Miscellaneous Meals

Cati and I had a great weekend.  We saw a very good movie, went to Saso’s, went to a wedding, and even tried that new burger joint franchise Five Guys. (the burgers were meh, at best; nothing special really).  I didn’t take any pictures at all, so photo-blogging about it all is pretty pointless, no?  Below is a collection of some nice meals that I DO have photos of:

I made “everything chicken” a couple weeks back according to this recipe.  I am a bit ashamed to admit that I discovered this recipe from seeing it on TV as made by Rachel Ray [cringe].  She strikes me as a loud townie who, for some reason, constantly speaks in superlatives; but oh well, she can cook.  See photos below:

the ingredients

the process

into the oven it goes

I also made “pasta a la suegra” (a recipe from my lovely mother-in-law) to go with the everything chicken.  The recipe is:

  • 4 oz. pasta of your choice.  We prefer whole wheat or spelt pasta over the white-flour stuff.   
  • one egg
  • one triangle of laughing cow cheese
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2-4 cloves garlic (you make the call)
  • 1 Tbsp of dried basil
  • salt to taste

Mix all ingredients using an electric hand-mixer.  Boil pasta in salted water until desired firmness.  Dump pasta into a colander and shake to remove water.  Add pasta back to empty pot on low/med heat and immediately add mixed ingredients.  Keep stirring as cream sauce thickens with the pasta.  It’s pretty tasty.  We had some sliced tomatoes with dinner, but I bet a nice green salad would have been good too. 

 more fixin’s

the mix



oh yeah

now with color

A few more weeks ago, I made more borscht and some turkey grilled-cheese sandwiches to go along with it.  Hey, what can I say?  We’re root-crop people. 

Borscht and a sammich

I am also pleased to report that Cati and I found whole wheat pizza crusts so we have been making our own pizzas lately.  The pizza below is topped with pizza sauce, dried garlic, basil, rosemary, greek olives, tomatoes, mozzarella, capers, and a pair of eggs.  Good stuff. 

pizza pizza

Isn’t this exciting?


9 Responses to “Miscellaneous Meals”

  1. JWW says:

    Everything looks awesome! Where did you get the whole wheat crust?

  2. alex|dimitri says:

    Honest Weight Food Coop in Albany. It’s not very thick which we like.
    Thanks for leaving a comment!

  3. Lydia says:

    Your pizza looks scrumptious! I surely wouldn’t mind a slice or two when I come over. Keep cooking. I really enjoy your recipes.

  4. Amy says:

    We tried something similar to your everything chicken tenders this week, but unfortunately I overdid on the Adobo and they were really, really salty. I’m not used to cooking with Adobo that much and quickly learned that it should NOT serve as the base of the breading!

    Could you make the la suegra with a lighter cream, or does it have to be heavy? It looks fantastic!

    Is the pizza dough made at the co-op or is it a branded pkg? I wonder if I can get it at a regular grocery up here. I really like the workability of Hannaford’s dough, but it’s all white flour. I haven’t seen any wheat dough there. Guess I’ll have to trek down to Albany and try this stuff. Or I could actually be industrious in the kitchen for once and make it from scratch!

  5. alex|dimitri says:

    Amy, thanks for the comment. Yeah, adobo is mostly salt, so go easy; sounds like you learned a lesson. As for the cream, you could certainly use light cream, but I don’t think the sauce will thicken up enough if you use anything lighter than that (without adding more cheese or egg).

    Also, the “everything chicken” in the photos above was actually ruined. Aside from omitting the poppy seeds (d’oh), I used too much salt. I only found the online recipe after I made it from memory (faulty memory). We needed the tomato to cut the salt. So I feel ya on the over salting.

    The pizza crust is “Richard Bourdon SOURDOUGH WHEAT PIZZA CRUST (Hand Stretched)” from the Berkshire Mountain Bakery, Inc. Interestingly it has no yeast or perservatives added (no yeast?). It has a phone number for questions or comments on the package (1-413-274-3412). Maybe you can ask them if they have distributors in your area. Hope to see you and A soon.

  6. renee says:

    was that the glow of the television on your yummy looking chicken dinner?

    i think you should try making your own dough. it’s fun, easy and quite delicious. skfl and i should totally have you over for a pizza dinner! i could show you how it’s done. but then you’d have to hang out with us while the dough rises. good times…

  7. Gina says:

    I think your take on Rachel Ray is the exact description I’ve been looking for. I’m not a violent person, but I’ve always felt that she is a bit too cheerful (in a very phony way) and could us a good kick. I hate to admit I’ve used some of her recipes too (but she can indeed cook and the short time it takes to make a decent meal is a boon).

  8. alex|dimitri says:

    Renee, pick the date and we’ll be there!

    Gina, it’s okay. You want to kick “Rachel Ray”, the persona, not the person. Let’s hope the real person is not as annoying…

  9. celinabean says:

    I’ve been looking for whole wheat pizza dough. Thanks for the heads up. Keep the great ideas coming!