Food, Glorious Food

I’m still cooking with a vengeance, and oh, how Bart loves doing all the dishes I’m producing (I think).

New priorities are 1) at least three vegetarian meals a week and 2) two side dishes per meal, unless it’s soup and sandwiches.


  • Homemade Pizza (I always use this crust recipe)
  • Mango
  • Guacamole Salad I think Bart’s eyes rolled back in his head when he tasted this.


  • Chicken Salad Sandwiches. I accidentally over salted these. Tragic.
  • Tomato Soup. I bought some “reduced produce” including uber cheap tomatoes which needed to be used quickly.


  • Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes. I was going to make chicken pot pie, but then I realized I really wanted something sweet. These were so ridiculously delicious. I ate twice as many as I usually do.




  • Glazed Pork. This was the most tender pork I have ever eaten in my life. Not sure if it was the sauce or the meat or both. 
  • Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
  • Tomato/Mushroom/Crouton Salad with homemade ranch dressing


  • Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole. I would never have picked this because, well, I break out in hives at the thought of that many processed ingredients, but Bart thought it looked amazing and it wasn’t bad.
  • Mango 
  • Steamed Broccoli


Other things? 

  • Maple Oatmeal Scones. I. . . have no words for how delicious these were. I am totally over my fear of making scones now, as these were pretty much the easiest thing ever.

I hope I never stop loving food. I’m not particularly worried, though.

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  • Reply Kimberly November 16, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Vegetarian dishes are hard to sneak past Josh, but this bean soup has at least 7 vegetables and is filling enough he doesn't complain:

    Be warned, though, it makes enough for an army, so I always half it and then freeze some still.

    Good luck! I can't wait to see what else you come up with.

  • Reply Packrat November 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Interesting sounding recipes. Wish I could incorporate something new and different into our boring meals. The problem is that I see something that I'd like to try, but then am not able to get the needed ingredients. Also, one really kind of, sort of needs to actually cook… lol

  • Reply megan November 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I hate to be the one to tell you, but your link to the creamy chicken and rice casserole is broken. Just like Bart, this would be great to Roger (I can already tell from the name). I don't love stuff like that, but if you say that one was pretty good, phew. 🙂

    The lemon fusilli with arugula will be on my menu this week, as well as some of your other ideas probably.

    Tonight, french toast made from Pumpkin Pie Brioche, with potatoes, bacon, and fruit.

  • Reply Packrat November 16, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    PS – I don't think I've ever had Arugula. In the Lemon Fusilli with Arugula recipe could spinach leaves be substituted for the arugula? If not, what do you think could be used instead?

  • Reply RA November 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Yay for Ina's lemon fusilli! It's one of our favorites. I am on the lookout for more vegetarian dishes, too.

    Packrat, we substitute spinach for the arugula in the fusilli.

  • Reply Packrat November 16, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    RA – Thanks!

  • Reply Janelle November 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Yum, these all sound sooo good! I'm putting the pea soup and paninis on the schedule for Soup Monday tonight- sounds tasty!

  • Reply TheMoncurs November 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    HOW do you eat so well on your itty bitty grocery budget?? The mind, it boggles.

  • Reply Yankee Girl November 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I have been in a serious cooking rut lately but I think these recipes are going to help. Thanks.

  • Reply Peaceful Reader November 16, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    You are making me hungry and I only brought one lonely banana for lunch!! Thanks for sharing recipes. We do eat mostly vegetarian at our house.

  • Reply Becca November 16, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Mmmm…. can I come over for next week's menu? Oh, besides the whole you're going to be in NYC for Thanksgiving thing… Actually, can I come over to NYC anyway? 🙂

    I'm going to have to try some of these things!

  • Reply Jess November 16, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    This all sounds so delicious! We have definitely gotten in a food rut. I need to start trying more new recipes!

  • Reply Rhiannon November 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I was daydreaming about your Chicken Cordon Bleu the other night. I'm putting it on my list for SOON.

  • Reply Alison Stewart November 16, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    I will be refering to this post for a few days….I am the worst at coming up with "dinner"….I still go over to Nancy's to get idea's (and recipe's). I think you should post what you are cooking for the week…..every week- LOVE THIS! New blog…."everyday reading/weekly cooking"… and books- HEAVEN!

  • Reply heidikins November 17, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Good grief woman! You're a cooking machine!


  • Reply kristen November 17, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    wow janssen, i'm impressed! you probably broke out in hives with our frozen pizza and iceburg salad! haha… i wish i enjoyed cooking like you obviously do! baking? now that's another story!

  • Reply chelon:) December 1, 2009 at 3:45 am

    girl!! i have to say that you are amazing 🙂 i wish i had the motivation (and that my kids would eat good food like this) to cook everyday. thanks for sharing the links. hope you are well. you are definitely missed!

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