It seems as though this year has been a really good year for people's gardens...(which will be the first thing I do once I get a house...start an herb garden... I can't wait!) ANyway- it seems as though people's gardens have really been thriving... growing so much food they can barely eat it all...which is good for me who will happily accept the excess. In class the other day a friend gave me a gallon size ziploc bag of basil fresh from his garden. yes please! So the next night I obviously had to make something with it...and whipped up this DELICIOUS basil sauce for some whole wheat pasta and chicken..the basil was SO fresh...it didnt even really need anythign else. Just a little olive oil and salt/pepper and a whir around the food processor and it was ready....and so yummmm.
A couple of days later someone at work had a basket of tomatoes fresh from her garden out at work with little brown bags and a "help yourself!" sign beside it... don't mind if I do! So, not feeling very creative, whipped up a similar dish to the basil dish, only with tomatoes, onions, olives and a little parmesan... ohmygoodness. It just doesnt get any more delicious than fresh vegetables.
Other things I've been playing around with at home are my egg poaching skills:
and Various different stuffed chicken recipes-
Breaded chicken stuffed with low fat swiss and broccoli...with a side of spicy corn.
and this gorgonzola, ricotta and spinach stuffed chicken which was (very) heavy on the gorgonzola...but lucky for me I love gorgonzola so it was ok...however, next time, I will probably add a little less to the filling. A little blue cheese goes a long way!
and finally a big fail to Tuesday night's balsamic chicken with spinach and couscous... it was an Ellie Krieger recipe that was seriously lacking in flavor....but I have some ideas to improve it for next time....
Anyway, that's what I've been cooking...
stay tuned for some new restaurant reviews in the near future!