Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The cook-a-thon: Part I

When it rains, it pours. And this week, it is a cook-your-butt-off-week.

I have been trying meal planning lately, because my lack of meal planning is 1. time consuming 2. frustrating 3. expensive.

I have also accidentally volunteered myself to cook up a storm this week. I don't have a ton of my own pictures because I'm too busy trying to get this done, but here's what is cooking in my kitchen.

-Meal #1, For some friends: Homemade Pizza
Since I had a vegetarian and fellow pizza-obsessed guest, I made homemade pizza. We had pepperoni, veggie {spinach, basil, red bell pepper} or cheese pizza. Served with grapes. Brownies a-la-mode for dessert. Here is the brownie recipe, it was one my favorites yet! http://www.ghirardelli.com/bake/recipe.aspx?id=1099
I did melt the chocolate & butter in the microwave using a glass bowl and a tempering method. WAY easy.

-Meal #2, For a family at church with a newborn: Chicken Penne Florentine Bake
http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/chicken-penne-florentine-bake-119144.aspx
We will pretend that the one I dropped off looked just like that picture. I have to thank Rob & Leah for introducing me to this recipe. It's easy, universal, and delicious. I paired it with a cesaer salad and some {easy} fun, yellow cupcakes with whipped cream frosting and M&MS on top.

After I do some more tomorrow, I'll blog about meals & dishes 3-5. Included will be what I'm planning for our party on Sunday, so check it out and COME ON OVER!!!