Roasted Honey Orange Pork Tenderloin

Several weeks ago we made an incredible Homemade Easy Orange Marmalade. What to do with the extra marmalade? Roasted Honey Orange Pork Tenderloin. Pork Tenderloin is one of Tim and I’s favorite meats. Super lean and easy to prepare.

Roasted Honey Orange Pork Tenderloin

The past three weeks have been…..well a challenge to say the least. Seems I needed a hysterectomy…ugh! In preparation for the event, I had to get things in order. I spent two crazy weeks cleaning, painting, and cooking.

I haven’t gotten so much done in such a short amount of time in years. Continue reading “Roasted Honey Orange Pork Tenderloin”

Tim’s Pinto Bean Pork Dip

Tim’s Pinto Bean Pork Dip

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We snack a lot for dinner. With both of us working, by the time we get home, do the things that need to be done, dinner is an after thought. I know, you all think we eat food like we have on the blog all week long………not so!

We have popcorn frequently, or frozen pizza, but recently bean dip has been our go-to snack dinner. Tim LOVES beans, he would eat them every day! I like beans, but a girl can only handle so much fiber.

Tim's Pinto Pork Dip

Tim has been experimenting with a dip and it is ready to share with you. There is a local restaurant that we have mentioned before called Kelly’s. The Irish Mexican place that is a favorite of anyone local. If you are ever in the Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois area look it up and stop by… won’t be sorry.

The Kelly’s bean dip a.k.a. Uncle Lou’s Dip is hmm, hmm, hmm, with the homemade tortilla chips. This Uncle Lou’s was the inspiration for Tim’s dip.

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Pinto beans are simmered with salsa, chilies, garlic salt, cumin, chipotle and Sriracha. Browned pork tenderloin is added and the simmering continues until you have a creamy, spicy, porky, dip. Perfect for tortilla chips. Add shredded cheese and cilantro……’s snack supper!

You can also use the dip as the filling for burritos ………its Tim’s preferred way……I on the other hand am a chips kinda girl. Either way…’s hmm, hmm, hmm!!!!

Tim's Pinto Bean Pork Dip Collage


Tim’s Pinto Bean Pork Dip

  • Author: Tim Boyd



  • 215 ounce cans pinto beans, do not drain
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut into small cubes
  • non stick cooking spray
  • 17.76 ounces can Homestyle Mexican Salsa
  • 14ounce can diced green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
  • Shredded cheese and cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large sauce pan over medium low heat, cook beans and their liquid until heated trough.
  2. Mash beans with a fork or potato masher, leaving slightly chunky.
  3. Add salsa, chilies, garlic salt, cumin, chipotle powder, and Sriracha. Simmer for 10 minutes. While beans are simmering, spray a large skillet with non stick spray. Heat over medium high heat until pan is hot . Add diced pork . Sauté until pork is cooked through and browned.
  4. Add pork to the beans mixture, stir to combine.
  5. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from heat. Place in serving bowl. Garnish with cheese and cilantro if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.


Moo Shu Pork Rolls

Moo Shu Pork Rolls

Moo Shu Pork Rolls

When I was a kid, I thought ordering Chinese food seemed so romantic and big city……..eating out of cartons with chop sticks while saving the world!

Glory be…………. we have a Chinese restaurant……..was the first thought that came to my mind when living in my first apartment. I could live out that fantasy of my youth. Well, the food was awesome, came in those little boxes……….and I never have mastered chop sticks!  Continue reading “Moo Shu Pork Rolls”