My very first post on cooking!

I will never be Julia Child!! (Picture from Dallas News)

I will never be Julia Child!! (Picture from Dallas News)

Well, it finally happened. My husband actually admitted that maybe, perhaps, he’s getting a little tired of my limited repertoire of dinners. Of course, he told me that what I do is PERFECTLY cooked, but that he thinks it’s time for me to branch out a bit beyond my basics, which are:

  • Rosemary Chicken ( my sister-in-law’s recipe)
  • Chili ( my dad’s recipe)
  • Black Bean soup ( modified from Rachel Ray)
  • Fish with mango pineapple salsa
  • Meatballs (from the blog http://www.laurenslittlekitchen.com, which unfortunately, Lauren seems to have abandoned. 😦  Sometimes I use oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs. )
  • Various meat either roasted or cooked with cream of mushroom soup ( recipe courtesy of my former mother-in-law, who also gave me a Better Homes and Garden’s cookbook 30 years ago. I used it for 23 years, before it was finally to tattered and stained to be of any further use. Too bad I don’t have it now)

And that’s it! Can you believe it’s taken him a year and a half to ask me to put something new in the rotation?? And I no longer have the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook, but I do have….the Internet!! So, this week, I went online and plucked two delicious recipes from two different blogs. They both turned out wonderfully! The first was from a Guatemalan blog (written in English)   — http://www.thefoodieskitchen.com. I selected their  Couscous Tomato (Pico de Gallo) and Zucchini Salad.  I substituted rice for couscous and added steak. YUM. They have many other delicious recipes I’m looking forward to trying.

Then, I tried Roasted Red Pepper and Quinoa Soup, from the blog http://www.flexitariancouple.com, which I would classify as a healthy lifestyle blog. It is well written and entertaining (but they’re Blue Jay fans, which doesn’t go over well with my own personal Phillies fanatic 🙂 )  by a couple in Canada who seem to be contemplating an eventual move to Central America. I substituted rice for Quinoa, fresh tomatoes for canned, used regular milk instead of almond milk, and had to roast the peppers over the flame of my gas stove since my oven doesn’t seem to broil. It was delicious! Quite spicy too , even if you use the low end of the required red pepper flakes, as I did.  I felt quite proud of myself for consuming all those vegetables. It’s definitely a recipe in line with the Mediterranean diet that is supposed to be so helpful  in living a long and healthy life.

Today, I will revert to an old favorite that I haven’t made since we moved to Central America — lasagna! While I think that technically could be considered a Mediterranean meal — I realize that lasagna isn’t usually considered healthy. That’s ok though. Sometimes , you just have to splurge – besides, it will be good fuel for my Thursday run!!

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