The Aroma is Irresistible!

@moffittjc (31711)
Gainesville, Florida
September 23, 2016 3:35pm CST
Before I left for the dentist this afternoon, I put a pork tenderloin in the crockpot to cook while I was gone. I added some Mojo marinade, seasoning, and a can of vegetable soup to the mix to help give it some amazing flavor. When I walked back into the house this afternoon after returning from the dentist and running some errands, I was greeted at the door by the most tantalizing aroma that has filled the entire house! Of course my empty stomach started growling as soon as I smelled the delicious tenderloin! Unfortunately, I have to wait about another hour until my girlfriend gets home before I can serve dinner. I may have to cheat and cut off a few slices of the pork to "sample" to make sure it is ready to serve! Hopefully, I don't get gluttonous and eat half the thing before she gets home! What are you serving for dinner tonight? What's some good side dishes to go along with the pork tenderloin? I was thinking mashed potatoes and rice.
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@MALUSE (28682)
• Denmark
23 Sep
Potatoes *and* rice? We eat either-or.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Sep
My girlfriend is a big fan of rice, so it seems like we eat it with just about any meal, even if it's not the "normal" side dish to go with the main course! I also have some fresh asparagus, but I was saving that to cook with the salmon I plan on making tomorrow night!
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@MALUSE (28682)
• Denmark
23 Sep
@moffittjc Fresh asparagus at the end of September? In Germany the season ends in June.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Sep
@MALUSE We get fresh fruits and vegetables all year long here. When our growing season is over, the growing season in South America is just getting started! With a free trade agreement in place, we always have fresh food at our markets! Plus, where I live in Florida, the climate is conducive to growing fruits and vegetables for about 10 months out of the year.
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
23 Sep
I bet she's now having you to cook instead :)
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
She often has to work late into the evening, so a lot of nights I will cook dinner.
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@Drosophila (16886)
• Ireland
24 Sep
@moffittjc ah right.. lucky girl.. not about the working ofc
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
@Drosophila I have to be careful, I might just spoil her!
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@Happy2BeMe (60103)
• Canada
23 Sep
I would say mashed potatoes and some kind of veggies. Sounds amazing but yes I agree you need to sample to make sure it is just right for your girlfriend. We had chicken roasted in the oven with taters and coleslaw.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
I'm making burgers, potato salad and coleslaw for lunch today! I'm having a few friends over to watch some college football today!
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@Happy2BeMe (60103)
• Canada
24 Sep
@moffittjc sounds like fun. A good way to spend the day and the food sounds good too.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
@Happy2BeMe Not sure if you follow college football, but today my beloved University of Florida takes on the University of Tennessee, at 3:30pm. Tennessee is one of our biggest rivals, and the game is at the University of Tennessee. Florida has beaten Tennessee 11 straight times, but Tennessee is favored to win this game. I hope you can help me cheer on my Florida Gators to victory today!
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@just4him (81384)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Sep
mashed potatoes is good, but rice would be overkill with the potatoes. One or the other. An apple dish always goes well with pork. Maybe bake some apples or have applesauce.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
I wish I would have had some apples or applesauce, that would have been perfect to serve with the meal! I did have a frozen Mrs. Smith's apple pie, but I didn't want to wait an hour for it to bake.
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@just4him (81384)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Sep
@moffittjc Maybe next time.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
28 Sep
@just4him Oh, yes, there's always a "next time" when it comes to apple pies! I could eat an entire pie after every meal! lol
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@marguicha (76191)
• Chile
23 Sep
My biggest meal was lunch. I am not supposed to eat a lot at dinner time. Leticia and I are discovering good recipes for diabetics. Maybe I should write a book!
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Sep
Diabetics are always looking for great recipes to help them manager their diet, so you may be very successful if you write a book!
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@marguicha (76191)
• Chile
23 Sep
@moffittjc I love to cook. And to discover that I cannot eat everything will not make me stop eating well.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Sep
@marguicha I do not like to cook at all, but when I do, I tend to go overboard and cook too much food!
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@miniam (9309)
• Bern, Switzerland
23 Sep
Why not snack on a piece of carrot? when l cook, l dont sample, if i do it stops me from eating and enjoying the meal.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
That is a great idea, except that I don't have any carrots at the current time! But I do love snacking on carrots when I have them!
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@miniam (9309)
• Bern, Switzerland
24 Sep
@moffittjc Im not a fan of cooked carrots, but l always buy a kilo just to snack raw.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
@miniam Yeah, I prefer raw carrots to cooked carrots as well!
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@IvySaysHi (4041)
• United States
23 Sep
mashed potatoes an rice sound perfect with that delicious sounding tenderloin. We had pasta salad, but I need a little more because that wasn't enough for me.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Sep
I made a pasta salad for lunch earlier in the week! I always end up eating the entire thing in one sitting, because it never would fill me up otherwise! lol
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@IvySaysHi (4041)
• United States
23 Sep
@moffittjc yeah. Our pasta salad has chicken, red peppers, broccoli, parsley, celery, and something else i cant remember
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
@IvySaysHi Your pasta salad sounds much better than my pasta salad!
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@marlina (57013)
• Canada
24 Sep
I would go with the mashed potatoes.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
I made creamy garlic mashed potatoes, with herbs and butter. It's my daughter's favorite. She helped me peel the potatoes and mash them up after they were done boiling!
• United States
23 Sep
I love pork in the crockpot but never used vegetable soup in mine. Sounds like a good addition and I'm going to have to give it a try. I'm always looking for something new and yes, I agree that crockpot cooking does make the house smell sooooo good. Hope you save some of that tenderloin for your girlfriend
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
23 Sep
I added the vegetable soup just so the tenderloin could soak in some of the vegetable juices. The marinade will overpower the soup, but the soup will help lessen the "kick" that the marinade has to it! An old trick I learned from my mom. And yes, I promise to save some for the gf...she'd kill me if I didn't!
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@moirai (1341)
• Philippines
24 Sep
Of course, you have to taste it to make sure everything is fine. Go on. Do it! Hehe. Just one taste. That's all. Nothing more! I have no idea what will be for dinner later on. Need to think about breakfast first. We'll just surprise ourselves. And mashed potatoes sound good.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
I can't resist sampling all the food I cook when I am making a meal. The only bad part is that by the time dinner is served, I am no longer hungry!
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@moirai (1341)
• Philippines
24 Sep
@moffittjc Hmm... but isn't sampling a normal part of cooking? Do you ever serve food without checking if the salt is just right, for instance? Or maybe your 'samples' are more than just tasting it? That could be the problem.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
@moirai Yes, I sample tiny bits to check if the seasoning is just right, or if I mixed the ingredients just right. But, if I am doing a really good job of cooking, and the food tastes really, really good when I sample it, I find that I keep going back for more and more "samples" of the dish! lol
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@LadyDuck (108711)
• Switzerland
24 Sep
I would have also suggested mashed potatoes OR rice, but not both.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
We went with the mashed potatoes!
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@LadyDuck (108711)
• Switzerland
24 Sep
@moffittjc Pork is sometimes served with apple compote here in Switzerland, but usually grilled or roasted pork only.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
@LadyDuck That sounds delicious!
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@epiffanie (8225)
• Australia
24 Sep
Mashed potato would be perfect with your slow cooked pork
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
Definitely was a good choice to go with the mashed potatoes! My daughter even helped me make them, since she loves mashed potatoes so much!
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@epiffanie (8225)
• Australia
28 Sep
@moffittjc Oh lucky you! that you have a daughter to help you
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
29 Sep
@epiffanie My daughter only helps when there are mashed potatoes involved! Otherwise, I can't get her to lift a finger to help! lol
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@Platespinner (16596)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
24 Sep
I would be inclined to do rice and a salad...but since it's long past dinnertime my suggestion is probably much too late.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
But there's always planning for the next meal! I am plenty stocked up on rice, so I have many rice options for multiple dinners! I keep a bunch of different flavors handy to compliment whatever I'm cooking for dinner, or for whatever my family seems to be in the mood for!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
24 Sep
@moffittjc It's always good to be prepared. We used to eat a lot of rice, but in the last year or so we've shifted to eating more quinoa...who knows what we'll be eating next year!
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
25 Sep
@Platespinner I like quinoa! I will probably start stocking up on that in place of rice!
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@responsiveme (12459)
• India
24 Sep
I'd go for mashed potatoes and rice too.....once a friend stated sampling pork he had cooked and it 'sort of' disappeared before the guest arrived.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
I ended up making mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables, and will save the rice for another meal.
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• India
24 Sep
@moffittjc We always have rice or rotis...its the meat and veggies that are side dishes
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@FayeHazel (8399)
• United States
7 Oct
Oh crockpots are great, aren't they? Sounds tasty! Enjoy!
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
7 Oct
I wanted to cook in the crockpot today, but with the hurricane hitting I don't want the food to be half-cooked and then the power goes out on us! I currently have a couple of pizzas cooking in the oven, because if the power goes out later I don't mind eating cold pizza! lol
• Jacksonville, Florida
24 Sep
That sounded really good! I will take your leftovers. We just had burgers last night, they were good but I'm sure not as good as your dinner!
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
Jennifer, I have plenty of leftovers! I could definitely send them your way! Let me hop in the truck, I'll be there in an hour and half to deliver your food! LOL
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@andriaperry (25350)
• Anniston, Alabama
24 Sep
sweet potatoes. Lucky woman! dinner ready.... I made homemade sweet and sour chicken
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
I've never been a big fan of sweet potatoes, although everyone else in my family loves them! I mean, I'll eat them, but if given the choice I would rather have regular potatoes over sweet potatoes. But interestingly, sweet potato pie is one of my favorite types of pie! lol I've never had homemade sweet and sour chicken! That sounds delicious! I should give it a try one of these days!
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@LoriAMoore (12509)
• United States
24 Sep
Sounds good, I'll be right over.
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@moffittjc (31711)
• Gainesville, Florida
24 Sep
I'll save you some and keep it warm for you!
@cherriefic (3963)
• Baguio, Philippines
24 Sep
That sounds yummy! I might not get a hold of myself if I am in your situation.
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