Is anyone else still reeling from Matt Lauer’s abrupt firing from The Today Show this morning? Anyone? I’ve been a faithful viewer for nearly two decades. I fear my mornings will never be quite the same. The allegations against Matt Lauer are really disappointing.
Hey, also, last week was Thanksgiving. Hope it was lovely for all of you out there. My in-laws hosted my family, as they do every year, and it was wonderful to celebrate such a special day as one big family. We ate delicious food, played games, and went for a long walk through the woods.
Chicken and Rice Salad with Pine Nuts and Lemon (recipe from Food & Wine)
This recipe was such a happy surprise. Truthfully, I wasn’t expecting much and I was a little miffed at myself for adding it to our weekly meal plan. Oh, but it was so good. I ate the leftovers for lunch three days in a row with a large green salad and was so deliriously smitten. Not only is this recipe easy to throw together but the method for cooking the chicken in 1/4 inch water is genius. The chicken came out super tender and flavorful. Once cooked, the chicken gets chopped into bite sized pieces and tossed together in a bowl with fluffy rice, sweet golden raisins, herby green onions, a tart lemon dressing, and toasted pine nuts for one delicious combination of flavors.
Sides: Roasted Broccoli + Green Salad with Vinaigrette
Everyday Meatballs (recipe from Smitten Kitchen)
I love these meatballs. They’re homey and simply flavored with garlic and parsley. There’s no searing involved so there’s little mess. These meatballs cook quickly and cheerfully in pot of simmering tomato sauce.
Sides: Sautéed kale with butter, salt and red wine vinegar + Green Salad with Vinaigrette + frozen green beans (for the little one)
Nordic Winter Vegetable Soup (recipe from Trina Hahnemann @ Food & Wine)
This is one hearty soup. Almost too hearty for me. The flavor profile was fine but I wanted a little more oomph from it. I think it lacked an acidic element. I’m glad I tried it but I probably won’t repeat it.
Sides: Sliced Table Rye Bread + Smoked Gouda Cheese
Christmas Shopping (the deals were great!) + Leftovers
Pumpkin Scones (Recipe from Rachel-Snachel at Genious Kitchen)
I made pumpkin scones for breakfast Thanksgiving morning and they were a big hit. Not too pumpkin-y and just ever so sweetly spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. Delicious indeed. Bear especially liked them…
The following recipes were my contribution to our Thanksgiving table. I love both of them and suggest you keep them in mind for next year.
3-Ingredient Sweet Potato Casserole with Maple Pecans (recipe from Anna Stockwell @ Epicurious)
Caramelized Onion Jam (recipe from Hugh Acheson @ Food & Wine)
Taco night. I always have to have a little spice the day after Thanksgiving. Our favorite taco seasoning blend is the Original Taco Seasoning from Penzeys.
Sides: Corn with Butter & Salt + Red Pepper Strips + Leftover salad from Thanksgiving
Sheet Pan Chicken and Cauliflower “Shawarma” (recipe from Alexandra Stafford @ Food 52)
The first repeat blog recipe. We had company for dinner and I wanted to make something that I knew everyone would like. This is always a hit! Be sure to warm your naan and to make extra yogurt sauce for dipping.
Sides: Roasted carrots + Green Salad with Vinaigrette + Ice Cream (dessert)
(Nov 12th, 2017 – Nov 18th, 2017)