Friday, February 26, 2016

Home Cooking


Panama and Florida, where we traveled for over two weeks, were wonderful, but I'm glad to get back to home cooking. I've made several very simple meals since our return on Tuesday, not all of them photo-worthy. A packaged turkey and cheese sandwich? Hard-boiled eggs with mayo? Good but no picture! 

But a simple salad of tuna, garbanzo beans, cucumber, little tomatoes, and sweet-hot peppers seemed pretty enough to include here (above, dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, and salt). It was a contrast to the trip -- though our mainly restaurant meals were enjoyable, I sometimes wanted something simpler.


Baked pasta with cheese and sauce (Trader Joe's Egg Pappardelle Pasta and TJ's sauce layered with goat cheese and mozzarella and baked) was quick and simple but welcome.


Raisin rice (steamed rice tossed with butter, onion, golden raisins, and a bit of candied ginger) made a base for some curried chicken with butternut squash. Served with home-made plum chutney from last fall. Chicken recipe here -- it's not difficult.



Not long after our return from the airport and my first trip to the supermarket, I had my trusty old Crock Pot going with beef shank, carrots, onions, prunes, a can of fire-roasted tomatoes, red wine, and some herbs de Provence. I cooked it overnight, chilled it to skim the fat, and reheated it with sliced mushrooms that were therefore cooked much less than the meat and other vegetables. In the photo you can see the marrow bone as well as the rich brown sauce and still-white mushrooms. I wouldn't have wanted this in the Florida  heat, but there's been lots of snow in Michigan this week.


And I did buy some key lime juice and graham crackers just in case I get up the courage to try key lime pie, the best food invention from Florida that I know of. At the moment as in the picture, these ingredients are just waiting on my pantry shelf!

8 comments:

Beth F said...

I'm always happy to be home and cooking my own food. It's definitely crockpot season and I love baked pasta dishes.

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

I know how feel, we are away for 3 months and even though most of the time we have a kitchen it still isn't the same as cooking at home.

~~louise~~ said...

Welcome home Mae!
I'm sure you had a fabulous trip but, nothing beats home cooking!!!

I must say, I never think to start the crock over night so I'm able to skim the fat. I must remember that. and yes, that salad sure does look "purty."

Now it's time for you to tackle that Key Lime Pie. It will be a refreshing reminder of that Florida Sunshine!!!

Thanks for sharing, Mae...

Carole said...

Interesting post, Mae. I'm trying to work up courage to do a creme brûlée using my new chef's torch. Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

Vicki said...

Cooking food in the cp and then chilling it to skim the fat off and re-heating it is something I never thought of. That's a genius idea!

jama said...

Glad you returned safely from your trip. Your home cooking sounds like it really hit the spot after being on the road. I especially like the sound of your raisin rice with curry :).

Margot said...

Great food log for the week. I also love to travel, but I also love that feeling of wanting the home cooking experience when I get home. Your dishes all sound so yummy too.

Jeanie said...

Last night I made meatloaf. It just seemed right for the snow and the chill -- and was so good! As I told Rick, I never make anything the same way twice, and I wished I remembered just what all went into this one!