Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year Resolution Menu

I haven't had a lot of motivation this week in anything except food.  Could be worse I guess.  I think we had a pretty healthy start to 2012.

Over the Rainbow Cabbage Salad
with Challah Bread from  Baking Artisan Bread: 10 Expert Formulas for Baking Better Bread at Home

The salad was a nice healthy start to the new year.

 We devoured all of this bread in less than 2 days...YUM!  Not as healthy as the salad  ;)

Black Bean and Butternut Squash Burritos
 Not bad.  Would have been better with more sour cream.

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook (NYM Series)
with breadsticks from the coolest bread book ever Baking Artisan Bread: 10 Expert Formulas for Baking Better Bread at Home
Soup - not too great - edible.
 Breadsticks, on the other hand, got a "These are AMAZING!" from the bf.  Win!

Butternut Squash Mac n Cheeze from OhSheGlows
 This was one of those dishes where I was in complete love at first, then halfway through I had had enough of the taste.  It was quite good and could easily pass off as having real cheese in it, but it had a very distinct sort of flavor.  Maybe good, so you don't eat the whole pot!
  Passed the dog test.  He is a picky cheese connoisseur and it had him fooled  ;)

Walnut Lentil Loaf made a few weeks ago and frozen.  Sadly, this did not taste very well.  Ketchup/mustard made it better.  Also made a Red Cabbage Salad which was quite good, and an appropriate way to use up the remaining red cabbage.

French Onion Soup from Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook (NYM Series)
with French Bread from Steamy Kitchen
This recipe called for placing the onions with 3 T of olive oil in the slow cooker for 10 hours on HIGH.  Needless to say, leaving this thing on with no liquid on high while I was at work invoked images of the house burning down in my mind.
 Side-note**Check out my new bowl covers from Etsy.**
 Luckily, the bf's sister was home all day and stirred it up a few times for me.  Apparently the onions on the top and sides were getting very brown about 3 hours into cooking and probably would have burned had she not been here to stir it.  If you have to leave it unattended, try lumping the onions in the center and away from the sides.
 I started the french bread the night before, so that Friday I would only have to take out the dough, shape it into loaves, let it rise and bake.
 Since the oven's broiler coil is being used as the main heating coil element (yeah, I need a new oven..) we used a blow torch instead!
 oooo  pretty.  The bread kind of burnt more than browned.  But the melted cheese was great.
This meal was highly praised and quickly eaten by the bf.

And last by not least......DESSERT
Peach/Pear "soft server"
I've been reading on a few blogs (OhSheGlows & raw food blogs) about making "soft serve ice cream" from frozen fruits...and only frozen fruits.  Basically, you freeze them and then blend them up in the food processor. Since I had a bag of peach and pear slices in the freezer I decided to give it ago.  Doesn't hurt that it is January in Michigan and 55 degrees outside..
These peaches and pears came from this summer when we had too many and I knew we couldn't eat them all before they went bad.  Fruit recycling!

Needless to say, the recipes I had been reading were for bananas, which I guess are "creamier" than peaches and pears.  So, I had to add some milk in order to get everything blended.
I made a mess, but it tasted fantastic.  Just like ice cream.  As long as we keep frozen fruit stocked in the freezer, we may not need to buy buckets of ice cream anymore.

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