Monday, June 29, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I have never eaten collard greens in my life, but I have heard all about them. One thing I heard was that they’re bitter and gross (from my friend who grew up in the South and hated collards). So, I was a bit nervous when I got a bunch in my CSA box last week. I scoured the internet looking for ways to cook them, but most of the recipes called for bacon or a ham hock. Since we’re trying to use up what we have in our fridge and pantry, I didn’t want to go buy these things. So, taking bits and pieces from different recipes, and adding in some tomatoes I needed to use, I came up with this recipe. They tasted AMAZING! Aaron and I were sad that there was only two servings, because we would have eaten much more. We get more collard greens this week, most likely, and I think this time I’m adding slices of sautéed smoked sausage into the mix to make a hearty one-dish meal.
Sautéed Collard Greens with Tomatoes
1 bunch collard greens, washed well, stems removed, and sliced cross-wise in 1-inch strips
2 to 3 Tbsp. olive oil
½ onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 tomatoes, halved and sliced into ¼ inch slices
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Bring a pot of water to boil. Add in the green and reduce the heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
When the greens are almost done boiling, heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add in the onion and cook until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Drain the greens and add to the pan along with the tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook until the tomatoes are falling apart, about 10 minutes. Add the vinegar, salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Tuesday: Chinese Takeout
Thursday: Thai Takeout
Friday: Out to celebrate
Saturday: Pizza again
Sunday: Probably out because we'll be tired of takeout.
It's moving week (we close Thursday, move on Saturday or Sunday), so we're not paying any attention to cooking this week. Plus, the pots and pans are already packed, so we couldn't even if we wanted too.
Hope you eat better than we do!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I am beyond excited about produce right now, and that’s because the CSA we joined for the summer starts today. In case you don’t know, a CSA is a farm where you can buy a share of a farm for a season and you get a share of the crop produced. (More information here.) We had to sign up for ours way back in February to make sure we had a spot (they fill up FAST in this area), and so I’ve been anxiously waiting ever since. We only got a half share because there’s about 2 1/3 vegetable eaters in our house (Gabbie still eats like a bird), and that will be more than enough. This means that we get 5 to 8 selections each week from now until mid-October.
Our share this week will be mostly greens and herbs; the list they sent includes kale, collard greens, arugula, spinach, thyme, oregano, garlic scallions, and dried popcorn from last year’s crop. From here on out, my Monday Meal Planning posts will be in-season vegetable heavy, which should be a lot of fun. I’m going to have to find ways to use these new vegetables that aren’t part of our normal rotation, and this sounds incredibly fun to me. Mostly because I’m a huge dork, I’m sure, but also because I like to try new things, and now I don’t have any excuse not to.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Also, we have under two weeks to pack and get ready to move into the new house, so you get quick and easy meals yet again this week!
Monday - Prosciutto Pasta , Salad
This is one of our favorite quick, easy meals, but it would be even more quick if we didn't have to travel to a grocery store across town to get the prosciutto. Still, it's worth it, and the leftovers are pretty good too!
Tuesday - Buffalo Chicken Joes , Cole Slaw , Potato Chips
I made these just as Cassie described, but minus the celery because I'm tired of buying a bunch for just one stalk and then forgetting to use the rest and having to throw almost the whole thing away. However, I would halve the sauce because ours were actually too sloppy. Still, these were delicious, and we enjoyed the leftovers too!
This cole slaw recipe is our favorite, and so, so much better than store bought. I cut everything nice and chunky, just the way Aaron likes it, and so I've ruined him for any other cole slaw.
Wednesday - Green Eggs and Ham
Brinner (breakfast for dinner) is always a winner of a quick weeknight meal. For green eggs and ham, I scramble eggs as usual, adding some pesto at the end of cooking. Then I shave over some parmesan cheese and serve with prosciutto and toasted, buttered sourdough on the side.
Thursday - Chicken Sausage, Cole Slaw, Grape Tomato Salad
We just bought some delicious, inexpensive chicken sausages at Trader Joe's and boy, are they tasty. This is also an easy way to use up the leftover cole slaw from Tuesday, and it's even better after it has set up for a couple of days.
Friday - Chips with Pico de Gallo and Guacamole , Margaritas
I'm going to need this come Friday, so we're having happy hour for dinner. There's not much better than that!
No weekend meals this week. I'm going to be up to my elbows in boxes, so we're having pizza and take out Chinese food.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I’ve been missing from both of my blogs this week, due to house-buying related stress that has me sleeping every moment I’m not working or parenting. That’s pretty much how I deal with great stress: by going to bed. However, I’ve been cooking some wonderful things lately, so I thought I’d tell you what is coming up in the next couple of weeks (although, depending on when we move, some things might not happen because cooking will be scarce that week!).
Coming up on Mrs. Ca Cooks:
- I’m joining Cassie for her Burger and Fries Friday tomorrow with Aaron’s cheeseburger recipe.
- I can’t believe I haven’t shared this before, but I will now: Guinness, Cheese, and Steak Pie. It’s to die for!
- Continuing on the Guinness theme, I’ll be sharing one of our favorite appetizer recipes: Guinness Potted Cheese. Yum!
- Ice Cream Sunday will be happening again – this time with our house favorite Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
- I used to work at a great local steakhouse, but one of my favorite recipes from there had nothing to do with steak: Cajun Chicken Pasta.
- Covering Gabbie’s 1st birthday a few weeks late, I’ll be posting about our favorite carrot cake recipe.
All this and much, much more. Just as soon as I can concentrate on anything besides THE HOUSE. Inspection is tomorrow, so that should help (or make things worse, either way).