I mentioned in a previous post that I got a new cookbook (EatingWell on a Budget) from my brother for Christmas, and I made my first meal from that when Molly & Doug came over for dinner (crispy chicken tostadas). I also used a Christmas exchange or a gift card from Chad (it’s all a blur) to buy a Campbell’s Best-Loved Recipes cookbook recently. So Dayne and I have been diving into new recipes together! The funny part of it is that Dayne never really cooked before or showed an interest in cooking, but lately he’s been taking on more and more responsibility in the kitchen as we prepare the meals! It’s been fun for us; it’s almost like taking a cooking class, but free and without a teacher 😛
Last weekend we made Stuffing-Topped Chicken from Eating Well on a Budget. Turns out the “budget” part isn’t necessarily true unless you’re feeding a family of four or you’re really good at eating leftovers. This was probably the most difficult recipe I’ve ever followed, and our least favorite part (which Dayne did most of) was trimming the fat off the chicken thighs. I’d much rather use chicken breasts, but I’m not sure how that would turn out. Here are a couple of pictures — it LOOKS disgusting, but it was delicious. The best decision we made was omitting mushrooms and substituting extra onion; the celery and whole wheat bread really added to the taste.
p.s. This was also my first time using the broiler, and for a brief second my oven mitt burst into flames when I went in to get the chicken. That was exciting.
Then this past Saturday night, we discovered a little gem in the Campbell’s cookbook: Sausage-Stuffed Green Peppers. Yum! Dayne has become designated Raw-Meat-Handler, so he got the job of removing the casings from the sausages. Again, this wasn’t the cheapest dinner to make unless you’re feeding a family of four, and this is not a good “leftovers” meal (I’m still recovering from eating it for lunch today). It was super-easy, though, and the presentation is pretty. It’s basically sweet Italian sausage, oregano, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and, obviously, green pepper. I liked this one a lot; however, Dayne was a bit disappointed with the taste & consistency of the green pepper after it baked in the oven for 40 minutes.
Unfortunately I don’t have any “after” pictures. But hopefully I’ll have more to come as we try more new recipes! It’s fun to develop a new hobby together 🙂 And I really should try making some of the more difficult recipes in the cookbooks I already have, so maybe those posts will come soon…
What’s your favorite recipe?