I made two new dishes this week.
Monday: Spicy Sausage Pasta
New dish #1. I’d put this in the “I would make it again” category.
Changes: 1) Used sweet Italian ground sausage instead of smoked sausage; 2) Used a 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes instead of Ro-Tel; 3) Used half-and-half instead of heavy cream; 4) Didn’t add scallions (I didn’t have any); 5) Added the sauce to the pasta separately instead of mixing the pasta directly into the sauce.
Tuesday: Country Captain Chicken
An old standby. Delicious, quick, and easy.
Wednesday: Fish Stew
I had planned to make something else for dinner since I just made this dish a few weeks ago, but I forgot that Wednesday was the beginning of Lent (which meant Paul wouldn’t be eating red meat or poultry, but he could have fish).
As usual, I replaced the fennel bulb with 1 Tbsp fennel seed and served it over rice instead of polenta. I used tilapia for the fish.
New dish #2. It was okay, but it didn’t wow me — I prefer stronger flavors.
Changes: 1) Didn’t add grape tomatoes; 2) Used a few teaspoons of bottled lemon juice instead of lemon zest.
Friday: Dinner at Cafe Asia
Paul and I went to dinner after work on Friday before walking to the Warner Theatre to see Nick Offerman perform (you may know him as the Ron Swanson character on Parks and Recreation). He was very entertaining.
Paul and I spent all day Saturday and Sunday morning in Richmond with my family. Elissa made a fabulous shrimp stir-fry for lunch on Saturday that I need to replicate soon.
Sunday: Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta
I hadn’t made this in over two months; it was a good way to use up a container of pureed pumpkin I had in the fridge. We ate it with rice pasta.