I did one thing right on Monday. I used the remaining time to make chicken stock. I had a ton of leftover bones and veggies in my freezer. I boiled them all down. I was left with more stock than any one human ever needs. I made gallons of the stuff. All of those carcasses in my freezer have now been replaced with containers full of stock.
Despite this massive stock of stock, I was stuck. I was stuck for ideas. Then there is nothing else to do but go to other people's blogs and pilfer their recipes.
I made Theresa's Chicken Tortilla Soup. This was a big hit. My husband loved it. I'm glad he did, because we had an awful lot of it. After the second night of having it for dinner, I tweaked it a bit and added some chipotle powder to it before taking it to lunch the next day. (Is there anything chipotle powder doesn't taste good on?) This made it even better.
Then there I was stuck with a coworker's birthday coming up. I had to bake. This is someone I need to suck up to!
I have a great memory for recipes. If I see something I like on a blog that I know I want to make, I will keep it in my head until I finally make it. It will stay there for months, itching on my brain, reminding me that I have to bring forth that recipe in my own kitchen. Rita's Greenies is just one of the recipes. I love pistachios. Coworker is a nut for nuts. I'd kill two birds with one stone. I'd bake something for coworker and the recipe in my head would stop nagging me.
I tweaked this recipe a bit as well. I increased the nuts to about two cups, increased the white chocolate to seven ounces, increased the butter to one stick, and increased the flour to one and a quarter cups. Then I baked the whole thing in a 9" square pan.
Delicious. Coworker was very happy. She can't wait to take them home to her sweetie. Mission accomplished.
I don't know about Sir Pickypants, but as good as the soup was, eating it for lunch and dinner every day made me a little tired of it. I needed to make something else for dinner for once. What? I had more dance classes this week. I have an audition tonight (I may or may not actually audition for this play, but as a member of the B.O.D. I at least have to be there). I just can't think of a new recipe.
It's Fun and Food to the rescue. Always good for an easy meal suggestion, I chose Mansi's Spinach Fettuccini with Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce. It's uncommonly good with just enough variation in flavor to make your realize you're not eating an ordinary tomato sauce. That's a good thing because I was close to doing something crazy like serve sauce from a jar! It's also the only thing I made this week that I remembered to take a picture of.
I still have a freezer full of chicken stock. I am making a new list of soup recipes to pilfer...