Or at least I've never claimed to be.
I'm pretty sure it is the weather change that is affecting me this week but I've been cooking more then usual. Well I should say making an effort for better meals and desserts.
You saw the picture of the yummy pumpkin fudge right? Well if not, scroll down ;) It's there along with the recipe. I made two batches of that this weekend.
Yesterday I spent the day at my parent's new (old) house cleaning, scrubbing walls, shelves, hardwood floors to help her get prepared for the move next weekend. When I got home at 3pm I decided we needed a 'comfort food' dinner. So I put 1/4 of a ham in the oven to bake, whipped up some homemade rolls to raise, then threw together a baked potato casserole, some devilled eggs, and buttered corn. Man was it yummy at 5:30!!
Today I had a craving for Olive Garden. Particularly their Chicken Scampi, it's grilled chicken with roasted peppers & onions tossed with pasta in a creamy garlic butter sauce. We're meeting friends at Red Lobster on Saturday and I don't like seafood so I had threatened to go next door to get my chicken scampi then return to dine with them. Anyways, I thought wonder if I can copy that here at home? Guess what? I tried!
I cooked up some whole wheat spaghetti noodles.
While those were cooking I melted some, a small amount of milk, with some fresh garlic and chopped onions and let it cook together a few minutes, adding a little cornstarch to thicken it just a smidgen.
I drained the pasta poured the butter mixture on it, then sauteed some grilled chicken piece I had in my freezer in that butter pan, tossed it in the pasta and tossed it all together.
It was close, I didn't have the peppers for their flavor and honestly I usually pick most of those out anyways. But it was close and so yummy!!
Next on my plan to bake (probably this weekend) is a Peanut Butter Brownie Torte.
So are you cooking more now that the weather is changing? And I mean changing, last week we had 80's, this week we've had 60's, Monday & Tuesday our highs are predicted to be 40's lows at night in the 20's!!! BBRR!