I am ashamed to say how empty our fridge has been for the last week. Not as bad as a college dorm fridge, mind you, but pretty empty of staples. So D. and I went over to Trader Joes after work and stocked up, then proceeded to whip up a bunch of food that we had for dinner and that we can eat over the next few days.
Inspired by something we bought at Whole Foods, D. made an amazing edamame hummus. Just edamame (get the ones already out of their pods), sesame seeds bashed up in our mortar and pestle, toasted sesame oil, the juice of 2 lemons, water to thin it a bit, and a good bit of Maldon salt. Everything is whizzed up in the food processor. Besides being absolutely delicious, it is the prettiest shade of green.
I sauteed up 3 small vidalias with 3 red peppers (both thinly sliced). I also cooked a bag of baby yukon gold potatoes in some salted water. We chunked up (like that big time culinary word)) a few of the cooked potatoes, and sauteed them in a frying pan with a tiny bit of butter, then added some of the onion/pepper mixture and a handful of fresh spinach at the end. That was dinner, along with pork chops seasoned with Maldon and pepper. Yum!
Another item on the stove was the arborio rice pudding Dave Lieberman made on his food network show, Good Deal with Dave Lieberman. The only change I made to the recipe was that I used skim milk instead of whole, since my skim milk is the one that tastes like 2%. The recipe was simple, fast, and the rice pudding is delicious... creamy goodness with a hint of vanilla and cinnamon.
A little tangent... I used to watch the Food Network all the time, but now it really depends on what's on. Emeril just doesn't do it for me anymore, and it seems like Unwrapped is always on. But I do like Good Eats still, and I love both The Secret Life of ... and Good Deal with DL.
Last night on The Secret Life of ..., they highlighted both milkshakes and pancakes. *And* to add the cherry to the sundae, the first stop on the milkshake episode was about frappes at Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage! All I have to say is, I *heart* Mr. Bartley's.
I like Dave Lieberman's show because he cooks like D. and I, simple straightforward flavorful food. He's like an American version of Jamie Oliver really, another plus!
Anyway, back to the list of food cooked yesterday. I also made another recipe of the red lentil 'kibbe' courtesy of The Hungry Tiger. This time I made sure to keep the mixture on the dry side, and made smaller quenelles.
As you can see, we cooked alot yesterday. So tonight we have some ground turkey in the fridge, so I might make some chili. And we have plenty on hand for a nice frittata with hash browns on the side. Ah, nice to have options.