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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 10, Day 2

Brined and Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Roasted New Potatoes
Asparagus with Lemon and Olive Oil

Cooking time: 40 minutes  plus 10 earlier        Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        Brining does wonderful things for meats like turkey and pork.  This is a small cut so long times are not needed. We're still able to find those wonderful, creamy new potatoes.

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:

Roasted New Potatoes with Chives

Total time: 35 minutes
   New potatoes are early, tiny, immature potatoes of any color, usually 1" (2.5cm) or less in diameter. They have a high moisture content, are very creamy and usually cooked whole.  If you can't get new potatoes, use regular potatoes, cut into 4ths or 6ths.

Roasted New Potatoes with Chives Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Asparagus with Olive Oil and Lemon     

Total time: 25 minutes
    If the green asparagus is thick, peeling will help it cook faster and even the stalks will be tender. I always peel white.  A quick dressing of olive oil and lemon lets the fresh asparagus shine!

Asparagus with Olive Oil and Lemon Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, medium bowl (used 2X), baking dish,
small bowl dish for brining, medium skillet with
lid, barbecue grill

Earlier in the day:  Mix ingredients for brine
Add pork to brine, refrigerate
Dinner time: Light/turn on barbecue grill
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Prepare new potatoes, but in baking dish, roast
Make rub for pork, rub on

Trim asparagus
Snip all herbs
Start to cook pork
  Pause while stuff cooks
Stir potatoes
Turn the pork
Start to cook asparagus
    Pause again
Remove pork, let rest
Remove potatoes, finish
Finish asparagus
Slice pork and serve