Thursday, June 9, 2011

AIC: Woohooo- One Down!

So I told you guys I would be starting my little Adventures in Cooking project this week. 

I am going to cook at least one good family meal each week and hopefully blog about the outcomes. 

Now before I start, let me explain... I was raised by a mother and grandparents who were very health conscious and particular about what we ate. They ate "organic" before "organic" was cool. We never had soda, chips, sugary snacks, or processed food in the house... and they always explained why we don't eat that stuff.

I hated it back then. I loved going to friends' houses where I got to eat the "good" stuff.

But now, I am very thankful for that up-bringing because I feel like I am pretty knowledgeable about what I should and shouldn't feed my family. Starting out, Goose and I ate mac and cheese and hamburger helper simply because we were poor as dirt, had no idea how to cook, and the boxes had 1,2,3, step directions. ;)

But now,  we (and the kiddos) eat healthy foods: a lot of fresh fruit, veggies, and whole grains. The boys don't get special kid meals. They eat what we do, and they usually enjoy it.

But, that being said- I am perfectly fine with eating a bowl of cereal or something really simple every night. 

I have never enjoyed cooking. 

I don't know how to cook hardly anything from scratch and never really cared enough to learn. This cooking project is really for my husband. He loves to eat and he enjoys good, healthy meals which  most of the time he has to cook himself. 

Soooooo, I am going to make the effort to make at least one delicious, home-cooked meal for him and the boys per week...

something new that we haven't tried before :) 


This week's dinner turned out great!

We started out with an artichoke with lemon butter appetizer: 

THANKFULLY, my sis-n-law came over and helped (she's a great cook). We trimmed the leaves and stem, boiled it, and made the sauce.

Now of course, I had no idea how to actually eat an artichoke.  So I just took a big bite out of one of the leaves and said, "Ugh, this is gross!"... as Brit laughs and tells me that you are only supposed to eat the fleshy part that is closest to the stem.  

Ahhhhh, got ya.  

That part was pretty tasty dipped in the lemon butter.. definitely a fun appetizer to make :)

Next we got working on this Eggplant Parmesan.

Simple enough- the recipe was pretty easy to follow, although I must confess, I didn't make the sauce from scratch (baby steps here ;)

 We popped it in the oven, put together a simple salad with romaine lettuce (had to make it Italian because I forgot the Caesar dressing- whoops! )

The eggplant parm wouldn't brown on top so Brit told me to turn the oven on broil for a few minutes and...

Wha-Laa - Came out perfect!!

(Brit and I)

It was delish!! I can't believe we cooked an entire dinner with no meat, that the guys loved too :) 


One meal down- and I definitely learned a few things :) 

Now to plan something for next week.... hmmmmm...