One of my resolutions for 2010 was to cook more. So this morning I sat down with a cookbook I got for Christmas and poured over the pages searching for recipes that sparked my interest.
Willams Sonoma The Weeknight Cook
I marked a bunch that sounded good, and picked out a few that I would use this week for inspiration. (I don’t usually follow recipes exactly, but I do use them as guidelines)
For this week I picked out:
– Spinach, Pear, and Walnut Salad
– Tomato-Basil Soup
– Spicy Corn Cakes with Black Beans
– Baked Chicken Parmesan
– Baked Croque Monsieurs
– Caramelized Bananas with Coconut (mmm!!)
After examining the depths of my pantry, fridge, and freezer, I made a grocery list and headed to the store.
I swung by the library on the way and picked up a bunch of books I’d reserved- 6 came all at once! Yikes I’ve got reading to do. Check out all the good reading I have:
Now the only question is which one to read first!
Anyway, tonight I decided to start with Croque Monsieurs since we have so much bread (hmm kinda similar to what I had for lunch…oh well!) and tomato basil soup.
Random fact: I HATE and despise tomatoes. But for some strange reason I love tomato basil soup.
Thus the cooking began.
I really should have listened to the advice of cooking with a wine you’d want to drink. I thought I did, but then I poured a glass to go with dinner…ew.
I ended up adding some cornstarch and splenda to thicken the soup and counteract some of the acidity of the tomatoes.
The husband thought the soup was great. I thought not so much. Too tomato-y for me. Maybe if I cooked it longer….
The croque monsieurs were pretty darn good, although a little too bready for me. I could’ve been satisfied making this with one slice of bread instead of a two-slice sandwich. The taste was pretty good though, and it got a “keeper” status from the husband (which says a lot). (By the way, I made them using turkey and Gouda cheese) Croque monsieurs are pretty much just glorified grilled cheese.
I don’t really see myself making the soup again, but the sandwiches maybe so.