Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sweetest Pork Tenderloin

Dedicated to Randy Shilts LGBT Hero

As June is Pride month we continue to dedicate our dishes to LGBT heroes. This one goes to Randy Shilts. Don't forget to read the short write-up after the recipe for a great topic of conversation at dinner.

This simple dinner for two consists of a roasted pork tenderloin and some sweet potatoes. A great blend of savory and sweet with most of the work already done for you.

1 – 1.5 lbs pork tenderloin
2 cans candied sweet potatoes drained
1 can pear chunks drained
¼ cup orange marmalade
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup triple sec orange.
salt & pepper to taste.

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees, spray a 9 x 14 baking dish and set aside.
Drain the cans of sweet potatoes & pears.
Before roasting, always sear the pork tenderloin on all sides first.

First, trim the tenderloin of any silver skin (this can be tough when cooked, just use a small sharp knife and slide the blade under and outward to remove it). Pat pork dry with paper towels.
Rub with a little oil then season with salt. Heat your skillet.
Sear the pork on all sides until it is golden brown. This will not only add color but also helps keep the juices inside. A light sear is all you need.

This should take about 10 minutes. Transfer the browned pork to a large plate. 

Use a pastry brush to “paint” the pork all over with orange marmalade thinned with a bit of oil. This makes brushing easier.
Mix the sweet potatoes with the pear chunks in the baking dish.
Sprinkle the ½ cup brown sugar over all. Then push the pork down into this mix.
Douse with the triple sec and roast in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until an internal thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers between 145 and 150 degrees F. That’s really all you need.
(older people insist on cooking pork until it is dry – of course respect their wishes and wait until the temps reach 160 for well done)

Remove from oven and cover with foil. Let this rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Lift out the pork, and slice it into 1 inch thick slices. Spread the potatoes onto a platter and arrange the slices on top.

Fix a simple side dish of a green vegetable.

For our music:

What a rich meal to fix with such ease.

To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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Randy Shilts LGBT leader and writer

Randy Shilts was the first openly gay reporter at a mainstream metropolitan newspaper. Shilts grew up in Aurora, Illinois. Attending college in Oregon, he came out as gay at 19 years of age in 1971. He became a leader in the newly-formed Gay People's Alliance.
After earning a degree in journalism he went to work for The Advocate, and later covered San Francisco news on local radio, television, and in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle.

He covered the outbreak of the new "gay cancer" first called GRID. As the pandemic grew, Shilts became the Chronicle's lead reporter on the disease, making him one of the first in the country.

However he drew the anger of the gay community with his call to close down the bath houses and dark rooms where anonymous sex was taking place. Even labeled a gay Uncle Tom, Randy knew that to lead the orchestra, you had to turn your back to the audience. Today we look back at his call for safer sex practices and see it as simply common sense. At the time many felt that AIDS was created to stop all gay sex. Fear and paranoia ran rampant for awhile.

In addition to his crusading journalism, Shilts wrote three best-selling, widely acclaimed books that have become classics and must reads for the LGBT community. His first book in 1982, The Mayor of Castro Street: The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, is a biography of the gay politician who was assassinated in his San Francisco City Hall office.

His second book: And the Band Played On, published in 1987, is an extensively researched account of the early days of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. This was so successful it brought him nationwide literary fame.

His third book, Conduct Unbecoming, examines discrimination against lesbians and gays in the military, was published in 1993. Shilts and his assistants conducted over a thousand interviews while researching the book, the last chapter of which Shilts dictated from his hospital bed.

Shilts declined to be told the results of his HIV test until he had completed And the Band Played On. He felt the test result, whatever it might be, would interfere with his objectivity as a writer. He was finally found to be HIV positive in March 1987.

In 1994 Shilts died, aged 42, at his ranch in Sonoma County, California, being survived by his partner, Barry Barbieri.

His tenacious reporting was highly praised by others in both the gay and straight communities who saw him as "the pre-eminent chronicler of gay life and spokesman on gay issues".

As a fellow reporter put it, despite an early death, in his books Shilts "rewrote history. In doing so, he saved a segment of history from extinction."

NAMES Project founder Cleve Jones described Shilts as "a hero" and characterized his books as "without question the most important works of literature affecting gay people."

As we celebrate Pride Month, lets dig out one of these books for a fresh reminder of what it was like to be gay then. If we don't remember, how are we going to mentor future generations? 

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