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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 9, Day 2

Brined, Grilled Pork Tenderloin
New Potato 'Oven Fries'
Sautéed Asparagus with Tarragon Yogurt Sauce

Cooking time: 35 minutes for menu plus 10 earlier      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

    The pork should be brined earlier in the day - but timing is very flexible: 2 - 12 hours.

Brined, Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Total time: 40 minutes  10 minutes earlier 
    Brining keeps meat moist and tender during cooking and is particularly well-suited to pork.  The tenderloin cooks quickly on the barbecue, and the rub adds even more flavors to it. Remember, slightly pink is now okay for pork, and over-cooking can ruin the best efforts....

Brined, Grilled Pork Tenderloin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

New Potato 'Oven Fries'

Total time: 35 minutes  
     New potatoes are about the size of walnuts...(or golf balls).  They are wonderful, braised or roasted whole, but get wonderfully crunchy with creamy interiors when cut in half and baked like 'Fries'.

New Potato 'Oven Fries' Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Asparagus with Tarragon Yogurt Sauce

Total time: 15 minutes
     Along with the chives, tarragon is one of the first herbs to appear in the spring.  It's traditional with fish and chicken, but also does well with most vegetables - especially the early spring vegetables. 

Asparagus with Yogurt Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes for menu plus 10
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, large bowl, medium bowl, small bowl (used
2 X), grill pan & barbecue grill or roasting pan

Earlier in the day:
Brine pork, refrigerate
Dinner time:
Turn on / light barbecue grill
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Mix oil, paprika, thyme
Cut potatoes, add to oil mixture
Lay potatoes, cut side down, roast
Snip all herbs

Remove pork from brine, pat dry
Mix ingredients for rub, rub on pork
Start to cook pork
Make Tarragon Yogurt Sauce
Turn potatoes
Turn pork
Trim asparagus, sauté
    Pause while it all cooks
Remove pork, let rest
Remove asparagus from heat
Remove potatoes, sprinkle salt
Slice pork
Put asparagus on plate, top with sauce
Serve all