A couple weeks ago at church a friend gave me a stack of Susan Branch cookbooks. I rummaged through them and found all of our dinners for that week. It was kind of fun. I like the constraint of cookbooks so much more than having to scour the expanse of the internet.
I really liked this Tomato Pesto. It was exceptionally hardy. Although one of my friends suggested using walnuts instead of almonds, so it would blend smoother.
I thought this casserole was good too. But I was the only one. The children are just sissies, I think you should still try it.
We are also back into the full swing of breakfast. I think I fed them cereal for a month straight before school started. They cried. After taking a break I began to wonder how I managed to cook breakfast at all. It started to seem ludicrous. And then I made breakfast and I was like, “Oh, that’s how.”
I think the other thing is that I would rather cook breakfast than lunch. I can never find good lunch ideas, but I never run out of things that I want to eat for breakfast. My current computer desktop is a photo of a British breakfast with fried black pudding. Be still my beating heart.
Lunch is much less romantic. My new favorite trick is fresh salsa from the garden and a can of refried beans topped with cheese. No dishes, no clean-up, I just throw it and them outside. It’s magic.
I also made this baked macaroni and thought it was really good. But after I doubled the recipe I thought I should probably not ever feed anyone an entire block of sharp cheddar and four cups of cream in one sitting. And even though I didn’t actually put all the cheese in, it still made me feel slightly debauched. I served it with roasted beets and carrots which I find complements baked macaroni perfectly. If you do this, make sure you do that.
This is our menu from the week before last. The Pumpkin, Spinach, & Walnut Spaghetti was surprisingly good. The BBQ Cauliflower Tacos are an old favorite. And the children loved the cheese enchiladas. So there you go, if you are planning a menu you now have a place to start.