Saturday, September 20, 2014

Goodbye Summer

Summer officially ends on Monday but tonight we had the last grilled steak dinner of the summer. A zucchini salad and baked potatoes rounded out the meal.

Looking forward to Autumn I made Apple Hand Pies today. 
Delicious. My Dad would have loved these!

And at the store today I found Fowl!
 I made two large pans of Chicken Broth. Hello Autumn!

Goodbye summer. Let's hope next summer is fracture free!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Zucchini Lasagna

I found this recipe on We both liked this one. I am sure it had to do with the meat sauce. I made a small batch just for this recipe. Perhaps next weekend I will prepare a large pan but I am getting off track. I do believe what added to the flavor of this was the grilled zucchini. I cut the zucchini, I only needed 2, with a mandoline slicer. Then I grilled them on the Panini press. I was so pleased with the results and so was Chris.
Here is a side view of the casserole dish.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

One Large Butternut Squash and Some Tomatoes

It was not hot out today. It was autumn like. Wow, I got so much cooking done today. But let's just focus on dinner for right now. Meatloaf. Yes the grill is perhaps getting ready for hibernation. So the oven is back on. The Meatloaf was delicious. I sauteed chopped onions and shredded carrots. They were added to the ground beef along with some horseradish dressing, ketchup, Worcestershire Sauce. I was going to add some breadcrumbs or chopped Italian bread but did not. I brushed the top of the meatloaf with ketchup and put crushed fried onions on top. It was in the oven for over an hour, until the internal temperature was 160 degrees. Did I mention it was delicious?


Now about the Butternut Squash and the tomatoes. I saw my sister yesterday and she presented me with 2 Butternut Squash from their garden. Earlier in the week she sent a photo of the harvest and I said yes.
I had a couple of things planned for the squash. I was not expecting them to be quite so large. One was over 4 pounds and the other was over 5 pounds. I used the larger one today to make a large pan, 8 servings, of Butternut Squash Soup. I also made a Butternut Squash and Pasta Casserole. So we got 5 meals from one squash, and probably a couple of lunches too! And the other squash will be taken care of next weekend.
The tomatoes were perfect. I have wanted to make the Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter recipe for a while. Oh, it came out so good. The recipe said to remove the onion, but I was reading some comments and a few people kept it in and so I blended it with an immersion blender. That went into the freezer for another night. Can't wait.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Cutlets

Wow, what a great way to start the week. I saw this recipe on What's Cookin' Italian Style. This was perfect. The chicken was so moist and the sauce was delicious. Click here for recipe and check out the blog, lots of good recipes there.

The side dish was End of Summer Eggplant Bake. The lemon ricotta made the dish nice and light.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Yellow Squash, Pancetta and Onion Pizza

Who puts yellow squash on pizza? We do! Tonight's pizza was one of my best yet. The crust, the Jim Lahey recipe, was so crisp. The pancetta added just enough salt and the onions and squash added another flavor layer. It was good. Damn good.

I do not usually share things that crack me up on this blog, but this week there were 2 laugh out loud posts. One was posted on the Smithereens Facebook page. Wrath of Khan is one of my favorite movies. This made me laugh.

And this was from today's comics section. This even made Chris laugh.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday, Kind Of....

Well I have to tell you what you are looking at. The burger is our usual recipe. Grilled zucchini, lettuce, tomato and burrata cheese. Nice. See that wasn't too many words.

And if there are any regular readers of this blog out there, I am in the process of switching over to Wordpress. I will try to make it as painless as possible. And with my current schedule it will probably be a couple of weeks before I have it set up. But I will let you all know. And thanks for visiting!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Spinach-Gruyere Gateau de Crepes

Yes, nothing says Happy Labor Day quite like Spinach-Gruyere Gateau de Crepes. This was something I pinned a while back and well with the long weekend and all I had time to make crepes. Wow, I forgot A. How easy they are to make and B. How good they are. I actually made the crepes yesterday. The filling was simple. Just sauteed spinach and the sauce came together perfectly. This is something I would consider making again. Click here for the Martha Stewart recipe.