Thanksgiving is over and the turkey is eaten, and we are back to our regular schedule. Winter sports kick off at school this week, with soccer and basketball home games on Monday and Tuesday, so Darren will be cooking on his own on Tuesday.
We are finally settled in our new house, and we are having friends over to enjoy the fabulous fall here in AZ. The weather is perfect most days! We are planning to have music, games, conversation, and good snacks!
We made this pasta dish after making our version of the spicy sausage and chicken pasta over at Beyer Beware. Instead of sausage and chicken, we used pancetta and broccoli with cheese raviolis. It was great, and reheated very well.
Cook the pancetta to render the fat, then add the peppers and onions. A little butter or olive oil (or a mix) can be added if the pancetta is not rendering enough fat.
Cook the ravioli according to the package directions.
Once the onions and peppers are done, remove them from the pan and drain off most of the remaining grease. Deglaze the pan with broth and cook the broccoli in the broth.
When the broccoli is tender and bright green, add the half and half and spices and let the sauce thicken.
When the sauce is done, return the pancetta and pepper/onion mixture to the pan.
Stir it around to warm everything and them mix with the cooked pasta.
Sunday was Veterans Day. I am proud that my father and grandfather served our country. For all of the troubles we do have, our country is filled with brave men and women who work and have worked to keep us safe. Thanks to all of our Veterans!
Darren is lucky enough to observe the Veterans Day holiday with a day off work. He is going to make us some ribs on our new grill/smoker using our standard rib rub! We are super excited about it!
Sunday: Grilled Fish Tacos with Cabbage and Avocado
We very slightly modified this recipe from Beyer Beware. The only real change I made for my version was to use a mixture of ground spices instead of a store-bought cajun blend. This pasta was delicious!!
I have been eating some variation of these sandwiches for as long as I can remember, but last spring I had them at a friend's house, and her family uses pepperoni and salami in them and tops them with sliced avocado, which makes them extra delicious.
It is fall break for me this week, but since we give written evaluations at my school, I will spend much of my time writing those. Also, it is college application time for my seniors, and I am writing recommendation letters for several of them. Still, I plan to try to do some more elaborate cooking this week.
I was looking at this little figurine when I was home over the summer. She was with my old Strawberry Shortcake miniatures. She is the same size as the SSC miniatures, but she is a different plastic. Then I thought she was a Jellybean Doll, because she was clearly made in the same mold as the Very Cherry Jellybean Doll and she has Lanard markings on her back. As it turns out, she is the Yummy Yellow Crayon Doll miniature also produced in the early 1980s by the Lanard toy company and made in the same molds as the Jellybean dolls. It took me a while to figure it out, but I'm pretty sure everything is available on the internet if you just keep searching.