Saturday, June 28, 2014

An Evening Of Dinner and Mahjong

I was just telling Stone we needed to have Buck and Karen over for ice-cream and mahjong.  Four hours later my telephone rings and its Karen inviting Stone and I over for dinner and mahjong.  Is that clairvoyant or what?  Karen said, "Buck was wanting to play mahjong."  Well let me tell you about Buck "Ralphy", he is never wanting to play mahjong.  He does so because his lovely wife enjoys the game and well, he takes pleasure in our company as we do theirs.
Stone and I decided to walk to their home.  If we cut through the neighborhood it only takes us about 10 minutes, and thats going up an enormous hill.  Upon arrival, my stomach begins to growl with the aroma of dinner thoughout the house. Wasting no time, Karen had us seated and we began to devour the fabulous dinner. She had prepared a grilled pork tenderloin that she had immersed in this fabulous combination of Dales and Allegro Marinade.  With it, she served red, juicy tomatoes that were picked up from the farmers market along with the juiciest cantaloupe.  I had not had potato salad "tater salad" in a long time until last night.  Karens was perfect with the crunch of celery, tender potatoes, and tang of the mayonnaise.  Add a bowl of steamed green beans and our meal was complete.   For dessert, she made brownies earlier in the day. We added a scoop of ice cream and Buck so carefully placed a blackberry and rainier cherry on top, then drizzled on some warm chocolate sauce.  Stone and I agreed, we will walk up a steep hill anytime for a dinner like this.  We sure enjoyed her good vittles.
 We quickly cleared away the dishes and sat up the game. As usual, Buck pretended not to remember how to play.  He took a tile here and there, stating he didn't know what he is going to do with it.  He did a lot of moaning and groaning. It took awhile but soon he's shouting MAHJONG," I think."  What do you mean you think?  Either you have or not!  I should know by now, his acting baffled, is just a performance, one that he does quiet well when it comes to playing mahjong.  He has a Ph.D for gods sake.


Grilled Pork Tenderloin


Grilled Pork Tenderloin Ingredients:
Pork Tenderloin
1/2 cup Dales Marinade
1/4 cup Allegro Marinade

Pork Tenderloin Instruction:
Place the pork tenderloin in a plastic zip lock bag and pour in Dales and Allegro marinade, marinading for 8 hours or overnight.  Turn every so often.  Grill at medium temperature for 25-30 minutes per pound turning every 5 minutes until internal temperature reaches 145'-150'.  Let rest five minutes before slicing.

Buck, without a clue turns to Karen for answers.

Perplexed

Rattled

Doubtful

Mystified 

Flustered 

Buck, now content just Mahjonged!!!

Here is an interesting fact.  Allegra Marinade was created right here in Tennessee in 1955 by Betsy and Dave Wilcox in their Henry County Home.

How many times have you mahjonged and didn't know it?