Happy Monday all.
I have spent the majority of my day in and out of the kitchen today but I decided to stop and talk to you.
On Saturday our favorite neighbors (friends!) came to dinner, plus one who had never tasted my cooking, and we enjoyed a new recipe. I made Asiago and thyme baked fettuccine. Thank you Giada http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/creamy-baked-fettuccine-with-asiago-and-thyme-recipe/index.html! Of course, I made changes. And as is my wont to do, I made much more than needed to have planned leftovers.
Tonight I will make the smaller pan and it will be fresh and delicious. I have to add cheese and some bread crumbs to make the top perfect and crispy. The recipe is a keeper.
I also prepared a pork tenderloin. I marinated it in an Asian marinade last night, browned it in my cast iron pot, and it has been slow cooking for hours. Mmm . . .
The pork will also be a planned leftover, as we will not consume all of this!
After dinner was prepared I worked on some cookies. I am not a baker. So I bake carefully. When I cook, I seldom need a recipe. When I bake I measure!
I made fruit cake cookies. Those I have made before so not so worrisome! LOL! However, I wanted to make snickerdoodles and haven’t done so in some time. While we were in Rochester for Thanksgiving, our neighbor visited Fiona and took care of her. I want to thank her with cookies. So I made a yummy batch.
A day of accomplishments… dinner of planned leftovers and a fresh pork tenderloin. I will add a salad and voila! The fruit cake cookies are one of hubby’s favorites and there are warm snickerdoodles fresh out of the oven. Now where are those thank you cards…