Saturday, September 27, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
The Hull's were coming to Mimi and Boppa's for a post birthday bash meal. Boppa, Heather and I ran out to Fresh Market to find some some chow. After MUCH indecision, we selected some halibut filets. Mimi made an awesome salad of fresh mixed greens, blue cheese, red onion, candied pecans, and a balsamic vinaigrette. It was incredible. She also made the garlic mashed potatoes. When we were discussing what to make, her only comment was that those had to be included. That made a nice bed for the halibut fillets that I had lightly seasoned with salt and pepper then "basted" in a skillet of butter and wine. I cooked the top of the fish by taking the hot mixture and pouring over the top. Then I deglazed the pan with more wine and added fresh dill, cayenne, and some capers. I finished the sauce with more butter, then topped the fish. Boppa had roasted some asparagus with port vinegar and seasonings. All 6 plates were cleaned. Once we had cleaned up a little, we enjoyed Boppa's handmade limoncella. More on that later....
Jake Hull turned 2 last week. We went down to celebrate with this beautiful young man. Hollie had a nice spread at Sal and Mookies. Mimi made this amazing cake. It was fun. State took a beating in Atlanta, but for some reason Jake didn't care. He'll learn.....
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
This was our first attempt at Eggplant Parmesan in years. Heather got the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/eggplant-parmesan-recipe2/index.html . It was a LOT like lasagna. We would definitely change a few things about this one. That being said, it was quite good. both boys ate all they could. As you can see, it made a very large quantity. I think next time we will peel the eggplant and I wouldn't bake it quite so long. Heather suggested that we assemble it on the plate and not bake it at all. That sounds like a winner. We'll let you know the results.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Heather marinated the steaks this morning. I know the rule about marinated fish, but this really worked. It is a citrus ginger marinade. I made some lima beans and quickly put some angel hair pasta together while she grilled the steaks to perfection. I know there wasn't much continuity to the meal, but we had been on the football field with Tanner and were in a bit of a hurry. The tuna is a recipe you want. We'll have this again soon.
Sunday, Heather got back from the grocery and I got back from taking Tanner to football practice. We wanted something fast and simple. Sauteed onions with a beef gravy on grilled chopped steak was the answer. Zatarans rice and a can of blackeyed peas and we had a nice, easy meal.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday morning brought on hunger. No one was anxious to go anywhere so I rummaged through the cabinets and decided on some tostados. We were out of bread, but had corn tortillas. I brushed them with vegetable oil and baked them till crispy. I heated up some refried beans with a few chopped jalapenos and spread on the tortillas. Add chopped onion, shredded lettuce and a dollop of sour cream and chow down. Chance ate 2 and a half and asked for more. What a kid....
Heather had been wanting Short Ribs. Well, that was the last thing I ate before that horrible stomach bug, so I wasn't too thrilled, but my love for her is greater than my nausea. Or so I thought.... I made it like normal and it was just like it should have been, but I had a small bowl of mashed potatoes and tried not to enjoy the aroma from the ribs. Heather ate them and enjoyed. Maybe I'll figure out how to over come that. Maybe....
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I wanted hamburger steaks with onion and gravy with a few vegetables. C begged until I gave in and opted for spaghetti. He helped me chop the onion, peppers, and garlic. I made it in the cast iron dutch oven for the first time. It is the bee's knees. Overall I was happy with it. Plus.... LEFTOVERS!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Heather didn't add the capers this time, but it would have been good too. I sliced some zucchini and stir fried it with minced ginger and a little rice vinegar. It was OK for a squash, which is not my favorite. I will pay more attention to the camera next time.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Heather worked on the jalapeno butter while I was at flag football practice with Tanner. She learned a valuable lesson. NEVER chop a jalapeno, breathe the vapors in, then wipe your eyes without washing your hands. Niagara Falls had nothing on her tear ducts. However, the end result was worthy of the lesson. I fired up the charcoal when I got home and shucked the corn. That is what good ole' country boys do. However, I screwed up when I couldn't get the charcoal to stay hot. I put one piece of newspaper in the chimney to keep the coals going. I thought nothing of it. I cooked the corn in the husks for about 15 minutes. I pulled them off and put on the simply seasoned salmon fillets. I smoked them for about 6 minutes. They were done. I pulled everything off and plated it. There was a very strange aroma. I put a large pat of the jalapeno butter on the fillet and took a picture. Then I took a huge dollop of the seasoned butter and spread it over my fillet. Heather had taken some white truffle oil and blended it with some clarified butter for the corn. Excellent combination. However, my screw up of adding one sheet of newspaper reared its ugly head with a strange funk. Luckily, the meal was delicious. Simple, semi-healthy, but funky. I regret messing up Heather's otherwise brilliant meal. Lesson learned. Please check out the salmon recipe here:
It is worth the effort.....
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I LOVE this dish. Wow it is good. Low cal, low fat, high flavor. I sooooo wish I had a pick. It is a great combination of flavors. Check out the recipe here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/chipotle-shrimp-taco-with-avocado-salsa-verde-recipe/index.html
If you can do half as good as Heather did, you won't be disappointed.