Sunday Dinner

Eric and I have started a tradition of making big Sunday dinners, where I make something kind of involved or fancy for dinner and he makes a dessert. It has only been going for a few weeks, but we both really like it and plan to keep it up. Tonight I made Skillet Gardener's Pie, and Eric made Red Velvet Cupcakes.

I used my big cast iron pan that usually just sits on top of the stove 24/7 because it's so big and heavy, but it was perfect for this recipe. I was complaining while I was making it, because it took SO LONG to make...about 2 hours. I was saying that it had better be damn good to be worth all of that effort and time. But then while we were eating it I was kind of wishing it wasn't so good because it took so long to make. It was absolutely delicious. Like one of the best meals I've ever eaten! I'm glad we have lots of leftovers. :-)

And the cupcakes...MMMMMmmmmmm so good. I love red velvet cake. We have a ton of frosting left over, so we froze it in hopes that we can use it next Sunday for carrot cake. I'm already looking forward to it!

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With our families on opposite sides of the country, Eric and I aren't home for Christmas very often. In fact, this year is the first Christmas we've spent at home in three years, and also the very first Christmas in our own house! So, I decided to make something extra special for Christmas breakfast this morning - Stollen French Toast.

This was absolutely delicious. Definitely not an everyday breakfast! I didn't make the Stollen myself. but maybe I'll try to next time. Sadly I don't have a recipe to share. French toast is something I learned to make from my mom when I was young, and it has always been something I make by just throwing ingredients together. I can tell you that it did involve: 2 eggs, milk, cinnamon sugar, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, vanilla extract, and a dash of hazelnut liquor in addition to the Stollen. It was so sweet and delicious that it didn't even need maple syrup. I'll definitely be making it again the next time we're home for Christmas!

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Fall Foods = ♥

Crock pot dinner tonight: Roast beef, purple potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, Italian seasonings. Yum!

I have a grocery order coming today, including ingredients for Apple Galettes with Streusel Topping. Can't wait to try out that recipe!

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Mmmm, brains...

I made Sloppy Lentils from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker in the crock pot today. It tasted just like baked beans, which really is pretty much what it is... so served on toasted buns it tasted like beans on toast. Good, but not very sloppy-joe-like. I also made coleslaw, and that turned out really good. The base for the dressing was some leftover cucumber sauce from Thai takeout we had this weekend. Yum.

I just took some muffins out of the oven. Not sure how they're going to taste. It was a super easy recipe - 1 box devil's food cake mix 1 can of pumpkin 1/2 cup of coffee, bake at 350 for 30 minutes. They're supposed to be mocha-y, and you aren't supposed to be able to taste the pumpkin. We'll see about that.

Aaaand, Eric bought me a bag of gummy brains! Perfect to go along with the new icon I just made... Mmmm, brains!

EDIT: Yum, the muffins are GOOD! So moist and delicious. And you can't taste the pumpkin. :-)

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Food thoughts...

I have dinner cooking in the crock pot. It's another recipe from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker - Bell Peppers Stuffed with Salsa Rice and Beans. I got medium salsa, but it's pretty hot, so these should be good and spicy.

The ginger pear butter I made two weekends ago from this book turned out really yummy. The recipe made a lot, so I gave some away and then used most of the rest of it in a batch of muffins, and I still had a small container left that I've been using on bagels for breakfast.

Things are slowing down in the garden. My lettuce didn't grow back after the last trim, squirrels ate all of my beans, and I just used the last of the scallions. We still have a few cherry tomatoes that need to ripen, a bunch of chives, and the never ending basil, but that's about it. I'd like to do some herbs indoors this winter, but I'm not sure that's going to happen. Next year's garden should be much better. Before I know it it will be time to decide what to plant.

Autumn is my favorite season, and I'm looking forward to autumn foods too. Mmmm pumpkin everything... Lots of crock pot recipes, soups, stews, roasts and mashed potatoes. The list goes on and on. Oh, and speaking of potatoes, I got some purple potatoes! I don't know what it is with me and purple vegetables, but I just can't get enough. What can I say, they're so fun! I'm not sure I'd really be into purple mashed potatoes, but they look pretty and taste amazing cut into quarters and roasted with garlic and herbs.

Here's a sample of things on the menu at my house this month:
Pasta w/Spinach Marinara Sauce
Baked Fish
Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese
Pasta w/Pesto
Tuna Caserole
Grandma's Tacos
Sloppy Lentils & Coleslaw
Fish Tacos

So what have you been cooking lately? Anything exciting coming up?

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Sep. 22nd, 2007



I just finished using up all of today's basil harvest. And Farmgirl's Lower Fat, Full Flavor Pesto is delicious!

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I'm in a cooking mood today!

I'm trying out my first recipe from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You Are. The recipe? Ginger-Pear Butter! I just started it, and it already smells amazing.

I'm also going to make another new (to me) recipe, Farmgirl's Lower Fat, Full Flavor Pesto. I have a huge amount of basil to harvest, and a bunch of cherry tomatoes that need to be picked...so this is perfect. Dinner tonight is going to be great!

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May. 2nd, 2007

Poll #977541 Chicken Wings!

Which shape of chicken wings do you prefer?

The little drumstick shaped ones!
7(46.7%)
The other ones!
6(40.0%)
Chicken wings disgust me.
2(13.3%)

Upcoming Recipes

I tried a couple new recipes for dinner tonight. We had Brisket and Collard Greens with Cornbread slathered with butter and honey. Eric and I had never had collard greens before. They were spicy, and really good.

Here's a look at the meals I have planned for the next two weeks, with links to new recipes:

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