This Nov. 10, 2014 photo shows pork tenderloin with cranberry cider glaze in Concord, N.H. Pork tenderloin is delicious, tender, and is neutral enough to pair wonderfully with numerous ingredients. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

And there was. Our idea was simple — pick a cut of meat that is easy to have on hand, simple to prepare for both small groups and crowds, and yet versatile enough to pair with multiple flavors.

This Nov. 10, 2014, photo shows Madeira braised chicken with mushroom gravy in Concord, N.H. The braised chicken that gets a ton of flavor by cooking in a bottle of Madeira, a fortified wine from Portugal. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Turns out a hands-off braise is perfect for those evenings when I can’t be in the kitchen because I’m too busy shuttling my son back and forth to karate or watching him at a cross-country meet or — on those especially fun evenings — both.


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