As a result of the lack of time I have these days due to work and birthdays and all sort of other events, I tend to take photos while I’m cooking and then they just sit on my camera, waiting for me to write up the recipe. Or I take the photos all the way through but forget to take a picture of the final product. Or I take a few photos but then can’t recall the recipe I used. This is my life.
Therefore, I am starting anew. On vacation this week and I have uploaded all photos from the various cooking projects of the last few months. I’ll offer links and information where I can, otherwise, just enjoy the view!
I give you glimpses of Our Family Table this winter:
I totally cheated with this one- bought premixed meatloaf from Whole Foods and just divided it into muffin pans.
I even bought boxed instant potatoes (Whole Foods, so *must* be “healthy”, right?!).
Simple as anything- just pipe the potato on top (I use a plastic ziplock and just cut the corder off) and serve. These were a hit.
A few weeks ago, this parmesan broth from Smitten Kitchen was all the rage. I was super excited to try it but I was somewhat let down. I suspect I did not let it cook long enough or that it needed more parmesan or that my taste buds, American as they are, are dulled to subtle flavoring. Who can tell? It’s one I might try again.
Deb calls for white beans and kale. I used the white beans but had spinach in place of kale. Which I hate. Both on principle and on taste.
Early in January there was a bachelorette party which involved eating a very fine dinner at Henrietta’s Table. It was a group of wonderful women and amazing food. It was so long ago (and there was a LOT of wine) that I can’t recall what each dish was so just look and drool Every single thing was delicious.
There were also some cozy nights at home. I made the Pork Shoulder Ragu from Dinner: A Love Story and it went quite well with pasta, garlic bread and wine. It lasted for a few meals and also went well with salad.
The first three months of the year also include a multitude of family birthdays. First my husband, then my son, then my mother, then my father, then my daughter. A few photos from my son’s dinosaur themed party.
Yes, dinosaur shaped sandwiches. I bought an actual sandwich cutter but I bet you could use a big cookie cutter too. The bonus is that now we have dino sandwiches on the regular around here.
(I’m pretty proud of that cake, if I do say so myself. Mostly buttercream and food coloring but also some organic vanilla wafer cookies crushed up and sprinkled on for “sand”. His sister helped with the cookie crushing.)
I started a crock pot boeuf bourguignon but I would be hard pressed to tell you the recipe or how it turned out. I didn’t take a final product picture. Perhaps the fact that I can’t recall it suggests that it was not stellar. Nonetheless, here you go, crockpot boeuf bourguignon in process:
The kids went though one of my cookbooks one night and marked all the things they wanted to try. I believe it was First Meals by Annabel Karmel. From that came pinwheel sandwiches (no final picture but I’m sure you can get the idea) and cheesy animal bread.
Essentially you cut the crusts off of two slices of bread and then use a rolling pin to smoosh them together into one big piece.
See if you can guess the animals requested by the kids:
Above is actually a dinosaur and a giraffe. Below are a bear, a turtle (what the original recipe called for) and another dino. I was proud of that one.
As I said, this week we’ve been on vacation so we’ve done lots of visiting. A friend came over a few days ago and she has been vegan since December. I am entirely intrigued by this concept but am not sure how I could make it work with two picky toddlers and a meat-and-potatoes loving husband. Maybe someday. At any rate, we made these delicious vegan pumpkin muffins in her honor and they were so good that we made them again today, but added mini chocolate chips. Hey, like I said, we’re on vacation!
So, there you have it. A few snapshots of what we’ve been eating. As I finish off my vacation, I’m planning to try a cauliflower and cheese crust pizza (and am curious to see if the husband notices) and my goal for the rest of February and March is twofold- 1, to eat more veggies and fruit and 2, to post at least four times between now and April 1st. Let’s see what I can do!