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This Week’s Eats No. 3

Technically these are last week’s eats but you don’t actually know my true timeline for anything so what’s the difference right?

This Week's Eats

My own pictures of these eats are quite sub-par in my opinion. Our camera broke on our honeymoon so I’m stuck with my android for snapshots at the moment. Any suggestions for a reasonable priced fancy-pants camera??

So this week (last week) I decided to escape from online and use one of my many cookbooks to find recipes. I don’t do this often enough and it’s sad to see my books just collecting dust.

my cook book collection

One reason I love searching the internet for recipes is I prefer one with a picture. I recently received a Cook’s Illustrated magazine in the mail and while the content is very informative, its lack of photos leaves me a bit uninspired. It does have some illustrations of cooking techniques, which I guess is why they call it Cook’s Illustrated. I don’t think I will be subscribing, but I do appreciate receiving a free one in the mail. I now have illustrated instructions for making the perfect soft-boiled egg. Hazah!

My cookbook of choice this week last week is was Food Made Fast Weeknight published by William Sonoma. This book was given to me as a gift years ago. Actually I’m pretty sure most, if not all, of my cookbooks were gifts, accept for maybe How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman, which I LOVE and reference quite often when preparing new foods. This book also has illustrations and is sans photographs but we forgive it because it’s so flippin awesome!

my favorite cookbook

I made three recipes from the Food Made Fast cookbook and two of them were total winners and will have repeat performances in the future I’m sure.

The first was Sausage with White Beans and Arugula Salad

Sausage w/ White Bean Salad

This would actually work better as a summer dish but it had been warm here and arugula is in season.

I was able to find the recipe on their website so you don’t actually have to buy the book. Their picture is prettier of course. After all it is Williams Sonoma.

sausages with white beans

I hope my photo doesn’t land me on the CraftFail blog. Have you been to this website? It’s pretty funny.

Next up was our second winner kindly brought to us again by Williams Sonoma, Thai Beef Noodle Salad.

thai beef noodle salad

I’m pretty sure my photo could end up on CraftFail but I assure you, regardless of the appearance, it really was delicious.

thai beef noodle salad

Yum? Oh yea, for sure! I’ve never prepared flank steak before. It is definitely now my steak of choice for a regular at-home-meal night. I prepared it on my little stove top griddle. We don’t have a outdoor grill so it’s what I use and it does the trick! Of course the smoke alarm went off but you have to expect that when you grill meat indoors and have low ceilings like we do. The steak didn’t seem to care and neither did we!

I want to share one more recipe which I did snag it from the internet.

For those who eat with me, don’t be surprised if you find yourself trying this some day.

I found it on Daily Dinner Table. I’m not sure how I happened upon this blog, which is usually the case, but I’m happy that I did. It reminds me of my dear friend, Julia. I’m pretty sure she makes a rice salad. If not, I’m pretty sure she would enjoy it. This one’s for you, Julia!

Once again we insert a crappy picture, but I assure you it’s good.

spinach & rice salad

So that’s it for what’s been in my tummy as of late. The best part is there are lots of leftovers for us to enjoy a second time, which would be this week, so there you go. In fact, I’ll think I’ll go have some  right now!

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Thinking about Dinner

My sister reminded me that I haven’t posted much about dinner lately.

It’s true. I haven’t.

I used to do it a lot. I loved sharing all the yummy meals I was preparing….


A Sweet Friday Dinner

burrito salad bowl

Recreating a Take-out Favorite

Moroccan-style soup

Vegan Challenge - Moroccan Style Soup

Spaghetti Squash Delight

A Substitute for Pasta

I guess I’ve sort of been neglecting dinner lately.  I’m still cooking. We have a healthy and delicious meal cooked by yours truly almost every night. They just aren’t that creative. And being the egotist that I am, I don’t want to share with you just any old meal. But perhaps I should.

beans and squash

A Back Burner Night

Yesterday I went food shopping for the first time in a while. Since The All-Star has the car most days and I’ve been on foot, he’s been doing the food shopping. This is great, don’t get me wrong. And he’s doing an awesome job. But it does mean that I’ve been cooking with mostly staples lately. (I could probably give him a list, but that would be too easy. Usually when I shop, I come up with my menus as I go. Not exactly a time saver, but that’s how I roll.)

reusable grocery bags

Reusable Grocery Bags

My shopping excursion yesterday felt really good. I was back in my element. Scoping out sales on fruits and veggies, cuts of meat and conjuring up menus. It’s fun. I love it.

I probably spent more money than I should have but now there’s plenty of food and I’m excited about the meals I’ve got planned. They still aren’t anything special but there’s lots of variety.

Perhaps I’ll share a few with you!

Speaking of money and meals, I just got a great idea for a challenge. . . .

Yes, I think I’m on to something. Stay tuned!


A Back Burner Night

That’s what a friend’s mom called the nights when dinner is made of whatever’s left in the fridge. Tonight we’re dining on green beans, pintos, squash, garlic and pasta.  Why not, right? Easy to make, easy to eat. Fills you up without weighing you down. Lol. What commercial is that??

Well whatever commercial is it, it’s probably not for something as healthy are this garden meal! Okay, so the pasta isn’t that healthy but four our of five ain’t bad.

Yup, only five ingredients! Not counting the fresh basil, salt, and pepper I added for flavor. The kitchen smells yummy and I’m ready to eat!!

beans and squash

Looks good right? Fit for a king! Only the king’s not here, which is why I’m eating from the back burner. lol.