Last week I fed an extra 50 mouths or so for dinner. We hosted Mara’s soccer team one night and John’s team the next night. They chose the menu, which was fun, and a nice departure from the traditional pasta-bread-salad team dinner.
Mara had chicken and cheese quesadillas, veggie &fruit tray, chips & salsa, and ice cream sundaes for dessert:
John wanted carnitas tacos, rice, black beans and a huge Caesar salad. Pumpkin pie and cookies for dessert. (Wish I had taken some pics of the finished products and his team eating, but they devoured the food before I had a chance to find my phone! Here’s what 8 pounds of pork butt looks like going into the oven, thanks to Alex!)
The rest of the week is sort of a blur…. John’s birthday was in there somewhere and we had a fantastic dinner to celebrate. I realized this week that I’ve been cooking and planning meals from my head and not from any fancy book or magazine. I was browsing through some foodie magazines in the grocery store line the other day, and realized i already have most of them at home in that ubiquitous pile on my kitchen counter! I’ll get to them, one day…. In the meantime, here’s some of some of the things we’ve been eating recently:
- Corn and potato chowder
- Chicken stuffed with sausage (a Marcella Hazan recipe from a book that is sadly no longer in print), Bita rice, kale salad (John’s choice for his bday)
- Lots of salad with peppery greens from the garden – salad with poached eggs, salad with roasted beets and butternut squash, salad with smoked salmon and green beans, salad with goat cheese and dried cranberries….
- Quesadillas with spinach, cheese and tomatoes
- When all else fails and someone can stop by the grocery store on the way home from work, we seem to go for grilled steak seasoned with Borsari, a big green salad and a fresh baguette with butter.
Have a great weekend! xo M.