Saturday, December 29, 2012
Brian got me a cookbook as a joke gift....it's called "50 Shades of Chicken." It's a parody of "Fifty Shades of Grey" and is pretty hilarious. And well....dirty too. We had chicken in basil cream sauce (I won't tell you its dirty name...it's too embarrassing) and it was so very good! I can't believe some of the recipes in this book. Can't wait to try the chicken with apricot jam, sage and lemon zest next sometime next week.
If you read the books, you'll get a kick out of this cookbook's play on words. If you just like good chicken, well, you'll like this cookbook too!
Today's lunch, courtesy of Will: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, with fruit salad. He did everything except cut up the apple...I did that. He found out that butter knives don't cut everything! I had him help me cut up the apple, I taught him that you need a cutting board, and then slowly slowly...with my hand over his, we cut the apple into slices. Then I cut it into chunks and he tossed them into the salad. Both kids devoured every bite!
We broke out of our norm and instead of having spaghetti for dinner, we roasted a chicken. And it was excellent. :)
Potato side dish: originally was going to be a crockpot potato recipe so no oven space was needed. Then I saw that the recipe took 10-12 hours to cook! No way! (Yes...that was on low, and I didn't feel like experimenting on Christmas eve with the crockpot on high.) Instead we roasted red potatoes with garlic, then topped with cheese and bacon. What's not to love?
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Cookies, Cookies and Cookies. Over the years we've cut down on the number of different kinds, usually choosing 4-6 types. These fall into the "It's Just Not Christmas Without..." category: coconut macaroons, old-fashioned sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, Rollo cookies and biscotti. No biscotti yet, but everything else has been baked, one kind a night in the past week. No power outage is gonna stop us, either. :)
Fudge. I haven't made fudge in about five years...and now I remember why. It's because I love it so damn much! I am bringing Rocky Road fudge to my family's Christmas party tomorrow, and it's heavenly.
Garlic and Chicken "Stew." This was dinner tonight, and it's one of my all-time favorite meals. Two heads (yes, HEADS not cloves) of garlic, chicken parts (tonight we used thighs and breasts) and various other ingredients left to stew in a Dutch oven is such an incredible smell.
Coming up on the horizon: Christmas eve dinner, which is getting changed up this year from Spaghetti to Roast Chicken. Christmas morning breakfast....overnight baked french toast. (In my humble opinion, the best kind) And we're doing dessert for the family get-together on Christmas Day, and have some great things!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Mrs. Alvarez and her husband were originally from Colombia, and enjoyed showing me pictures of their life there. She also made the BEST empanadas. She would bring them down to the office at 9:30 in the morning, and they would smell so good I would eat one right then and there. (I've always had the ability to eat pretty much anything at any hour) Eating these kinds of things has led me to a love of Hispanic foods.
When I saw a recipe for empanadas, I immediately remembered these little beef "pies" that she would bring down. Plus I am always game for something that is not your typical hamburger use. (i.e. meatloaf, meatballs or cheeseburgers) The recipe was spiced beef and cheese, baked in piecrust. They tasted pretty good, but obviously weren't the same. Mrs. Alvarez also used diced potatoes, and her empanadas were spicier and also fried. Still, they were pretty delicious, and now I have ideas on how to improve. I served them with home-fried potatoes and green beans. Next time I will use black beans. All in all, it was a nice visit to a memory.
Monday, December 3, 2012
What does one do with their newly honed knife skills? Make a soup that requires lots of chopping, of course!
This is an Italian-style sausage soup, with garlic, onion, spinach, tomatoes, pasta and cannelloni beans. The grocery store didn't have two pounds of sweet sausage, so we bought one hot, one sweet. Even the stock was homemade this time!
It was a good soup, and made a ridiculously large pot. I brought some to a friend who's due with her first child, a boy, any day now.
So that is three of the four soups on my Day Zero list. The last one will be clam chowder. Brian and I both adore a good clam chowder and have never made one. Then there will be one more thing to cross off the list!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
The workshop was 90 minutes long and was part demonstration, part hands-on. I learned how to hold a knife so that it is an extension of your arm and isn't has hard on your hands. I learned the proper way to dice peppers and onions, and how to cut an onion with a little less crying. (NO crying isn't an option for me.) I also learned the correct way to cut up avocados and mangoes, two foods that I love but avoid because of the messy prep. No more!
There were six people in the workshop including me, and together we chopped and made a tomato salsa and a guacamole with mangoes. Delicious! I came home with a big grin and a little leftover guac, and was thrilled to tell Brian how much I loved it! He's taken a class there before, and now we want to do a Couples Night sometime.
Tomorrow night I'm making soup. And I can't wait to chop all the veggies....by hand!
Friday, November 16, 2012
Finally, a success story! Years of separating sauces, general gloppiness and all-around YUCK, I've finally made a decent baked macaroni and cheese. The recipe was from Cooking Light, part of their 25th anniversary issue. I know I know, light mac n cheese sounds like a drag. But it wasn't! It had parmesan, sharp cheddar, fontina and yep, Velveeta cheese product in it. I think the secret is making sure the cheese is shredded fine, and the continuous whisking. The garlic cracker crumbs baked on top weren't bad either. This was so good, I had a second helping and was thrilled to have tons of leftovers.
Sadly, the kiddos wouldn't touch it. So next time I make this (and there WILL be a next time) I'm going to trick them by leaving an empty box of Kraft on the counter.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
What's a tagine? Glad you asked. It's a ceramic slow-cooker. Or maybe it's not ceramic, maybe it's clay. One thing I can tell you is that it needed to be soaked for 24 hours before cooking. The only thing we had in the house big enough to soak it was a cooler. But hey, it worked! You put it directly on your stove top and let it do its thing. It was actually quite cool.
I've never really given Middle Eastern food a chance. It feels good to try something just a little bit different. Some of the spices were familiar, some not. Turmeric, for one, I don't know if I'd ever eaten turmeric before. But everything was delicious: chicken, quinoa and carrots. I'd definitely like to try other variations.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Wish granted! Around 7pm, we were able to put together this recipe. It was delicious...with soy sauce and green onion, but also some shaved Parmesan and red pepper flakes. A fusion dish, if you will.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The first step was to dredge the chicken in flour and fry slightly to give it some crispiness. Nope....the hot oil just seemed to rinse the flour right off the chicken! I added some broccoli to the final dish just to get in some veggies.
To sum up, this wasn't bad. But it wasn't good, either. I might be better off just ordering takeout next time!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
With the arrival of fall comes the cool air that makes me want to have soup. So last weekend seemed like a good time ti to make a second soup in order to work on my Day Zero list.
This recipe came from Taste of Home online, but I found it on Pinterest. It's a very simple recipe, and doesn't have a ton of leftovers. The ingredients include celery, bacon, potatoes, cream style corn, onion, milk and salt/pepper. The first step, sauteeing the bacon, onions and celery on the stove made the house smell incredible. It came together quickly and made a nice lunch for a cool Sunday. I did add a sprinkle of smoked paprika before serving to give it that extra oomph.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
It was a big hit, with fruit, juice, waffles, 2 kinds of quiche, bacon AND sausage and the piece de resistance....a birthday cake made from caramel-iced cinnamon rolls! Everyone loved the food, and I'll bet NO ONE was hungry for lunch!
Happy Birthday Mom and Dad!
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I can't believe I'd never made a pot roast before....we had it a lot when i lived at home with my folks. Mom had a recipe where you added meat, veggies and the cooking liquid to a plastic bag and put it in the microwave. Unconventional, I know, but it was delicious. She always served it with buttered noodles, peas and carrots. Mmmmmmm childhood. :)
This was a McCormick recipe, and a simple one at that. Veggies, meat, water and spice packet, then "set n forget" on low for eight hours! I love dinners that kind of take care of themselves like magic. The meat was fork-tender, and there's plenty of leftovers. Add my mom's roasted beets plus biscuits on the side and you've got a pretty good way to end a weekend.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
This recipe is from one of the America's Test Kitchen cookbooks, it's all "country style" food. And it is so far all very good eats, though not exactly the most slimming choices. This recipe is by no means an exception to the norm, it boasts cream, cheese, corn tortillas AND fritos on top. And let me tell you.....it was nothing short of delicious. Everything in moderation, right? The only thing that I would change is that I would shred the chicken breasts a little bit instead of cutting them into pieces, that way every bite would have some chicken in it. A bottle of Sam Light for each of us complements the meal. Wait a sec....I should clarify. Kiddos did NOT eat this meal. There's nothing in there that would interest them, and Will is all abut "separating" his foods. So they didn't get a bottle of Sam Light, either. I read how that was written and said "Whoa!!" They were very satisfied with their hot dogs, leftover mac n cheese and apple slices.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Another pinterest recipe.....and it was good! The marinade was lime juice, honey, sriracha, garlic, soy sauce, cilantro and vegetable oil. I omitted the red pepper flakes because I thought that the sriracha would bring enough heat.
I'd make these again, but with two changes: it's better suites for a weekend because the chicken marinated for an hour. Also, skewers only get grilled outside from now on!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
We had friends over for dinner the other night and I tried something I'd never done before: fried zucchini. It was, in a word, awesome! I never realized how delectable fried zucchini is. The recipe came from Joy of Cooking and was very simple. Flour, club soda, parsley and dill. Dip the zucchini in the batter and fry for a few minutes. We dotted it with a little cider vinegar and the four of us polished it off!
Chocolate zucchini bread. This recipe yielded two delightful loaves of bread, and they smell heavenly! Plus the boys have been fooled before....can Mama pull it off again? Only time will tell...
Mark Bittman's Lemony Zucchini Risotto. Fried eggs this time instead of poached, and it was every bit as good as the first time! I seriously wanted to lick the bowl. There's leftover risotto for lunch at work tomorrow, sans eggs. If only it wasn't messy to bring an egg to fry!
Guess what? Still have a ton of zucchini. Some of it is shredded in the fridge, waiting to become Cheddar Zucchini Bread. The rest? Not so sure. I'm still looking for new and exciting recipes.
I love pie. It doesn't matter what kind, I pretty much love it all. But a summer "peach and cream" pie with fresh peaches? For breakfast, even?
Yes, please. I baked this pie on Sunday, and the house smelled heavenly while it was in the oven. I got the recipe from allrecipes.com,, which I go to often. I did tweak the recipe a little bit, after reading other pie maker's notes. I cut the sugar down to half a cup instead of a whole cup (there's six peaches in there, so enough natural sweetness. I didn't miss the excess) and instead of baking it for an hour at 300 degrees, I did 15 minutes at 400 degrees and then 45 minutes on 350 degrees. The top was golden and everything was perfection.
Peaches are perfection in fact, they taste like warm sunshine.
With that said, last night's dinner was Pork Chops with an Apple Pan Sauce, accompanied by Sauteed Apples n' Onions. I am continually amazed at how good apples and onions taste together, they complement each other nicely. The pork was cooked perfectly, and there was white rice to sop up the pan sauce. Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light. Again, surprised that this was a "light" recipe! No pictures....the food was gone in the blink of an eye. Well, mine and Brian's anyway. Neither kid likes sauteed apples, which I thought for sure would be a hit due to their natural sweetness. Nope, one or two bites of pork and the rice from the big kid, and total refusal from the little kid. UGH. I'm over it.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I'll say it: this is not a great dinner for a weeknight. It takes 45 minutes to bake, and without thinking ahead there's a bit of prepwork too. However, it's a good idea for using up leftovers. You can add pretty much whatever flavors you want, but we do like to keep it simple in this house. A little protein, some veggie, and usually some cheese. Salmon works well, as does ham and chicken. Asparagus, spinach, peppers, even broccoli works too. Tonight's was by far the best: maple bacon, green pepper, onion and cheese. Brian went back for seconds, and maybe even thirds. Instead of the usual green salad, he shredded some potato and made a "fried potato cake" and a couple of sliced strawberries for presentation. Fantastic! Next time a Friday or Saturday, though.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Sunday started last night at 11:30pm, when Hubby and I spontaneously decided to throw together an Overnight French Toast to be baked in the morning. Why not? I got it in the oven this morning, sprinkled with blueberries and streusel topping, while he whipped up some of our favorite Strawberry-Lemon Syrup. (An old Cooking Light recipe) The result was a custard-y french toast, perfected with the syrup. And there's leftovers for tomorrow!
Dinner for tonight is already in the crockpot. I don't know why we don't utilize this method of cooking more often, the "set-it-forget-it" mentality can't be beat on a Sunday. Plus again, the promise of leftovers on Monday is fantastic. Tonight's menu is Sweet and Sour Chicken over brown rice. The boys helped by draining pineapple chunks, washing veggies and even a little chopping. (I did the chopping, they threw the seeds into the sink.)
And if this cooler weather prevails this afternoon, perhaps there's a little time for a batch of brownies from a mix, or perhaps cookies? This Sunday Streak is going strong!
Saturday, August 18, 2012
In 2006, I spent a week in Prince Edward Island with my parents, brother and (then) girlfriend and my husband. It was a beautiful island, with lots of happy memories. One of these memories was a dinner theater that we went to with everyone, something that Brian and I had done before but the others had not. My Dad was a little skeptical but in the end enjoyed the show more than anyone else!
The dinner part was served family-style, at long planked tables. I immediately noticed that the first course had these steel buckets on the tables and they certainly got my attention. Mussels! I wasn't fond, after a stinky cooking experience when I lived in New Hampshire six years prior. (I had a lot of "skeptical" cooking experiences at our house in New Hampshire, this was not a good culinary time for Crafty Mama, or for that matter, Brian. We learned from a lot of mistakes in this era!) I was six months pregnant at the time of our Prince Edward Island adventure, and I adore fish. Mussels and other shellfish were on the short list of fish that is considered "safe" for pregnant women to eat, so I gave them a shot. Was I ever glad that I did! They were steamed in a wine broth and were so good, I may have eaten almost a whole bucket by myself!
Last year I got a repeat chance to enjoy P.E.I. mussels with Hubby, dining at a little seaside joint in Saint John, New Brunswick. We split a bucket of these delightful, albeit ugly, mollusks and I was warm and happy over the experience.
So, when Brian put mussels on the menu for tonight, I was elated! I even said at dinner last night, "tomorrow is mussels...I'm so excited. :)" Brian did not disappoint, turning up mussels in a white wine, garlic, shallot and tomato broth, served atop jasmine rice and asparagus with bacon on the side. The jasmine rice was perfect for sopping up the broth, and the dinner was absolutely to die for. What a fond way to reminisce with a food that I fell in love with in Canada.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Instead,Brian brined corn tonight. I didn't even know that one could brine vegetables. But do you know what? Brined corn is awesome. And if you grill it, it's even better. Char-grill marks on an ear of corn, and having that corn be super soft as you bite into it is incredible. We just had regular butter, salt and pepper on it but there's a flavor opportunity there somewhere. The brine liquid that Brian used was just four quarts of water, half a cup of kosher salt and a quarter cup of sugar. The ears of corn had to soak for at least half an hour, then drained and grilled. Perhaps next time (And there WILL be a next time!) we could add some cider vinegar to the liquid, or try a compound (read: flavored) butter. Some flavor ideas: barbecue and scallion, or perhaps chipotle and lime?
I'm getting hungry all over again just imagining the possibilities.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Tonight was a flashback to five years ago. Dinner was supposed to be chicken with grilled peaches and feta. Neither one of us felt like cooking. After running through the "Well what do YOU want" game, we settled on cooking the defrosted chicken another way, something like pan-fried. Except HA HA, there's no defrosted chicken. Spaghetti and frozen meatballs, to the rescue. Tomorrow night while Hubby is at his second-to-last class, the kids and I are going to have leftover frozen pancakes and waffles. I do so hope that they're labeled correctly in the freezer, or it's gonna be breakfast surprise!
I can't wait to feel settled again and having a better-tasting variety of meals. Hopefully this whirlwind of activity will die down soon.
I did top the sandwich with sauteed green pepper and onion. They're invisible here, and no, you can't have the recipe for invisible peppers n onions. :)
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Our new favorite side dish: grilled zucchini. Slice, salt, grill, serve! Even Brian, who is not overly fond of zucchini, enjoyed them.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
It was not good.
First of all, the spices that Brian used on the pork were amazing. I don't remember all of them but I'm sure he will tell me as soon as I publish this blog. :) We both used the dipping sauce, only it was a light dip instead of a plunge. See, despite having an open mind, peaches and tomatoes aren't meant to go together. I later found out that there was ginger in there too.....no no no. The finished product was pumpkin-colored. The worst part was the dishes, and rinsing out the blender. The smell of hot water hitting the blender made the sauce especially pungent, and it was a while before I could get the smell out of my nose. Chalk it up to a flop.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
I chose this because I was missing my favorite meal at the Chateau in Waltham, MA: chicken supreme. It's a fried chicken cutlet served with a white sauce. Brian made it happen, only I liked his white sauce better. Perhaps it was the paprika, I don't know. But I am pretty excited that there was plenty of leftovers for lunch this week.
I remembered yesterday that there was a pie crust in the fridge that needed to be used up because it was going to expire soon. I had bought a ton of peaches over the weekend so peach crumb pie sounded perfect. I prebaked the crust and when I pulled it out of the toaster oven, um....that did not look like piecrust. Apparently it was already bad, because it resembled a taco shell, the kind that holds a taco salad. Ewww! So instead it became another peach crisp. Which was delicious, but would have been better with vanilla ice cream. And this time the leftovers made it into the fridge, so perhaps a stop for ice cream on the way home from work tonight is in order.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Last night was grilled chicken, potatoes and candied carrots. I love anything on a grill, I really do! Sean liked the carrots, and Will pretty much refused to touch them. I really worry about him sometimes, getting nutrients. I won't stop trying to get him to eat veggies though.
This was fun, posting dinner every night. I was careful not to change what we eat because it was on the blog, and from what I see we do get a variety of food. I'm pretty satisfied with how this experiment turned out, though I am glad not to have to remember anymore to write it down!
Friday, June 29, 2012
It's not so bad though, it's pretty much hands-off cooking. Put it in the toaster oven and forget about it for about 45 minutes. Ah, there's the issue: the time it takes to cook!
Dinner on the table at 7pm last night (which is typical in our house): Pork tenderloin, rice and spinach. I bribed the kids with yogurt raisins to try the spinach. Will took the bribe, took a taste and proclaimed it "Yuck!!!! I don't like it." More for me, then.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Wednesday night: Brian made chicken parmesan tenders for him and the kids. I'm a little sorry to have missed out on them. :( I tried the steak panini tonight at Panera, it was actually quite good. I love that they put horseradish on it, that stuff is delish. :)
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
It turns out that leftover steak tips from the 99 make for excellent steak and eggs on a Sunday morning.
What was supposed to be for dinner last night turned into today's lunch, since the salmon was defrosted in the fridge. This is the kind of meal that's nice to make when I'm eating it alone, because I'm the only person in the house that will eat it:
OMG!!! The huge burst of flavor in this was incredible! The salmon was cooked perfectly and not as spicy as expected. The spice rib had chili powder, curry, cinnamon, cumin, allspice and cayenne, so you can see why I might have expected heavy heat. The salsa was so fresh tasting, and not much to it: fresh mango, red onion, avocado, sea salt and a few squeezes of fresh lime juice. I felt like I should be sitting at a picnic table on the beach eating this. I loved it, and am excited for the leftovers at work tomorrow.
When Brian and Will got home from their Philly adventures, we had tacos. Scratch that. Brian and I had tacos, kids had hot dogs. Typical. :)
Kids and I had pancakes, bacon and strawberry-banana smoothies. And the kids insisted on helping cook...something that I usually encourage wholeheartedly but was difficult last night. I make the pancakes on an electric griddle and the bacon on a griddle on the stove, and these are on opposite ends of the kitchen. The boys wouldn't take no for an answer though, so Will broke up bananas for the smoothie. I turned my back on Will for a minute, to find Sean wiping down the counter of pancake batter. That was pretty cool! After swapping his Kleenex (clean) for some damp paper towels, I let him continue. No way am I discouraging the boys from cleaning ANYTHING! Will helped put away the baking powder and discovered half a bag of mini chocolate chips, so the last batch of pancakes had chocolate chips in them. Naturally, they were the best ones!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Very hot night. The low last night around here was 80 degrees. At knitting, I went with another chicken caesar salad, and for the first time in AGES I got a Panera reward! You know it's hot when I bring home one of their brownies instead of devouring it right then and there.
Hubby and kids had our weeknight staple, spaghetti and meatballs. This usually gets the kids to eat most of what's put in front of them, so we are happy to serve it.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Salted caramel gelato. Smooth, rich, and decadent. I had to stop eating it because I was afraid I'd polish off the container. If you are a caramel fan, or a gelato fan or hell, just like frosty desserts, you HAVE to try this stuff! If it can make Brian put down his chocolate and ask for another spoonful, it has got to be that good.
Yesterday morning, I took a look at the peaches on the counter, and I knew that they weren't going to be around long. It was do-or-die, either those peaches get turned into something else and eaten, or they had a date with the trashcan. (And I really HATE throwing out food.) So it was kind of ambitious for a Monday night, but the peach crisp that I put together was delightful! And to keep the heat down in the kitchen, I baked it in the toaster oven. Brian and I each had a scoop, topped with the only ice cream that was compatible and in the house: cookies n cream. So, so good. Welcome again, Fruits of Summer!
Monday, June 18, 2012
We all LOVE ribs. They're not great for you but are a great splurge. This year also included garlic mashed potato (with actual roasted garlic) corn on the cob and salad. Dessert was a choice: brownie sundae and strawberry shortcakes. Naturally, I ate too much. Hubby had two desserts, he couldn't choose just one. But it was all so delicious, and Father's Day is only once a year.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Tomorrow night dinner is going to be picnic-style with old friends. Can't wait!
I used to make my own meatballs, but there's no time really for that anymore. BJ's has a good selection of frozen ones, which is what we usually eat. And someday I'd like to make my own sauce from scratch. Jar sauces are fine though, that's just the overachiever in me. :) I grew up in a Prego family, Hubby is from a Ragu family.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Hubby and the kids had frozen pizza. Not your ordinary frozen pizza, but Newman's Own. Newman's Own makes so many different things and I don't think that we've tasted a bad one yet. Their lemonade and salad dressing rock, and we use their spaghetti sauce all the time.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Mexican Chicken and Rice has long been a favorite of mine, I got the recipe from a Good Housekeeping ad about fifteen years ago. It consists of chicken breast, peppers and onions, a can of corn, some salsa, chicken broth and instant rice. Sprinkle some cheese (I used taco blend last night, but Monterey Jack or Cheddar work well also) and you've got dinner. So, so good. If I could get the kiddos (who had leftover chicken and green beans from the night before) to eat it, it would be the perfect meal.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
When I started this month-long challenge of posting dinner every night I was kind of hoping that there would be some more interesting dinners. But guess what....we're not super-interesting people apparently. Two working parents, two picky kids, not a ton of time....it's like we're a real family! I aspire to be a Mom who has nutritious, palate-pleasing cuisine every night but it just doesn't happen. We love good, flavorful food but sometimes are short on time to get what we are going after. So tonight is about filling the belly and nourishment to keep up the work around the house.
This post isn't just about dinner, but eating at the cottage in general. I love it, and so does the family! dinner is almost always on the grill, and if it's a nice day we have breakfast on the deck, watching the water. Sitting at the table, drinking your coffee and looking at the ripples on the lake really is a crummy way to start the day. :) Plus, next week is Father's Day and we usually have something special.
Last night's dinner was marinated steak tips, rice pilaf and salad. Today we had leftovers, since we were coming back from strawberry picking. the boys had a good time filling a box with juicy berries and being outside in general. Strawberry shortcakes this afternoon! Now I'm freezing what I brought home, for syrup, scones and who knows what else. Mmmmmmm......
Hubby brought home a big bag of cherries yesterday from the grocery store! I mmediately had to have a taste....cherries are one of my favorite things about summer eating. I only get them once or twice a summer because they cost so much. I never make anything with them either, to me they're better as "Nature's Candy" and eaten fresh out of your hand. Plus, I don't know if I'd ever get the hang of pitting them. Cherry pie is one of my very favorite pies though, right next to peach pie. So....someday. :)
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Make sure you celebrate with a spoon in one hand and a big dish of the stuff in the other!
The kids had their chicken with raw slices of apple, a little leftover cornbread and a mozzarella cheese stick. If it's the same ingredients as my dinner, I call it a win!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
So everyone eats the same dinner tonight, and that makes this Mama happy.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Usually I kind of just make this up as I go along. This time, we used Mark Bittman's recipe from "Kitchen Express." It was good, but was missing something. I like a bit of crunch with this, some carrots or even broccoli slaw. Though flavorful, it was missing the crunch. Didn't dislike it though, since I had four of them and there's a little leftover for tomorrow's lunch. Tomorrow it'll be with peanut sauce and on a flour wrap, since we're out of Bibb lettuce.
The kids? No way were they eating that, they had leftover cheeseburgers. Have you ever noticed that if you have more than one child in a photo, only one of them looks at the camera at a time and smiles?
Monday, June 4, 2012
For dessert I brought a chocolate cream pie that I picked up at the grocery store on my way home from the nail salon. It was ok, nothing special. As I was plating it I discovered that I had bought one that's sugar-free. Oops!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Last night's dinner: Grilled Chicken with Fresh Homemade Mango Salsa
Chicken cutlets spiced with paprika, cumin, cayenne and cinnamon. The salsa had fresh mango and red onion and was absolutely delicious. I had two thin cutlets and the rest of the (instant white) rice this afternoon for lunch. There is a smidgen of salsa left over, and I'm going to savor it with corn chips later. Mmmmmmm! I love summer salsas.