Had a bunch of folks over for dinner last night, and this menu was a big hit:
- Homemade pizza
(Pizza dough is easy to make.)
- Leafy Green salad
(Bit of italian dressing available for folks if they wished)
Rave reviews all around!
It is not fancy cuisine, but it was excellent eating.
First Menu, ready for a rehearsal:
Trout with Dill and Sweet Pepper
- Onion and sweet red pepper (chopped fine and mixed together. Whiz in food processor to bring it all together.)
- Dill (Fresh is great, but dried is okay)
Lightly coat pan with oil (or spray with non-stick spray)
Put 1/2 of Onion / Sweet Pepper mix in the pan. Smooth out with a spatula or back of a spoon.
Sprinkle with Dill
Lay trout, skin side up in the pan
Cover with the rest of the onion/sweet pepper
Sprinkle with a bit more dill
Sprinkle 2 tbs of lemon juice over the trout
Bake in hot oven until the fish flakes.
Spinach Salad (With Strawberries and Pine nuts)
2 cups sliced Strawberries
1/4 cup pine nuts
Toast pine nuts.
Coat strawberries with 2 tbs balsamic vinegar (let it sit a while to soak up flavor)
Toss spinach, pine nuts, and strawberries. Enjoy!
I signed up for a class at Central Market. It was a great refresher on basic cooking skills.
I was not too excited about the menu, but I got some great ideas for marinades… and I realized that I am not that great at “food prep.”
After the class, I snapped up a Mandolin. It is a tool for slicing up food quickly. I started using it, and is great! It generates even slices. It has a finger guard so I can avoid injury, and it made quick work of my salad veggies.