Well here we are, a project I have actually maintained. And NOT because I’m using it to procrastinate from doing other important things like school assignments or work assignments. Nope, definitely not that.
Anyway, it’s a nice break in the week when I sit down and think about food for an hour, so I’m glad I have a platform to do it that includes photos! And audience members! (Thanks, Dad.)
Tonight was leftover night because I spent eight hours today trying to write/revise a research paper for lab. Writing is hard, guys. Every time I read papers now I think about what PITA it must have been for everyone to get together and make it happen. Unless the paper includes bad grammar. In which case fury replaces what could have been sympathy. Oh, well.
Notes: No really, I am for real going to post this recipe soon. As in, soon. I hope.
Monday: The ideal winter food.
Well, squash. We meet again. I BROUGHT GLOVES THIS TIME, SUCKER! You were helpless in their grasp to give me any kind of allergic reaction. So I made this beautiful squash and crisped some cheese on top of it. And tonight’s dinner was vegetarian because…
Guys, this was a brilliant idea. Cut an acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds, throw some black beans, cumin, chili pepper, red pepper flakes, and oregano in, top with cheese, and bake at 375 for an hour.
Notes: DELICIOUS! As usual.
Tuesday: Bags on bags on bags
Tonight’s dinner is our standby, Bertolli’s Chicken Florentine. Tonight I added a couple mini bell peppers and toast in preparation for running around a lot later. It worked—I was full. And didn’t have to do very many dishes.
Notes: I am getting tired of taking pictures of this. Not only because I’m terrible at it (sorry ’bout that), but because I just need to mix it up and I’m so lazy about it. Sometime soon I’ll go in search of a new bag to share with you. Maybe.
Wednesday: Veggies and noodly things!
Wontons. Why are they so delicious? Who knows? Who cares? The fact of the matter is, I discovered that the grocery store by my office, which caters to a large Asian community, has a dozen different varieties of frozen wontons stuffed with everything from pork to shrimp to veggies to… well, mostly combinations of those things. Which is GREAT! So I bought three bags. This one was shrimp/veggie, and I topped them with kale, peppers, and onions sauteed in soy sauce, canola oil, mirin, and red pepper flakes. Wooo!
Thursday: TAMALES (drool)
Tonight was the final day of tamales that were a Christmas gift from my mom. My mom loves me. She knows tamales are my favorite. So thanks, Mom, for being wonderful! Also included is chopped up collard greens, onions, and walnuts sauteed in walnut oil, honey, and a little salt and cayenne pepper. A delicious side, if I do say so myself.
Notes: I know, I know, this picture looks like something straight out of Instragram. Well it’s NOT! I actually traveled back in time to the 80’s with my plate of food, borrowed someone’s disposable camera, took the picture, and then got it developed in the future. So there you have it.
Friday: Taco Night, revisited!
I made tacos. Again. What? They’re delicious, handheld, don’t require very many dishes, and have fresh veggies and cheese in them! Tonight’s fare involved shrimp, black beans, and chopped collard greens sauteed with olive oil, various chili powders, and cumin, topped with diced onions and bell peppers and Queso Fresco a la my favorite Latin grocery store.
Notes: I also had a “Conniption Fit” Double IPA from Atwater. I give the tacos a 9, and the beer a 6. It was a fine IPA, but unfortunately that category is crowded by amazing contenders. Still worth trying if you can get it, though!
Saturday: Dirty Rice, etc
While I used a pre-packaged rice/spice mix for the dirty rice, this was actually a pretty solid meal. The cornbread was made with Greek yogurt, which means it was tasty but super dense. Also, you can’t see, but I used HOMEMADE dressing on the salad–honey/lime/chili. Overall, I would say this is a nice balanced, carby meal!
Wow. I went an ENTIRE week without mooching one dinner. Can you believe it? I know I can’t. As my photography continues to improve on a very oscillatory scale, the “homemade dinners” category moves safely into the lead, which is a good sign, even if I’m only doing it because I am accountable to the Internet. See you next week!