I made potato salad tonight. We had 3 bags of potatoes in the fridge about to go bad so I figure I should use them up. I didn’t really follow any recipe specifically, just browsed a few and figured out what ingredients to use. I added 3 boiled eggs, mayo and mustard, 2 chopped green onions and some chopped up dill that I got at the market yesterday. The dill smells and tastes amazing, I have never really used it before. The salad is in the fridge cooling down some more, only thing left to do is top it with some paprika.
Next time I make this I might add some bacon to it. 9 months ago
Best idea ever! Bruschetta! I bought a big bag of tomatoes while I was in the Okanagan and I needed to use them for something so we made bruschetta on Monday and it was so great and so easy! Cut them up in cubes and added 2 cloves of minced garlic, some balsamic vinegar, some olive oil, some parmesan, and some chopped up fresh basil. Toasted some fresh french baguette and put some shredded mozzarella cheese on top. I want more!
I had one failure last night though. Since I have so many cherries right now (3 bags in my fridge!) I wanted to make a cherry crumble. It totally sucked though. The recipe I used had way to much flour and other dry ingredients so the crumble part was really just too powdery/floury. The cherry part was good though. I still don’t understand what happened since I followed the recipe to a T. Anyways, it’s not a big deal, I am going to try again tomorrow maybe. Need a new recipe though!
Edit: I tried another recipe for the cherry crumble. It called for more butter but when I added the dry ingredients it still seemed way to dry for me. I didn’t want to end up with another powdery crumble so I added probably almost 1 extra cup of butter. And it turned out great! The cherry part was good and the crumble part was even better. Just goes to show I don’t always have to follow recipes exactly if something doesn’t seem right. Trust my gut! 10 months ago
I made a pasta sauce last night from scratch. Two tomatoes, 2 carrots, 2 celery stalks, a third of yellow onion, 3 garlic cloves, some herbs, 1/2 can tomato paste, 2 cups water and 1 cup red wine. Simmered for about 45 minutes (although prob should have been longer) and then put in blender for 1 minute. It was fun and turned out pretty good. Although it is quite different than the sugary, bright red sauces at the grocery store.
We ate it with gnocchi and some sauteed zucchini. 10 months ago
I tested out the bread machine on Friday and made some basic white bread. It was super easy, just tossed the ingredients in and pushed the start button. And it was fun to watch it mixing and kneading the dough. The bread is pretty good, fluffy on the inside and has a nice crust, although a little sweeter than I expected. I can’t wait to try something else. 11 months ago
I made a cheesecake for Father’s day. Just need to top it with blueberries (his request).
I have no idea how it tastes, so I am going to get a back up dessert, just in case. 11 months ago
Made banana bread last night. Pretty awesome and made the house smell so good.
I also checked out a couple thrift stores yesterday, for fun, and found a Pyrex glass baking dish (for loaves) for only $4. It worked perfectly.
Edit: This week we also cooked ribs again in the slow cooker. They were great, of course… and I made cupcakes again, but I gave most of them to my family to eat because there were just too many. And I made a tortellini soup, nonna style, but of course never as good as hers.
I want to try making a casserole of some sort, I’m thinking pasta with tuna or salmon or cheese. And I want to make some muffins or cupcakes from scratch (I have only tried the boxed mixes). 11 months ago
For supper tonight is Fried Chicken (Fried in buttermilk!), a cabbage casserole, and stuffed tomatoes from the garden! So excited! Plus for dessert, I made lemon bars. 11 months ago
We made lasagna last night. It was just… okay, needed more mozzarella on top and maybe something else to make it less… boring. I don’t know what. 11 months ago
My guy is cooking ribs tonight in my slow-cooker.
I have never used the slow-cooker before (got it from a friend) so this will be the first time testing it out. If all goes well we will try a roast next time. I have also never eaten ribs before so I will get to sample those, they smell good.
We also made beef jerky last weekend in the dehydrator. It was pretty darn good. And so easy, we need to make more soon.
Tonight I am going to try dehydrating apples. I got 2 kinds, Granny Smith and Gala (my favourite). I also bought an apple-corer today to make the job easier. 12 months ago
I made a stir fry tonight with some vegetables that needed cooking up. It was pretty darn good but I made way too much again.
This seems to be a recurring issue. I don’t know what appropriate portion sizes are. Need to figure that out. 14 months ago
I cooked quinoa last week. It was great! Except that I made twice as much as I should have. Next time I will use just half a cup. I love quinoa cause I can add anything to it & it’s healthy. 14 months ago
We made a cold pasta salad tonight with smoked salmon. It was awesome!
Next weekend we are planning to cook a roast. Neither of us have done this before so it might not turn out too well… but there’s gotta be a first time for everything. We will probably do this first one in my slowcooker and maybe invest in a good quality pan/pot for oven roasting in the future. 15 months ago
Made mushroom risotto last night. And made shepherd’s pie with my BF tonight. He expressed the same interest in cooking new things once a week with me (and I had not even mentioned it to him yet). So we went to look for a good cookbook yesterday. Didn’t find one we liked enough though. To be continued… 16 months ago
My BF and I were doing this quite often last summer for fun but seem to have stopped lately and have a difficult time figuring out what to do for dinner… to cook or to eat out. I feel like we are eating out too much, 3x a week maybe. Anyways, I think it would be good for us to decide on a meal we want to try and then get necessary ingredients and cook together, maybe on Sundays. He likes cooking… and food in general. And I need to learn how to cook better and more varied meals. 16 months ago