Monthly Archives: September 2010

Chicken w. Mushroom Sage Sauce

What do you do with chicken tenderloins that have been sitting in the freezer for 2 weeks?  My usual solution is breaded chicken, but I wanted to try something new today.

I found this mushroom sage sauce recipe and decided to give it a go.  The only ingredient I didn’t have on hand was the mushrooms, but that was an easy fix.  I cut up and sauteed the shallots, added the mushrooms, and followed the last few steps before letting the sauce do its thing.  In a different frying pan, I added the diced up chicken and let it brown.

Because of my recent frustration with brown rice, I decided I was going to make some egg noodles instead.  My mom prepares egg noodles by drizzling a bit of olive oil and sprinkling some poppy seeds on top.  I love, love, LOVE eating my noodles this way…

Once the sauce was nice and thick, I added the chicken and spooned it over the noodles.

The result was… mediocre.  I’m bummed.  My noodles came out great though, does that count?

I don’t know if it was the type wine that I added, or the fact that I used dried spices instead of fresh, but my taste buds were not doing a happy dance with this one.  Was it me or was it the recipe??

It wasn’t the worst thing I’ve made, but I won’t be trying this sauce again.  Blah.

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One thing I hate.

What is one thing you hate doing in the kitchen?  Is it cutting onions?  Doing dishes?  For me, it’s washing plastic bags.  It drives me nuts and I don’t know why.

It’s as irrational as my hatred of unrolling Ian’s socks when doing laundry.  One of these tomorrows I will get him to stop using plastic bags in his lunch box…  I hope?

What about you?  Is there something that drives you bananas?

The Cupcake Shoppe

Ian came home with a pretty white box the other day.  Its contents were small, sweet, and delicious.

The box contained an assortment of beautiful little cupcakes.

I prefer salts to sweets (odd…I know), so in order to recommend a dessert it has to be really good.

These cupcakes were the perfect size.  They weren’t monstrously large with a foot of icing on top.  They were easy to bite into and the icing did not overpower the actual cupcake.  Included in the assortment was the red velvet cupcake, the chocolate cupcake, the lemon cupcake, and lastly the vanilla cupcake.  The red velvet was my favorite.  After scanning their online  menu, we’ll definitely go back to try the cinnamon cupcake and the carrot cupcake.

Feature Friday: Steak Sandwich

While brainstorming ideas for this blog, I had one that I knew I wanted to do.  I wanted to find a way to feature my loved ones making meals they enjoy.  Besides the fact that it’s an excuse to get together with friends to have a glass of wine and cook a meal.  (Not to mention the learning opportunity for this apprentice!)  Therefore I have come up with Feature Fridays, that will showcase a meal that is not cooked by me.

Cutting the ribbon at this inauguration is none other than the handsome man I married!  He has been jonesing for a steak sandwich recently, so he bought the ingredients and put his soux-chef (a.k.a. yours truly) to work.  I was put in charge of cutting up the green pepper and onion and then stepped aside with the camera in hand.

He started out by searing the sirloin steak.  Once that was done, he transferred the meat to a dish and added a bit of olive oil to the frying pan.  Then, he threw in the onions, peppers, and mushrooms to saute for a bit.

While that was cooking on the stove, he made a “special” sauce (ingredients unknown –  but I did see the mayo and dijon mustard come out of the fridge) and spread it on the sub buns.

Here’s a picture of the delicious final product:

What can I say?  The man loves his steak sandwiches!

I’d like to note that I thought the sub rocked.  He, on the other hand, thinks he still hasn’t perfected the meat.  The sauteed portion was well done and seasoned, and the sauce was a nice compliment to the meat.  Next time, he wants to try a different cut of steak, and maybe take it off of the heat sooner.

As my uncle always says:  “That was pretty good.  I’ll even let you try it again!”

Thank you for the tasty meal, amor 🙂

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