Today my friend Libby had her last round of chemotherapy. Today is a good day. Even if everything else today was stressful, crazy, and blah, her chemo being over in and of itself makes today a good day. The Lord is so good. Thank you to those of you who have been praying for her. It's exciting.
I've made some meals recently-they're nothing to write home about. They were good, but I don't know if I'd make them again. Recently I haven't been falling in love with my food, but that's ok. It makes the times when I do really count.
First off, we cooked some pork ribs last week. And- I won't do that again. Gross. I made French potato salad to go with them, and it was good. So one out of two there.
I also made skillet beef, asparagus, and roasted potatoes one night. That was good. For the potatoes you will need 4-5 gold or red potatoes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut them into quarters and spread them on a sheet pan. Coat the potatoes with evoo, salt, pepper, garlic, and your favorite herbs (I usually use parsley and basil). Place the potatoes in the oven for 45 minutes, until crispy. I have posted the roasted asparagus recipe before here. And for the meat: basically, you just take a good cut of beef (you can use flank steak or a NY strip) and marinate it in 1/4 cup of evoo, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, and 3-4 garlic cloves. Let that marinate for at least an hour. Then, thinly slice the meat. Pour the meat and marinade into a skillet on medium heat and cook until it is just cooked through (or longer if you like your meat well done). It's a pretty easy meal to cook and it yields some great flavors!
The last meal we've had recently is a Mediterranean shrimp and orzo dish. I'm starting to cook more Mediterranean type meals because the flavors intrigue me. However, this one wasn't really good. So I'm not going to even waste time typing it out. Better luck next time. I am putting a picture of the mess it made because my husband told me to put some pictures on my blog of the messes I make. He said it makes the whole thing look more real. Ha. So, enjoy because I probably won't take anymore. I am slightly OCD when it comes to messes in the kitchen (as my friends all nod their heads in agreement, especially you Carla).
Last is a picture of my birthday dinner from one of our favorite places, The Babcock House. It's duck, mashed potatoes, and green beans.
I have the house to myself for a while so I'm off to get some things done and enjoy some solitude. Congratulations Libby.