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What's Cooking?

What's Cooking, Vol. 1 
Oct. 14, 2010 5:24 am 
Updated: Oct. 14, 2010 10:25 am
So excited to be here!  I started this blog on another blog site, and then I realized I really should have put it here....kind of a "relevance" thing.  :)  So I am going to repost my first blog from the other site (and maybe a few others).  Hope you enjoy!  Any feedback and comments are welcome.


So I thought I would do a daily blog about what's for dinner.  I'm hoping it will help me stay creative in the kitchen.  If I have to write about it, then maybe I'll cook so that I don't have to write "got lazy and ate Taco Bell" very often.  Not saying it won't ever happen, but maybe it will happen less frequently.

Hopefully I can inspire others to get in the kitchen and be creative as well.  Cooking is such a wonderful outlet that can be very relaxing and ejoyable.  And it's one of the few (or many?) things you can do with a glass of wine in your hand!

Let's get started with last night's dinner.  I wasn't sure what I wanted to make, but I knew I had some fresh tomatoes that I needed to use.  So I decided to make pasta.  I chopped some onion, bell pepper and garlic and sauteed that in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil with salt, pepper, basil and oregano.  Then I added some halved artichoke hearts (packed in water, not marinated) so that they could carmelize a bit.  I chopped up some basil chicken sausage that I had picked up at Trader Joe's (yummy!) and added that to the mix.  Lastly, I added my fresh chopped tomatoes and let the whole thing simmer for about 10 minutes.  I served it over whole grain angel hair pasta with a drizzle of olive oil and some grated parmesan cheese.  I made some garlic bread out of an Italian loaf to soak up the flavors of the sauce.

Delicious!  The pasta was light, and the flavors were huge.  It was perfect for a hot summer night.  And the pinot grigio helped finish it off nicely.  No surprise there!

So that's What's Cooking?, Volume 1.  Guess I need to start thinking about what's going to end up on my table tonight......
Oct. 14, 2010 7:25 am
love the blog -- very real! I especially like that you appreciate the art of cooking. So many of us get caught up in the science of "what goes with what", and "I never learned how to cook". Using what's on hand, splashing it up with a few inexpensive gourmet touches (I love the TJ basil chicken sausage), and voila -- a meal worthy of the Pinot Grigio. Looking forward to more of your posts.
Oct. 14, 2010 7:37 am
How Funny!! That's exactly what we had at my house last night minus the artichoke hearts and bread. Pretty close, you must admit. Good blog and a realistic reason for doing one. Look forward to more.
Oct. 14, 2010 10:25 am
Thanks for the nice comments! I am going to repost a couple of my others from the "other" blog site and then start on some new ones. And yes, TJ's rocks! My absolute favorite store to shop in.
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