I've been under pressure from a friend of mine to make my blog look "cleaner." I didn't realize that being The REAL Housewife of Snohomish County required my blog to be "clean." :) But sometimes in life it is a push like this that helps shake a person out of a bit of a rut. So yesterday I sat down at the kitchen table and revamped the blog until my eyes were twirling. Now I happen to like the design and the changes that I've made and I hope you do as well! :)
So now that all that is out of the way...lets get onto FOOD! Over the past week I have been having some fun in my kitchen! I've tried not only new recipes, but new foods as well! Michael has been after me to make more seafood for him. So I've been trying. I have made several types of salmon, cod, and even shrimp. But the other day I decided to brave the creature known as a scallop! :) So I thumbed through my Nigella cookbooks as well as Anne Burrell's recipes. I narrowed it down to two and gave Michael the choice. So I set out to Whole Foods and picked up all the ingredients to make:
I'm not going to lie...I was pretty nervous because Mike said that scallops are easy to over cook, and when that happens they turn into rubbery pieces of yuck! No pressure! To make matters worse, I couldn't find clementines, so I settled on a ruby red grapefruit and some blood oranges. And I have to say that this meal turned out quite well! I bought 4 scallops to cook, and then made the arugula and citrus salad to go underneath it. Michael was pretty impressed, and I was able to wipe the sweat from my brow that I somehow pulled off that meal!
But that left me without a meal...so I turned to Nigella's newest book, "Nigelissima" for my lunch. I stumbled upon the first great meal that is to come out of this book, "Italian Tray Bake!" This meal proved to be not only delicious but incredibly simple, which as you know really makes my day!
Nigella's Italian Tray Bake - "Nigellisima" pages 88-89Now I can't even begin to explain how simple this is to make! Preheat your oven to 425. Now get everything ready....ready for this? Grab a sheet tray large enough to hold all the ingredients, or use two if need be. Cut up the potatoes and toss them on the tray. Now nestle in between the potatoes the chicken thighs and Italian sausages. Finely chop the leaves from 2 sprigs of rosemary, place the other 4 or 5 whole sprigs in amongst the chicken/sausages/potatoes. Zest the lemon over the top of everything. Sprinkle with Kosher Salt and fresh grind of black pepper (to taste). Then pour the 1/4 cup of oil oil over everything. Then...throw it all in the oven for 50 - 60 minutes. Simple, right?
3 Large yukon Gold Potatoes (approx. 1 3/4 lbs total)
Unpeeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
8 Chicken Thighs, Bone-in and skin on
8 Italian Sausages (Approx. 1 3/4 lbs.) ~Sweet or Spicy (I like the spicy ones!)
Small Bunch (6 or 7) sprigs of fresh Rosemary
Zest of 1 Unwaxed Lemon
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt (or 1/2 tsp of table salt)
1/4 cup of Olive Oil
|Everything ready to go into the oven|
|Yummy! (I forgot to take the picture before I dished my plate up!)|
|I could NOT wait to dig in!|
Right now on the stove I have turkey bones and vegetables simmering down to make a nice stock for turkey and rice soup. I also have a turkey Shepard's pie waiting to be tossed into the oven. These two meals are courtesy of a sale on turkey parts at the grocery store a few days ago! But lets rewind to the original meal two nights ago courtesy of Emeril Lagasse:
|Bed of potatoes and onions with salt and pepper|
|The turkey parts rubbed with the herb/bacon/butter spread and ready to go into the oven|
|A turkey wing for Mikey|
|And a drumstick for me!|
|Waiting on the counter to be heated up in the oven!|
|Turkey Stock simmering for tomorrow's soup|
Two last things before I go...Do you have an recipes that you are interested in but want to know how simple they are or if they really are good? Send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the recipe in there and I will make the recipe and relay my findings to you!
Also, thanks to my friend Dustin for making the new logo for my blog! :) He knows I'm picky, and we finally settled on one that I like! (now if only I could get a background for my blog that HE likes...hahahaha) But I encourage you to check out his page www.sogd.com. He is an amazing web designer and has designed many sites including Reba's! Thank you so much Dustin for your help!!
Until next time, keep cookin' and leave me some comments!!!!