On paper, I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like this John Makes a Stew a Week Winter (Working Title) dish (mostly because I’m kind of picky about chili). Turns out I didn’t need to worry – probably the best chili ever made in our house. John halved a Michael Symon recipe (who has five pounds of pork cheeks?) and substituted pork shoulder (which in itself took me four grocery store stops), which the recipe encourages.
Monthly Archives: February 2014
I’ve been trying to have more improv cooking nights, where I buy an ingredient or two that sounds appealing and build a meal around it as I go. I did this tonight with scallops and brussels sprouts, and the results were really nice. The dish isn’t anything special or fancy (well, beyond how expensive the awesome scallops are at our fish place), but it’s satisfying; we had this with some rosemary white beans on the side.
I may have a new favorite low-stress lunch option. I’m going low carb for the next two weeks leading into Mostly Meatless March. I just really need to get my weight under control (too many events and meals out lately). Didn’t have much in the fridge for lunch beyond rice, so I hit up the grocery store and this idea came to mind.
Club sandwiches are one of those foods I just crave every once in awhile (lately I’ve been having them on rye – yum!). Is the bread necessary to satiate the craving? These aren’t much to look at, but they did the trick, and were really easy and WW-friendly. I think I am going to make a turkey breast next week for dinner, and I bet these would be great with fresh turkey, too.
John’s been getting more experimental with his stews, since he’s largely run out of John Classics at this point (though I’m still waiting on my Carbonnade, dammit). He tried out this one from Food & Wine and it was just great. Though we ate too much of it and didn’t have nearly as many leftovers as I would have liked.
I made some banh mi on Saturday to serve during one of my game nights, and it got me thinking about what dishes I like making for groups of people. I could be smarter about remembering reliable recipes for entertaining (often I try something new), but these ones have served me well.
Pumpkin chili (a Halloween tradition)