhhhh, i can almost taste your yummo savory porky dishes now!!! i'm tempted to do the same. only i don't have multiple crocks. ha, you got any extras??? lol i know i can pick them up a dime a dozen at the thrift stores, but they are not that expensive new. some people just get rid of them cuz they are lazy. i may just have to make a trip to the thrift store!! haha see what you make me do??? then i may make some of your stuff. care to share your gramma's rice recipe? i will make a nice meal for hubby tomorrow. gotta go get the tenderloins first. he told me to buy some the other day, before my brother came and i didn't want any. now i do. cuz i can SMELL YOURS!!!!!

Funny in My Mind said...

Now I am starved!
I do that too. Since I hate to cook, I cook a big bath of chicken breast and use half to make enchiladas and the other half gets seasoned for fajitas and thrown in the freezer. If I am going to mess up the kitchen, I prefer to do it all in one day.
I actually have some crock pot meals in the freezer that I need to use soon. I love the chicken and dumplings one from Banquet. The heat is back now but not as bad and the evenings are wonderful. Still no rain yet, last weeks storms amounted to shit so farmers are selling their cows hat they can't feed and water and other crops are gone. We are going to pay for this bigtime in the fall for our food truck.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am so disappointed that you only have two crock pots going today. What is wrong with you?
Slacker.

xoxoxo

karen gerstenberger said...

I think you need a separate area of the blog for cooking posts, because you're making me hungry, too...and I just ate dinner!

M said...

OMG I can smell it through the laptop! If I lived closer I would be there in a flash...I would have a helping or two of both :)

Stephanie said...

Omgoodness! yes, I smells it and now I'm hungry!!

Melanie said...

Are you trying to kill me over here??? You better be glad I don't dig on swine or I'd be heading over there will a billy club right now.

Cruel. You are just cruel to me.

greg said...

I haven't been able to get this post out of my mind and so I've decided to just give in to the yummy. I'm slow cooking some pork Sunday and serving it with rice and beans. It's just easier not to fight it. :)

C said...

OMG ARE YOU TRYING TO MAKE ME GAIN THE WT I LOST, BACK? HAHAHA YOU SOUND LIKE SUCH A GREAT COOK, AS YOUR WHOLE FAMILY DOES. I WOULD LOVE TO SAMPLE SOME OF THAT ONE DAY... MAYBE WHEN IM WELL, I WILL TAKE A LIL TRIP?