>> Friday, July 29, 2011
One of our favorite gourmet comfort food restaurants is Bartlett's and we always order their spinach as a side dish - that way we feel a little less guilty for indulging at the rest of the meal. This week I was going to make some spaghetti and meatballs and decided to make my version of Bartlett's sauteed spinach to accompany it and I was really happy with the results! It's a simple presentation that really lets the individual flavors shine.
>> Thursday, July 28, 2011
Last week I had Greek Nachos on the menu, but I never got around to making them. When I was planning Finley's party menu, I decided to put the Greek ingredients I already had to good use and made this Greek Layer Dip, which was another really popular dish at the party. It's so tangy and yummy! It's a fun (and much healthier) take on the perennial party favorite, Mexican 7 Layer Dip.
>> Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This was probably the most popular dish at Finley's birthday party and for good reason! These little puppies were delicious and so easy to make too! They're best fresh out of the oven but they're still pretty tasty when reheated. I'll definitely be making these again soon!
I'm so sorry that I've been radio silent for the better part of a week. Throwing a two year's birthday party was a lot of work - we had our family dinner on Friday night, another birthday party to attend on Saturday and then we threw our big shindig celebrating Finley's second birthday on Sunday afternoon. By Monday, the whole family was worn out! As a result, I didn't even get around to planning our menu until yesterday afternoon. So without further adieu, here's what we're eating this week:
>> Thursday, July 21, 2011
>> Wednesday, July 20, 2011
>> Monday, July 18, 2011
The name of this recipe is simply Chicken Tostado, but they are so much more than your ordinary, run of the mill chicken tostado. Maybe a better name would have been Super Awesome, Totally Tubular Chicken Tostados or Chicken, Black Bean and Guacamole Tostados with a Sour Cream-Lime-Cilantro Sauce, but those were both a little too long for me.
>> Sunday, July 17, 2011
I can't believe my baby turns 2 at the end of this week! It seems like just yesterday she was born and hanging out in the NICU (for seven weeks!) and in the blink of an eye, she's walking, talking and taking the world by storm. We are blessed! Birthday week is going to be a busy one but I'm still going to try and cook most of the nights. So without further ado, here's what I have planned:
>> Thursday, July 14, 2011
>> Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Have you heard of Pinterest? One of my friends first told me about it a few weeks ago and I thought it sounded like another time-sucking website I needed to avoid. Of course, I chose not to and it's now my favorite place to play on the web. If the dishes don't get cleaned, the laundry doesn't get folded (or even washed), the floors don't get swept...it's all Pinterest's fault. Sad but true!
>> Tuesday, July 12, 2011
>> Monday, July 11, 2011
I love sandwiches. I don't know why but I just do. And this sandwich was great. It combined a subtle sweetness from the Hawaiian bread, the potent tang of fresh pesto, the smoky flavor of good deli meats and the creaminess of cheese. Delish! We had it for dinner and again for lunch the next day. And I'd eat it again today if I hadn't have run out of meat and cheese!
>> Sunday, July 10, 2011
>> Saturday, July 9, 2011
This was our main dish for our 4th of July celebration, which wasn't much of a celebration since Finley and I were both down with colds. Regardless we rallied and put together a fun barbecue dinner. Our ribs weren't as tender as we would have liked so we're going to do some further experimentation on that part of the recipe. But the homemade barbecue sauce was to die for! I keep sneaking little bites here and there all afternoon as it sat on the stove - not to worry I didn't double-dip as to contaminate Andrew with my cold :-)
>> Friday, July 8, 2011
For years I've been making a simple chocolate cake - a cake mix, add almond extract, use raspberry jam as the filling between the layers, top with chocolate frosting and more jam and decorate with fresh raspberries. I started thinking about how great those flavors - almond and raspberry - are with chocolate and decided to make it into an easy brownie recipe. So here goes!
>> Thursday, July 7, 2011
Combining one of my favorite appetizers - chips and salsa - with a burger? Yes, please! The recipe sounded just weird enough that I knew I had to try it out. And I'm glad I did! There are very few ingredients in this recipe, but it was surprisingly flavorful. The salsa kept the meat moist and the chips added a nice little crunch. This is probably in my top three favorite burger recipes. Really simple, really good!
>> Wednesday, July 6, 2011
>> Tuesday, July 5, 2011
>> Sunday, July 3, 2011
How has another week flown by already?!? With this being a holiday weekend, I haven't finished my meal planning for the week so I'll just do it on the fly. A couple of the dishes I'm planning to make are cook-out/BBQ type foods so I guess I'm feeling inspired by the 4th of July! If you don't already have your holiday meal planned, maybe some of these will sound good to you.
I've made no secret of my love of anything citrus, so this recipe was right up my alley. I made this on Monday and it was gone by Wednesday! My husband has quite a sweet tooth and in his words, "this cake is killer!" I really think I only ate two pieces and he finished off the rest. And my hips and thighs thank him for it!