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Weekend of 11/2-3-4...what did you cook?

I am starting to love these weekend threads...it inspires my creative thoughts for the upcoming week!

I am sad to report that I did not cook all that much this weekend...mostly baked. I made 300 mini chocolate cupcakes for an upcoming wedding I am doing. Alot of TJ's and quickie stuff thrown in the mix. I did do the jalapeno bacon wrapped apps from thepioneerwomancooks.com (WOW) and some banana crumb muffins with some aging over-ripe bananas I couldnt see fit to throw out. Today will be meatloaf with bacon fried potatoes, broccoli and a loaf of challah in my bread maker.

How was your culinary weekend?

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  1. Made sausage in homemade marinara yesterday in the crockpot. Had it over pasta with garlic bread and salad (easy, simple). Left it in the crockpot. Will plug it back in and make sausage sandwiches for the big Pats/Colts game this afternoon. Probably will steam up some shrimp with Old Bay too. I'd like some of your jalepeno bacon wrapped apps, but am too lazy to go to the store....

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    1. re: diablo

      I made sausage and peppers -- super easy and fairly healthy with turkey sausage and zucchini sliced up along with the peppers. Sauteed onions in a little olive oil, added sausage slices after a few minutes. Once they were mostly cooked through I threw in thinly sliced orange and yellow peppers and zucchini, along with salt, parsley, and basil. Let this cook for a few more minutes and then added a can of crushed tomatoes. Simmered about 20 minutes. All done with only about 10 minutes of active effort. Served with crusty bread.

      Last night I made roast lamb with herbed potatoes from the Silver Palate cookbook. Yum! Another fairly simple recipe -- lamb had an herb rub with black pepper, coriander, thyme, and rosemary, and the potatoes were tossed with some olive oil, salt, and thyme.

    2. It hasn't been that complicated, but still enjoyable...

      Artichoke Heart, Shiitake, Sundried Tomato and Chicken Casserole thing Fri nite
      Pear Streusel Hotcakes Sat morning

      Panini w/ heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan and basil, and grilled shrimp

      was out for dinner

      For brunch today I'm making egg white omelettes or frittata w/ roasted veggies.

      Playing around for dinner tonight, I'm doing a gramercy stout gingerbread based cheesecake... With it, I'll serve some tuna tartare amuses, butternut squash bisque with fried sage, and seared scallops w/ toasted black lentils and a drizzle of orange parsley oil reduction; I may also throw in an artichoke and hearts of palm mini salad.

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      1. re: Emme

        Hi Emme -- Could you please post the recipe for your chicken casserole? That sounds FANTASTIC! Even loose guidelines, or a link for the recipe, would be much apprecieated.

        1. re: foxy fairy

          oy, this is one of those things that has just evolved... i often do it in a crockpot, and try to cook healthy, so I'll really just use garlic, maybe some onion, shiitakes, sundrieds (which I add a bit later), artichoke hearts, and chicken breast in pieces, then chicken broth and/or soy sauce/bragg's amino acids, maybe some tarragon and/or parsley.. it's so fly by the seat of your pants, i'm afraid to give quantities b/c i just eyeball... so sorry... feel free to ask questions and i can clarify?

        2. re: Emme

          I have some sun dried tomatoes and shitakes to use up. Would you mind elaborating on your chicken dish. SOunds delish.

        3. Made an awesome pot of chili with freshly-ground underblade chuck roast (2 for 1 at grocery. I get them to put it through the grinder twice - SO much better than the prepackaged ground beef.) and three different kinds of beans. Put smoked paprika (Penzey's) in it for the first time ever and it turned out to be fantastic.

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          1. re: dinner belle

            I also made a big pot of chili, but since what I really wanted to make was ragu Bolognese, I made the chili basically according to Lidia Bastianich's Bologonese recipe (http://recipes.lidiasitaly.com/Produc...) but used chili seasonings (chili powder, cumin, cayenne), more onions, beer instead of wine, more tomatoes, and two different types of beans. Simmered it for about three hours and it was fantastic - my big pot of chili didn't turn out so big after all, because everyone loved it so much. I made a salad of mixed CSA lettuces, cornbread and browned butter rice krispie treats (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/31/din...) to accompany. The football watchers in attendance were satisfied, indeed.

          2. Friday night made chicken drumsticks from Nigella Express on Food TV -- marinated in buttermilk, cumin, olive oil, salt, pepper, and maple syrup. Simple but a good marinade. Served with endive, apple and blue cheese salad. Also baked a Marlborough pie from the Fanny Farmer Baking Book -- flavor was fantastic but the recipe needs tweaking because the filling didn't set.

            Saturday -- dinner at my parents' - mom made Caesar salad and lemon thyme roast chicken. I made a rice pudding for dessert in the crockpot that was slammin, if I do say so myself. Flavored with cardamom. No eggs - creamy style.

            Today I have a batch of chili in the crockpot and I'm thinking cornbread is called for, more caesar salad, and probably more pie.

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            1. re: Amuse Bouches

              AB, you forgot to mention crushed/bruised garlic!!! Heh...had to check out that recipe and here it is for anyone else also curious...I will try this recipe for Buttermilk Roast Chicken:

              http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

            2. This is a fun post! I made a bread pudding with whiskey sauce off of epicurious last night. Tonight is brined and then roasted turkey thighs with mashed potatoes and broccoli florets.