Pork Tenderloin Sliders

Pork Tenderloin Sliders

 

The Oscars are my favorite award show. Every year I love trying to see as many of the nominated movies as possible, make my picks for the winners and see how many I got right on Oscar night.

This year we have seen a few and my favorite so far is The Judge, starring Robert Duvall who nominated for best supporting actor. It is a sweet movie about fathers and sons. Set in a small town in Indiana it inspired these very Indiana sliders.

If you search for the state sandwich of Indiana you will find pork tenderloin. It is really the only food that Indiana gets credit for. It is an odd sandwich because the meat is alway significantly larger than the bun it is on. It is tasty and simple to make.

All you need is some thinly cut pork, breading and oil for frying.

I used some pork loin chops but you could make it even easier by using a pork tenderloin. Simply slice the pork tenderloin into 1/2 inch slices. Pound the slices with a meat tenderizer until it is about 1/4 in thick. It is going to be an odd shape, and that is exactly how it should look. The goofier the better.

Fill one bowl with 1/2 cup of flour & ground pepper, fill a second bowl with 2 eggs and 2 Tablespoons of water, finally fill a third bowl with 2 cups panko bread crumbs.

In order dredge the tenderloins in each bowl. Set aside the breaded tenderloins while the oil gets to temperature.

Heat a 1/2 inch of oil in a dutch oven to 365° When the oil reaches temperature drop in a couple of the tenderloins cook for 3 minutes on each side. Put cooked tenderloins on paper towels to drain and continue cooking the rest of the tenderloins.

Put on sliders buns and top with mustard, onions, lettuce and enjoy.

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In honor of the Academy Awards next Sunday, Feb. 22, I have teamed up with 15 incredible bloggers to bring you an awesome giveaway!

One lucky reader will win a streaming media player — their choice of an Amazon Fire TV, an Apple TV or a Roku 3. It always seems to be a challenge to catch up on the year’s best films, so I’m thrilled to give you the chance to do so!

Each of the participating bloggers has prepared an Oscar-themed recipe, and they’re up for best recipe! When you participate in the giveaway, be sure to vote for your favorite. The winning blogger will get $50 in cash!

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Menu & Movies

Appetizers
Pork Tenderloin Sliders – The Judge
Aged Cheddar & Apple Grilled Cheese – Boyhood
Pull-Apart Pepperoni Pizza Bread – Whiplash
Asparagus Rolls – Into the Woods
Texas Quesadilla with Chunky Guacamole – The American Sniper
Magic Garbanzo Beans - Into the Woods

Desserts
Nutella Mochi – Big Hero 6
Rocket Raccoon Cake – Guardians of the Galaxy
Texas Peach Cobbler Skillet – American Sniper
Camouflage Mini Cheesecakes – American Sniper
Courtesan au Chocolat – Grand Budapest Hotel
Butterscotch Pudding – Gone Girl
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Granola – Wild

Cocktails
Pink Lady Cocktail – Grand Budapest Hotel
Oscar Chambord Royale – The Theory of Everything
The Blueberry Wish – Into the Woods
Black(berry) Hole – The Theory of Everything

Meet the amazing bloggers bringing you this giveaway!Oscar Noms Party Giveaway

Anne from Wit Wisdom and Food // Beth from bethcakes // Cat from The Rustic Willow // Cate from Chez Catey Lou // Erin from The Speckled Palate // Ginnie from Hello Little Home // Grace from Think Fruitful // Jenna from A Savory Feast // Katie from Twin Stripe // LeAndra from Love & Flour // Leia from Eat It & Say Yum // Linda from Brunch with Joy // Madison from The Wetherills Say I Do // Meghan from Cake ‘n’ Knife // Molly from Hey There Sunshine // Susannah from Feast + West

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slow and steady, a life update

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Before this week ends I feel like I owe you a little update and a glimpse of what is to come. The easy way would be to write about how busy I have been, but that wouldn’t be completely true. I have worked a little more at my day job recently and I put my running shoes back on to start training for the Mini Marathon in May, but mostly I have just been very selfish with my time.

I have spent the last two weeks going slow and steady and focusing on me, on spending time with my husband and just enjoying the things happening around me. I decided to be more deliberate with my choices and it has felt great. I am getting a clearer idea of where I want to head with the blog and my writing which had me very excited about what is to come. As far as writing is concerned, in addition to the blog I will be working with Wayfair in the coming months as one of their Homemakers and I will still be writing for The Collaboreat to showcase great places to eat in Indianapolis.

Speaking of Indianapolis, I actually will be adding some more local posts about my little city to the blog. There is so much to explore after being away for 16 years. I am working on a travel piece for Feast + West that will be part of her new travel series. My post will be up in May, which incidentally is the best month to be in Indianapolis. Summer starts and the city comes alive to great all the Indianapolis 500 visitors every May and I am so glad I will be in town for it this year.

In blog news ALT Summit really helped me honing in on what I want to write about. You will see more tips to help you gain confidence in the kitchen, tips for creating a home that shows off your style and stores about the importance of sharing food with others. I want this to be a place that encourages you to try new things and create food memories with friends and family. You will also see a lot more of me on instagram and pinterest. Come follow along I promise you will find great tips and inspirations.

The big news is that we are in the process of closing on a house, which you may know if you read my last post about buying a home. I will share more about what I have learned about the process next week and as soon as it is all final I will have a big reveal of our house. After 16 years of renting, I can’t wait to put some paint on the walls.

 

buying a home: preparing your finances

There is likely no purchase you will make in your life that is bigger than a home. It comes with a large financial and emotional commitment. Knowing what you are getting into and preparing early is the easiest way to make this a smooth process.

I am going through the process of buying a house and I am going to share the big ah-ha moments we have had in the last few months. This will be a four-part series covering:

  • preparing your finances
  • getting a loan and types of loans
  • finding a realtor and working with them
  • making an offer and closing on a house

Preparing your finances to buy a house

It is important to note, I am not a financial planner, banker, or mortgage broker. I am simply sharing my experience so you will be prepared to ask better questions when you speak to a financial planner, banker or mortgage broker. My advice is what I have learned from my own experience.

If you know you want to buy a house in the future then now is the time to start preparing. It is never too early to prepare your finances to buy a home. By never too early I mean, start at 18 and avoid many hassles down the road. So, like me, you probably didn’t start at 18. You, like me, actually might have done more harm to your credit than good since you were 18. Fear not, home ownership is still a possibility for you. Even if you feel like a house is still years away I encourage you to get started today. These steps will help your financial well-being which is a good thing even if you never buy a house.

Know your score
Once a year you can check your credit score for free. I recommend checking it more frequently and even signing up for a credit tracking service so you can monitor changes monthly. Your credit score is what banks and lenders use to determine your financial responsibility.Scores can range from 300-900. The higher your score the less risky you appear to lenders of any type of loan, not just mortgages.

Know the score you need
You should shoot for a 640. To qualify for a mortgage you will have better luck if your score is 640 or higher. The federal qualification for a FHA loan is 580. So why am I suggesting a 640? During the recent housing crisis, which resulted in a lot of foreclosures and too many people in a bad spot financially, lenders realized that the majority of the people who couldn’t pay their mortgage had a score of 620 or lower. This statistic caused lenders to tighten their requirements. You could still get approved and purchase a house with a score lower than 640, but to take some of the stress out of the process try to get your score to 640 or above. If you go with a conventional loan, a loan not backed by the government, your interest rate will be determined by your credit score so the higher the better. I will get into more detail about types of mortgages in the next post.

Make decisions to improve your score
One of the biggest things you can do to improve your score is to have credit and prove you can use it wisely. If you can’t get credit because you botched it up at some point don’t fret. You can still get a secured card. Using credit and paying the bills in a timely manner is an important factor in increasing your score.

Once you have used your credit and have built up a few accounts such as a car, a line of credit or a few credit cards that are all paid in a timely manner you will want to manage your debt to credit ratio.  Small balances on a few cards will demonstrate you can afford to live without using your cards, but if an emergency were to arise you can handle it. Your history of paying on time demonstrates your commitment to pay your debts in the event you need to use your credit. Having maxed out cards will look unfavorable when you credit score is formulated.

Save
This might seem like a no brainer, but many don’t start this early enough, I know I didn’t. Having a good savings account will provide you the money you need to buy a house. The amount you need for a down payment could be less than you might expect, but the more you have in the account the more you will have to decorate, renovate etc. It will also demonstrate to lenders that you live within your means and are responsible about saving.

Start early
As I said before it is never too early to start fixing your credit and saving. Even if you don’t plan on buying for a long time working on getting and maintaining a strong score and saving can help you avoid setbacks and disappointments. It takes time to impact your credit score.There are some things you can do to quickly change your score but the big improvements take time. It took us 3-5 years of diligent work to get our scores where they need to be to buy a house. During that time it has been exciting to watch as we built our credit. Also knowing we didn’t have to worry when we needed to buy a new car or get a loan was a big plus.

Resources
Below are some resources if you want to find out more about managing your credit and how credit plays into buying a house