Saturday, February 21, 2009

Food Pics

I finally uploaded some pics from last weekend's cooking adventures...

First up, meet my new friend the Veg Hog (like hedgehog, get it?!?). It's so cute AND functional I used my new little buddy, a bday gift from Onyah, to clean the new red potatoes that I roasted.

The roasted red potatoes recipe is from the DASH cookbook and it was very easy. They suggest 1 pound of new potatoes, but I just guessed at that. Spray with nonstick cooking spray, sprinkle with grated parmesan, and dried basil and oregano, and then pop in the preheated oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees.

I just discovered that I have a full set of roasting pan and have moved them with me for years, so I was glad for the opportunity to use the smallest one! And this was the first time I've made a recipe like this, and afterwards I had the "aha!" moment when I saw that this is also how you can make parmesan chips. Yummy.

The potatoes were really good. I paired them with a rosemary-crusted (kinda) baked chicken breast. The flavors worked well together (thanks for the advice Scotte!) but I didn't like the way I did the chicken breast so I need to keep experimenting.

I also made a big pork stir fry with lots of veggies and brown rice, using a lite teriyaki sauce and some ground ginger. Yummy, even on the 2nd day. That's just a big bag of frozen veggies in the pan, with the pork that I had the butcher cut into little strips for stir fry.

1 comment:

DC Food Blog said...

That stir fry looks amazing. Yes the butcher is your friend and will save you a ton of work. While there are many ways Whole Foods is EEEVIL, one way in which Whole Foods rocks is that they have almost singlehandedly revived the butcher and fishmonger trade. Before Whole Foods got big, a lot of butchers and fishmongers were losing their jobs because supermarkets could just stock pre-cut meats and fish wrapped in plastic. One way to boost the flavor of the chicken is to marinate it in lemon juice and olive oil (and all those lovely herbs). Sear it in a hot pan on both sides for two minutes and THEN bake for another 20 minutes to cook through.