I have been cooking up a STORM since we arrived in Boston, and I figured you probably have only 70,000 better things to do than read my menu, so why not share?
(Note: I have sadly, resigned myself to the fact that we’ll be spending $50 a week on groceries here because it’s just not quite as cheap. On the other hand, I now live near a Trader Joe’s, so life evens itself out a bit).
- Grilled Pineapple Sandwiches. Delightful. Plus, the pineapple was free since Bart brought me home one from the buffet at a training meeting he was at.
- Potato Salad
- Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cake. So, SO delicious. Oh my word. A frozen piece is like a little slice of . . . something cool, chocolaty and delicious.
- Chicken Gyros. Oh my freaking heavens, these were so good. It was all I could do not to eat them all, but I was so so full. Plus, it meant there were some left for an after-school snack the next day.
- Marinated Mushrooms. (I bought a cheap container of mushrooms at Trader Joe’s and was determined not to let them go to waste).
- Vegetable Quesadillas. I won’t lie. These made me a little nervous. I was really happy when they turned out to be delicious (so much so, that I made them for a weekend lunch to use up the rest of the vegetables). I served them with this dip.
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs. These are divine. Bart loves them.
- Cucumber Salad. Even for me, who doesn’t like cucumbers, this was quite delicious.
- Chickpea Pasta. This is pretty much my favorite go-to dinner dish. It is so easy and SO good. I had the leftovers for lunch the next day. I used whole wheat pasta because it’s so cheap at Trader Joe’s. And, of course, makes me feel good about myself.
- Black Bean and Chicken Casserole. Yum. Also, my mom is probably amazed that I’ve eaten so many beans this week. I used to kind of hate beans. Now I love them.
- Dinner out a fabulous Indian restaurant in Back Bay.
- Leftovers from said Indian restaurant.
- Breakfast for dinner. Or more like “almost-dessert for dinner.” We’d had those vegetable quesadillas for lunch and were totally in the mood for something a little sweet. Also, I have apples from our road trip coming out my ears which are lousy for eating plain, but bake up deliciously.
- This lemon pudding cake.
I also made these maple granola muffins. And eight loaves of this french bread to take around to the kind souls who helped drag all our belongings out of the moving van and into our apartment. Bless them all.
Also, have you noticed how I’m clearly obsessed with these two new cooking blogs: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and Mel and Boys Kitchen? I basically won’t need to look at a cookbook for weeks. Also, I have desserts planned from now until my first grandchild is born.