31 May 2010

Weekend kitchen adventures: Summer recipes!

By: Jessica B.

Now that summer is right around the corner and I’m spending more time in the kitchen, I’m trying to mix up my dinners to try some summer-appropriate recipes that won’t make my apartment too much of a hotbox.

And because the last two weeks were crazy, I took the long Memorial Day weekend as a time to do the following: cook, relax, clean and get my closet organized. Fun!

Actually it was. And I decided to make two recipes to get me back in the kitchen and keep those cooking skills sharp.

I made pizza again (similar to this one) and it turned out really well.

Silly me took a pre-oven instead of post-oven photo. Oops.

Fact: Homemade pizza is definitely starting to become one of my favorite things to make.

Then I made my kitchen adventure for this week, which sounded incredible: Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Mango Salsa from Cooking Light. Right now, I’m loving all sorts of summer salsas and despite not being a huge mango fan, I’m willing to give it a try!

Plus, I’ve never cooked with pork, so it’s two adventures in one.

Here’s how it turned out and the recipe:


  • 2  (1-pound) pork tenderloins, trimmed
  • 1  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2  cups  diced peeled mango (about 2 large)
  • 1  teaspoon  grated orange rind
  • 3  tablespoons  diagonally sliced green onions
  • 2  teaspoons  grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 3  tablespoons  fresh orange juice
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground coriander
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground cardamom
  • 1  tablespoon  olive oil


Cut each tenderloin crosswise into 8 pieces. Place plastic wrap over pork; pound to an even thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of pork; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan; repeat procedure with remaining pork.

Combine mango and next 6 ingredients (mango through cardamom) in a bowl, stir and serve.

Verdict: Yummy, light and flavorful

I really liked this dish. The pork was tender and juicy and the salsa was light but had a nice citrus flavor. I excluded the cardamom and coriander because I couldn’t find it but added in red onion and parsley flakes and I still thought it tasted great. The OJ really added a lot too! I was a little bummed the pork didn’t brown as much as I hoped, but it was still tasty.

What are some of your favorite summer foods? How was your long weekend?

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  5. Sounds yummy! I’ve never really had mango before.

  6. Nora says:

    Confession: I’ve never cooked with pork before either.

    Homemade pizzas, however, are delightful!

  7. Kyla Roma says:

    Homemade pizza is *heaven* – if you’re not using a pizza stone I would really recommend buying one, they’re maybe $15 and are fantastic! =)

  8. WOW this food looks amazing. Come over and cook for me? k thnx!

  9. katelin says:

    holy crap woman, come cook me some pizza please! pretty please? with pepperonis on top? :)

  10. Erin says:

    Ummm, that pizza looks super tasty. You should make me one. :)

  11. Lexilooo says:

    That pizza looks so good! I’ve never tried to make my own, but I really should one of these days!

  12. Kate says:

    I had almost four days off and they were glorious! As for summer foods, I love hot Italian sausages on the grill, guacamole, any kind of ice cream and blackberry crumb bars.

  13. Lil Woman says:

    Nom Nom Nom!!
    That pizza looks delish!!

  14. love that you’re jumping on the cooking bandwagon, ESP with the homemade pizza. I’m addicted :)

    If you’re looking for good summer recipes, try these–to die for, I promise! http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/05/grilled-fattoush.html and http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/04/panzanella-caprese.html

  15. Both of those look delicious! Every time I cook pork it turns into rubber. I can never get it right, so I just sort of gave up.

  16. Shanice says:

    I am always looking for new recipes to try in order to avoid eating out. That homemade pizza looks super good, so I will definitely consider trying that out!

    I don’t eat pork anymore, but those tenderloins do look pretty tasty. :)

  17. mandy says:

    Both recipes look delicious! I’m not a huge fan of pork but the mango salsa sounds great. In the summers I love all the fresh fruit available. I’ve basically lived off of strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, and watermelon.