Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Giving Rachael Ray a try ...

I never get her recipes finished in anywhere close to 30 minutes, but I gave her Grilled Mushroom Salad Subs a try. Marinated portabellos, spinach, red bell peppers, manchego cheese. I ended up picking this recipe just because I had bought the cheese and wanted to try it in something.

I'm not usually a huge fan of Rachael Ray's recipes (or her goofy laugh), but this was pretty good. Some of the reviews mentioned that it's better the next day, so we'll see. I wish I had seen the episode when she cooked this so I could see how she assembled hers.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Tonight's dinner ... sort of a combination of Alton Brown's and Ina Garten's recipes for chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. Joe is not a big garlic fan, so I only used about 20 cloves. He really liked it though and even smeared some of the cooked whole cloves on his toast, so next time I'll use all of it. We'll smell like garlic for a week!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

La Baraonda

I feel compelled to report a bad dining experience. (Well, maybe not bad, but a bit disappointing at least!)

Joe and I ate at La Baraonda last night, which is on 1960 right outside our neighborhood. We've been a couple of times before and really enjoyed it.

They had osso buco on the special menu last night, so I decided to go for it. I won't claim to be an osso buco expert, and I've never made it, but this one just wasn't quite right. Maybe I've been spoiled by really good osso buco in the past? I brought home my leftovers, and I'm not even sure I want to eat it, but at least now I have photographic evidence!

When I've had this before it was much more tender ... falling off the bone. This wasn't really tough, but it's veal ... come on! Also when I've had this before it was cooked in a sauce that had just a little tomato in it, and the sauce flavored the meat and the meat flavored the sauce ... wonderful! I don't know how they cooked this, but it looks like they poured Chef Boyardee over the top. I hope this poor baby cow did not suffer too much, because La Baraonda did him no justice.

And then the "risotto." We have made risotto together before, so you will all agree with me that this just isn't right! Don't call it risotto if you are serving rice, and not even very good rice!

But of course, I did not complain. I'm such a wus! I never want to cause a scene, and I didn't want Joe to be mad, so I just ate and smiled and brought home my leftovers to share with you ...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Superbowl Party...

Teresa -- your reaction to my suggestion of using HEB's spinach dip (which is SUPER TASTY) caused me to dig deeper (hehe) and I shall make this Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts. I made it last year and everyone loved it.

Thank you!

Next Meeting: February 22, 2009

Hey all... so we will meet at my house at 4:30 on Sunday, February 22. I am still thinking cold and comfort food, so I picked this recipe: Basil Chicken Hash. It has chicken and potatoes, so I think we will not need a starch, just a green vegetable to go with it. As well as all the other components that leave us very full!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I am sure I will get better at this...

I am trying to figure this out...and think I am managing. Who would guess I work for a major tech company!

Anyhow, I looked on food network and they don't have a link to the veggie recipe. Can I scan a doc and upload it here?

Looks like I need to sit up front for the Feb tutorial!

Sunday, January 18

Thank you for setting this up, Tonya! I love it! To summarize, Sunday we met at Janet's. The menu:

White wine (wish I wasn't a driver! Carol)

Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry (very tasty and beautiful! Tonya)

Chicken and Dumplings (yum! Janet)

Amish Broccoli Salad (Delicious! Lots of vegetables and rich dressing. Mary)

Root Vegetables (I loved the thyme and butter and brussels sprouts! Too bad there were no parsnips! Teresa)

Banana Pudding (nice and homey! Angie)

February at my house! I will work on a menu and send an email with dates soon.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Barefoot Contessa

We had a great time cooking together yesterday, as usual. I think we were all overdue for some comfort food. Thanks for hosting, Janet!

Here's the link to the Barefoot Contessa's Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry I brought if anyone wants to give it a try.

I kept up the Barefoot Contessa theme for dinner tonight. I tried our her recipe for Pasta, Pesto and Peas and served it with some quick grilled chicken and cherry tomatoes.

I guess her 12-minute cooking time estimate would work if you bought pesto or already had it made beforehand, but this took me closer to an hour! It was delicious though, and we have plenty for leftovers this week.