Thursday, August 17, 2006

Food. Mmm.

I invited Mike over for dinner on Saturday and to watch DVDs. The DVDs are taken care of - The Squid and the Whale, Auntie Mame, and Mrs. Henderson Presents. Dinner, however, will be a bit more of a challenge.

I feel like I've already blown my wad (so to speak). I've cooked several things that I *know* I can cook well or I cooked in advance and knew weren't awful. A lot of the foods that I can make are more cold weather meals - hearty soups, chilies, curries ... so, what to make for a nice Summery dinner? I've made pasta salad out the yin-yang. I've made gazpacho. I've made melon soup. I don't want to reprise the (admittedly wonderful) stuffed heirloom tomato.

Dilemma.

After much thought, I decided on the meal's focus - summer squash. I searched Epicurious and found this: Smothered Yellow Squash with Basil. YUM. I thought maybe I could make a simple tomato and cucumber salad to accompany it, along with orzo tossed with pine nuts and feta. YUM. My mouth watered just thinking about it.

Until I remembered that Mike doesn't like feta [what is wrong with him?]. So, I went back to Epicurious. I will probably try this: Herbed Orzo with Toasted Pine Nuts (with some modifications).

I'll pick up the ingredients at the Silver Spring Farmer's Market on Saturday. YAY. And, I'll need to find a nice wine, too. Probably something white. And not too sweet.

Totally Gross Note: As I was proofreading this entry, I sneezed twice. The first time, I had a tissue. The second came on quite suddenly and I was caught unprepared - with phone ringing, eating, typing ... let's just say the front of my shirt may never be the same. I thought you should know.

6 comments:

  1. He doesn't like Feta EITHER? Strike two!

    re the sneeze: TMI!

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  2. Anonymous8:44 PM

    Here's a recipe you might like to try. I'd e-mail it but I can't find an address on your blog.

    Macaroni and (Blue) Cheese

    1 pound medium shells pasta, cooked and drained
    4 tablespoons butter
    1 small onion, chopped
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    4 cups milk
    1 1/4 cups crumbled blue cheese
    1 1/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    1 cup canned diced tomatoes
    1 cup cooked (squeezed) spinach
    1 cup italian bread crumbs

    1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cook pasta, and drain; reserve. Meanwhile, in a 5-quart heavy pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Whisk in flour to coat onion. In a slow steady stream, whisk in milk until there are no lumps.

    2. Cook, whisking often, until mixture is thick and bubbly and coats the back of a wooden spoon, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in 1 cup each blue cheese and cheddar cheese. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

    3. Toss pasta with cheese mixture; fold in tomato and spinach. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Set aside.

    4. Toss together bread crumbs with remaining 1/4 cup each blue cheese and cheddar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Top pasta with breadcrumb mixture. Bake until top is golden, about 30 minutes.

    Best Macaroni and Cheese ever.

    Cooper

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  3. Oh My God! Anonymous has left a longer comment than I ever have done! That's amazing!

    That "Anonymous" bloke gets around, he leaves loads of comments on my blog, generally about his Viagra sales and shit, but never recipes.

    I went to a website - I don't recall the address - but you could type in your available ingrediants and it would come up with a recipe for you.

    It was shit. The number one recipe match it came up with featured none of the ingrediants I'd entered. Just thought you should know this useless information.

    PS. Laughed about the sneeze. I have a gross sense of humour.

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  4. Doesn't like feta? His taster's broken! Hah!

    You're such a cute cook. You go. OWN THAT KITCHEN!

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  5. Dude. First the backrubs, then the PR, now the hate for feta?

    Obviously you must kill him and flee to London to live with me in vegetarian bliss.

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