Monday, April 20, 2009

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Our only holiday photo

We didn't take any photos of our first Christmas at our new house or of any holiday meals. This is literally the only picture we have from the whole holiday season. Not food related, but super cute.

Spinach Salad

We had a holiday pot luck at work and I brought my favorite spinach salad. My mom has made this since I was a little girl; she doesn't remember where she found it. I prepped most of the salad the night before, but was sure to leave off the eggs and dressing until the next day. I didn't get a pic of the final product, but it was delicious. I like to add the dressing about an hour before serving so that it soaks into the spinach a little bit but doesn't get too soggy.

1 pound baby spinach
1/4 pound mushrooms-sliced
3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
sliced red onion (put as much or as little as you like, im a bigger onion fan than most)
6-8 slices of crispy bacon, broken into bite size pieces
1 small can of mandarin oranges, drained

dressing: mix together until sugar dissolves, then pour over salad
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/4 tsp dry mustard
3 T balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup sugar or splenda
salt and pepper

Monday, October 15, 2007

chili...frito pie...and potatoes

Dinner #1

Tonight I made two dinners so we would have leftovers to last a few more days. My first dinner was a turkey chili, based off of the delicious chili recipes girls have been talking about on the what's cooking boards.

I didnt really follow a recipe, but here's a summary of ingredients.

-a pound of ground turkey, browned and drained
-chopped red onion, browned with the meat
-2 ears of fresh corn, cut off the cob and thrown in while the meat was cooking
-1 jar of green chile salsa
-1 package of chili mix
-1 can of beans

i have never made chili before and never ate it growing up. i thought that you ate it with cheese, sour cream and fritos, so this is what i packed for our lunches tomorrow. my husband, however, let me know that chili is eaten with crackers and that i had layed out the ingredients for frito pie. oh well, im sure it will taste good either way.

Dinner #2

my second dinner was the one we actually ate tonight. i grilled some omaha steaks that my husband's parents had sent to us last week, which we ate with twice baked potatoes and roasted asparagus.

for the potatoes, i didnt really follow a recipe either. i roasted the potatoes in the oven like i normally would until they were cooked through and crispy. i then cut the potatoes in half and scooped out the insides into a bowl. i added light boursin cheese and a few splashes of skim milk, mixed it up, and stuffed it back into the empty shells. twelve more minutes in the oven and a few extra minutes under the broiler and they were ready.

mmmmm, feta.

I wish I was in Greece, eating feta.