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!
A year ago today … road trip!