Thursday, April 22, 2010

Kim's Vegetable Medley

We went to dinner at our friends' home the other night and they grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, you know the drill.  It was fabulous, don't get me wrong.  She served berries and salad and all sorts of good stuff, but THE BEST thing on the table was this mix of roasted vegetables.  I couldn't eat enough -- and I've made it twice since.  As a matter of fact, I just polished off the leftovers (and there were leftovers, believe me, because there is NO WAY my kids are going to eat this).  Kim said it came into being because she had all this produce and didn't know what to do with it... here's what I used:

Kim's Vegetable Medley

1 sweet potato cubed
1 onion coarsely chopped
1 zucchini 1/2" slices
1 green pepper cubed
1 red pepper cubed

Toss veggies in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until well coated.  Add 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. oregano, 1/2 t. parsley (or whatever herb you want to use). Pop in an 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Summer Challenge -- Hamburgers

I've been uninspired lately -- finding it hard to try to put something new on the table. Mostly, its my family. They honestly don't seem to appreciate the time and effort it takes to create a meal. Nightly, someone tells me why they don't like what I've made. So I decided that this summer I would try to perfect something they all eat -- HAMBURGERS! (Of course, after my first attempt the other night, when only son 13 and daughter 11 were home, neither finished their hamburger) So what! I'm going to do it!

I read that Ina Garten puts egg yolks into her burgers (ummmm too much fat), but I did steal her idea to put a little pat of butter in the patty, and I brushed on some steak sauce at the end (under the cheese). Grilled the buns too.

Next time it'll be quality meat, and I'll figure out some other tricks too...

One a different note ... and just for the record...
last night I made that Salsa All'amatricina from Giada's book, and again, well received... but then again, it contains bacon... and everyone here LOVES bacon.