I am a wife, a mom of three, and the kitchen is my favorite place in the house. I read cookbooks in my spare time and enjoy getting kitchen appliances for presents :) I love preparing delicious and healthy food for my family and here are a some of what graces our table each week.

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Easy Peasy Dinner

When it came time to think about dinner, I wanted nothing less than to start defrosting chicken legs and deciding what to do with them. It is just too hot to cook! Since I didn't want to go grocery shopping, I racked my brain to see what I could make with stuff in the house. I have never done this before, but I actually stared at the open fridge in the hopes I could find something to put together. Tortillas, cheese, peppers, eggs and sour cream. That's my kind of meal. The kids had cheese quesadillas, Danny had cheese and orange pepper quesadillas (some of which Amelia enjoyed with him), and I had cheese and egg tacos. Yum ;)

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sunday Dinner

Beginning with Friday night dinner, every meal we have eaten this weekend - with the exception of breakfast - has been brisket, coldcuts, chicken, hot dogs or steak. I am not complaining, but I was definitely in the mood for something lighter for dinner tonight. I had mentioned to Danny earlier that I needed him to run out and get pasta sauce for tonight, but when it came close to dinner time, I just couldn't do it. I remembered I had been wanting to try this recipe for Pasta Fresca , a copy of the dish at Noodles and Co., a favorite of Danny's. I only had 3/4 of a tomato left from the weekend and didn't add the onions or spinach, but it came out really yummy anyway. I meant to take a photo before dinner, but everyone devoured it so quickly, I didn't have time to get the camera. My parents showed up for dinner so I am glad I made enough! I am attempting more "Quick Fix Meals" tricks and had washed and cut up salad in the fridge and dressing already made. My challah garlic bread is really good, so good that I had to make some more before the meal had ended. A perfect Sunday night dinner.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Shabbat Dinner

I have been using this challah recipe (link to come) for over a year now and I just love it. When you are married to a self-proclaimed bread snob, you have to make it your life's work to produce the perfect challah. I think I have come quite close. I use Joan Nathan's Bakery Challah recipe and she has some good tips for the egg wash and the varying temps to use. It took awhile, but I finally found the perfect size for my challahs that allowed them to bake properly in the right amount of time. One challah I bring for Shabbat dinner and the other one is eaten on Shabbat and however long we can stretch it during the week. Leo was not thrilled when he asked for challah and peanut butter today and there was none left. Double batches may be in my future.

This is called Spiced Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and it definitely has the *spice*. I made it for a potluck block party tomorrow and I doubled it so we could have some tonight. I think this will be one of my dad's favorite.

This is my favorite sweet kugel, from the cookbook Spice and Spirit. It is called Plum Kugel and it comes out perfect everytime. This time, I used a combination of plums, peaches and apples, but I usually just throw in canned peaches (so easy and cheap!). I omit the margarine completely and sometimes use cornflakes instead of the soft bread crumbs. I didnt have enough for the topping, so I just sprinkled cinnamon and called it a day. It's even yummy out of the fridge the next day.

This is my first attempt at a parve cheesecake and I got the recipe here. Interestingly enough, there were two recipes, both called for the same amount of Tofutti "cream cheese" and "sour cream", but one took over an hour to bake and this one took 30 minutes. Well, not really. I left it in for over 40 min., but had to run to gymnastics and it still isn't as golden as I would like. I am just hoping that it is cooked through and that everyone loves it. I bought cookies for the kids, I dont waste the good stuff on them ;)