6.18.11- 6.19.11 - Father's Day Weekend
I had the domestic urge to do a lot of cooking on this lazy, rainy weekend. So I grabbed my July/August issues of VegetarianTimes and headed to the grocery store. After a tremendous shopping session (with a big dent into my monthly wages) I headed back home to start cooking.
Lemon and Cranberry Scones eased my way into my weekend of cooking and baking. I love these scones - delicious and fruity - and they pair well with my favorite Earl Grey tea. I must admit, that next to Betty Crocker's Pancakes, these scones are my favorite late morning weekend breakfast. Delicious!
|Lemon Cranberry Scones|
Next on my "To Create" list was Ricotta Stuffed Shells. I remember these as a kid - purchased frozen from the Schwan's man, and baked to a bubbly perfection. They were my brother Andy's favorite dinner. I saw the recipe at www.101cookbooks.com and had to make them for myself. A beautiful rich red sauce complements the delicate and cheesy shells. I am waiting (rather impatiently) for next Friday when the family will be up to formally present and test the dish. It smelled wonderful on the stove, and I am hoping for the best!
|Bold homemade red sauce|
|Ricotta Stuffed Shells|
Now, I've always wanted to make black bean burgers but have been hesitant because they seem like it takes a lot of work. The Black Bean and Qinoa burgers in the VegetarianTimes looked promising, and let's be honest - I had a lot of free indoor time on my hands. Actually, making these burgers wasn't too hard, but I struggled getting the consistency of the beans/qinoa/veggies right. In the end, they weren't too bad - but I might stick to the pre-made variety.
|First attempt at black bean burgers|
Lastly, my Saturday summer evening was capped off with taco and margaritas. Taco nights are my favorite, and a good margarita makes it even sweeter. Even though I cook for one, I go all in on a taco night with toppings not limited to: avocado, cilantro lime rice, black beans, olives, tomato, pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and salsa. Glorious! This meal will feed me all week, and that is something I don't mind at all.
|Tacos and margaritas! Yummy!|
Even though it wasn't the best summer weekend outside - inside the kitchen was humming. I am super happy to get the chance to try out so many new recipes.
Looking forward to another adventure...