Sunday Family Dinner


Did you have Sunday dinner as a family? If it wasn’t Sunday, was it Wednesday or Saturday? Do you have family dinners together in your house today? The lessons our children learned at our table have shaped the adults they have become. Open discussion around a table filled with home cooked, healthy, delicious food nourishes the mind as well as the body. One particular dinner stands out in my mind. Garrett, 5 years old and straining to hold back tears, informed the family that a kid at school called him “Garrett the parrot” all day. His brothers were of the mind that he should just punch his lights out, but Dad asked what the kid’s name was. Garrett replied, “Nick”. Everyone smiled when Dad said, “Garrett, I think you’ve got this!” This lead to a longer discussion about bullying and handling oneself in those situations. We taught them that they were not allowed to start trouble, but if someone else started it, they should finish it!


This Pork Tenderloin with its spicy sauce is an easy recipe, requiring little hands-on time so you can focus on your family. The scallion sauce can be made several days or several hours ahead of serving time. We like to serve this with applesauce or fried apples and whatever vegetables are in season.



Pork Tenderloin with Scallion Sauce.

Serves 6 to 8


1 pork tenderloin (3 pounds)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Green Onion Sauce

2/3 cup sour cream
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon ground mustard seed
2 to 3 green onions, finely chopped

Combine marinade ingredients and stir to dissolve sugar.  Pur into a Ziploc freezer bag.  Place tenderloin in bag and remove air so marinade covers entire tenderloin.  Place in a pan and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Remove tenderloin from marinade.  Place on rack in a shallow roasting pan and cook for approximately 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F.

Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.  Serve with Green Onion Sauce.

For the Green Onion Sauce:  Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving to allow flavors to develop.