Have you ever had one of those recipes that's been passed around so many times ...everyone forgets where it originated?
I've had this Pork Tenderloin in my recipe box for as long as I can remember! I've shared it with so many people over the years (who have then passed it along themselves) that even you are bound to run into this delicious dish at your next neighborhood party!
So... (after forgetting the exact ingredients) you can imagine my dismay when I went to reach for the recipe card...only to find it missing!
Who on earth would take such a thing? I'm extremely too organized to have misplaced it myself? (ha)
Then it dawned on me...I have a pint sized suspect right under my nose!
Culprit is known to illegally acquire crayons to scribble on walls, furniture, books and/or items left unattended.God only knows how many other items have fallen prey to his childish antics. ...Lego's, bills...a recipe card perhaps?!!!
Culprit is known to steal others possessions to deliberately throw them away in the trash. While this "throwing away" behavior has been deemed by some as "practicing his opening and closing skills"....mom's cute tan flats, dad's Blackberry and sister's teddy bear have all found their way into (and then thankfully out of) the family garbage.
I had him right at my fingertips! But after a few minutes of hardcore questioning...his lack of attention and ignorance to the seriousness of the matter at hand... was getting us nowhere! Having purely circumstantial evidence...I begrudgingly had no other choice, but to let the boy go. (Sigh.) I was forced to call one of my friends... to ask for my own recipe back.
But...my fear is now... my friend and I have reached a point with this recipe, where she's confused WHO gave WHO the recipe FIRST?
Will I receive a phone call from her years from now, asking for the pork marinade recipe "she gave me" ...way back when?
Will she show up at our friend's potlucks with trays of succulent pork tenderloin... so that everyone there will go on and on as to, "how amazing her recipe is?"
Will the recipe's lines become so grossly blurred to the point where even I become confused as to WHO had initial rights to the dish?
The vicious cycle will continue and continue....and continue.
So the moral of the story is twofold... keep anything of perceived value out of arms reach of sticky, curious fingers and more importantly... Own Thy Recipe!
Pork Tenderloin Marinade, Unknown - Own it before your friends do!
Makes enough for two medium pork tenderloins.
Best to marinate all day.
Grill to medium.
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons cilantro chopped (optional)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried mustard (you can use Dijon if you don't have dried)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4 teaspoons minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
Place both tenderloins in large Ziploc bag along with all the above ingredients. Squish all around to incorporate ingredients and distribute evenly. Refrigerate until about ready to grill! Serve hot, room temp or cold. Delicious on sandwiches, salad or with any number of sides! Wonderful!