" I truly think it is best to be a robin lightly dressed concocting soup inside my nest" ~Maurice Sendak

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The busy summer entertaining season is here at last!
This can also be an expensive time of year with vacations, weddings and gatherings.
Pork is one of the cheapest and easiest things to prepare for a crowd, It literally cooks on its own unattended and is extremely versatile.

Here are two pork recipes that can be assembled in under 10 minutes.
The first one is a long slow cooking pork picnic shoulder roast.
This cut of pork is one of the cheapest deals around and tastes just like very expensive smoked pork chops. We couldn't tell the difference.
The brown sugar glaze creates a sweet contrast to the smoky flavor of the pork.

The second is a pork tenderloin dish made with a jar of black olive tapenade. It looks and tastes like bistro fare.

You can entertain in style without breaking the bank and nobody will ever guess how little you spent on these two fabulous dishes.


Happy Summer!



Picnic Pork Shoulder with a Brown Sugar Mustard Glaze


  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 6 to 8 pound picnic pork shoulder

Combine the first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Set aside

Place roast in a shallow pan and place in a oven or barbecue set at 225 F. Cook for 3 hours.
Spread the glaze over the roast and cook for a further 2 hours.

Slice and serve.

Wine Suggestion: White Zinfandel






Pork Tenderloin Provencal


  • 1 jar of black olive and fig tapenade
  • 1 tbs fresh basil
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 pork tenderloins

In a bowl combine the first 4 ingredients. Place tenderloins in a shallow roasting pan if using the oven, and then spread over the pork tenderloins.

Place pan in the oven or place tenderloins on a preheated barbecue set at 325F.
Cook for one hour or until internal temperature reaches 160F.

Slice and serve.

Wine Suggestion: Malbec


Cheers!






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