Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekend of Culinary Feasts

This is a weekend I wish I had a camera that worked...

Our weekend started as any other normal weekend begins- Friday night, home eating, vegging out on the couch, husband sleeping by 9, watching (or sleeping through) the recorded shows from the week. We don't have many, thank goodness, since my husband truly can't stay awake past 9 on Friday. He's just tuckered out and once he falls asleep, I watch the shows that he doesn't particularly like. But Saturday... Saturday was Valentine's day. What that means in our household is a fatty feast. We don't tend to 'celebrate' St. Valentine, no cards, no candy, no flowers, but we DO eat like it is a holiday. We don't opt for the lower fat options, we don't choose from cooking light. We splurge. And we have dessert. So we decided on garlic and herb stuffed roast beef with twice baked potatoes. Now, the 'stuffed' part means we sliced holes in this gorgeous hunk of beef and stuffed whole garlic cloves into the body of the meat. It had this amazing layer of fat which I knew would flavor it absolutely perfectly. We have some herb plants in our kitchen window and opted for rosemary and oregano and salt & pepper. Simple and PACKED with flavor. The potatoes were made with roasted garlic, sharp cheddar cheese, green onions and sour cream. Oh yeah, the were AWESOME. We also had some frozen veggies which we both devoured immediately so we could enjoy the decadence without filler (veggie) interruption. The meat was beautiful. Almost too rare, which is impressive and delicious. The potatoes were a perfect accompaniment. Oh and dessert! Here's a recipe for you.

1 package of chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
3.5 cups rice crispies
1 and 1/2 cups mini marshmellows
little ball sprinkles

Melt chocolate chips in microwave by cooking for 2 minutes, stirring ever 30 seconds. Mix in PB. Then add to marshmellows and rice crispies. Line 13x9 inch pan with foil. Coat with cooking spray. Add mixture to foil-line pan, press down with wax paper. Sprinkle with little ball sprinkles. Chill for 1 hour. Cut and eat.

These are really awesome. I added some mini marshmellows on top too. This is ridiculous. How can rice crispies be so damn good. WOW.

So then we move onto Sunday... My little niece turned 3. She had a fairy princess birthday party, complete with a castle cake and many pink things. It was great and the FOOD. Oh man. So we brought scones, there were blueberry crumb cakes, cornbread/egg/sausage muffins, egg and potato breakfast burritos, hash brown casserole thing. The food was SO good. The cake was amazing. And while everyone was nervous of cutting the 4 layer (plus one layer) castle cake, my brother stepped in and did a great job. The frosting was really good. I mean, coming from a non-frosting eater, this was good stuff.

And then there is Sunday night. We had dinner at Jenna, Brian and Luke's house. Luke missed out at delicious risotto and broccoli and chopped salad. But he seemed to enjoy his 'chicken' dinner and green beans. But he would have really liked this risotto. It had sun-dried tomatoes, olives and goat cheese mixed into it. YUM! Topped off with the rice crispie thingies for dessert, what a great weekend.

BUT! It's not done. Today IS a holiday! Which extends the weekend one day. I decide to give a go at Shephard's Pie. I wasn't too sure what to do. Our family has this great recipe for ground meat, brown gravy, caramelized onions and mushrooms. But I didn't have enough onions to do caramelized ones, so I just did ground turkey, brown gravy enhanced with fresh rosemary and mushrooms. I put on the bottom of a deep dish and then layered some corn on top of that. Then I attempted mashed potatoes. I added sour cream, herbies, cheddar cheese, I kind-of re-created the twice baked potatoes, some butter and half-and-half and added that on top, bake at 375 for 45 minutes (prob could have gone about 15 minutes longer actually) and voila! WOW.

So after a weekend of feasting, and the wrapping up of our painting project, I feel fulfilled. Or just full.

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