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Sep. 23, 2013 6:48 pm 
Updated: Sep. 29, 2013 12:04 pm
     On the menu for today was a delicious sounding Roasted Vegetable Medley.  I chose that since we had homemade perogis in the freezer and a jar of Marinara that Chef Chad had made.  I wanted to create something and I though it sounded pretty delicious.  The recipe called for roasted bell peppers & since I didn't have any I had to roast them first.  I kept thinking, "isn't there an easier way?  What if I just make it like this...." Then I remembered! I just need to start at the beginning of the directions and go step by step! How did it go? Delicious!
      Roasting the pepper was not that big of a deal, I adjusted the rack in my oven to be at the highest level, turned it on broil and cracked the oven a little.  I had a little problem at first when one of them touched the element and some fire started but I just got out my tongs and moved it over.  Every 5 min. I would turn the pepper and then when it was all black I wrapped it in saran and put it on the stove.  I should have put it in the sink instead because after it cooled down and I had to tear the skin off there was a big mess on the stove for me to clean.  I should also mention that I put them on a baking sheet when they were in the oven.  If I had not done that they would have dripped all over. 
       After roasting the peppers and cutting up the squash, potatoes, parsnips, carrots and asparagus I was all set for  5:00 to arrive.  That is when I needed to put it all together.  I really liked how I did all my prep work in the morning and then was ready to literally throw it all together when dinner time came around. 
         All in all todays dinner was a hit, and all I had to do was follow the directions!   
Sep. 24, 2013 4:02 pm
This is really great. As the boys get older I envision the entire family in the kitchen putting meals together. Have fun.
Sep. 29, 2013 11:53 am
Love roasted veggies and I am with you in prepping things ahead of time! Good for you trying new things!
Sep. 29, 2013 12:04 pm
NewMe, some of us here do "gatherings" and meet up with friends we have gotten to know here on the Buzz. I do one in Brighton annually that is coming up in 2 weeks! It has gone so well, there are 5 couples coming in Friday night to go to dinner! We have 7 couples meeting for lunch on Saturday at the Brighton Bar & Grill! You are more than welcome to join us and our love of cooking! Here is my blog, email me if it is of interest so I can make room for you (email is at bottom of blog). Keep cooking!!! http://allrecipes.com/cook/10435308/blogentry.aspx?postid=308442
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I've been married to my wonderful husband for 16 years! We have 4 Growing! boys ages 14-4. I never used to cook dinner (or anything) because hubby is a chef.... but I decided to start and this is TheNewMe!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook dessert! I also really like to use what we have in the house, its a challenge for me to use what I have and to make just enough for dinner. I don't want to waste food!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Hubby loves to work in the kitchen so often he will bring home a bushel of tomatoes, potatoes, sun chokes,(you name it) and then process away. I like to figure out how I can use this food!
My cooking triumphs
Love it when I get complements from the kids, and when I get it all cleaned up and put away before husband comes home from work. It looks like the dinner just appeared.
My cooking tragedies
Well I really didn't follow recipes until last month so I have too many to write here! Now that I know I just have to follow the directions until I learn more I am much better at it!
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