Season 2, Episode 8

Small Dinner Party

Jack wants to have an intimate dinner party and asks Frederic for some recipes that won't keep her chained to the stove. Jack learns the recipes for Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Creamed Corn.

Episode Guide
Below you’ll find a helpful episode guide for cooking along with Frederic and Jack, as well as tips and recipe rescues.

Equipment List:

  • Broiler pan

  • Aluminum foil

  • Tongs

  • Chef’s knife

  • Cutting board

  • Dry measuring cups

  • Medium skillet with lid

  • Liquid measuring cup

  • Measuring spoons

  • Instant-read thermometer

  • Wooden spoon

  • Carving knife

  • Pepper mill

  • Medium bowl


  • Broiling is a dry-heat cooking method where the food is placed directly under and very close to the radiant heat source above it. The food cooks more quickly since it is so close to the heat source.

  • You can adjust the racks in your oven to position them 3 – 4 inches from the broiler.

  • Watch foods carefully while broiling; the food is so close to the heat that it can easily start to burn.

Dry rubs:

  • A dry rub can be made from a combination of any of your favorite spices and dried herbs.

  • Dry rubs act like marinades in that they flavor the food, but they don’t require any time to marinate since the rub sticks to the food. Therefore, they are a quick solution to enhancing the flavor of different meats.

Selecting corn:

  • Choose corn with bright green, snugly fitting husks, and golden silk. Stems should be green and moist, not woody.

  • Kernels should look plump and milky, come all the way to the ear’s tip, and the rows should be tightly spaced.

  • Avoid ears with blackened, opened and tattered husks, and those with black silks.

  • Try to purchase corn that has just been picked. Corn is best cooked and served on the day it is bought, but if you must store it, keep it in the refrigerator with the husks on.

  • The peak season for fresh corn is May through September.

Recipe Rescues:

  • The exterior of the pork is burned – Slice off the burnt areas, and then carve as usual.

  • The pork is too dried out – Add a little broth or other cooking liquid to the pan with the pork, cover it with a lid or foil, and then let it steam to re-moisten the interior.

  • Corn is unripe – You can still cook with it, but add a little sugar during cooking to make up for the lack of natural sugar.

  • Creamed corn is not thick enough – Make a slurry out of cornstarch and cold water, and then add 1 – 2 tablespoons of it to the corn mixture. Stir to evenly incorporate the slurry, and continue cooking for several minutes to get rid of the starchy taste.

  • Creamed corn is too salty – Add more cream, and more corn if you have it.

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