Monthly Archives: February 2012

Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Shallots & Pimm’s Sauce

I am slowly in the process of moving posts from my old blog to this one. This pork tenderloin post was one of my favorites to write! (And eat.)

One of my biggest pet peeves is getting home after a day of running errands and realizing that I’ve forgotten to pick up one or two key ingredients. Sometimes, though, it can be a blessing in disguise when you’re forced to get creative with a recipe.

pimm'sA few months ago, I was planning to make this beef tenderloin recipe when I realized that I had forgotten to pick up a port wine for the sauce. I decided to substitute with the Pimm’s we had left over from last summer…it was DELICIOUS! It had the perfect amount of sweetness and depth of flavor.

I’ve since combined this sauce with my favorite pork tenderloin recipe in which I marinate the tenderloin with Maille mustard, Pimm’s, and a touch of soy sauce.

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Roasted shallots & carrots for the sauce
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The finished sauce

Add a little balsamic parmesan grilled asparagus on the side…

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…and Potatoes Gratin Dauphinoise

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and you have one awesome Sunday feast.

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(Many thanks to my grill master for helping with tonight’s dinner. xoxo)

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That was the best valet I ever had…

This review of Cholon is from a year ago and my old blog, but still holds true. Do check out Cholon for Denver Restaurant Week if you haven’t yet. (And, for heaven’s sake, get the soup dumplings!)

No Rocky Mountain Oysters, Please

Knowing that dinner tonight was at an all-time favorite, Cholon, I had intended to write about a fantastic wine list, the soup dumplings that melt away every bit of remaining tension from the work week, the succulent curry mussels, the freshest of beet salads, and the always-flawless service.

Cory, however, stole my heart the second he opened my door. From his en pointe professionalism (including remembering my husband’s name when we exited the restaurant) to his assurance that pricey items in the car would be safe, he actually improved our dining experience before we even got in the door.

Hats off to Cholon…they have officially thought of everything.

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Q & A

tableSundays bring me such joy! We try to have all chores and errands done so that we can have a “no-drive” Sunday that forces us to just relax and enjoy simple pleasures.

After reading (and responding to) this post from Between Naps on the Porch, I thought I’d post my answers here. I’d love to hear your answers as well!

1. Favorite Cocktail: Rosé champagne (I’m not much of a cocktail drinker.)
2. Favorite Getaway: Savannah, GA (I grew up an hour south of there) or Paris
3. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be? Morgan Freeman
4. Daydream of the moment? To spend Christmas in an ancient European city
5. Your personality in one word? focused
6. Are you more garden or gun?  Garden, definitely
7. If you were road-tripping, what’s the one album you’d take with you? Mozart
8. What are you reading? The End of Illness by David B. Agus. I just finished The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual and the Modern Home Began. I absolutely loved it!
9. What do you want to do when you grow up? I’m not sure; something that combines my career in education with my interest in the lost art of conversation, gracious manners, and dining at a beautiful table
10. What is your greatest extravagance?  Guilty Pleasure? Anything Hermes and pearls
11. Favorite Southern Food? Cheese grit casserole from Mrs. Wilkes’ recipe book (Savannah)
12. Most treasured possession? a Japanese tea cup from my grandmother

13. Favorite Southern name? anything with flowers (Rose, Lily, Violet, etc.)

14. What talent would you most like to have? Play the piano or violin
15. What’s your current state of mind? Grateful for Sundays

 

I’ve pasted the questions w/o answers below in case you wish to respond in the comments or paste into your blog 🙂

1. Favorite Cocktail:
2. Favorite Getaway:
3. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
4. Daydream of the moment:?
5. Your personality in one word?
6. Are you more garden or gun?  .
7. If you were road-tripping, what’s the one album you’d take with you?
8. What are you reading?
9. What do you want to do when you grow up?
10. What is your greatest extravagance?  Guilty Pleasure?
11. Favorite Southern Food?
12. Most treasured possession?
13. Favorite Southern name?
14. What talent would you most like to have?
15. What’s your current state of mind?

One-Year Blogiversary

One year ago today, I started this blog. I had just fulfilled an ages-old wish of having sterling silver and I wanted to connect with others who also found silver, linen, and china interesting. (Please pardon my wrinkled napkin in the photo. A working girl only has so much time for ironing.)

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(Grande Renaissance by Reed & Barton)

What I have found most thrilling in this past year are the many personal connections I’ve made in the blogosphere. I am also astounded at how much I’ve learned! A visit to Paris, reading many wonderful blogs and books, and studying designers’ Pinterest boards has so much broadened my understanding of the history of design and the details that deem an item “quality.” The vocabulary alone fascinates me: Rococo, bergére, 925/1000, Irish linen…all terms or concepts that were foreign to me just a short time ago.

One downside of learning about the history of American silver has been coming to the realization that this is a seemingly dying industry. I visited Reed & Barton’s factory in Taunton, MA this year, only to find that much of it was abandoned. As with Gorham, International, Wallace, Towle, and other silver companies, much of the business has moved to Asia. They also seem to be downsizing or being bought out by large companies such as Lifetime Brands. R&B discontinued many of their patterns in 2011, including the one I had just purchased! While I knew on a conceptual level that many of America’s historic industries had moved overseas, this was the first time I had a personal connection to the trend.

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So, while all of what I have learned isn’t rosy, I am grateful for this most unexpected journey that is a very separate world from my professional life. Here’s to another year of reading, writing, and learning!

Cast iron cooking

While last night’s birthday dinner of oysters, champagne, and filet at Elway’s was most decadent, the highlight of my day has been cooking a Curry Lentil Stew in my new Lodge cast iron Dutch oven.

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I’ve long been a fan of cast-iron cooking ever since my mother sent me off to college with a few of her seasoned skillets and was thrilled to find that Denver’s Army/Navy Surplus store carried quite a few pieces for a fraction of their retail price.

In the near future, I plan to try out the Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook. Does anyone else have this? What do you think?

 

Never again any Rocky Mountain Oysters

screenshotI am saying “good-bye” to a blog this evening. I started “No Rocky Mountain Oysters, Please” in 2008 with the intention of focusing on my own cooking adventures as well as great restaurants that I encountered in Denver and on my travels.

However, it has gotten to where I would much prefer to write on this blog about “lifestyle” topics (including food) while saving Future Schooling for education-related topics, thereby eliminating the need for a third blog. Prior to 2011, I never imagined myself wanting to write about decor, silver, table settings, etc. – hence my limited “foodie” blog. Now, my interests have widened, but NRMO has maintained its limited focus.

So – thank you, NRMO – for giving me my first training wheels in blogging about something that interests me outside of my chosen profession. I learned so much about writing in general that I plan to apply to Mountains & Magnolias.

Sante!

Rediscovering pimento cheese

No Rocky Mountain Oysters, Please

I grew up on pimento cheese, at least what I thought was so, in the deep South and I have to admit – I thought it was one of the grossest dishes I’d ever encountered. Little did I know that this “Southern caviar” could be something besides the over-processed, mayonnaise-heavy goup that one would find in the grocery store.

February’s issue of Southern Living piqued my interest somewhat with several different recipes that actually looked appetizing. Still, I was a little skeptical.

bookcoverI did a complete about-face, however, after visiting Magnolia’s in Charleston last weekend. Minimal mayonnaise, rich sharp cheddar & parmesan, roasted red bell peppers, and the surprise of green olives…what’s not to love?! The food was so delicious, I bought a copy of chef Donald Barickman’s cookbook.

Since we’ve returned home, I’ve experimented with several variations that I’m loving, including pimento cheese on fresh tomatoes and pimento cheese…

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