Tequila Lime Pork Tenderloin

Tequila Lime Pork Tenderloin #pinkpork

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Ohio Pork Council and in part by the Ohio Soybean Council. All recipes, photos, opinions, and silliness remain all me. It is probably pretty obvious by this point that we are a household that REALLY digs pork.: as in three to five meals a week level digging... Aside from the fact that it remains one of the most wallet-friendly meats you can purchase for a family of our size, its mild taste makes it a perfect match for many styles of cooking. It's embraced by many world cuisines, so you can have an Asian pork dish one night, a French pork dish for the next meal,  and a Mexican pork dish in yet another meal, and that's just the start. Because there are so many varieties of CUTS of pork, there are a tremendous number of  WAYS to cook pork. It makes a great winter dish, summer dish, fall dish, and spring dish! Braise it, roast it, grill it! Today, we're grillin' it because it's finally spring! (She ducks and covers to avoid the freak snowstorm that blows up out of nowhere...) I love tequila lime chicken, so I decided to take the mild and versatile cut that is pork tenderloin and apply the same type of marinade. It doesn't get much easier or impressive than this. There's nothing intimidating about the process at all! Into a zipper top bag goes tequila, lime juice, honey, garlic, onion powder, minced jalapeno, and fresh cilantro. Squish it up, add the pork tenderloins, squeeze air from the bag, seal it, and stash it in the … {Read on...}

Almond Crusted Challah Toast

Almond Crusted Challah Toast. #Dessert www.foodiewithfamily.com

My boy-town home is awesome. I adore raising five young men. I love being the wife of a man who is a guy's guy. I have a retinue of admirers at the ready all the time. Most of the time, I should say. Okay,  I have lots of fans whenever I'm not making someone do a chore they'd rather not do. It's all dude stuff all the time here and that is fine by me. That being said, I sure love being a girl, and sometimes the palpable testosterone in the air gets a bit much even for someone who finds it impossibly romantic and hilarious to be 5/7 of the way to providing a modern reality version of the seven brothers portion of 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'. (Although I'd just like to see my boys TRY getting past me to 'acquire' wives the way the brothers did in the musical.) I compensate for the 24/7 MANLY CHANNEL PROGRAMMING that happens here by going ultra girl.  I love having my hair done, putting on pretty clothes, and reading Jane Austen. I've done them all in that order. Sometimes books great enough to justify getting dressed up before being read, and sometimes... well, sometimes, I just need to be pretty and frou frou. I was lucky enough to spend some uninterrupted time alone with some wonderful girlfriends a couple of years ago.We drank wine, we ate great food, we had a DUDE cook for US, we laughed, we cried, we made cheese, we made jokes about CUTTING the cheese (shoot, I mean the guys HAVE had an influence on me), we talked about clothes and hair and ate chocolate. And … {Read on...}

Easy Bacon Pea Salad

Easy Bacon Pea Salad with Cheddar Cheese. Perfect for Easter or any time! www.foodiewithfamily.com

Salad and I are like *THIS*. That probably comes at no surprise at this point. What you may not know, though, is that I have an especially soft spot for marinated salads. You know which ones I mean... The ones that fill bowl after bowl at late spring and summer parties. The ones in oil and vinegar or mayonnaise based dressings that become even tastier the day after they're made. Macaroni salad, potato salad, corn salad, and baby... that pea salad you see in the picture above. Even when I was a picky kid, peas were always a friendly food at the dinner table. A bowl of peas meant I had something I could dig into with abandon. I always loved the little POP of biting into peas. I love them so much that I've even been known to dig into the bag of frozen peas for a fast, cold snack in the dog days of summer. When I saw my friend Amy's Pea Salad pop up in my feed reader a couple of weeks ago, it was a no-brainer that I was going to make it. I did. And it was glorious. The next day when I made my second batch (I told you I liked peas), I added a bunch of crispy bacon and upped the cheddar and onion a bit and loved it so much that we polished off the whole batch  in a matter of hours. Yes. I've done the math. I am completely aware of how many pounds of peas we ate in two days. I self-imposed a two-day moratorium on pea-salad in the house. But PEOPLE! (Pea-ple?) It's spring! And spring means we're on the go. And pea salad? Well, it's like hand and glove, Rocky and … {Read on...}

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix

Make your own Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix for dressings and dips. No MSG. foodiewithfamily.com

When I shared my Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos recipe two weeks ago, I suggested using homemade dry ranch dressing mix in the seasoning. I then received several kind but confused emails from readers asking just where on  FWF they could find this recipe. Um, oops? I hadn't published it yet. Today, I make it right by giving you Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix. Our family has an annual bunny bread tradition for Easter Sunday. The day before Easter, I bake a bread shaped like a bunny. When we get back from church, I cut the belly of the bunny out, put a bowl in filled with Ranch dip, and surround the bunny bread with 'bunny food': carrot and celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets, cucumber slices, olives (do bunnies eat olives? In my world they do.), green onions, and snow pea pods. The boys rip off pieces of the bunny bread and dunk the pieces (and vegetables) in the dip with great enthusiasm. They anticipate this even more than their baskets. It is entrenched tradition, people. I've spent a small fortune on Ranch dressing mix over the years. Yes, I'm familiar with the canisters of the mix which are far more economical than the little paper packets, but still, the volume of Ranch my family goes through is a little indecent. I caught one of my boys trying to drink Ranch dressing with a straw once, if that's any indication... Our not-so-little family is blessedly free of food sensitivities, but we have some dear relatives and friends who are not and they … {Read on...}

Roasted Banana and Caramel Milkshake

Roasted Banana Caramel Milkshake from foodiewithfamily.com #dessert

What you are looking at is the current resident of the top of the list of things my sixteen year old wants for me to make for him when Lent is over. That boy has so much willpower it puts his daddy and I to shame. He gave up sweets for Easter. While I've been good about providing healthy sweet snacks (loads of fresh fruit, smoothies, and whatnot) and trying to work on sweets recipes while he's at work or at friends' houses to try to avoid tempting him, there is still the occasional moment when he's home and I'm working on something that is most definitely on his no-fly list right now. This is the boy around whom no bags of chocolate chips were safe. The boy who ate eight full-sized pieces of The Pioneer Woman's sheet cake in one sitting. The young man who can't walk past the candy counter at the store without buying something if he has money in his pocket. ...And he has given up sweets and stuck to it. He has full intentions to get back to it after Easter, though, and he has truly compiled the aforementioned list, and today's recipe ACTUALLY holds the first slot. It is what he wants to have to break his fast first, before Easter candy, before Easter breakfast even. I was trying to hurry myself along and get this done and photographed before he got home from a friend's last week. It's not that it takes a long time, it's just that with four other boys, I kept getting interrupted. Those other four have given up -in descending order by age- texting, "Legend of Zelda", … {Read on...}