Sunday, October 14, 2007

Two Winners

I haven't been cooking anything very exciting of late. Lots of the same old standbys which are seen again and again in effort to nourish picky kids: pasta with red sauce, burrritos, scrambled eggs, potatoes and the ever-popular boxed cereal with milk. Yikes. Where did I go wrong?

Fridays have become schlepping hell for me as my kids need to be all over the city throughout the day. It's been nearly impossible to make a proper Shabbat dinner when kids need to be picked up after 4 pm. Last week, however, a friend offered to pick the boy up before joining us for dinner which actually gave me time to cook. Hooray! We had homemade challah, a green salad with pears, toasted hazelnuts, and crumbled feta cheese, a fruit salad, Elizabeth's vegetarian pastitsio and peanut butter brownies from Smitten Kitchen.

Both of the borrowed recipes were splendid. The Spouse and I actually argued over who deserved the leftover serving of pastitsio more. It was a second try on the brownies which I now know need to come out of the oven when they look slightly undercooked. And better chocolate for the ganache made all the difference. Normally I wouldn't bother frosting brownies, but it's crucial here. Just make sure you use something dark and not too sweet--Trader Joe's bittersweet pound plus made magic here.


angela said...

I can't wait to try out some of your recipes! Everything looks so good, and I am especially intrigued by your Jewish dishes, I'll be sure to let you know how it goes once I figure out the high altitude alterations :)

Magpie Ima said...

Hi Angela--Thanks for dropping by and *please* do let me know how things turn out. I can see that I've got quite a few readers out there but I rarely hear if anyone's actually trying these things out. As for potluck dishes, do try the pastitsio--it would be perfect!

Elizabeth said...

I love it! You and W arguing over who gets the leftover pastitsio. I don't usually have to deal with that with Paul--he always forgets to take a lunch. :-) So I just have to divvy it up with Zac.