So this week, I've been cooking as much as I can. With Scott's family out of town, someone needs to make sure that he eats, right? I'm a good Cajun girl and as such, I've been programmed since birth (pretty much) to make sure that anyone who is left alone by his (or her, but mostly his) family is taken care of, e.g., fed very well! Of course now that I'm writing this I'm thinking I should have taken pictures of all my lovely dishes!
I went over on Sunday before mass and made some pancakes. We then were (FINALLY) able to make it to my cousin's lake house for the day and spent some time swimming and watching movies and eating and hydro sliding. We had such a great, relaxing day. It was awesome.
Monday, I made some awesome chicken and rice and gravy with onions and mushrooms and steamed zucchini and yellow squash. The funny thing is I accidentally added cinnamon instead of paprika on the chicken, but it came out to be one of those great mistakes that lead to a discovery, one which I will be using occasionally from now on.
Wednesday, I tried my hand at chicken-fried steak, white gravy, and french fries. Of course, I've made french fries tons of times, so they came out okay. The steak came out great, but, I believe that I failed successfully on the white gravy. I don't eat it, so I couldn't tell if it was good, but Scott did not enjoy it really, though he tried to mask that fact (such a great guy! :) ) I guess that just gives me room for improvement, right?
Thursday night was more of a success. Scott invited the Smiths over for dinner and I cooked turkey burger-steaks; brats with onions and mushrooms sauteed in red wine; roasted tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, and red, orange and green peppers (not too much , though...about 1/4 of each pepper); and avocado and tomato salad tossed in balsamic vinegar and olive oil. That was a masterpiece of a meal. It was enjoyed by all...and super easy! It took about 1.5 hours to prepare and cook everything, the veggies taking the longest, and I clean as I go, so nothing to do but put the dirty plates and servers into the dish washer after dinner.
Quite a nice week it's been! :) I do love cooking, and at least Scott knows that he will be fed well when we get married! :)