Week 8: Slow Cooking

  • Slow cooked tilapia
  • Angel Hair with Cilantro pesto sauce

Tilapia in butter and garlic, low and slow in a dutch oven.

Cilantro, parsley, pine nuts, olive oil, salt and pepper for the pesto.

Week 7: Love Inspired

Heart Shaped Pizzas

I made the dough and shaped out 2 hearts about 14″ diameter.

The sauce was sweated sweet onions, green pepper and garlic with diced tomatoes, a splash of red wine, basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme, parsley and garlic powder for good measure.

The cheese was a mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan blend.

Toppings were green peppers, onions, pepperoni and some other random things I threw on each.

The crust was a bit dry and flat, but everything else about it was good.

Week 5: Beer/Wine/Liquor

  • Chicken Marsala
  • Mixed greens salad with bacon vinaigrette
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Limoncello Sorbet

My notes from that night:

  • Don’t use dry marsala wine in a recipe that uses cream.
  • Don’t skimp on the butter in mashed potatoes.
  • Buy extremely fresh brussel sprouts
  • Use more water than sugar and booze when making sorbet
  • Though bacon bowls are not easy to make, they are awesome.

Chicken Marsala was similar to the second recipe from here, but I used dry marsala, and it didn’t taste right.

The potatoes didn’t boil long enough, and had a gritty texture, which could have been covered by a ton of butter that I didn’t add.

The brussel sprouts were a week old, and had turned a bit bitter.

I borrowed Dingus’s ice cream maker attachment for the sorbet. I found a recipe, and doubled it, but it came out more like a lemon slushie. It was delicious, but not the right consistency. For proper ice crystallization, make sure there is enough water for it to happen. I added 2 more cups of water, and re-churned it, and it set properly.

I tried a few different forms from my kitchen to make bacon bowls, but only a small mixing bowl provided the proper shape to use as a bowl. Since I was short on time, I made the salad in a large bowl, then put the single bacon bowl in the middle, filled with cherry tomatoes.