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Laurie's hobbies are riding motorcycles, going to the theater and cooking for coworkers who are hungry for a great home-cooked meal. "My husband Don was one of the first single guys I fed," she says. "He proposed 36 years ago, and he still likes the food."

"I cook Thanksgiving on my woodstove for 16 to 22 people," says Laurie Watson of Chatsworth, California. "It is fun as I do it from scratch and almost all by myself. My husband Don is in charge of the fire and turning the turkey every half hour."

Gathered around Laurie's Thanksgiving table are her parents and many of the single guys who work at her family's motorcycle shop. One of her favorite dishes to pass is Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce. "So that people aren't surprised, I try to serve the cranberries in a bowl that looks spicy. We'll never eat regular cranberry sauce again."

Besides cooking for her come-one-and-all Thanksgiving dinner Laurie says, "We have had one or the other of the single guys from work weekly for dinner for the last 20 years. They just meet us at home after work."

One of her favorite suppers is Bavarian Pork Tenderloin roasted with sliced Granny Smith or Pippin apples. She likes to serve the pork with a side of Raspberry Enlightened Green Beans. "My husband eats more green beans since I got the Raspberry Enlightenment!"

Bavarian Pork Tenderloin

This wonderful recipe from Laurie is a real taste celebration of the season.

  • 1 2-lb. pork tenderloin
  • 1 apple, sliced (Laurie likes Granny Smith or Pippins)
  • 2 TB. olive oil

Preheat oven to 350°. Split the tenderloin lengthwise. Place half of the tenderloin in a roasting pan. Arrange the apple slices over the meat. Place the other half of the tenderloin on top. To make the tenderloin of even thickness, match up one thick end to one thin end. Tie to secure. It is best to lay 3 strips of the tying twine in the pan before putting down the first piece of pork. Drizzle the tenderloin with the olive oil and sprinkle evenly with BAVARIAN SEASONING. Cook at 350° until done, usually about 40-50 minutes. Let rest before slicing.

Prep. time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40-50 minutes
Serves: 4

Nutritional Information: Servings 4;
Serving Size 10 oz. (281g); Calories 360; Calories from fat 140; Total fat 15g; Cholesterol 145mg; Sodium 120mg; Carbohydrate 6g; Dietary Fiber 1g.

Bavarian Pork Tenderloin

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Bavarian Style Seasoning .7 oz. 1/4 cup jar $3.55

Raspberry Enlightened Green Beans

Laurie shares, "My husband eats more green beans since I got the Raspberry Enlightenment."

  • 1 lb. fresh green beans
  • 2-4 TB. butter
  • ⅓ Cup chopped pecans (optional)

If using pecans, toast at 325° for 10 minutes. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the beans and cook until just tender crisp, 3-5 minutes depending on the thickness of the beans. While the beans cook, place the butter and RASPBERRY ENLIGHTENMENT in a serving bowl. Start with the smaller amounts. When the beans are ready, drain well and place in the bowl, stirring gently to melt the butter and mix thoroughly. Add more butter and RASPBERRY ENLIGHTENMENT as desired. Sprinkle with the toasted pecans and serve.

Prep. time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 3-5 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Nutritional Information: Servings 6;
Serving Size 3/4 cup (92g); Calories 110; Calories from fat 70; Total fat 8g; Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 30mg; Carbohydrate 9g; Dietary Fiber 3g.

Raspberry Enlightened Green Beans

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Raspberry Enlightenment 9.5 oz. jar $8.55

Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

Laurie says, "I don't understand why anyone would buy cranberry sauce when it is so easy to make."

  • 1 16 oz. bag fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 3 TB. lemon juice (or 1 tsp MINCED LEMON PEEL)
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, chopped (or ½-1 tsp. CRUSHED JALAPEÑO PEPPERS)
  • 2 tsp. ARROWROOT STARCH, dissolved in 2 TB. water

Place the cranberries in a sauce pan and add enough water to just cover the berries. Add the sugar and lemon juice or LEMON PEEL. Heat over medium until the berries pop and the sauce thickens a bit, 15-20 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add the jalapeños, stir. Drizzle in the ARROWROOT mixed with water, stirring. Let cook another minute to thicken up, then let cool a bit and serve. Laurie only adds the peppers to half of the cranberry sauce since not all of her guests like the heat.

Prep. time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6-8 as a side, 12-14 as a relish

Nutritional Information: Servings 6;
Serving Size ½ cup (103g); Calories 110; Calories from fat 0; Total fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 0mg; Carbohydrate 28g; Dietary Fiber 4g.

Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce

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Description Price Quantity
Lemon Peel .9 oz. 1/4 cup jar $4.35
Jalapeno Peppers Crushed .3 oz. 1/4 cup jar $3.19
Arrowroot Starch 1.1 oz. 1/4 cup jar $3.29