Saturday, May 21, 2011

Weekend Cooking: Highlights of the week.

Weekend Cooking is a weekly meme hosted by Beth Fish Reads.  Anyone with a food-related post can play along.  Click to her blog and read about Man with a Pan.

I made several great recipes this week, amid the chaos of going in many different directions, that I'd like to share.  I have three categories: 

Adult Favorite:  Pearl Couscous Gratin with Goat Cheese and Spinach. This was so refreshing and light.  My husband and I loved it plus I shared it with a friend at work and she ate it cold right out of the container-she liked it so much!  It was easy to make and I'd never toasted couscous first.  I write in my cookbooks and this one I starred.  Loved the flavor combination of lemon, goat cheese, and fresh spinach.

Kid Favorite:  Micah's Mac and Cheese.  This was a huge hit which is saying a lot as my kids like one type of mac and cheese...box after box of Annie's.   For years I've only had Annie's in my cupboard which has been okay except for the children who chose to spend time with my children over the years!  When that bowl of mac and cheese arrives in front of them and it is not bright orange, they are truly confused and more than a little disappointed.  This mac and cheese is pleasantly creamy, white and flavorful.  Husband and I added more freshly ground pepper on ours.

Best Hot-Hot Bites:  I also made these Rachel Ray baked poppers tonight.  A friend made them, said they were good and passed on the recipe.  I followed the directions to a T except for that one important line that said to scrape the seeds out using a spoon...I used my hands!  I've done it before but then again I have never scraped 12 JALAPENOS @ one time!!!!  Note to self...use the spoon next time. The poppers though were cheesy yummy spicy bites.   I burn myself frequently and I found the solution by tweeting about my pain.  @joellewrites told me to make a paste out of cayenne and water and apply it to my hand.  It worked.  Really.  It. Worked.  This was the very first Rachel Ray recipe I've ever made and I liked it.  I've never been a big fan because I like making things from ingredients not boxes.  This one, other than my hand burns, was a winner.  And the burns, of course, are my own dang fault. 

And last but not least I set a food-related goal for my summer.   A free summer is one of the MAJOR reasons I was drawn to teaching because I love love to spend all that quiet time with my children.(At least I used to feel that way until peaceful boy became  teenage cranky)  Standing in my kitchen at the end of a long teaching day and wondering what in the dickens to cook is one of my least favorite feelings. Summertime is the perfect time to implement menu planning so we can all get adjusted-the kids will have two days to plan as well.  I found these  fabulous menu plans at The Sister's Cafe blog...through Mel and the Boys.  If you haven't stopped by their foodie family blog-you must give it a try.

Happy Eating and Reading this rainy Saturday.  We're eating our cereal, watching the 1st Harry Potter.