I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
This delay until Tuesday is becoming habitual for me! I find it difficult to get everything organized on a Monday morning--that's my story & I'm sticking to it!
I'm afraid that the first menu item that I'm reporting was a dire failure from my perspective. I got the recipe off the interwebs and it sounded great.
Bang-Bang Shrimp with Pasta:
I really didn't like the sauce. Maybe it was the Thai Sweet Chili Sauce which was a major component of the sauce. Now I've got part of a bottle of the stuff and must find a way to use it. I've found two chicken recipes that I'd be willing to try to use it up. I didn't mind the taste with the shrimp, but disliked it on the pasta, if that makes any sense. So it might be fine on chicken.
Next up was Cashew Chicken:
There were two half peppers (red and yellow) getting elderly in my crisper and this also had the benefit of using 1 can of water chestnuts (from my pantry hoard). My inner hoarder has obviously had the upper hand during my grocery shopping recently and I must start planning menus based on the number of cans that I will be able to use up.
This weekend, I decided that something must also be done with a bowl full of apples that were getting soft and unpleasant for lunches. A quick consult with a cookbook which I've got on loan from the library, and I hauled out the slow cooker and made Crustless Apple Pie. Which is basically chunky applesauce, but I like applesauce.
This is my version. Following is the picture from the cookbook:
Finally, I made a Ground Beef Curry:
This used a jalapeno pepper that was on its last legs, a large can of tomatoes, and ground beef & frozen peas already in the freezer. Not to mention using up two potatoes. Since I adore curries of all descriptions, this was a great winter evening meal.
Bon appétit, friends!