Thank you for visiting my blog!
For those of you new to my blog, I thought I should let you know what my mission is. I am working my way through Rachael Ray's 365: No Repeats cookbook. It is my goal over time to prepare all of the recipes in this book. At the pace I am going, it may take me 5 years, but I am practical enough to realize that there is no way that I can cook every single night of the week, as well as purchase all the ingredients for every recipe every night and still keep up the mortgage payments! I hope you are inspired to get into the kitchen and try some new recipes yourself. Your comments are always welcome and I appreciate you stopping by. May the Lord bless you all!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Chicken in Puttanesca Sauce over Creamy Polenta
Matt rating ****
Flat anchovy fillets
Red pepper flakes
Oil-cured black olives
Mmmmmmmmm....this was so yummy. The polenta was the star of this dish and went so well with the puttanesca sauce. I am a huge fan of creamy polenta with lots of cheese stirred in. Matt enjoyed it, however Judah, our 18 month old daughter, took one bite and almost started dry-heaving. I think that there were just too many new flavors in this dish to try to introduce her to, so she ended up eating a lunchable for dinner, lol!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Croque Monsieur with Greens
Matt rating *****
Freshly grated nutmeg
White wine vinegar
Mixed baby greens
I made this delicious meal after a hike in the mountains on a crisp fall day. I was disappointed with how they looked when they came out of the pan, but looks were definitely deceiving in this case! The sandwiches had a delicious surprise of a creamy sauce on the inside with the ham, and a cheese crust on the outside. The salad and dressing were a nice contrast to the heaviness of the sandwiches. My sister and her kids were here and they all raved about how good the sandwiches were. Matt took one bite out of the sandwich and yelled out "FIVE!" for the rating. I am making a spinach bisque in the crock pot today (not a Rachael Ray recipe), and I just may have to make these sandwiches again to go along with the creamy soup. It's a perfectly chilly and rainy fall day for comfort food.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Chorizo-Tomato Stew on Garlic Croutons with Zesty Parsley Sprinkle
Matt rating ****
Canned diced fire-roasted tomatoes
Crusty country-style bread
I love fall for the simple fact that I can make soup to warm up my bones instead of giving in and firing up the furnace. I was really tempted this morning to turn on the heat for the first time this season, but decided against it at just the thought of making soup later in the day. Matt gave this four stars just based on the fact that it was soup (stew) - he has never been a fan of soup - period. So four stars coming from him on this recipe is considered a five in my book! What's great about this dish is that it is considered a "master recipe", which has a little twist to make it differently at a later date. Can't wait!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Turkey Club Super Mashers
Matt rating ****1/2
Turkey breast cutlets (I used tenderloin)
Coarse black pepper
Fresh spinach (the recipe called for watercress, but the store didn't carry it)
Canned fire-roasted tomatoes
I served this meal for company and everyone seemed to like it. The turkey was delicious and not dry at all, and the potatoes were fabulous with the bacon, spinach, and tomatoes added to them. Our friends brought over a yummy salad to go alongside and a sinful chocolate cake as dessert. Needless to say, I was delightfully satisfied when dinner was over. Even one of the kids that came over who doesn't usually eat meat asked for thirds on the turkey! Good stuff Maynard!