Monday Kick-Off

by Cate on March 28, 2006

The Husband had to go out of town for work tonight, so to give me a head start on the evenings’ tasks, he made dinner for me. Yay! Spaghetti with red sauce. He asked me what I wanted, and since I knew tortellini would be a long-shot, I went with my second choice. Something about spaghetti with red sauce screams comfort food to me, and it always makes a nice and easy weeknight meal.

I was craving a dip to munch on before dinner – you know how those pre-dinner munchies hit with a vengeance – and couldn’t find a recipe that spoke to me. Lacing inspiration, I ended up making a new one from Paula Deen, Garlic Cheese Dip. It was fine, though didn’t really fit the bill. I suppose I’d make it again, although it didn’t really WOW me. It certainly is simple enough, though decidedly NOT haute cuisine, given the ingredients are cream cheese and Cheez Whiz (gasp!). Recipe is simple… mix 8 oz. cream cheese with 8 oz. Cheez Whiz, 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Done.

Since The Husband had dinner underway, I stopped at the bookstore quickly after work to scope out the imports — SCORE!

Along with three British cooking magazines, I also spied a new special issue from Cuisine at Home, “Weeknight Menus.” Lots of great recipes abound in this one, with the Chicken Bistro Cakes with Tomato Concasse jumping out at me right away. Funny, I had never heard of the word Concasse until yesterday’s episode of Next Food Network Star and today, I saw it in three different places! It’s like when you buy a car that you hardly see anywhere, and as soon as you decide to buy it and bring it home, they’re everywhere!

Speaking of the Next Food Network Star, any of you watching it? I was surprised by who got eliminated last night (don’t want to spoil it for anyone who has taped it and not yet seen it). I’m not sure she had the right “stuff” to win it all, but I wouldn’t have pegged her to go yesterday. Guy definitely has the right personality, and Nathan seems to have the background … should be an interesting one. Any guesses on who will be left standing?

OK folks, all for tonight. Don’t forget, tomorrow is ARF/5-A-Day, so better get busy!

Until tomorrow…

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Wisteria March 28, 2006 at 3:33 pm

Cate, I love the look of the new site, but I keep getting “runtime errors” when I first log on. It happens at work and at home; yes, I should be working right now! :)

I was also surprised by who got kicked off the show…at least that person had received compliments about the food they made!


farmgirl March 28, 2006 at 6:07 pm

I absolutely love your fun new look! It’s adorable. And the typeface is extremely easy to read. So sorry to hear you were back in the hospital for a spell–glad you managed to escape before dinner. : ) Sending you get well wishes.


emily March 28, 2006 at 8:09 pm

I didn’t get to see it last night.I always forget until its too late.


Heather March 30, 2006 at 2:03 pm

I am watching the Food Network star show. I love it. However I feel I need to really work on my knife skills after that. How funny that they didn’t know how to fillet a fish, I don’t either, but just seems to me like they would know how to do that.
I will chat about the show anytime with you.


Cate March 31, 2006 at 2:39 am

Wisteria – thanks for visiting. I’ve been getting the runtime errors too. Web designer said it has to do with the computer’s memory. I get it at work and one of the computers at home … still researching what’s going on.

Susan – thanks so much!

Emily – they rerun them pretty frequently, so keep your eye out for the repeats. This Sunday, they reran the first two.

Heather – I wouldn’t know what to do with the fish either – at least we’re in good company! ;)


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