This week there was quite a bit of cooking. Dinner cooking is one thing, but treat making is a completely different ball game. I was so encouraged by my first attempt at cupcakes that I may take another try this weekend. What needs to happen in order for me to be successful: a visit from the oven repair people. They’re supposed to be over this afternoon and I’m hopeful that they’ll be able to fix whatever sort of heating issue we’re currently experiencing.
Sunday – Simple, Perfect Chili from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Super Bowl food, obviously. We didn’t have a party to go to this year (which I was honestly okay with), but I did want to get into the festive spirit of watching bad commercials and two teams that I have no attachment to whatsoever. I think I did it right!
Hooray for trying a new dinner. This BBQ was just phenomenally easy to make and I was extremely pleased with the end result. I wasn’t sure if oven fries were really an okay choice given the current state of our oven, but in the end, it was just fine.
Tuesday – Pam’s Olive Chicken,
Basmati + Wild Rice Barley with Chickpeas, Currants and Herbs from Jerusalem, Grapes, and Spinach Salad with Dates, Pomegranate Seeds and Almonds
I feel like our Tu B’Shevat Seder was already fairly well documented here, but it goes without saying that this was perfect dinner party food. Olive Chicken is a recipe my mother invented, so I’ll be sure to write and post a recipe at some point because it is easy and delicious. The barley pilaf was great, and the cookbook was not lying – this could be an entire meal in and of itself if you were in the right mood. Perhaps we’ll try that another time (and using the white/wild rice combo!)