Ever had one of those days where you just needed something chocolate-y and delicious, but didn’t have the time, patience, energy, etc. to actually bake something? I had one of those days this week. And having experienced great disappointment in the past trying to make those ‘microwave-able’ chocolate mug cakes which without fail turn out gooey and chewy and crunchy all at once, and leave me feeling quite let down, I wasn’t about to go down that rabbit hole. So instead I decided to turn to an old standby, no bake cookies.
When I was young, we had a lot of family cookouts. If it was warm, the extended family would usually gather around the grill, whether it was for a birthday, graduation, reunion, or just a Sunday afternoon meal. As I remember (noting of course that childhood memories are often suspect), it was my uncle that was usually the bearer of amazing burgers, made with both ground beef (of course) and sausage. The result being a juicy, flavorful grilled delight. Why am I making burgers in February you might ask? The answer is below.
I made a bold statement the other day. “We ate them (potatoes) with what was, hands down, the best salmon that I have ever made. And possibly ever eaten.” After eating the leftovers for lunch at work yesterday, I stand by that statement even more heartily. This recipe will be making it into our dinner rotation frequently from here on out for 3 reasons: 1) it was DELICIOUS; 2) it was super-easy to make, not to mention quick (20 minutes tops); and 3) all of the ingredients are things that I keep around. Not to mention the fact that salmon is good for you and all that stuff… Because it’s so quick and easy, this would make a great entrée if you’re having a few people over for a dinner party.
I love most vegetables, and my favorite way to eat almost any type of vegetable is roasted. For a long time however, I steered clear of cauliflower. Cauliflower is like broccoli’s wimpy younger brother. It’s one of the reasons that I will never buy a store-bought vegetable trays. It’s colorless and kind of boring, and it doesn’t even have the fun little buds that broccoli has.
Roasted cauliflower? I should have known it would be awesome. Roasted cauliflower is a whole different ballgame. It’s tender, flavorful, and anything but boring. Add eggplant and garlic, and you’ve got a winning combo.
As I alluded to the other day, sometimes after Super Bowl weekend you feel the need to eat nothing but salad for a while, as an antidote to all of the greasy, fatty, yet oh-so-delicious tailgating foods you ate during the big game. This year was definitely one of those times. But I didn’t want a typical salad. Lettuce just didn’t seem very appealing when I stopped at the grocery store last night, so I thought back on some of the more creative salad recipes that I’ve seen and meant to try, and settled on an asparagus salad recipe from 101 Cookbooks from more than two years ago.