chipotle short rib tacos, black beans
apricot glazed pork tenderloin, crispy potato roast, broccoli
pizza chips pizza, salad
out to Brasserie 19
Buffalo chicken cheesesteaks, corn on the cob, watermelon
Key West chicken kebabs, cous cous
beef tenderloin rosa di parma, caprese pasta

Friday, May 22, 2015

Greek Salad

Greek Salad
I love Greek salad. I have been so lucky to receive a ton of lettuce from my mom's garden. Neither of us are sure what kind of lettuce it is, but it is delicious and perfect for Greek salad. No one else at dinner would touch the salad. I can usually count on C to have salad and Miss F to at least eat the lettuce. But this night, they were both too into naan and chicken souvlaki to have any.  I will be making this salad often this summer, hopefully with tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden, though I doubt the lettuce will make it much longer once it starts getting Houston hot.  The dressing is adapted from Ina Garten.
Greek Salad

1 clove garlic
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup good olive oil
4 cups chopped lettuce
½ red bell pepper, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
½ cucumber, chopped
¼ cup feta, crumbled
Handful of black olives

Add the garlic, oregano, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper to the bowl of a mini food processor. Stream in the olive oil with the processor running. In a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, feta and olives. Toss the salad with the dressing and serve.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chicken Piccata with Lemon Noodles

Chicken Piccata with Lemon Noodles
Miss F has been obsessed with cooking shows lately. Her favorite by far is Pioneer Woman. We saw this recipe on her show and she wanted to make it for dinner. Miss F loves anything with lemons, after juicing the lemon for this dish she ate the remnants. She was a huge fan of the pasta. I made some changes from the original recipe because I didn't see the need to sauce the noodles twice. I really liked the addition of cream to the piccata sauce, but doesn't cream always make everything better?  Miss F refused to try the capers, even though I am sure she would love them because of her affinity for tart things.  Her loss, all the more capers for me.
Chicken Piccata with Lemon Noodles

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced into 4 pieces
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
¾ cup chicken broth
½ cup dry white wine
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup heavy cream, plus more if needed
1 tablespoon drained capers
16 ounces linguine

Dredge the chicken breasts in flour, salt and pepper. Heat the butter and oil in large skillet over medium heat. Saute the chicken until golden brown, about 3 minutes each side. Remove the chicken to a plate. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 second. Add the broth, wine and lemon juice, whisk and scrape the bottom of the skillet, reduce by half. Salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to low, stir in the cream and capers. Prepare the pasta per package instruction. Toss the drained noodles with the sauce, serve with chicken on top.
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Chocolate M&M Bites

Chocolate M&M Bites
I let Miss F what kind of cookie she wanted for her lunch box for her last week of Kindergarten. I cannot believe that in five short days she will no longer be a Kindergartener. She has blossomed so much and she adores school, she is quite sad that the year is coming to an end. She is ready to start first grade straight away! I am looking forward to a fun summer with her, filled with lots of peanut butter based desserts. She isn't allowed any peanut or nut products at school, which eliminates so many favorites. She wanted a chocolate cookies with M&Ms. I had made M&M blondies recently and I think those were her inspiration.  I adapted the recipe from Tastes of Lizzy Ts.
Chocolate M&M Bites
makes 32 cookies

½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cups M&M chocolate candies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat the butter, sugars, egg and vanilla together until it is light and fluffy. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, stir well to combine. Stir in the M&Ms gently. Drop the cookies by the tablespoon full onto Silpat or parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, cool on a wire rack.
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