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I just made the best dinner ever.

Tortellini
Boil the tortellini until done. Drain then return to the pot. Have the heat on low, add three wedges of Laughing Cow (original flavor) and a splash of milk...about 1/4 cup. Sprinkle in some kosher salt, grind some pepper into the pot, and add some garlic powder. Stir until the cheese is melted and everything is all incorporated. Deliciousness!

Veal Shoulder Chop
Heat olive oil in an oven-proof skillet. Sprinkle the veal with Emeril's Essence or whatever spice mixture you'd like. Brown for about 5 minutes per side then finish in a 375 degree oven for about 5 minutes.

I added Texas garlic cheese toast for the kids and husband and steamed asparagus for all of us.

It was so wonderful!

(x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] dailyfoodie )

Meal Plan

Mar. 8th, 2009 12:23 pm
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Sunday
Chicken Thighs
Brown Rice
Mixed Vegetables

Roasted Asparagus
Mashed Potatoes (from a box)

Monday
Roasted Chicken
Sweet Potatoes
Salad

Tuesday
Salmon
Broccoli
Brown Rice

Wednesday
Pot Roast
Sweet Potatoes
Carrots
Onions

Thursday
Chicken Thighs
Couscous
Green Beans

Friday
Pasta with Italian Sausage
Garlic Toast
Broccoli

Saturday
Turkey
Mashed Potatoes (Sweet Potato for me)
Peas
Stuffing
Rolls

Shopping List )

Bacon Salt

Feb. 19th, 2009 07:14 pm
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I just bought three containers of Bacon Salt off woot.com. For $2.50 each (plus $5 shipping for all three) it seemed like a reasonable deal to me. I got one of each flavor: original, hickory, and peppered. They're zero calorie, vegetarian, AND kosher. How can it be bad?

Dinner

Feb. 16th, 2009 06:46 pm
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I thought I still had chicken breasts out to make for dinner but forgot that I had put them in the freezer last night. So, I made a bell pepper and potato frittata instead. Hakuna frittata! It's setting right now so we'll see how good it is. It should be pretty good.
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For the record, the red quinoa and chicken stew is A.W.E.S.O.M.E.!!!! Pics/post up on Mary Cooks probably tonight or tomorrow night.

I am totally making this again. It's delicious.
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Dammit, [livejournal.com profile] cerabellum! You know that cake is sitting on the stove begging to be eaten before dinner!

Nuh uh. It's gonna have to wait.

I tasted both the cake batter and the frosting and OMG it's gonna be orgasmic.

I didn't have pecans and didn't feel like buying any so I used almonds instead.

Meal Plan

Feb. 8th, 2009 01:01 pm
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Sunday
Split Pea Soup w/Ham
Bread

Monday
Tuna Casserole
Homemade Cheese Biscuits

Tuesday
Crockpot Red Quinoa and Chicken

Wednesday
Salmon Steaks
Brown Rice
Normandy Vegetables

Thursday
Beef Roast
Roasted Potatoes
Green Beans

Friday
Pasta
French Bread
Broccoli or Normandy Vegetables
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I almost forgot!!!

Yesterday as I was driving home I decided to stop at Lush (shut up) to see if they had any Christmas packages left. If they would have, they would have been 75% off. They didn't. *sigh* But I did get a new shampoo bar to try (Seanik) and a new face cleanser (Coalface). More on that later.

I was walking really quickly back to my car which I had parked near Lola on 4th Avenue. On the corner of 4th and Virginia whom did I see? None other than Tom Douglas!!!



Oh
My
God!

I was grinning from ear to ear. See, I have never met him but I know his restaurants and food are amazing and perhaps I feel a false sense of intimacy because I also listen to his radio show with Thierry Rautureau on Saturday afternoons occasionally. I wanted to shout, "HI TOM!" but I had some self-restraint. *grin*

Thierry, btw, has the sexiest voice in radio. He also has a face for radio. ;-D


Okay, so Lush. I used Coalface tonight and it smells weird. Very masculine. It smells of, well, charcoal and licorice. I moisturized with a different brand of moisturizer and my face feels so good right now.

All right. I think that's it now.

Risotto!

Jan. 23rd, 2009 09:33 pm
vespachica: (tomatoes)
I made my first risotto tonight!

Funny thing: I think Chef Ramsay would have yelled at me. I forgot the salt & pepper so we passed white pepper and sea salt at the table. It was all right. I should have made chicken to go with it instead of using it as a main dish.

Note to self: drinking wine whilst making risotto is probably not a good idea. It takes a while and the wine goes down easily and too quickly whilst stirring and stirring and stirring.

Photos/narrative will be up later on Mary Cooks.
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Mark Bittman's recipe is delicious!

I would seriously make this again. And again. And again! It's like candy for adults! Or kids!

I took a few pictures and put them up on Mary Cooks.

Risotto

Jan. 17th, 2009 10:52 pm
vespachica: (tomatoes)
Confession: I have never made risotto. It seems too mystical; too fussy. It seems like you do one wrong step and you will fuck it up and then Chef Ramsay will be yelling at you and throwing it in the garbage can while you try to keep your tears inside.

However, I was reading Mark Bittman's blog post about risotto with great interest. He demystifies it. I'm going to try it. I'm really going to do it! It's funny, though, because the comments are very much in trying to keep it sacred. Excuse me, people, but it's FOOD! I can pretty much guarantee I am not going to save a life with risotto. I do hope to enhance a few, though.

I am going to try it this week! I can do it!

Meal Plan

Jan. 17th, 2009 07:40 pm
vespachica: (tomatoes)
Sunday
Roasted Salmon Steaks With Pinot Noir Sauce
Asparagus
Rice

Monday
Turkey cutlets
Normandy vegetables
Mashed potatoes

Tuesday
Italian chicken with green beans (recipe from two weeks ago)
Polenta

Wednesday
Pasta with Italian sausage
Rolls
Normandy vegetables

Thursday
Pork Chops
Rice
Green beans

Friday
Chicken
Vegetables
Rice

Saturday
Rice Skillet with Ham & Peas

Recipe )

Cooking

Jan. 15th, 2009 09:00 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] stemware has inspired me with his menus which are far more elaborate than mine. Well, he claims they're simple but...eh...

In that vein, I have reserved several books from the library. They include a few books by Mark Bittman, Thomas Keller (French Laundry cookbook and restaurant), and Anthony Bourdain (Les Halles cookbook and restaurant). I really want to learn how to make good sauces. I want to try my hand at a soufflé. I'd love to bake more (cakes, pies, pastries, macarons!). Etc. etc.

I am freezing. I need to go to bed.
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I was finally able to get to the bakery here in Seattle (Honore Artisan Bakery) that has macarons. Their hours are totally not compatible with my own so I snuck in there before Sophia's appointment. I've eaten two already. *sheepish grin* The purple one must have been lavender! The pink one was probably strawberry and it was really good. The lavender one was weird (but I don't like that flavor anyway). Maybe Bill will like it.



More after the jump. )

Meal Plan

Jan. 12th, 2009 06:28 pm
vespachica: (Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd)
I didn't have the brain power to do a meal plan yesterday so I did one today during work. I still have to grocery shop, though.

Monday
Roast chicken
Sweet potatoes and russet potatoes
Salad

Tuesday
Pork chops
Salad
Rice

Wednesday
Turkey cutlets
Normandy vegetables
Mashed potatoes

Thursday
Italian chicken with green beans (recipe from last week)
Mushroom risotto (my first!)

Friday
Pasta with Italian sausage
Rolls
Normandy vegetables

Saturday
Roast (beef)
Potatoes
Carrots
Salad
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My mom's chile verde. I blogged about it on Mary Cooks.

It tasted just like the chile verde of my childhood, which is to say it tasted yummy!

Food Note

Jan. 10th, 2009 02:31 pm
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My mom's chile verde:

Cut up pork. Put it in a pan and start sautéing it. Add some oregano (1-2 Tbsp.) and some garlic salt ("not too much, you don't want it to be salty). Add onion (more vagueness about quantity and whether it should be chopped or sliced). Open a 14.5 oz. can of tomatoes. Mom uses diced tomatoes, I'll probably use whole. If the meat/onion mixture gets too dry add some juice. Put the strained tomatoes in. Mom doesn't use all of them and she doesn't like the meat mixture to be too juicy. It should be moist but not contain a lot of juice. After that, add a small can of diced green chiles. Warm the chiles in the mixture and serve with tortillas.


All of this made me curious about an authentic chile verde recipe but I have to say, her recipe is darned good.


Wow...just a cursory search and it's evident that this is nothing like chile verde. Like, embarrassingly not like it. Still, it is delicious.

Our Dinner

Jan. 4th, 2009 06:44 pm
vespachica: (tomatoes)
Our Sunday dinner turned out great! Come visit my blog for more information.



The wine with dinner tonight was Willow Crest's 2006 Pinot Gris. It's a decent enough wine and best paired with food. It went with the pork very well. For about $12 you could definitely do much worse. I only had about a glass and a half, since I didn't want to overdo it! ^_^
vespachica: (tomatoes)
Banana muffins:



Cinnamon rolls:



Beef stroganoff:



Delicious!

I have details for the muffins and stroganoff over on Mary Cooks.
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Photo under the cut )

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