Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Relaxing Summer Evening


This was a lovely meal we had on the patio, it was a beautiful evening in June, before three digit temperatures, oppressive humidity, and swarming mosquitoes have forced us indoors at night.



Lovely summer flavors were enjoyed by all.



Smiling children helped create a relaxing atmosphere!




Saturday, July 17, 2010

Tomates à la Provençale


Finally, I have cracked open my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I'm surprised it took me this long to have a Jocelyn and Julia moment. My first attempt was not too complicated, just an easy side for roast chicken and a nice use of delicious ripe tomatoes.



I have been enjoying my usual summer love affair with tomatoes. I am loving them raw or cooked and often as you will see in future posts. Once again I am way behind on my entires, summer with two boys is taking it's toll. One month until school starts!



Without further ado, Julia's Tomates à la Provençale.

Serves 6

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

6 firm, ripe, red tomatoes about 3 inches in diameter
Salt and pepper

Remove the stems, and cut the tomatoes in half crosswise. Gently press out the juice and seeds. Sprinkle the halves lightly with salt and pepper.

1 to 2 cloves mashed garlic
3 T. minced shallots or green onions
4 T. minced fresh basil and parsley
1/8 t. thyme
1/4 t. salt
Big pinch of pepper
1/4 C. olive oil
1/2 C. crumbs from fresh white bread with body
A shallow, oiled roasting pan just large enough to hold the tomatoes easily in one layer

Blend all the ingredients above in a mixing bowl. Correct seasoning. Fill each tomato half with a spoonful or two of the mixture. Sprinkle with a few drops of olive oil. Arrange the tomatoes in the roasting pan; do not crowd them. May be prepared ahead to this point.

Shortly before you are ready to serve, place them in the upper third of the preheated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the tomatoes are tender but hold their shape, and the bread crumb filling has browned slightly.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Grilled Salmon with Chorizo and Fingerlings


Every month Cooking Light explores the food of a U.S. city in an article called The Hungry Traveler. In their June 2010 issue they shared recipes from restaurants in Santa Fe. This salmon inspired by a dinner at Amavi appealed to my taste buds. Based on this meal, if I ever make it out to Santa Fe, Amavi will be on my list of places to visit.

So, it's obvious that I enjoyed this, I love chorizo and Sous Chef grilled the fish to perfection. I was nervous about how the children would react to this. Fish, spinach, and spice, the usual complaint causing suspects were present. But to my surprise, they liked it! Alex loved it, I had to give up some of mine so he could have seconds. I'm so happy that he has opened himself up to experience new flavors.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Key Lime Cupcakes


Key Lime Pie is one of my favorite desserts, so when I volunteered to make cupcakes for a friend's birthday party I was happy to be reminded that she loves Key Lime too. So the search was on for a perfect recipe.

None of my trusted resources had a specific Key Lime Cupcake recipe, I had to improvise. I found this recipe for Lemon Meringue Cupcakes. I used only the cake part of the recipe and replaced the lemon zest and juice with key lime zest and juice. I tested one when they came out of the oven to determine how limey the frosting should be. The cake had a nice mild lime flavor, so I didn't have to hold back on the frosting.

I had toyed with the idea of doing a graham cracker crust on the bottom of the cupcakes, but instead decided to sprinkle the crumbs on top. The finishing touch was a slice of key lime dredged in bright white sparking sugar.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti


This is a perfect dish for those expecting a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes this summer. If, like me, you don't have a veggie garden, store bought tomatoes work well too. The ease and quickness of preparation make this perfect weeknight fare. The amazing aroma of the tomatoes roasting is an added perk.

I served this with warm crusty bread. Three out of four of my household loved this. Dylan didn't like the tomatoes cooked. He is really hard to please these days!

Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti
Serves 6
Cooking Light, June 2010

4 quarts water
1 T. kosher salt
12 oz. uncooked spaghetti
2 pints cherry tomatoes
3 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 T. red wine vinegar
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/8 t. crushed red pepper
1/4 C. chopped or torn fresh basil leaves
1/4 C. chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
3/4 C. (3 oz.) crumbled semisoft goat cheese

Preheat oven to 450°

Bring 4 quarts water to a boil in a large Dutch oven. Add 1 tablespoon salt and spaghetti to boiling water; cook 10 minutes or until spaghetti is al dente. Drain spaghetti in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Return spaghetti to pan; set aside, keep warm.

While spaghetti cooks, combine tomatoes, 1 tablespoon olive oil, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and pepper on a jelly roll pan, tossing well to coat. Bake tomato mixture at 450° for 10 minutes or until tomatoes are soft and lightly charred in places.

Add tomatoes and any tomato juice to spaghetti in Dutch oven. Add 1/4 cup reserved cooking water to jelly roll pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits; carefully pour water mixture and remaining 2 tablespoons oil into spaghetti mixture. Place Dutch oven over medium heat. Add remaining reserved cooking water, 2 tablespoons at a time, until spaghetti mixture is moist, tossing frequently. Stir in basil and parsley. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Seared Duck Breast with Cherries and Port Sauce


When I eat out at restaurants, there are dishes I never order because I can competently prepare them at home. Chicken, salmon, and steak come to mind. I usually indulge in a fish that is not readily available to me at the market, rack of lamb, or my absolute favorite, duck breasts with crispy, fatty, succulent skin.

After spotting beautiful fresh cherries at the grocery store I found this recipe and decided it was time to tackle the duck at home. Harris Teeter sells Culver duck breasts, they are nice and reasonably priced.

As for cooking the duck in my kitchen, it could not have been easier or messier. The fatty skin that I love so much makes quite a greasy disaster area on and around the stove top, but we could forget about that until we were finished eating.

The duck turned out well, the boys liked it. Surprisingly, Alex, who can sit and eat bowls full of fresh cherries, didn't like the sauce. He says he didn't like the cherries cooked or the shallots. Oh well, I did, but I think I prefer to eat duck breast at a restaurant where there is a staff to clean up the mess!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Tomato, Goat Cheese, and Onion Tart


Many of my regular readers (all four or five of you) have had this delicious tart before. I served it at my sister's bridal shower with Silver Palate's Beef Tenderloin. I have also made it for dinner guests, as it is one of my favorite summer meals. It pairs very well with beef, but I also enjoy it as a main course with a lightly dressed green salad on the the side.

I first discovered this recipe when I received Gourmet's Five Ingredients as a gift. It's on the cover and I couldn't resist. The combination of caramelized onions, goat cheese, and tomatoes is genius. It's very easy to prepare, just remember to use a pie crust shield, so the crust doesn't burn like mine did.



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Celebrations!


A couple of weekends ago (yes, I'm way behind thanks to baseball and my new obsession with learning to parler français) we celebrated Sous Chef earning his Masters and my Mother-in-law's birthday. Perfect excuses for a fabulous bottle of bubbly and decadent cupcakes.



Oh my, these cupcakes were good. The Strawberry Buttercream was amazing. It would be delicious on white cake, chocolate cake, maybe even on a rice cake. The cupcake part of the equation wasn't half bad either.



Congratulations to my hubby for all the hard work he put in to earn his degree. He managed to get it done while working full time and being completely present for his family. What a guy!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Irish Trifle


Alex's third grade class recently wrapped up their social studies unit on Ireland. At the end of each unit a parent volunteer prepares a food from the region for the kids to sample. Lucky for them, Ireland's goodie was this trifle and not Corned Beef and Cabbage. Their teacher provided the recipe and I put it all together and delivered it to the classroom.

Irish Trifle

2 (12 oz) containers whipped topping, thawed
1 (5.9 oz) package vanilla instant pudding
1 angel food cake, cut into 1 inch pieces
Fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries)

Prepare pudding according to package directions.

Layer ingredients as follows from bottom of trifle bowl to top; 1/3 of whipped topping, 1/2 of cake, 1/2 of pudding, fruit, 1/3 whipped topping, cake, pudding, fruit, remaining whipped topping.

My trifle bowl wasn't tall enough to add the last layer of Cool Whip, so it was dolloped on the individual servings. From what I hear, the kids loved it. I know Alex did, he would like me to make it again.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Thai Green Curry Shrimp


I now know, amazing Thai food is possible at home. The ease and deliciousness of this dish will have me thinking twice about ordering take out. I look forward to having this again with chicken, tofu, or fish.

The recipe is from the June 2010 issue of Cuisine at Home. I made one small change, I could not find bamboo shoots, so I cut up a medium sized onion and cooked it with the red pepper. I guessed the texture would be a close match, but I'm not sure that I've ever had a bamboo shoot. I used 4 tablespoons of curry paste, I found the spice to be milder than expected. Next time I will spice things up a bit more!

Thai Green Curry Shrimp
Serves 4

1 can coconut milk (13.5 oz.)
4-5 T. Green Curry Paste
2 T. fish sauce
1 t. brown sugar
1 C. diced red bell pepper
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on
1 can bamboo shoots, drained (8 oz.)
1 C. frozen green peas, thawed
1/2 C. torn basil leaves
Jasmine rice
Lime wedges

Remove cream from the top of the coconut milk; heat over medium-high in a large sauté pan, stirring frequently until bubbles form on the surface, and it separates.

Add curry paste, stirring to combine. Cook until paste becomes very fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add remaining coconut milk and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Season with fish sauce and sugar; simmer 5 minutes.

Stir in bell pepper; cook until pepper begins to soften, 5 minutes. Add shrimp; cook until opaque and no longer pink, 3-4 minutes.

Add bamboo shoots, peas, and basil; cook just to heat shoots and peas through, 1 minute. Serve with Jasmine rice and lime wedges.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Chili-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs with Espresso Barbecue Sauce


Sous Chef got a new grill for his birthday, since our old one was slightly rusted out and the whole inside of it caught on fire last time we used it. The popular choice for the inaugural dinner was ribs. We had our neighbors over and dined al fresco. It was a fun night with good food and friends.

This is my go-to ribs recipe. I always follow the cooking instructions, but sometimes change the spices in the rub and use plain barbecue sauce. On this particular night, I followed the recipe as written. The rub provides a nice level of heat and the espresso in the sauce has a nice flavor. We had baked sweet potatoes and cole slaw with dried cranberries on the side.

Sous Chef gives the grill two thumbs up, he's excited about the increased cooking space and the more precise heat control. I'm excited that he's done with school and he'll be home more often to cook with it!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Pan Seared Salmon with Spinach and Shiitake


I found this tasty recipe in The Best of Fine Cooking publication, Fresh & Quick. It is full of lovely recipes that are healthy and quick to prepare. Surely, I will prepare many more of the dishes and let you know how they turn out.

It is great to find new ways to prepare salmon. This recipe did not disappoint. It is a perfect weeknight dish, yet elegant enough for guests. The kids loved the fish, Alex had seconds. They were troopers and tried the mushrooms and spinach, but were not as impressed as the adults.

Pan Seared Salmon with Spinach and Shiitake
Serves 4

3 1/2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium shallots, finely chopped
1/2 lb. fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 C. heavy cream
1 t. chopped fresh thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 C. lightly packed baby spinach leaves
4 6 oz. boneless, skin-on Salmon fillets
3 T. fresh lemon juice

Heat 2 T. of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring often, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the cream, thyme, 1 t. of salt, and 1/8 t. of pepper. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring often, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the spinach until wilted. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Clean the skillet and return it to the stove.

Heat the remaining 1 1/2 T. oil in the skillet over medium heat. Season the salmon fillets all over with salt and pepper. Arrange the salmon in the skillet, skin side up, in a single layer and cook, turning once, until golden brown and just cooked through, 7 to 9 minutes total. Transfer the salmon to a large plate.

Mix the lemon juice with 1 T. water, add to the skillet, and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until just thickened, about 30 seconds. Drizzle the pan juices over the salmon and serve with the warm shiitake mixture.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Flat Iron Steak and Blue Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits


Once again, the beautiful pictures on Smitten Kitchen inspired me to try another recipe posted on the site, Blue Cheese Scallion Drop Biscuits. Deb of Smitten Kitchen and most of the commenters felt the biscuits were breakfast fare, I immediately wanted to pair them with thinly sliced grilled steak and Dijon mustard.

I had planned on flank steak until I spotted the flat iron steak right next to it in the grocery store. Flat iron steak is thin like flank steak, but a lot less fatty. I marinated the meat in a trusty McCormick garlic and herb marinade and Sous Chef grilled it to perfection.

The biscuits were very easy to mix up and baked quickly. Hot out of the oven they were delicious. I made a little sandwich out of mine with the steak and mustard. My husband thought the blue cheese was a wee strong, the boys agreed. The next morning I had one for breakfast and realized they were correct. I will probably halve the cheese if I make these again.

Everyone loved the steak. I especially loved it with the mustard. A few weeks ago I was listening to a cooking show on the radio and a chef recommended Maille Dijon Mustard. I found some and it is fabulous. First I tried it on a ham sandwich and then with the steak, I'm hooked. Au revoir Grey Poupon.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Birthday to the Sous Chef


The Sous Chef's birthday was last Friday, I'm a little behind on my posts. I thought I had every thing ready on Friday to make the cake, new deeper cake pans, an offset spatula, and food coloring to get creative with the frosting, then I discovered I had no flour sifter. I used to use a sieve, but I melted it making quinoa a few weeks ago. There was no time to run around town looking for a sifter, there were kids to pick up at school and dinner reservations to be ready for. The cake would have to wait until Saturday.



With a new sifter in hand I made a chocolate cake recipe recommended to me by my sister. The recipe says there will be enough batter for 3 8-inch round pans or 2 8-inch square pans, I used 2 9-inch rounds and though they baked for a bit longer, they turned out nicely. The height of the cake was perfect. For the frosting, I made an incredibly decadent Swiss Meringue Buttercream. I was slightly intimidated by this frosting, tempering and whipping up egg whites usually causes me to look at other recipes. But I went for it and it was pretty easy. The finished product is a rich, buttery, delicious frosting that is really easy to work with and a perfect companion to a moist and dense chocolate cake.

The birthday boy loved his cake, that of course is what's most important. Happy 35th Birthday to the best husband and Sous Chef a girl could have!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Open Faced Sandwiches with Ricotta, Arugula, and Fried Egg


This light and delicious dinner is from the latest issue of Cooking Light. I knew the instant I saw the picture in the magazine that I had to try it! I'm so glad I did, not only was it delicious but so quick and easy. I served some roasted potatoes on the side. I halved small white creamer potatoes, tossed them in olive oil, salt, and pepper and roasted at 400° for about 40 minutes, turning twice while cooking.

The kids enjoyed the sandwiches, this dinner was a bigger hit than Kid's choice this week. Alex cleaned his plate, he loved the potatoes. I must have cooked them just right, because he's never been that excited about them before. He ate all of his and Dylan's.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Kid's Choice: Cornbread


It was Alex's choice this week and all he gave me to go on was cornbread. Well we couldn't eat only cornbread for dinner so I made it's obvious (to me) companion, chili. I found recipes from Everday Food. Alex and I really liked the Mini Cornbread Puddings. Dylan complained about them having corn kernels in them and picked them all out, only to eat them off his plate when he was finished with the bready part of the muffins.

As for the chili, I've had better. It's a good base that could have benefited from a little more spice. I used diced tomatoes with "zesty" jalapeños, but the zest added nothing that I could taste. Alex said he liked it. Dylan ate the avocados and sour cream off the top.....

Friday, April 16, 2010

Kid's Choice: Quesadillas


Another Wednesday another opportunity to get the kids to think outside the chicken tender and Kraft Cheese and Macaroni box. Actually, I'm proud to report that we haven't made a box of mac and cheese in this house for at least a couple of months. It was Dylan's turn to influence the menu, he requested quesadillas.

I found this recipe for Chicken Quesadillas at Epicurious. Chicken, cheese, and tortillas, maybe not a huge step out of the box, but onions, garlic, and pepper jack help. I made one slight change, I used half cheddar and half pepper jack. While in the grocery store, Dylan saw me pick up the peppery cheese and insisted that quesadillas were made with cheddar, so we reached a compromise.

Dylan, Daddy, and I all thought these were great. I would prefer a little more heat, sliced jalapeños would be nice, but it was Kid's Choice. Alex, on the other hand told me he didn't like them. He got in a little trouble Wednesday and incurred a pretty serious punishment (no sweets for a month!!!!). I think he would have turned his nose up at anything Mean Mommy put in front of him. At least he ate the watermelon, that's as sweet as it's going to get for quite awhile.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Warm Pasta Salad with Baby Spinach and Tuna


On Monday, my nine year old son finally found his balance and rode his bike without assistance. Daddy was in school and missed the whole thing! So on Tuesday, I knew there would be a full blown demonstration of Alex's new found skills and that I should keep dinner simple. This pasta salad came to mind.

Warm Pasta Salad with Baby Spinach and Tuna
Serves 4

1 (6 oz) can light tuna in olive oil, drained and crumbled
1 (19 oz) can cannellini beans, rinsed
1/2 English cucumber, quartered lenghtwise and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 C. halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 lb campanelle or any short curly pasta

For Dressing
1 garlic clove
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. chopped fresh rosemary
2 T. fresh lemon juice
1/4 C. extra-virgin olive oil

6 C. baby spinach (5 oz package), coarse stems discarded
1/4 C. capers, rinsed

Toss together tuna, beans, cucumber, and tomatoes in a large bowl.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain pasta and add to tuna mixture.

Make Dressing:
Mash garlic to a paste with salt and whisk together with rosemary and lemon juice. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.

Add baby spinach and capers to pasta mixture and toss with dressing.

We ate dinner early, I was even able to photograph my plate in natural light. Alex was able to show Daddy his bike riding and Dylan practiced his also. What a wonderful Spring evening!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Lime Sauce


This recipe is from the July 2007 issue of Gourmet. I had torn the page out and added it to my great big folder of recipes, but never prepared it until last Thursday night. I'm sure glad I finally got around to it. Boneless pork chops cook quickly on the grill and the bright citrusy flavors in the sauce will make this a summer staple for us.

I served Black-Bean and Tomato Quinoa with the chops. This was a great combination. The boys loved the quinoa, Dylan has never met a black bean he did not love. They enjoyed the pork chops as well, but did notice there were crushed red pepper flakes in the sauce. I think they are getting used to them.

I had an equipment causality while making the quinoa. The recipe has you steam it in a sieve after boiling. It helps to dry the grain, making it light and fluffy. My only sieve had a plastic handle, you can guess what happened. It melted! Thankfully it didn't ruin the food. Now I can get some proper stainless steel sieves.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

On Tuesday, I was given a rare opportunity to cook just for my husband and me. Alex had an evening baseball practice, so the kids were fed early. With no sensitive taste buds to consider, I could make something spicy. Puttanesca sauce popped into my mind. I've only had it twice before, both time from jars. One was good the other not so good. Once I started looking through recipes I realized there was no reason, ever, to eat Puttanesca sauce from a jar, it is quick and easy to make at home.

This sauce is bold and spicy. All the flavor comes from things I love that the kids hate, crushed red pepper, Kalamata olives, capers, and anchovies. Hubby and I really loved it. I used Perciatelli noodles, long tubular pasta that is like very thick Spaghetti. I love this pasta because it doesn't stick together, so the sauce coats every noodle beautifully.

I highly recommend trying this sauce. I woke up Wednesday morning thinking of the deliciousness, I had leftovers for breakfast!

Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca
Makes 4 servings

1/4 C. extra-virgin olive oil
4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 28.2 oz. can peeled tomatoes in puree
1/2 C. Kalamata olives, halved, pitted
3 anchovy fillets, chopped
1 1/2 T. drained capers
1 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. dried crushed red pepper
3/4 lb. spaghetti
2 T. chopped fresh Italian parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh Basil

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes with puree, olives, anchovies, capers, oregano, and crushed red pepper. Simmer sauce over medium-low heat until thickened, breaking up tomatoes with spoon, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain pasta; return to same pot. Add sauce and parsley. Toss over low heat until sauce coats pasta, about 3 minutes. Serve with cheese and basil.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Dinner


I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and a very happy Easter or Passover. Our's was great. We had friends over Friday night and then spent quality family time on Saturday and Sunday. Though it was just the four of us, I decided a nice Easter dinner was needed.



For me, a good holiday dinner has cheesy potatoes. I've been very good lately cooking without cheese, so it was deserved. These were fantastic. Made with Goat Cheese, they had a lighter more subtle flavor than the Gruyère and Crème Fraîche version I make at Christmas.



Grilled Leg of Lamb with Rosemary Salt and asparagus was served with the potatoes. Also featured was a necessary accompaniment to lamb, mint jelly. Or according to Dylan, green Jello. He asked many times for more green Jello on his plate.

The recipe for the lamb tells you to skewer it to make it easier to grill. We may have done it incorrectly, but once the skewers were stuck through, we couldn't see how the meat would cook evenly. So we took them out and it turned out just fine and cooked faster.



We finished the meal with these Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting. Thankfully, I had vanilla beans left, not sure these would be the same with extract. Sous Chef helped out with these, he is so good with a pastry bag!

Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Signs of Spring 2






Pork Tenderloin with Pears and Shallots


I'm a bit behind on my posts. I've been very busy cleaning up the yard and planting pretty flowers this week. I did manage to cook on Wednesday night. It should have been kid's choice, but when I asked them what they wanted while on an early morning ride to school, their response was silence. So Mommy's Choice it was. I had a pork tenderloin in the fridge, so I started there. I found this on Epicurious. I thought the sweetness of pears would interest the boys.

I was chatting on the telephone with my Mom as I prepared this and coincidentally she had printed out the recipe also and was planning on making it in the near future. She also told me she got pear nectar for about a third of the price that I payed for mine. Her tip is too find it in the international food section. I have 3/4 of a jar left, I should try this out!

This was a hit with Alex and Dylan. They gobbled up the pears, the meat and even the green beans, I didn't bother giving them any of the shallots. More shallots for me and my Sous Chef! They were delicious, nicely caramelized and sweetened by the sauce. Sous Chef heated up the leftovers when he got home from school and loved it.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Grilled Rib Eyes with a Vegetable Medley


Well, it's Wednesday and I'm finally getting around to posting Sunday's dinner. It's been a busy week so far. We celebrated Alex's birthday on Monday and yesterday I worked for hours in the yard. The weekend was busy also, baseball season has started. Alex's team had games on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday's game was late in the afternoon. When the game was over, we had to come up with something quick for dinner that we could pick up at the grocery store on the way home.

We decided to fire up the grill and cook some steaks. I love rib eyes marinated in McCormick's Montreal Steak Marinade. It's easy to mix up and the meat only has to marinate for 15 minutes. In the mean time we chopped up some carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, and asparagus and tossed them in olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper. Everything cooked on the grill at the same time. Sous Chef finally got to use this handy grilling basket that he got for Christmas to cook the veggies.

The boy's loved the steak. Alex had seconds! Dylan complained about the vegetables, but what else is new?

Monday, March 29, 2010