My mother-in-law is here to stay with us for an extended visit. There has been a lot of commentary about how much work I put into our meals, how much time, how much effort, how much FOOD I make...not that any of this commentary is unaccompanied by the sound of licking chops and a gurgling belly (she's not used to it, but she definitely seems to enjoy eating it!). I don't know about you, but at the end of a day (especially a challenging day), I find nothing more comforting than a truly delicious meal, lovingly prepared. Leftovers are not my thing. I want it fresh, and I want it delicious. I don't eat because food fills my belly; that is only a secondary bonus. I eat for the experience of cooking, tasting and dining. Thank you, God, for the years I was blessed to live in New Orleans. My relationship with food has never been the same. It's the same with coffee. If asked, I'll still tell you I don't like coffee. I can't foresee ever owning a coffee machine. But I do enjoy a hot cup of coffee in a cafe with good conversation or great people-watching. The coffee is secondary. Anyway...in case all this is making you a bit peck-ish, here are some of the fantastic foods I've been enjoying of late:
My friend gail (who has also profoundly influenced my eating habits) recently posted this fantastic recipe on her blog for brussel sprouts, of all things. Of course, I had to make it, but not being vegan, I needed a main to go with it. I turned to three of my most trusted food blogs, and I found this gem. The flavors of the two dishes blended together beautifully. Serve it with brown rice on the side, and your tummy will be singing a happy tune all night long.
It's summertime here. We are loving all the veggies I discover at the farmer's market each Saturday morning. A bit favorite is when I bring home the goods to make what my Wee One calls "pasta with kini." I'm pretty sure the Pioneer Woman would dub this chick food (a big no for her Malboro Man), but it has been my hubby's favorite pasta for over two years.
After living in the Middle East, I was never satisfied with store-bought hummus. I avoided it, but Hubby missed it. Eventually, I tried this recipe and I make a new batch almost every week in the summer! In case you need any further recommendation, Hubby bought 8 cans of chickpeas the last time he did the grocery run. Hint hint.
Last but definitely not least, I finally worked up some homemade granola. I've been wanting to do this for ages, but every "good" recipe I found recommended a low temperature baking time between 2 to 3 hours! I don't know about you, but that just isn't realistic for me. Then, I spotted this version on very trusty Smitten Kitchen, and that baking time of around 30 minutes had me sold. I had enough ingredients on hand to make two batches in a week, which is just how fast it has disappeared.
Hope you find some goodies here that you and your family will enjoy too!