Sunday, October 5, 2008

What we ate: Week 2

This is harder than I thought! Not the writing it down—the remembering!! Age.


Lasagna is always a creative endeavor for me in that I rarely use a recipe and it never tastes the same twice. In this batch I used up some leftover spaghetti meat sauce and made an interesting substitution for the usual ricotta: I tossed some cottage cheese through the food processor and pureed until I almost convinced myself it was ricotta. I folded into this fresh chives, chopped fresh spinach, and a lightly beaten egg. Other layers were shredded mozzarella, parmesan reggiano, sliced cherry tomatoes, sliced kalamata olives, and those handy no-boil lasagna noodles.

buttermilk mashed potatoes
shredded sauteed zucchini
green salad

One Fabulous Mom has also been recording her meals, and I thank her for the inspiration to make one of Sophie's favorite dinners, meatloaf. I used Cook's Illustrated, which is ridiculously complicated for such a simply dish but is also ridiculously delicious. The sweet, tangy glaze on top is amazing.

skewers of halibut wrapped in grape leaves, onion, and orange bell pepper
rice cooked in chicken stock
steamed green beans and fresh tomatoes in balsamic vinaigrette

Sophie was on her class camping trip, Husband wemt straight to Spanish class after work, and I worked late. I had . . . I don't remember . . . breakfast cereal?


Steak au Poive with tomatillo avocado sauce
Quina steamed in chicken stock, with capers and fresh mozzarella
Roasted zucchini and yellow squash
Green salad

Fish tacos (pan fried wild cod)
Black beans
Cabbage salad
Guacamole (Jen makes the best)
Fresh tomato salsa
Fresh cilantro
Shredded sharp cheddar
Sliced radishes

Whew! And can you believe it's Sunday again already? The MIL is on her way over, so there are two chickens roasting in the oven (one to eat and one to send home with her). We're also having mashed potatoes and pan gravy, green beans sauteed with chantrelle mushrooms, green salad, and bread pudding with whiskey sauce for dessert.


Jenn said...

I just ate, but after reading this post, I am starving!!

Would you be willing to share a few recipes? I'd love your meatloaf, buttermilk mashed potatoes and bread pudding recipes. All favorites of ours!

Have a great week!

Sabina said...

again, will you paleeeese be my wife.

adozeneggs said...

Is the shredded zucchini just sauteed in oil, butter, any garlic or anything? Sounds like a good way to prepare it. Everything looks yummy. I worked through dinner an had a piece of toast with some cheese and an apple. Still so hungry!

Trish said...

Props to you for working all day and still having the energy to get such great meals on the table! But what time do you eat? Are you still doing dishes at 9:00?

Jackie said...

I get sick of making the same old lasagna so really appreciate Monday's twist.

Kate said...

Everything looks delicious but far too complicated for the likes of me!

Jen Yu said...

good on ya. you really put a good dinner on the table each night. do you think you guys would eat like this if you didn't have a child? i only post the recipes i want to feature, not the in between days where we eat skittles for dinner. i'm KIDDING! but we do slum it at times and make a plate of nachos or pasghetti (boil pasta, heat sauce from jar - eat). no cameras, please... ;)