Last week was not my best week for trying out new recipes. I should have listened to my gut (intuition) and took a week off from new recipes. It’s hard because when I see something that I want to cook up, I don’t have patience to wait till next week, I want to make it NOW! Its like an addiction. Anyway, the universe was telling me to stop cooking, slow down and to finish up all the other things that I kept putting off that really had more of a priority. I’m paying for it now as I have tons to do and don’t know when I’m going to finish it all, but I always remember when I get overwhelmed that, life is long so it will all get done. You know what, it always does.
Anyway, I baked up a batch of these ginger, molasses and pumpkin muffins from a recipe that I had tagged in an old Everyday Food magazine. They look great, right? Well, they were just ok, certainly not blog worthy. They were missing that pop of flavor that I was looking for. The kids were excited to try them when they came home and saw them cooling on the counter after school, but I didn’t hear the usual positive remarks from them. I just heard, “Mom, these muffins are OK, but not great, definitely not blog worthy.” Gosh, when did my kids become such foodies? I guess a year of non-stop cooking and taste testing will do that to a kid. Anyway, rest assured, if my kids say something is good, then its good! If you get a double thumbs up from them, then chances are your kids will like the recipe as well. So, no thumbs up = bye bye muffins!
I also got excited to try a soup recipe from my William and Sonoma Soup of the Day cookbook. I saw this recipe for pumpkin ginger soup and thought it sounded pretty good. I was also excited to cook with a sugar pumpkin, as I have never done that before. Anyway, after I prepped all the ingredients and had the soup started, I looked at the recipe to see when I needed to add the 1/4 cup of grated ginger (yes, I grated 1/4 cup of ginger for this soup). Guess what, the book had a major typo because there was nothing written in the instructions as when or where to add that 1/4 ginger. I swear I read the instructions over at least 10 times to make sure I wasn’t missing it. I just threw it in with the pumpkin and went with it. At this point, I had a gut feeling that this soup was not going to turn out well, and you know what, I was right, it was bland and blah! I saved the soup because I can’t throw away good ingredients like that, but I’m eating it begrudgingly.
Let’s move onto happier things. I wanted to let you all know about this great new website that I ordered my Christmas cards from this year. The company is called mpix. I really loved how my cards turned out and I especially love that they are made on recycled paper and can be recycled yet again! Yippee! The company was super prompt in filling and shipping my order. I ordered the pictures late Thursday evening and they arrived on Saturday! How’s that for speedy service? Speaking of being green, I absolutely love these bowlovers. Forget plastic wrap, get one of these! Aren’t they the coolest? Santa, here’s another thing I would love to see under the tree! BTW, I’m just writing these comments from my heart and not my wallet. I’m not a sponsor for these products at all. I just like to share what I love. Speaking of things I love, lets move onto this week’s menu.
Sunday night dinner: Favorite turkey burgers with cilantro lime mayonnaise and roasted cauliflower. I know what you’re thinking, turkey burgers in the winter? Yep, we live in California so we pretty much grill year round, unless it’s raining of course. John just goes out on the deck with his headlamp and gets it done! What a guy!
Monday night dinner: I’m trying something new here for meatless Monday. I know last week I wasn’t to successful with new recipes, but I have a good feeling about this week, and I’m not the sort of person who gives up easily. I’m going to try roasting up some spaghetti squash and serving it with this easy tomato sauce recipe that I found. I will let you know how it turns out, and if it gets approval from the critics, (my family that is) then I will post it. I plan on serving it up with some garlic bread and kid friendly caesar salad.
Tuesday night dinner: Pasta with walnut pesto, sausage and broccolini. I love one-bowl meals such as this. You have your pasta, veggies and meat all together! Easy-peasy.
Wednesday night dinner: It’s comfort cooking tonight. Chicken with shallots, mashed potatoes with kale and roasted Brussels sprouts. BTW, the Brussels photos need to be majorly updated. It was one of my first posts and has that lovely border around all the photos! It’s nice to see how far my photography skills have come in a year though!
Thursday night dinner: Cauliflower soup and couscous cakes. Zoe has her band recital at school tonight, so we’ll be having something easy and semi-light before heading over to see her performance. Friday night dinner: We’re heading out to see the Hobbit, so we’re eating dinner out! Yippee!
BTW, I’m happy to say that my Italian wedding soup got over 2,000 pins! Yippee! I lost all of my pins in the transfer from blogger to word press, so it’s nice to get some good pins back!