I neglected to renew my domain name. Ooops! It's gone and I doubt I will play $60 to get it back from the company who is holding it hostage. For the time being you can find my recipe archive at www.homewithmandy.blogspot.com and I may be doing a re-branding later this year. We will see what happens.
Let's get back into the swing of regular blog posts shall we? This was our menu from last week and I mostly appreciated how quickly everything came together each night. There are times when I relish the long list of ingredients I chop and tend to. This was not that week.
my standby is posted here. I now add 2-3 sausage links to the pot while I'm softening the vegetables. The way I do it is to squeeze 1/2 inch size balls of meat out of the casings right into the pot. I like how rustic it makes the finished dish in the end.
Gnocchi: While I love making my own gnocchi and stocking the freezer with those yummy pillows of goodness, I have absolutely nothing against the store bought gnocchi. I was just telling my dad how great the prepackaged gnocchi are and they can be found on the pasta aisle of our grocery store. This recipe came from a Martha Stewart post where she gives you the weekly grocery list and all the recipes. What I liked most about this recipe was that you make a lot of meat sauce and refrigerate three cups for use in the Beef and Rice Casserole on the menu for Thursday.
Honey Soy Salmon: There are several variations of this recipe out there - some using maple syrup instead of honey. I really love the sticky sweet and salty sauce that the Pioneer Woman creates on her version of the recipe. I always cook my salmon in the oven, it is just the most simple way to me. I even cook it on a piece of tin foil so that I can scoop up the fish leaving the skin on the foil when it is done cooking - then I toss the foil in the trash and cleanup is done. Since the sauce is so flavorful, I sprinkle the salmon with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes based on how thick your cut of fish is. On the stovetop I melt the butter, add honey, soy, lime and stir while it bubbles and makes a nice sticky sauce. I place the fish on top of rice and spoon the sauce over the top, finishing with fresh cilantro. This is so good and easy.
Chicken Parmesan Bake: While I was on the Pioneer Woman site I stumbled upon this recipe twist for Chicken Parmesan. I thought it sounded like a super easy version of a dish my whole family would enjoy. THEN I realized it was published by a guest author, Jessica Merchant, from How Sweet It Is. Jessica and I met for drinks a few years ago when she was in Austin attending a food blog conference. She is so nice, hysterical and cooking is just one of her many talents. Back to the recipe... I thought the breading and frying of the chicken was a little too time consuming for a week night. I may not have felt that way during a week where I had a lot of energy and my kids were not so grumpy. This week was not that week. It was a tasty dinner, and my kids and hubby liked it a lot - enough that I would put it on my menu again in a month or two.
Beef and Rice Casserole: This recipe is part two of Martha Stewart's meal plan I referenced above in the Gnocchi paragraph. The leftover meat sauce is added to a half cup of rice, then topped with thinly sliced zucchini and a parmesan and panko topping - all baked in the oven for a yummy one dish supper.
Peel and Eat Shrimp: One of Jim's favorite dinners, and a cinch to throw together! I learned that you can put frozen shrimp on a sheet pan and top with "stuff" and bake at 350 for 20ish minutes - super easy-peasy. I topped our shrimp with salt, pepper, Worcestershire and tobasco sauce. Before I put in the oven I added 1/2 stick of butter sprinkled over the top. When the shrimp came out of the oven I squeezed half a lemon over and poured everything in a bowl - juices and all. Be sure to have some crusty bread nearby, you will want to soak up all that delicious juice.