I got a little carried away at Costco, about two weeks ago, so I've vowed to make recipes based on what's in my pantry and what's in my refrigerator. Did I mention that we finally bought a brand new refrigerator? I didn't? That happened in mid October, when Consumer Reports says is the best time to find a bargain on refrigerators. Do I hear an "Amen"?
Photo from Samsung Website. Our fridge is in black.
Yes, it's a beauty, too. All 29 cu.ft. of French Door, freezer on the bottom wide open space-- with all kinds of bells and whistles. My veggies seem to last forever-- and, halleluiah, our 17 cu.ft. fridge is now in the garage-- where I can store cold drinks and all kinds space-- it's a new frontier! We got a great deal on it-- HALF of what you think we'd pay, zero interest for 12 months and free delivery...but that's another story. I'm a very happy home cook, to say the least.
The Help", by Kathryn Stockett. This book has been the buzz of book clubs, and I can see why! When I've got my iPod tucked into my kitchen apron, and I'm totally engrossed into a well narrated story-- it's "Goodbye Irene". I'm choppin', and cookin' (the story is based in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 60's, so I've got that Southern twang goin' on in my head), I started creating something that I had no idea would turn out so delicious.
Sausage, fresh spinach, cremini mushrooms, red bell pepper and penne pasta...
Don't forget the Parmesano-Reggiano (or whatever cheese you have)!
My wonderful husband walked into the door at 6:30, just as I finished creating a dish that turned out to be a pasta in 45 minutes. Perfect timing! Craig smiled and gave this dish a double thumbs up. Yes, we had seconds. I don't have my usual tutorial on how to make this, but I quickly jumped onto my laptop to write down how I did it. This one's a keeper! It has sausage, vegetables and just the right about of spice to make a delicious dinner. I have no idea what to name this dish-- if you can think of a better name... please let me know!
I'm going to be a little scarce on my blog, I think. I'd like for my life to slow down a bit, and I'm hoping that will happen this weekend. I'll be on a two week Winter Break, from my school, pretty soon-- then, you might see an avalanche of recipes. I miss all of you! Don't give up on me!
I've had a few private emails asking how to find/read my recipes. If you're receiving emails, then you need to JUMP to my blog. Just look for the BLUE lettering that says "A Feast For The Eyes"-- point your mouse on to and CLICK! POOF! You'll see the recipe below, which I wrote down immediately, or I'll forget how I did it! If I do say so myself, this one was a flavorful dinner-- and it will be in my lunch box tomorrow.
I hope you're enjoying your holiday preparations. I need to get crackin'!