Saturday Night Lasagna & Bruschetta

Yesterday, we had Nick & Rachel over for dinner. They requested Italian food, so I jumped at the chance to make some homemade lasagna! I tried to call my mom to get her recipe, but I didn't reach her, so I researched a bunch of recipes until I found one that looked promising. I also found a really delicious-sounding bruschetta recipe, so off to the store we went! Upon arriving at Whole Foods, we saw a bunch of tents set up. They had local fisherman selling whole Keta Salmon for $3.99 a pound, just caught that morning in the sound. We got an entire fish for $22! I'm very excited for that :)

Both recipes came out fantastic! The bruschetta was a bit involved, but worth the effort for sure. The lasagna was surprisingly quick and easy! I used ground turkey instead of ground beef and let the sauce simmer for about an hour (instead of the 8 minutes the recipe called for). I also didn't use the spaghetti sauce seasoning packet, and instead used 2 tbsps Italian seasoning, 1 tbsp marjoram, and a dash of dried basil. The end results were tasty! I will say that the lasagna is very cheesy, which is totally fine with me, but some might find it a little too cheesy. Nick & Rachel brought over some delicious red wine which went with the food perfectly! We picked up a bunch of petit fours at the bakery for dessert. 

After dinner, we watched some scary movies and carved pumpkins!

It was a fun night and we had a great time :)


Friday Night Black Bean Burgers & Zucchini Fries

Tonight, Keith met Nick for drinks after work, which gave me some time to figure out what to make for dinner and relax with Bella.

I decided to try a recipe for black bean burgers I saw on epicurious.com. Since I had a lot of the homemade salsa from yesterday, plus a good amount of cilantro left, I thought it would be a great way to use up some of my leftovers. I read through the comments on the recipe and decided to make the following alterations:

  • Add 1 egg (to help everything stick together)
  • Add a little bit of chopped cilantro
  • Reduce the amount of onion
I used the salsa I made yesterday (which, by the way, is FABULOUS on day 2, let me tell you), and since it already had some garlic, cilantro, and onions in it, I made sure to account for that. Lastly, I made the mixture and put it in the fridge for a couple hours to set so that the burgers stick better. While it set, I drank some beers and watched Dawn of the Dead - hey, it's almost Halloween!

Randomly I decided to look for a recipe for zucchini fries since I still have two left, and lo and behold, I found one and it sounds great! I breaded my fries with this garlic, lemon, rosemary panko breadcrumb mix I had because I thought it would be a great combo with the zucchini, as well as the spicy black bean burgers! Those babies need to cook for 25 - 30 minutes, so while they were in the oven, I went ahead and made my bean burgers into patties and put them on a pan. I don't have a grill, so I broiled them.

Overall, the black bean burgers were fantastic and yummy! I melted a slice of havarti cheese and served them with more salsa on top. They were really filling, too. The zucchini fries were wanting, however. I think the breadcrumb selection was too overwhelming. Next time, I'll definitely make them according to the recipe.


New Design!

So, some of you may have noticed my blog has had a facelift. My wonderfully talented husband created the custom logo and design for me last night! Isn't he the best?


Thursday Night Wild Pacific Cod

Hola, amigos y amigas!

Today I finally made that homemade salsa I was talking about. I used this recipe. It was a bit of work and it took almost an hour due to all the chopping, de-seeding, etc, but it came out REALLY, REALLY delicioso!


Tuesday Night...Taco Bell?!

So, yesterday I had a 4pm work meeting... at Daniel's Broiler (a really nice restaurant / wine bar).  After two glasses of a nice Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand (my favorite kind), I decided I would not be making it to my 6pm Pilates class. I got home around 6:30. Keith and I originally had plans to go to Target and run some errands so I hadn't taken anything out of the freezer to make for dinner. After much debate we decided to go to ...Taco Bell!

I know it's really weird for me to be a self-proclaimed "foodie" and enjoy Taco Bell, but come on. It's DELICIOUS and I LOVE it. I'm sorry if you don't understand this.

I'm making up for my little indiscretion this evening, however. I've rescheduled Pilates for today, we're running our errands after that, and I am going to make some homemade salsa tonight. I'll post the results of that later on. Tomorrow, I'm going to use the salsa for a great Pacific cod recipe I've got in my head.

In other news, I've decided to be Faith from Buffy for Halloween. Hells to the yeah.


Monday Night Mushroom Ravioli

So, today was a very boring day at work (they don't happen very often so when they do I try to take advantage of it and leave early)!  It was FREEZING and blustery and rainy, just a gross day.  I was happy that I could wear my new Kate Spade rainboots, though :)


Anyway, since I wasn't very occupado at work today, my thoughts turned to what I was making for dinner, as they inevitably do when I have a fridge full of food. I received 3 zucchinis in my farm delivery last week and I was anxious to use them, so I knew whatever I made had to use at least one of those guys. I also purchased some nummy looking wild mushroom & truffle ravioli. AND, even more confusing, I still had about 12 of those dee-licious shrimpies left over. I decided I would figure it out when I got home.

Sunday Night Shrimp, Spinach, and Artichokes

I usually make a little more complicated of a meal on Sundays, but we went to a Seahawks game earlier in the day and didn't get home from grocery shopping until late, so this was pretty simple.

I had some spinach and baby artichokes I wanted to eat up, and I had just purchased these beautiful, HUGE prawns, so I just decided to do a simple meal. Please bear with me because I don't measure ANYTHING unless I'm baking - best estimates below :)

Here's the plan

I am super lucky enough to live in an area where I can get farm delivery for fresh, organic, and locally sourced produce.  I currently get bi-weekly deliveries from Full Circle Farms (http://www.fullcirclefarm.com/).  This gives me a pretty good basis of what to make each week since I absolutely abhor throwing away good produce - makes me sick.  This week, I had a pretty substantial delivery:

Alright Alright Alright - OK!

So, recently I found my old LiveJournal and it reminded me of how much I enjoy blogging.  I decided to start one up again but make it decidedly less ...oh, shall we say... annoying? :)  

Over the past two years or so I've become a bit of a foodie.  I also started dabbling in cooking.  I don't do anything crazy, mostly I focus on coming up with healthy, tasty, easy and FAST meals I can make after work.  Oh, and my hubby is sort of a picky eater, so gotta please his palate, too.  I try to use locally grown, organic, (blah blah blah - I KNOW) food and I'm mostly cooking meatless dishes (Mom will appreciate that one).  I'm not a vegetarian but the seafood and veggies are SO amazing out here in Seattle where I recently moved, that it would be a crime not to consume them as often as possible!

So, this blog will mostly cover cooking (hopefully this way I'll actually write down what I make so I can make it again!), but there'll be some sporadic life updates as well.