Guys, I know I sang Galina’s praises last week (she’s probably like OMG Kat stop blogging about me), but seriously Farmhouse Rules was the kick in the pants I needed to get back into a cooking groove. I also tried to be a little more grateful as I was prepping our meals and cooking them. Has my relationship to cooking changed? Absolutely, yes. But am I lucky to have a husband that takes care of our baby while I do it. I just need to sit back and enjoy the process.
Plus, we’re still eating dinner together and now we get to do it outside. I’m trying really hard not to let that novelty wear off.
Friday – Lawn Chicken Salad from Farmhouse Rules
This was a most interesting salad: avocado, dried apricots, slivered almonds, radishes, a dressing with curry powder and cumin. Frankly, it seemed like something that Galina would action (we love her salads). It was 11/10 and I think the dressing is one that I’ll start rotating into our homemade dressing cadre.
Saturday – Chicken Kebabs from Von Hanson’s with leftover pasta salad and green salad
Marcus goes to Von Hanson’s fairly regularly during the summer to get lunch – it’s about a mile and a half from our house, so it makes a nice walk for him. A few weeks ago he spied pre-made kabobs in their case and reported that he felt they would make a good weekend meal. I think we’ll start doing this more than takeout for our weekend at-home “date” nights because it gives us a chance to enjoy another meal on our deck, and it doesn’t take a lot of work on our part.
Monday – Turkey Burgers from Farmhouse Rules with Coleslaw and Grillin’ Beans
I had super-high expectations for this meal. I even bought apricot jam to make a BBQ sauce and apricot jam-glaze.
They were boring burgers. Can’t win them all.
Tuesday – Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Soup
Michelle came over and we needed a dinner. And I forgot to take a picture so I used the last one because let’s be honest. It was exactly the same.
Wednesday – Sausage Stew from Farmhouse Rules with Wilted Spinach tossed with Garlic and Red Pepper Flakes
Truth: The spinach was going to be a salad but I have NOT been in a vegetable mood at all this week. Marcus reported that it was good. I tolerated it.
The sausage stew itself was delightful. It was labeled as a “spring” recipe in the book, but this is definitely one we’ll wheel out once more come fall.
Miscellaneous – Earth Cookies
I made it nearly a full week without making these and then I finally caved. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. They’re better than I remember!