One of my favorite meals that Jerry used to cook in California was Cinnamon Apple Pork Tenderloin. Jerry discovered the recipe when he was about to prepare dinner one night in Irvine and I offered to run to the store to pick up some things. He gave me the list, which included some cut of pork or another and I returned home with a beautiful pork tenderloin. That was not what Jerry had in mind but, undaunted, he went online and found this pork tenderloin recipe on About.com. We loved it so much it became one of Jerry's standards.
The other night, Jerry decided to produce the same meal here. He couldn't find pork tenderloin and he forgot to buy cinnamon. So, he improvised.
I feel obligated to comment on improvisational cooking. It is something I cannot do. If I were again to prepare Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and someone instructed me...
In your microwaveable dish, add 1-1/3 cups hot water.
Pour the pasta from the box into the hot water
(be sure to remove the packet of cheese sauce first).
Stir the pasta and put the uncovered dish in the microwave oven.
Cook for 7–9 minutes on HIGH.
You must stir the pasta every 1–2 minutes so it doesn't stick together.
It has cooked long enough when there is no longer water in the dish.
Make sure to check it often, and do not overcook.
... that is precisely what I would do (although I would have no idea how to know if it was being overcooked until it was in fact overcooked).
But, back to Jerry, someone who can safely improvise in the kitchen. As a side dish for the excellent pork, apples, and raisins, he included another old standby, sauteed cabbage. And he added a new dish (for us), spinach with raisins and pine nuts. ¡Increible!
- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds pork tenderloin
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
- 2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
- 2 tablespoons dried cranberries or raisins
Preparation:Preheat the oven to 400°. Place the pork tenderloin in a roasting pan or casserole dish. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and stir. Spoon the apple mixture around the pork tenderloin. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Remove the lid and spoon the apple mixture over the tenderloin. Return to the oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until pork tenderloin is browned and cooked through. A meat thermometer in the center should register at least 150° to 160°.