February 12, 2012
What's cooking in Dooley and Doolia's kitchen?
We've been keeping up the practice of preparing a menu board that hangs in our kitchen. On the board for the upcoming 2 weeks are:
- Hot and Sour Soup
- Mulligatawny Soup
- Beef with Ginger Butter Sauce, plus Roasted Carrots
- Skillet Tamale Pie
- Skillet Tikka Masala, plus Brown Rice Pilaf
- Osso Bucco, plus Roasted Carrots
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Cincinnati Chili served 5-Way
These recipes are all from either the "America's Test Kitchen Complete TV Show Cookbook," or from ATK's "The Best Simple Recipes" cookbook--which has become a Dooley and Doolia FAVORITE!!!
It's been a year
Dooley and Doolia have been cooking together for a year now. Despite the fact that I haven't blogged in a while, we've continued cooking several times a week.
Before going grocery shopping, we sit down together and look through our cookbooks to see what appeals to us that week. Then we write down the ingredients we need to buy, along with staples like milk and eggs. Then I go shopping. I must confess that this cuisine costs more than eating out of convenience boxes, but oh, it's so worth it!
Before our cooking adventure, we ate primarily pasta and rice dishes with frozen vegetables, and a lot of hot dogs. Now we feast on dishes like Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce, and Strip Steak with Ginger Butter Sauce. We had friends over to lunch yesterday and we served them a Dooley and Doolia Mardi Gras meal of Pork Cassoulet, and Muffuletta Panini sandwiches.
Our stated goal of this project was "cooking and healing together." I can say wholeheartedly that we're succeeding. When we cook together, we're united, happy, enjoying each others' company, and in the end we get to share a fabulous meal. Partly as a result of this project, Dooley is a changed man. He's been working hard toward his recovery in many other ways too, but our cooking together is part of it. I believe that our "project" has subtly morphed into a "way of life" now. And it's good!