This blog is called Single Serving partially because I cook for one person….most of the time. I love cooking for others and have been waiting a long time to have people (outside my immediate family) to cook for. I’m beyond happy to have Dave and the kids as my guinea pigs – which sounds weird to say because they actually have a guinea pig but there you go.
On Friday – I cooked nothing. :)
Lunch was work related. We dined at the Capital Grille. My friend Christina and I shared the lobster & crab cake appetizer.
I also had the the sirloin steak salad. For dinner Dave and I went to Casa Bella. We started with bruschetta. And split the fresh mozzarella salad with sundried tomato and roasted red pepper. I LOVE when restaurants send out individual plates when you split an appetizer. I had the Pappardelle a la Vodka. I think pappardelle is my favorite kind of pasta. Dave had gnocchi. Dave is a gnocchi expert. Dave loved this gnocchi more than he loves me.
OK. Maybe not. But he really really liked it. He had ricotta cheesecake for dessert. I promised to make this for him soon. It was light and slightly lemony. I am not a cheesecake fan but it was delicious. I had old faithful – chocolate ice cream. Needless to say we kind of forgot to eat light Friday night. Saturday morning Dave made me a delicious breakfast, An egg sandwich w/turkey bacon on a biscuit with a side of grapes. We ate our leftovers from dinner for lunch. Then I took over the kitchen. Dave always likes the kids to have a homemade dinner but he’s rushing around the weeks he has them. I made a bunch of freezer friendly things so he just has to heat them up. First - I made Chicken Parmesan. With fresh tomato basil sauce. Topped with pepperoni. I can’t wait for the feedback on this one. My nook helped me to find a mac and cheese recipe. (I didn’t wind up using this one actually) I used extra sharp cheddar and swiss for the mac and cheese. There are now 4 trays in the freezer.Next up…meatballs. Unfortunately – the messy nature of meatballs kept me from taking many pictures. Note to readers: This wine sucks for drinking but is OK for cooking. My apologies to anyone I gave this to for Christmas. That means – Dave. :) Trust me. They were in this pot and now are in 4 freezer bags. Another project for this weekend – creating a pantry. Dave put some wire shelves in a closet near the kitchen. .I’ll show you the results once there’s actually stuff in there. Right now it’s pretty bare bones.Here’s what was in the cabinets which I cleared out and put down new (green) shelf paper. Someone I know likes green a lot. Before…After… Finally I made a delicious pasta dish. I roasted some tomatoes (on a cookie sheet, drizzled with olive oil, S&P, and cloves of garlic - 250 for about 2.5 hours). I used some shrimp. Spinach, lemon and cannellini beans.Penne. All in the pot. Basically I sautéed shallots and garlic in olive oil, added the shrimp, beans (rinsed and drained), cooked pasta, spinach, the juice and zest of 1 lemon, a sprinkle of salt and about 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper. Once the spinach is wilted – it’s done. It’s a combo of a recipe for a salad of shrimp and cannellini beans from Food and Wine, some Smitten Kitchen tomatoes, and a pasta dish I saw by ELR on Tasty Kitchen. All in the dish.
I should say something witty or wise but I’m getting sleepy. It’s this weather I’ll tell you. I just want to hibernate.