Between settling back in at work (and being incredibly productive due to my new 2009 productivity system, I might add) and going to basketball games and mourning Arielle’s permanent hiatus, I kind of forgot I had a blog. Oops. Can’t be a good sign.
Since I’ve been forgetting to take pictures anyway, I’ve decided that I won’t post boring stuff like the mushroom and potato fritatta we had for the 89th time last night, or the pizza we had on Sunday, or the 3 dozen bowls of chili we’re likely to have between now and April.
So, in that vein, here are two new dishes I made to break in my Christmas cookbooks.
Here’s Skillet Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli from Donna Klein’s PDQ (Pretty Darn Quick) Vegetarian Cookbook:
This was not as darn quick as I would have liked, but that’s really my fault for not reading the recipe, which requires an oven-proof skillet much, much larger than the one I own. So I had to bake it in a baking dish, which was glass and couldn’t go under the broiler, and so on. It was good in the end, though. I mean, cheese, pasta, broccoli. What can go wrong, really?
And tonight we enjoyed a Toasted Barley Salad from Klein’s Vegan Italiano:
Again with the cheese. I think I’ll be able to handle meatless living for a month, but never could I give up cheese. My only complaint about this was that the recipe made it sound like toasting the barley was going to give it a unique flavor, but I didn’t notice much of a difference in the end. Maybe I always toast my barley, though.
All in all, I think I’m going to like this Donna Klein character.
Okay, now I’m off to get some sleep so that I can wake up early to book plane tickets. I heard Wednesday mornings are the best times, so I’m all over that.