Sunday, March 29, 2015

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Sage. Basic Couscous. Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts and Brown Butter.

... "I was cleaning out my refrigerator and my pantry and had some ingredients that I needed to use before they go bad. Luckily, I keep a well-stocked pantry ...

Prosciutto-Wrapped Chicken with Sage: BL/SL Chicken Breasts. Prosciutto. OO. Sage. Lemon. US Butter.

Basic Couscous: US Butter. Israeli Couscous. Water. LS Chicken Broth. S & P.

Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnuts and Brown Butter: S & P. Green Beans. US Butter. Hazelnuts.

Again, I needed to make dinner in less than 90 minutes including taking photographs and posting and I conquered. I gotta say - not bad for a weeknight meal at home. James was certainly happy and especially the neighbors who smelled the brown butter and heard the sizzling of the chicken in the hot pan." /thinks I added to much butter ... but, butter is everything


Friday, March 6, 2015

Prime Rib. Braised Winter Greens. Classic Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

... "The last two weeks have been brutal. I've been only home on the weekends and I haven't eaten like I'm used to since being in Kankakee, IL. Luckily, I had an "office day" at home today and when I usually come home on Fridays... James and I usually go out for dinner and catch up from the shenanigans throughout the week. I decided, I wanted to make dinner and I wanted to stay home and be with Wally and Eva as well ... James and I usually get prime rib or something of the like ...

Prime Rib: Prime Rib. S & P. Thyme. Oregano. Rosemary. Garlic. OO.

Braised Winter Greens: OO. Onion. Garlic. Red Pepper Flakes. Kale. LS Chicken Broth. Water. S & P. Lemon Juice.

Classic Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Smoked Gouda and Chives: Russet Potatoes. US Butter. Half-and Half. S & P.

Cooking in my own kitchen again from being away so long felt great. Not having to do restaurant reviews or eat at chain-restaurants is always what I strive for when I travel. Hearing my cleavers hitting my wooden chopping blocks, smelling the cooking aromatics, and having Wally and Eva beg for a small nibble of what I'm cooking makes my heart melt -- not to mention when James walks in the door and gives me a hug and a kiss and says ... "I love it when you're home." Yeah, home sweet home." /has a 'not shown' Moscow Mule and devours dinner