Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In the Kitchen

I don't know if it's because I'm sick, or if I'm bored with the blog, or tired of lugging the camera around and photographing everything, or if it's that we have not gone anywhere/cooked anything new and exciting, but I have no food photos, nothing new to blog about. Here's where we've been eating and what we've been whipping up in the kitchen:
  • My birthday dinner, on my actual birthday, was at Park Bruges. I enjoyed my usual Sauteed Chicken and Tarte Flambee. SP had his usual mussels. 
  • This past weekend, my birthday dinner with SP's family was at Central Diner & Grille. This time I tried the Monte Cristo sandwich. It was HUGE. Delicious challah french toast with lots of ham & turkey and melted Swiss. I got a side of onion rings and for dessert, raspberry-almond cake. SP had a daily special, leg of lamb with roasted potatoes and a salad. We still really like this place. The food is good, huge portions, reasonable price, friendly owner and servers, and close to home.
  • It's meatloaf week! We made it on Sunday. We never follow a recipe for meatloaf. We never make it the same way twice. This time we used 1.25 lbs ground beef and 0.75 lbs ground pork with panko, egg, mustard, Worcestershire, diced onion, and chopped mushrooms. This is one of the tastier versions - it stayed moist and flavorful, probably because of the addition of onions and mushrooms. SP slathers his with ketchup and mustard. I add a little mustard on top. Alongside the meatloaf, we are having a frozen biscuit and steamed broccoli. I didn't take photos because it's dark out by the time we eat dinner and because I've found that meatloaf is one of those foods that never photographs well. 
  • Our other meal this week is Dirty Risotto, which we've made many times. We always add the pancetta now (we didn't the first few times) and we now buy Ricci's sweet sausage for the sausage. We also use way more red pepper and mushrooms than the recipe calls for. The arborio was a little crunchy the first night, but when I reheated it the second night, in a casserole with the lid on for 30-40 minutes, the crunchiness was gone.
  • Last week I asked for Turkey Devonshire as a birthday treat and SP agreed (while grumbling). We cooked a turkey breast then sliced it and added tomato to the sandwich. I think I might actually like this better than lasagna - toasted white bread, bacon, turkey, tomato, creamy cheese sauce, paprika - yum!
  • The other meal last week was Coq Au Vin. We are still using the Joy of Cooking version, with 3 cups of red wine. And, of course, extra mushrooms.
  • A couple of weeks ago we made baked chicken breasts seasoned with herbes de provence and a salad with carrot, cucumber, tomato, black & green olives, and goat cheese. The other meal that week was simply apple-ham-cheddar panini.
This coming weekend is going to be a 'no cook' weekend -- which is kind of exciting. Even though we both enjoy cooking, sometimes it seems like more of a chore than fun hobby. We don't need to cook on Sunday (we have some lasagna in the freezer that we'll eat for Sunday dinner) because on Monday, we'll be cooking with family in town from TX and we'll eat those leftovers on Tuesday for dinner. Wednesday we're having dinner at SP's parents' house and Thursday is Turkey Day at my parents' place. Mom told me she's sending us home with leftover turkey and stuffing for Friday.

Hopefully, my cold will be better by this weekend and we can try a new-to-us restaurant for dinner. I'm not counting on that, though. It's Day 4 of the cold and I'm actually feeling a bit worse than I felt yesterday - ?! Stupid cold.

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