• Facing The Giants W/ Texansunited.com Recipes

    CADENThis past week, Caden and I did some heavy duty cooking for the hardest audience I can think of, our family!  Together (actually with him doing most of the work), we cooked, and we cooked, and we cooked some of our favorite Texansunited.com recipes so that the entire family could grade them.

    If there is a tougher audience than my family, I’d hate to meet it! With that said, I knew we were in for some criticism, no doubt about it.

    First of all, we prepared two meats: honey garlic pork tenderloin and cocoa spiced pork tenderloin. That really is not enough to feed our bunch, but I wanted to be sure they were forced not to fill up on meat so they would taste everything.

    Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

    Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

    Cocoa Spiced Pork Tenderloin

    Cocoa Spiced Pork Tenderloin

    The results were mixed, but the honey garlic won the most votes. I’m not sure my bunch is classy enough for the cocoa!

    We then prepared quite a few side dishes: stuffed onions, bacon-wrapped green beans, roasted cauliflower, crockpot potatoes, and corn on the cob for the sissies who don’t really eat veggies! :)

    Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Onions

    Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Onions

    Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

    Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

    Roasted Cauliflower

    Roasted Cauliflower

    Crockpot Potatoes

    Crockpot Potatoes

    With my family, it is impossible to get a consensus…at least without an argument or two. Rickey liked the onions best while my dad thought I had chosen onions that were too large and thus a bit tough. As for the rest, well, they all chose something different with my non-veggie loving son coming in for the corn on the cob! :)

    I don’t remember who voted on the green beans or the cauliflower, but I do know they were both gone before I could grab even a bite of them! Caden voted for the potatoes.

    Of course, no meal is complete without a great hot bread so….. cheese bread and bacon cheese bread.

    Cheese Bread

    Cheese Bread

    Mozzarella Bacon Bread

    Mozzarella Bacon Bread

    I was actually surprised that most of the votes went to the cheese bread although I noticed that most of the bacon cheese bread was gone as well.

    And then there was the dessert. Caden and I served two different desserts although I must confess that I pooped out before we actually could put the finishing touches on one. We served peach cobbler with ice cream and the apple breakfast bread, which was actually supposed to be turned into a bread pudding with a delicious caramel sauce.

    I gave out before we managed to make the sauce so we just served the bread with ice cream as well. It was the twins’ “very favorite,” but I voted for the peach, which is truly delicious. Caden made the one on Sunday with quite a bit more juice than you see pictured here.

    Peach Cobbler

    Peach Cobbler

    Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

    Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bread

    Bottom line is that everything tasted great, and Caden gets most of the credit. Of course, the real bottom line is that the food gave us all a great reason to simply be together!

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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