I have been working on my baking and cooking skills this weekend. Mike turned 29, so I attempted to make one of the greatest cakes I’ve ever made. Chocolate and strawberry zebra striped with cream cheese icing.
Nice surprise to the husband when he got home: I wasn’t studying I was making dinner. We had yams, apples, and butterfly pork-chops. These sounded like a really odd combination of foods to me when I first saw the recipe, but turned out to be just the right mixture of sweet and pepper.
Most productive study break I ha ve had today.
Oh, and I am already over you pharmacology. The endocrine drugs suck.
I love reading the Pioneer Woman Cooks blog. I think I get a new email with a new recipe in it almost everyday. Well, earlier this week the recipe was for Whiskey Sliders. I decided to attempt these last night. Mike’s description of dinner last night “these are great!” That’s all the approval I need and this recipe will be put into the cookbook for future use.
It was quite a good dinner, if I do say so myself.
Natalie, “I want kabobs. haha when we get back if I make some deliciously monster ones will you and Mike have us over and could he grill them??? We’ll invite the loud family but I really just need a grill for sure! haha, also I hope your taking the night off to enjoy your success!!!!
Me, “Yes, Yes! and Yes! That sounds delicious.”
How do you say no to a text message like that. Of course I answered it before I even asked Mike if he would grill them for us. So we made a date for last night. I am so glad that Oklahoma has had some very beautiful evenings over the past couple of weeks because last night was perfect for setting on the back porch, watching the sun go down, firing the grill up, having some drinks like this Woodchuck Cider, or Mustang Brewing Company, maybe this Pacifico – The Tide Is In, and if all else fails Water – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Natalie brought over pork, New York Strip, and Chicken that she had spent the day marinating, along with onions and bell peppers.
What do you do for dinner when there is very little in your refrigerator to cook? First thing that always pops into my head is well maybe we should just go out to eat. No! Let’s use whatever we have in our refrigerator and in the cabinets and figure out something to eat. Some of my best meals have ended up being made this way. Well last night was one of those nights. I opened the cabinets and there sure was not much in them, but it was 8 o’clock and it had been a long day for both Mike and myself. I started pulling random things out of the fridge and trying to figure out how to put all of them together. A stir fry always seem to work some how or another.
I cut up broccoli, cauliflower, basil, bell peppers, and a red onion, then threw them into the skillet. Put some pasta on to boil and then started looking for some kind of sauce or something to put over all these delicious vegetables and pasta. We had absolutely no kind of dressing whatsoever in the house. Mike came to my rescue: he put together some vinegar, olive oil, basil and oregano. The vegetables cooked while the pasta did. Once the pasta was finished we drizzled a small amount of dressing over it, put the remainder onto the vegetables and this is what we got:
Long ago when I was a pre-teen I went to Wichita with my grandparents. While we were there we stopped to eat at a restaurant called Spaghetti Jacks. I don’t think this franchise or business even exist anymore, but we thought it was a delicious Italian restaurant. One of us ordered rigatoni and we liked it so much my grandmother decided to figure out what was in it so that we could make it at home.
Well tonight Mike and I had it for dinner and it was delicious. Every time we have it for dinner it makes me think of being a little pre-teen in Wichita with my grandparents. Brings back great memories and then it reminds me of everyone that I have taught to make it.
start off with chopping up all the vegetables and parsley.
Onions, green bell pepper, mushrooms, and then throw them all into a pan to brown.
Make sure you put the noodles in the boiling water while you are working on the sauce.
The sauce also needs pepperonis and sausage. We like blue & gold sausage the best. (http://blueandgoldsausageco.com/) It even comes from Oklahoma so we know that it has to be delicious.
Then put everything together in the pan, let simmer for a little while. At least until the pasta is done.
Pasta on the plate, sauce on top of the pasta, and then sprinkle some cheese, we like to use Romana, but Mozzarella is good too. Then enjoy!