Leaving the husband “in charge” of dinner tonight…

I have to stay late at work tonight, and, well.. we still need to eat.  I told my husband that he will have to prepare dinner tonight since I won’t be home in time to do it.  Normally when it’s his turn to “make” dinner, we have quite an elaborate meal from Italy’s best Pizza from the joint down the street, to my favorite Cantonese Chow Mein and Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls from the family owned Chinese restaurant around the corner.  But since I have everything I need to make dinner at home, I decided to put him to the test… He’s going to MAKE dinner tonight.

So here are my step-by-step instructions to him on how to make dinner:

I’ll be home probably around 6:30pm

You can have dinner ready for 7:00-7:30pm

To eat for 7:00 – the pork should be in the oven by 6:10pm
To eat for 7:30 – the pork should be in the oven by 6:40pm

You will need:

  • Pork tenderloin (in fridge)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 springs fresh Thyme (its’s an herb (looks like branches) in the fridge, in a little package in the veggie drawers)
  • 3 tbsp garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup beer or chicken stock (in the fridge in a box)
  • Rice (the bags in the pantry)
  • Broccoli (in the fridge)
  • Beans (in the fridge)
  • Gravy – if you want to make some there are some pouches in the pantry
  • Glass baking dish (the same place that we keep the cutting boards)
  • Double boiler pot (the one that has 2 pots and one has holes in the bottom).  *If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can call me*


1 – Heat the oven to 375°F.

2 – Strip the thyme of their leaves by pinching your thumb and forefinger and running them down the stem and in a bowl.  Add the garlic and the olive oil. Mix well. Set aside

3 – Cut the ends of the beans and put beans in a bowl of water.  Set aside.

4 – Cut broccoli into chunks and put in a separate bowl of water. Set aside.

5 -Take the pork tenderloins out of packaging and pat dry with paper towel. Sprinkle lightly with salt and black pepper. Take a glass dish and spray with PAM.  Place tenderloin in dish.

6 – Smear thyme and garlic mixture all over the tenderloin, rubbing it into all sides of the pork. Add beer or chicken stock to the pan.

7 – Put the pork into the oven and cook for 40 minutes.

8 – While the pork cooks, add water to the bottom pot, enough that it won’t touch the top one when you insert it in.  Put the lid on and boil the water with BOTH pots together.

9 – When the water is boiling and there’s about 15 minutes left for the pork to cook, pour the water out of the bowls of the veggies and add the BEANS ONLY to the double boiler and close the lid.  Cook for 6 minutes. 

10 – Add the broccoli to the double boiler, close the lid and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

11 – You can make the rice now. Read the instructions on the back of the bag, it will say you need to cut a small slit at the top of the bag and microwave it. When it’s done put in a bow, you can add a bit of butter and salt and pepper and cover with a plate to keep warm.

12 – When veggies are done, remove from double boiler and put in a dish, you can sprinkle garlic salt (found in a mason jar in the pantry) on it, put the lid on to keep warm.

13 – Now is a good time to start the gravy if you want to.  Read the instruction on the back of the packaging.

14 – When pork is done, remove from oven and put the pork on a cutting board.  Let it rest for 5 minutes.  Continue working on the gravy.  Then you can cut the pork.

If you have ANY questions.. CALL ME

I’ll let you know of the result later tonight!

Chow for now,


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