As I continue to recover from the hysterectomy I had earlier this month, I've been trying to figure out why such a simple procedure caused so much grief on my body. I've had PLENTY of surgical procedures in my life time, but I had such a strange reaction to the anesthesia this time. I was lethargic for almost a week post-op. It was a TOTAL bummer for someone like me who constantly has a list of "to-do's" waiting to be accomplished. I felt like someone had tied concrete blocks to my feet or something. It was just weird, I tell ya.
Truthfully, the extra rest wasn't nearly as bad as not being able to drive has been. I'm counting down the hours until Wednesday, when I'll have my doctor's release to drive again and I'll FINALLY have his "all clear" to go back to work!
In the mean time, I've been trying to make meals that don't require a lot of preparation or effort on my part. Like this pork tenderloin dinner...
In a year with NORMAL temperatures, Wisconsin has a delightful cherry crop. This year... meh... not so much. We had far too many days with temps of high heat and humidity and not nearly enough rain. The crops were available, but scarce, and the farmers that did have a crop were charging outrageous prices for them! So what's a girl to do when she's craving Door County cherries and she's on a low grocery budget? Use cherry juice!
This recipe comes together fast and easy. If it's a hot day and you don't want to use your oven, you can easily cook this on a grill. I served it up with cheesy hasselback potatoes, which I have to say, I failed miserably at. When they're prepared correctly, the potatoes end up with crispy slices of potato covered in cheesy goodness. If you look at my photo, use it as an example of what NOT to do. My slices should have been half that width. This was my first attempt at making them, and they really were great, but I'm going to try again and see if I can get the desired result. This is what they're SUPPOSED to look like when prepared properly. Regardless of their pale and chunky appearance, they really did taste yummy. Just more like a baked potato with cheese than crispy loveliness. Whatever the case... it was yummilicious food!