After taking a very long break, I’m really excited to be back! My hope is that I can post here a few times a week… I miss this space, and having a place to share food I’ve been eating, and recipes I’ve been making, as well as randomness from time to time. Despite the fact that I haven’t posted here in years, I still continue to cook up a storm in my kitchen- cooking most nights, and trying new recipes from cookbooks and blogs constantly.
Here are some things I’ve cooked this week:
All great meals! The quesadilla was filled with chicken, mushrooms, spinach, onion and pepper jack cheese. Alongside it, we had my favorite Mexican rice from Everyday Annie and Cowboy Beans from Rick Bayless’ excellent cookbook Mexican Everyday! The quesadilla recipe was adapted from Chrissy Teigan’s cookbook Cravings… she has a recipe for “Margarita Chicken Fajitas”, but because Ron is not a fan of fajitas (craziness), I adapted them to become quesadillas.
Next up was another recipe from Everyday Annie (check out her blog if you haven’t yet- it’s excellent!). I made her Thai Chili Glazed Salmon with Rainbow Veggie Fried Rice. So good, and healthy as well with all the veggies that are in it… and super pretty! I loved the combination of Brussels sprouts, peppers, onions and red cabbage. I would never have thought to add Brussels sprouts to fried rice, but it really works. Next time I make it, I think I’m going to add mushrooms, a hot pepper, and maybe an egg as well. This was also excellent with some sriracha for spiciness!
Thirdly, I made the Chicken Meatball Marsala with Egg Noodles from Deb Perelman over at Smitten Kitchen‘s new cookbook Smitten Kitchen Every Day… as always, her recipes do not disappoint, and I just love her writing style so much! I added mushrooms to the recipe per an idea I got from Tara over at the Smells Like Home blog. She posted a picture of this dish on her Instagram with the mushrooms added, and I just couldn’t help copying her! So good!
So I think I will be posting a weekly round-up of recipes I’ve made during the week as a weekly feature! I will post some of the full recipes (especially if I’ve adapted them from a cookbook), but I will also do round-up posts like this with pictures and links to the sources of the recipes…. I always like to see what others are eating, so I hope you readers do too… and this will be a nice record for me when I’m lacking in inspiration and want to look back at what I’ve made in the past. From time to time I’ve started dinner diaries, but I never seem to be able to keep up, so maybe a visual journal will be better for me!