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What We Ate (Week ending July 25)

It says something about the week when I don’t post a single recipe. It was a good week in food, I just didn’t get a chance to write anything up. Nothing was original anyway.

I had intend to do a variety of posts in the past three weeks for Blog Post BINGO. I have not had time to do so. I didn’t realize how much my instinct to post regularly depends on comments. I have a number of general cooking discussion posts that I have considered posting, but talking to myself isn’t very fun. I may keep this blog a basic recipe and updates blog, simply because I am mainly keeping it for myself and my own cooking development. If you are reading this blog, I’d love to know what you’d like to read.

My favorite dish this week was the chicken and rice that my husband made. Oh, yum. It was tasty. He created it without a recipe, so I unfortunately can’t recreate it. Someday I may be able to create meals like that. That’s a goal.

Sunday

[leftovers]

Monday

Dilled chicken piccata; mashed potatoes; broccoli

Tuesday

Pork chops with mustard cream sauce; herbed potatoes; broccoli

Wednesday

Parmesan Risotto with peas

Thursday

Cream of Cucumber Soup; cheese sandwiches

Friday

Waffles

Saturday

Chicken and rice; mixed green salad with vinaigrette

What We Ate (Week ending July 18)

I forgot to post my weekly report on Sunday, so here it is. Another good week. I loved the cucumber soup the best, and I’m going to make it again this week. I’m starting to not feel very creative in trying new menus; I feel I just keep repeating the old favorites. So be it. At least I’m cooking!

Sunday

white pizza; cream of cucumber soup

Monday

Cheese sandwiches [with leftovers]

Tuesday

Fettuccine Alfredo with peas

Wednesday

grilled chicken salad sandwiches

Thursday

French toast

Friday

steak with parsley butter; pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes and thyme

Saturday

BBQ with friends: rack of ribs; grilled chicken; mustard potatoes; peach and arugula salad; grilled corn

What We Ate (Week ending July 11)

This week wasn’t creative at all. I just cooked familiar foods. But that was okay, because we had lots of food, we ate as a family every evening, I prepared dinner in less than an hour every night, and my son ate the same dinner as the rest of us every single night. That was really nice! We’ve already eaten all the leftovers.

My favorite was, of course, the dessert-like Sunday dinner. Monday’s chicken pot pie stew was okay, but the pastry shells were not nearly as good as the buttermilk biscuits are (I didn’t have any buttermilk this week). The sausage balls were not very good because I bought an inexpensive sausage. I learned my lesson: buy good sausage! The cheaper option was very gross. Also, I’ve decided that I really don’t like spaghetti. Maybe I just need to find a better recipe for tasty spaghetti.

Sunday

Waffles (with caramelized bananas and chocolate sauce)

Monday

Chicken pot pie stew with pastry shells

Tuesday

Mozzarella-stuffed sausage balls with tomato pesto sauce; baked vegetables; mashed potatoes

Wednesday

pork chops with parsley butter, herb potatoes, broccoli (from the freezer)

Thursday

Pasta and meat sauce (aka spaghetti)

Friday

[leftovers] (and chocolate chip cookies)

Saturday

macaroni and cheddar

Yep, Still the Best

Just a quick note to say that yes, Western Family’s recipe (circa 1999) still bakes the absolute best chocolate chip cookies in the world.

The dough is so tasty, they’re even good without many chocolate chips. But I’ve decided I like them best with a full bag of chocolate chips.

Blog Post BINGO “short” post. Details here.

What We Ate (Week ending July 4)

It was another tasty week. I am finding that I am becoming more confident in my cooking and better able to whip up a dinner in less than an hour.

My husband was in charge of the holiday barbequing and he enjoyed himself. We made so many ribs on day one that we just had the same thing on day two, reheated slightly.

My favorite meal was the tomato soup. But I also love to fall back on chicken piccata. The rice side dish worked really well with it.

Sunday

Grandma’s Cream of Tomato Soup and Cheddar Shortcakes

Monday

Chicken Piccata; Rice with spinach and lemons

Tuesday

[leftovers]

Wednesday

Macaroni and Cheddar

Thursday

[picnic with family]

Friday

Holiday BBQ take one: Rack of ribs and barbeque Chicken; jicama and carrot slaw, roasted mustard potatoes; Smoked corn with feta cheese; caramelized bananas, ice cream, and chocolate sauce

Saturday

Holiday BBQ take two: leftovers from previous day, plus grilled chicken sausages; caramelized bananas, ice cream, and chocolate sauce

What We Ate (Week Ending June 27)

It was a pretty good week. I really love the fajitas because the salsa is so tasty. The rub on the steak and chicken was a bit too spicy this time (my husband went a bit overboard with the cayenne pepper, I think) but it was still good.  Friday’s salad was made with leftover chicken and I think it was a little off. Other than that, I don’t feel like there were any disasters. I feel more confident in my ability to create a meal!

Sunday

Steak and Chicken Fajitas with Guacamole, Salsa Fresca, and sautéed shallots

Monday

Carrot and Ginger Soup and homemade bread (via breadmaker)

Tuesday

Grilled Chicken Salad with Maple Vinegar Dressing

Wednesday

Parmesan Risotto and baked broccoli

Thursday

[leftovers]

Friday

Arancini and spinach salad with leftover bacon-cranberry topping, chicken, and potatoes

Saturday

French Toast and Brown Sugar Bacon

What We Ate (Week Ending June 20)

This week I started feeling the burn out of being creative every day. I went back to some old recipes, and my husband and I together whipped up some yummy meals. He has an amazing talent for taking what’s in the fridge and making a masterful creation, all without a recipe. I helped, but I can’t even begin to try to recreate a recipe for your sake.

Sunday

Grilled pork with grape and cranberry sauce; walnut green beans; mashed potatoes with sour cream and parmesan*

Monday

Breakfast: Coconut and Lime Granola

Macaroni and Cheddar (original here)

Tuesday

Mozzarella Meatballs; baked broccoli; mashed potatoes (original here)

Wednesday

[leftovers]

Thursday

sandwiches

Friday

Cheese and tomato sandwiches with bacon-cranberry salad*

Saturday

Picnic: egg-salad sandwiches, carrot sticks, mozzarella and basil salad, and leftover bacon-cranberry salad*

*My husband’s creative non-recipe creations

What We Ate (Week Ending June 13)

It wasn’t a very original recipe-filled week; I had cooked so much food last week, we enjoyed leftovers a few times this week. We also ate with family one night and stopped a restaurant the next night. Overall, it was a tasty week, regardless of the fact nothing was challenging to make. It goes to show that we can have very yummy food.

What did you eat this week?

Sunday (June 7)

Macaroni and Cheddar

Monday

[leftovers - our fridge was busting!]

Tuesday

Chicken Pot Pie Stew and Buttermilk Biscuits (stew recipe here)

Wednesday

[leftovers and homemade bread via the bread maker]

orange sorbet  (recipe here) and out-of-the-box brownies for a visit with friends

Thursday

Grilled Chicken Salad with Cranberry and Maple Dressing, and potato wedges and apples

Friday

[We didn't cook; we ate with family.]

Saturday

[We ate at a restaurant as we were out and about.]

What We Ate (Week Ending June 6)

It was a pretty good week, cooking-wise. The only major cooking mistake was Friday’s pork, which I overcooked (although the sauce was delicious, because I browned the meat and then simmered it for a few moments, it became quite tough). Also, the fettuccine I made on Saturday (June 6) wasn’t the best: I heated the cheese too quickly so it separated. Even that was still tasty.

Can you tell which two evenings my husband was out of town?

Saturday (May 30)

Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs with Pesto-Tomato Sauce; Baked Asparagus; and Mashed Potatoes with Cheese and Pepper

Sunday

Baked Pasta with Tomatoes

Monday

Chicken Pot Pie Stew and Buttermilk Biscuits

Tuesday

Cider-Braised Chicken; Braised Fennel; and Buttery Egg Noodles

Wednesday

My son had Kraft Macaroni and Cheese Dinner with butternut squash mashed in it. He never knew!

Thursday

Waffles and fresh fruit

Friday

Pork Chops with Sautéed Apples; leftover potato and leek gratin (from freezer)

Saturday

Fettuccini Alfredo with Sugar Snap Peas

I’ve Been Cooking…

…I just haven’t been telling you about it! In fact, lately I’ve been making incredibly yummy quick breads: Zucchini Bread, Banana Bread, and Zucchini-Banana Bread. I’ve decided that I like Zucchini Bread much more than the plain banana variety.

Which of the two is your favorite?

If my tweak on the recipe tomorrow is good, I may share it with you.