Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
At this point, I already started layering the ingredients into a large casserole dish. First, I coated the pan in extra virgin olive oil. Next, I added a thin layer of canned spaghetti sauce, followed by the onions and mushrooms. I began layering the breaded eggplant so that it covered the whole pan. We also decided to slice up some Aldi's sun-dried tomato chicken sausages for a little extra flavor and protein and add it to the dish.
Here's the best part; Johnnycakes started hand grating Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese on top of the layers. We finished up the layering by adding the remaining veggies and spaghetti sauce followed by MORE CHEESE!We baked the eggplant parm for 40 minutes on 375 degrees. We knew to take the dish out because you could see the dish boiling from outside and the cheese was beginning to brown.
This was well worth the wait. I almost can't stop myself when I start to eat eggplant parm. Oddly enough, I usually don't like ordering eggplant parm in a restaurant because the eggplant is too fried. I think is why I enjoy baking the dish at home.
We topped the dish off with a side salad and a makeshift piece of garlic bread made from a leftover hamburger roll.
Now I can't wait to eat the leftovers for lunch and dinner tomorrow!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
Tonight we made one of our classic dishes. Johnny's Wontons! I promised a while back that I would describe how we make them in an earlier post http://coupleofcooks.blogspot.com/2007/05/clean-house.html.
The assembly line involved several steps:
3. Then you fold the wrapper diagonally, making sure that no meat pops out the sides.
4. Seal the wrapper by crimping it with a fork.
We serve the wontons with a dumpling sauce. We usually use a store-bought variety but we decided to try and make our own. It turned out quite well.
I know it seems like a lot but you always end up with extras in the freezer. Johnnycakes are always so glad that we took the extra time to make them. The tasty reward is always worth the effort!
Saturday, July 14, 2007
I read recently that the Mojito, which is always paired with lime, was originally made in Cuba with lemons. I think I read this in the June issue of Self Magazine but I will have to go back and double check. I'm not sure when the lime became more popular but I was curious to try the drink with lemon instead. Plus, if you have been reading this blog lately, you know that I have a lifetime supply of lemons I am trying to use.
3 sprigs fresh mint
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1.5 oz. light rum
1 TBSP. sugar
Crush mint sprigs in the bottom of the glass using a spoon and sort of smear the mint around the sides of the glass to release the flavors. Squeeze half a lemon in the glass. Add jigger of rum and sugar. Fill glass with ice and then top of the remaining portion with the club soda. Mix and enjoy!
This was quite yummy! I originally only added two teaspoons of sugar but I thought it needed a little more. The drink was very refreshing and I didn't even think about the lime. It's enjoyable in it's own way.
This beverage was about the height of my culinary adventures this weekend. Very little time at home translates to very little cooking.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Unfortunately, we didn't pay close enough attention to the meat while it was cooking and it got a little "toasty". We also decided to grill some tomatoes since, like the lemons, we had lots leftover from our July 4th bash. We sliced the tomatoes and let it marinate in lemon juice (of course!), olive oil, fresh basil, salt and pepper. We then grilled them for a few minutes on each side and topped them w/ about a tablespoon of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. To round out this colorful meal with some leftover corn on the cob with cilantro lime butter.
The best thing about preparing the whole chicken is that you can sample both light and dark meat and really enjoy both flavors. I ate a wing with a bit of the blackened skin and part of a chicken breast while Johnnycakes enjoyed a drumstick and thigh and some breast. The lemon flavor and aroma was prevalent throughout this summertime meal.
Another great thing about whole chicken is the leftovers! We are both going to have chicken sandwiches for lunch tomorrow with more fresh tomato and mayonnaise. Mmm...
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Good times were had by all! Our house is small and parking is atrocious in our neighborhood so it's pretty rare for us to entertain. I would say our little party was a success.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Sunday, July 1, 2007
I have been craving a good ole plate of spaghetti for at least a month but Johnnycakes hasn't been on the same page because of the new grill. I finally won out tonight and we made a delicious red sauce with lots of veggies and meat over Barilla whole wheat angel hair.