Our son Collin(pictured far left) came home for Spring Break from Rice University and brought his friend Dan (pictured far right) and their Harem. The girls from left to right: Beth, Annie, Julia, Katherine, Liz, Aida, and Megan. We thoroughly enjoyed their visit. They were the nicest, brightest, and most polite house guests! Individually unique, interesting and fun to be around! For me personally, a great opportunity to do what I enjoy most cook and host!
Feasts prepared and enjoyed began with a cheese assortment upon their arrival. Since not all of them our from our great state of Texas, they ventured out that evening in search of some local Bar-B-Q and wound up at one of my favorites Granzin's Bar-B-Q in New Braunfels, worth a visit just for the potato salad. The next morning my husband and I prepared Eggs Benedict, Apple Strudel French Toast, Cinnamon Raisin French Toast, Coffee and Orange Juice. They spent a day enjoying the Riverwalk and came home hungry! Later that evening, we enjoyed the biggest Pork Loin (about 7 pounds) I have ever prepared, with Fresh Roast Asparagus, a Whole World Salad (it had the whole world in it!), Cornbread Dressing and French Bread. And sent them home with fresh baked Pumpkin Cranberry Bread.
Parents, you can be extremely proud. Your children have grown up to be lovely adults! Beautiful manners, considerate, polite and truly wonderful and considerate house guests! They are each welcome back anytime and we hope to see them again soon!
Pork Loin Roast with Orange Marmalade/Apricot Sauce
This can be prepared with any size pork loin, I would still make the same amount of sauce. I poured the sauce over the sliced roast but you can, pass the sauce instead.
7 pound boneless pork loin roast (the big ones can be found at Costco)
4 T Hot Dijon Mustard
4 T Regular Dijon Mustard
Fresh Ground Pepper
Kosher Salt8 oz jar Orange Marmalade
8 oz jar Apricot Preserves
2 T Light Karo Syrup
1/4 C Pomegranate Vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Put pork loin roasting a large baking dish (9x13). Combine mustards in a small bowl and spread over top and sides of roast. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and generous amounts of fresh grown pepper. Place in 350 degree oven, uncovered and roast until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees (about 1-1/2 hours). Remove from oven, let rest covered in foil for about 10-15 minutes. Slice in 1-1/2 inch thick slices. Ladle sauce over roast slices and serve.
Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine marmalade, preserves, Karo syrup, vinegar and spices. Bring to boil and simmer until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Sauce will thicken as it cools.
2 bundles of thick asparagus, break ends at natural break
olive oilsea salt fresh ground pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil and arrange asparagus side by side. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, turn to coat. Place baking sheet in oven and roast for 15 minutes. Note: if you can only find thin asparagus, then back off on length of time to roast for about 10 minutes. Can be served at room temperature.
Whole World Salad
This is what I had on hand, just use what you have on hand and make it your own!Arugula Baby Spinach Caperberries
green onions, large dice
roasted beets, sliced and diced
Red, yellow and orange bell peppers sliced thinly
Feta cheese broken into large chunks
1-1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp Maggi1/4 C Balsamic Vinegar
1/3 C extra virgin Olive oil
Combine dressing ingredients until well incorporated, set aside to dress salad just before serving
3/4 C pecan halves
1/4 C brown sugar
3 T butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
dash of saltCombine ingredients in medium saucepan over medium heat, toss until the sugar begins to crystallize. Pour out onto granite or foil to cool.
Toss vegetables in large bowl. Break feta & pecans over salad. Toss with dressing. Top with fresh ground pepper and serve.