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Our Perfect Meal

Smoked pork tenderloin, stir-fried cabbage & Texas caviar - oh, my!

The Complete Package and I have discovered our perfect meal. We made it this weekend, but usually we save it for New Year’s Day. It’s one of our favorites of all time and it confirms my theory that sometimes the simplest foods are the most wonderful. Here’s the rundown:

Pork Tenderloin
rubbed with Salt Lick dry rub (it’s spicy & wonderful) and smoked over oak

Stir-Fried Cabbage
green cabbage chopped & braised in a hot skillet with bacon, salt & black pepper

Texas Caviar
black-eyed peas w/jalapeno, purple onion, cilantro, red wine vinegar & olive oil

Oh, baby. Who wouldn’t love to put down a plate of this cabbage? When you add a slab of smokey pork tenderloin and Texas caviar, it’s amazing. Try it for yourself and see if you don’t agree. It’s simple. Beautiful. Flavorful. Perfect.

One tip: if you’re sensitive to cabbage, consider serving this meal with a simple appetizer – Beano. {And just like that, she makes a subliminal fart joke.}

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C’mon, Ziggy – smile for the camera!

As I’ve mentioned before, I have a new camera (which I love). My only issue so far is getting Ziggy to pose as my live subject so I can practice using it. He’s not as enthusiastic about the new camera as I am. This is what I usually get:

Mommy, please get that camera out of my face. I'm trying to nap.

So today, when I got “the look” again, I decided to kick it up a notch and break out the kryptonite…the big guns…the pièce de résistance…the pork tenderloin.

Great googly moogly - is that a bowl of smoked pork tenderloin?

Oh, I see that I’ve got your full attention now. Funny how that works. It’s like you don’t even notice the camera. So I guess you’ll let me take photos now? I’d even go so far as to bet that if I said “lay down” right now, you might just do it.

Wow...I guess you'll do just about anything for smoky meat!

Yup…worked like a charm. Behold the power of meat! I think that’s supposed to be cheese, but we all know you’ll do anything for cheese, too. And ice cream. And raw apple slices. You’re my sweet funny boy, Ziggy. Thanks for playing along, even if it was only until the meat ran out. One last treat – you can lick the bowl clean. I know you like that. I got my photos, and you got a treat. They call that a win/win. Good thing I picked a shallow bowl, my smushy-faced friend.

Oh, sweet nectar of life. If only I had a longer snout!

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