A Week Of Culinary Adventures

Monday, June 27, 2011

So I decided last weekend that I was sick of making the same things for dinner all the time, but with a super picky husband, I wasn't sure it was possible. I sat down and found some recipes that sounded good (and like Tom might actually eat them) and went shopping. I must say, the week went quite well. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures because I broke my camera at our little pal Eli's birthday party last weekend. On the plus side, it gives me extra motivation to save up for this little beauty:

So Monday we had a breakfast bake. Tom loves breakfast, as do I, so I figured it was worth a shot. The recipe I used called for sausage, but since Tom doesn't like sausage, I used bacon instead. It was basically a layer of crescent rolls cream cheese mixed with bacon (or sausage, if you prefer), covered with scrambled eggs, shredded cheese and topped with another layer of crescent rolls. Tom loved it, and I thought it was pretty tasty too. It wasn't as good reheated though.

Tuesday we had baked Brie and apple sandwiches. I used Granny Smiths and country French bread and sprinkled some pecans on top. It was pretty good, although Tom didn't like the pecans. Next time I think I'll use different bread though, because the bread kind of overpowered everything else because it was so thick. I made potato wedges to go with them, and Tom LOVED them. I sprayed them with butter-flavored cooking spray and sprinkled them with parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and a little garlic powder.

Wednesday we had chicken and cheese quesadillas. We've only ever had them microwaved before, and I wanted to try them baked. After trying them, I'm not sure I can ever have a microwaved quesadilla again. They're SOOOOOOO much better baked.

Thursday we had broccoli chicken Alfredo. We normally have penne, but I'm a big fan of fettuccine, so I thought I'd switch it up. I'd never made any kind of pasta sauce before, but after making my own Alfredo, I don't think I can ever go back to the jarred stuff. It was SO delicious. I used this recipe, but I added some oregano. Yum :) (Tom agreed)

Friday and Saturday, I didn't cook, because Friday Tom went to the Chikara show in Chicago and Saturday we went out with friends.

Sunday I tried my hand at baked macaroni and cheese. I'd only made the stuff that comes in a box (lame, I know), so I was especially eager to try this one. Tom said he didn't think macaroni and cheese was a main dish, so we compromised by adding meat (in this case, bacon). I used this recipe, and it was pretty good, although I think next time I'll use sharp cheddar instead of mild cheddar like I did this time. I made it cheesier by sprinkling parmesan and extra cheddar on top five minutes before it was supposed to come out of the oven, and I think it made it a little better. Tom loved this one too.

Tonight I made strawberry shortcake with cheesecake cream. I had some lovely strawberries lying around, and I couldn't figure out what to do with them with what I had. Then I remembered there was a recipe for shortcakes on the Bisquick box, so that's what I went with. The cheesecake cream (just cream cheese, sugar and vanilla mixed together) was a nice touch.

I'm forseeing many more forays into homemade cooking in my future :)

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  1. I love cooking [homemade], but it is just so expensive. (really so when there is a chance no one will eat it) ;-/ I'm picky too, but he doesn't like flavors, meat and potatoes for him! I'm thinking you've inspired me to maybe take another stab at this. :) ....if I can come up with the money to buy more fresh. Ha-ha!



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