I’ve made a few recipes from Geoffrey Zakarian’s My Perfect Pantry, and it’s a great book. I made this one quite a while ago and never posted it, but it was crispy and delicious and straightforward to master with this recipe. And I haven’t had breakfast yet, so now I’m really hungry. Zakarian says in his book that he makes this almost every day for lunch in his restaurant.
Cherry picking is still H’s favorite of all the fruit pickings. She just absolutely loves cherry trees. This year’s sour cherry season was insanely short, less than a week. Battleview Orchards opened on a Monday, we were there on Wednesday, and by Friday they were picked clean.
This was a really yummy chicken dinner from Little Spice Jar that I found on Pinterest. I need to make this again, it was good. I plopped it on some angel hair because PASTA.
I made this pot roast back when the weather was cold and we needed a hearty meal. And, I had no time to be in the kitchen. The original recipe is the Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pot Roast from Taste of Home, but I ended up substituting dried rosemary and thyme for fresh, and garlic for garlic salt. I also used whole grain mustard because I just love that stuff. And I love any meal that I can throw in a big pot and ignore for a few hours.
This was a spontaneous dessert on a cold winter day that I threw together one afternoon, and it was luscious and yummy for dessert that night. Next time I would add a couple more apples and cut back on the sugar. It was really, really sweet. Maybe 6 apples, 3/4 brown sugar, and 1/4 granulated for the apples? The crumble was good, but by the time all that sugar cooked down it was overwhelming. But the concept was fabulous, I’d definitely make this again.
I think next time I would run my immersion blender through this soup for a bit of a thicker texture with fewer shredded potatoes, but otherwise this was pretty good on a chilly night. I’d had a bag of shredded potatoes in the freezer for a while, from some long-forgotten recipe I was going to make, so this was great for using up what I had on hand. We both love potato soup, and I never would’ve thought about shredded potatoes.
2016 is the year I fell back in love with my slow cooker, apparently. This was waaaay better than I thought it would be. Next time I’d add at least another layer of pasta, because this was on the saucy side. But it was delicously, deliciously saucy. It feeds a crowd and makes pretty great leftovers, so next time I’m doing family dinner and don’t want to be in the kitchen forever, I’m making this. I kind of want to make it again right now…who’s around for dinner?
I’ve been on a Pinterest cooking kick lately because I need other moms who manage to cook while chasing kids and doing their jobs to tell me what to make for dinner. Occasionally I feel feisty enough to reach for a Food & Wine recipe, but lately it’s been amazing if food is on the table before, like, 10pm.
The pizza class I took last summer is finally paying off! I got a bunch of great pizza supplies for Christmas, and Adam and I are putting them to good use. My dough is so much better (I used to just buy it from Whole Foods), I love the sauce. The key is setting the oven as high as it will go and putting the pizza stone (in our case a pizza steel) in the oven for an hour to heat up. Then we cook the pizzas right on the steel.