I don't even know where to begin. So much going on in my life right now. Training for a marathon being one of them. Some family issues being another, but all in all I'm just insanely busy right now. Last weekend, Matt and I had a pot-luck dinner at his former boss's house. Since this is our third or fourth dinner there, and I've always brought something tasty, there have been some built-up expectations of me. Unfortunately, with my crazy busy schedule, I seriously could not even conceive of having the energy to go to the grocery store to make something on Thursday night when I had court Friday morning (the party was Friday night). So basically, I decided I was going to make something with what I had on hand and that could be made as quickly as possible. I happened to have 2 cans of cannellini beans, fresh sage and garlic (I always keep plenty of garlic in my house!). All I needed after that was olive oil and some salt and pepper and I was good to go. Next time I would consider adding some lemon juice just for an extra tang, but it was very well received at the party and the sage gave a nice fall flavor :)
Hey guys! Quick post this evening... Today was a lonnngggg day. To tell you the truth, I felt like I was in 50 places at once today, so by the time 5 o'clock came around, I wasn't feeling much up to making dinner. But, like a good housewife (yeah right lol), I texted Matt to see what he wanted for dinner. To my pleasant surprise, he texted back that he was already making spaghetti and had made enough for me as well... what a keeper! But for those of you who have read the blog before, you probably know how I feel about Matt's famous spaghetti with meat sauce.
I figured I'd take the spaghetti and make something else to go on top, since I wasn't crazy about the idea of Ragu and ground beef (in Matt's defense, I had just read on twitter about some meat company that just recalled and insane amount of ground beef for salmonella...and even though it wasn't our brand, it was just kind of unappetizing). SOOOO, I figured that I wanted to come up with something that I could just throw together in a jiffy so that I could pile it all in a bowl, curl up on the couch, and watch Stabler and Benson throw some perverts in jail.
I brought this lovely little tart to a dinner party at Matt's boss' house and it was a huge hit. Since the party was on a weeknight, I needed something that I could make the night before and keep at room temperature to bring to the party. I found this recipe on Pinterest and tweaked it just a touch. This recipe was so easy and required pretty minimal effort, especially because I used store-bought puff pastry. I will definitely make this again but may even change it up a bit by adding some drizzles of a good balsamic, or a touch more goat cheese.
When I was a kid, one of my au pairs, Anna, was from Sweden. She used to make these phenomenal Swedish meatballs for me and I have been itching to cook these ever since I launched this blog. Whenever I see Swedish meatballs in restaurants, however, they are meatballs covered in gravy... definitely not the way Anna used to make them. she and I are still quite close and so I finally asked her if I could have the recipe. She sent me a link to a general recipe and gave me some suggestions as to substitutions. She used to serve these with mashed potatoes but Matt isn't too wild about mashed potatoes so I decided to bake them in the oven in "coins". They were crispy and delicious, but some mashed potatoes would have also been a nice addition as well (you could also do both!). So here they are: real Swedish Meatballs!
Meatball Recipe adapted from Gretchen Cooks (Recipe for Potato coins follow the meatball recipe):
Every Christmas and Thanksgiving, my Aunt Beth would make this Baked Brie and everyone would hover around it until it was all gone. Then it kind of disappeared for awhile until this Christmas... when it made an amazing comeback. So when the time came for me to bring something to our girls poker night, I knew exactly what I wanted to bring. My Aunt Beth always makes this with a round block of brie in a pie dish, unfortunately, Harris Teeter only had triangle pieces so I had to be creative. I used 3 triangle blocks and it turned out to be just as delicious as a round block! So without further ado...
Three triangles of brie
Approximately 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
Handful of slivered almonds
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Place brie in pie dish
Sprinkle brown sugar over brie, basically covering completely
Distribute slivered almonds on top for decoration (they look pretty when baked and add a little extra flavor)
Cook for approximately 20-25 minutes until the cheese bubbles and the center looks soft
The Verdict: Absolutely delicious! Everyone loved it at girls' poker night and so I made it again for Super Bowl Sunday. This is great with whole wheat Wheat Thins or with slices of Granny Smith Apples. This is a perfect go-to dish for entertaining or if you need to bring something along with you when going to a party.
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