Meals from February 2002

2002-02-01 Baked Ziti and Potato Croquettes

We had pasta with sauce last night. Since we already had that recipe in our cookbook, we took the night off. We’re back in action tonight using the leftover pasta to make baked ziti. Leftovers are often tastier than the original, and this is no exception. So not to be restricted to a single excellent dish, we started with potato croquettes and a little salad.

2002-02-02 Creamy Oatmeal

It’s hard to believe that it’s taken us this long to get Robin’s favorite meal on the site. It might also be hard to believe that anyone can get excited about outmeal, but try this recipe and maybe you’ll understand why.

2002-02-04 Pancake and Frittata Breakfast

We whipped up a little breakfast for dinner tonight. The only thing missing was bacon, but we wanted this meal strictly vegetarian. Still it managed to be a heavy meal, what with the pancakes, the irish oatmeal, the frittata, and the side of fruit.

2002-02-05 Grilled Cheese and Black Bean Soup

It’s a little cold out today, which put us in the mood for some soup. We opted for a low-fat black bean soup. So that the meal wasn’t too healthy, we also had grilled cheese sandwiches.

2002-02-06 Chicken Teriyaki and Fried Rice

It’s a cold, gray day – perfect for a cookout! Actually, we simply grilled some teriyaki chicken to serve with a little fried rice. This is a quick, relatively simple menu that’s not nearly as heavy as the equivalent from a restaurant.

2002-02-07 Cheese Quesadillas and Leftover Black Bean Soup

We had a nice little mexican meal tonight. We finished off black bean soup from the other night (with a few additions). Some cheese quesadillas completed the meal nicely.

2002-02-08 Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

We got quite a bit of chicken on our last visit to the grocery store. Fortunately, we were inspired by a caller to Sara Moulton’s Cooking Live a while back and the result is tonight’s meal – Buffalo-style chicken served as a sandwich.

2002-02-09 Chipotle Chicken Stew

We finish off the chicken from last week’s shopping trip with a chicken stew with a spicy twist. This is a very simple dish to prepare, especially since we poached the chicken last night. The spices, the crispy veggies and the chicken combine for a very tasty meal.

2002-02-10 B&G, Sausage, and Eggs

Biscuits and gravy (also known as “b & g”) are a family favorite. This recipe might also be known as Nick’s B&G as we’re trying to perfect sausage gravy for an upcoming visit. This was not too shabby for a first attempt. As always, we can’t have breakfast without eggs.

2002-02-11 Gingered Salmon and Eggplant Curry

There are several distinct tastes in the various parts of tonight’s Indian-themed meal. We’ve enjoyed ginger curry salmon before. Tonight, we compliment it with some eggplant curry and Madras Lentils.

2002-02-12 Chipotle Mushroom Steak

We’ve got dental appointments on Thursday, so we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day today with some Chipotle Mushroom Steak. We cut our daughter’s portion into a heart shape to make the meal special for her, but it pretty much stands on its own for adults.

2002-02-13 Pasta with Mushroom Gruyere Sauce

We had a tough day today and needed a quick meal. This pasta dish is a little dressier than a typical macaroni and cheese, but is just as easy to prepare.

2002-02-14 Macaroni and Cheese from Leftovers

A dental appointment and sick kids did not make for the most romantic Valentine’s day. Comfort food was definitely the order of the day. Our favorite is mac and cheese and since we were planning on having it in the next couple of days anyway, it was readily available. Perhaps the best part is that Chris was able to cook it by himself.

2002-02-15 Fish Sticks and Leftovers

It’s Lent, which means meatless Fridays for the next 6 weeks. We start off with our favorite prepared food – fish sticks (our daughter cannot get enough of them). We serve with some homemade cocktail sauce and the rest of last night’s Mac & Cheese. Not a bad start to Lent (if only we could have some dessert afterwards!).

2002-02-17 Chicken Sausage Pot Pie

“We’re going to have sausage in pie? Oh boy! We’re going to have sausage in pie!” We’re not sure if this quote can be attributed to father or daughter, but we all enjoyed this meal. The chicken sausage pot pie is very similar to a traditional chicken pot pie, but with chicken apple sausage substituted for chicken.

2002-02-18 Sesame Fish Sticks

These fish sticks are almost as visually striking as they are tasty. Black and white sesame seeds make the outer crust for the fish. A teriyaki dipping sauce completes this rather elegant meal.

2002-02-24 Roasted Chicken

A little bug took us out of action for a while, but we’re back with a roasted chicken. The chicken was perfect – tender, juicy and tasty. Best of all, it was cooked with lots of vegetables that we served on the side.

2002-02-25 Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli (pronounced pasta FA zool) is a wonderful centerpiece for this vegetarian meal. We’re big fans of pasta e fagioli from a long time back. Vegetables and cannellini beans combine to make a flavorful sauce.

2002-02-28 Leftover Pot Roast and Cheesy Grits

Pot roast and grits are two of the best comfort foods ever created, so why not combine them? That’s what we do with tonight’s meal. The pot roast was leftover, which makes the preparation relatively quick and easy.