Un-rutting.

29 Jan

I love to cook. Have I mentioned?

However, every now and then I find that we’ve gotten into a culinary rut. I keep making the same round of stuff, week after week. The food is still quite excellent (of course, I made it), but it’s all starting to get a little old.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve made little forays into jazzing up our supper menus. Last night we had Trader Joe’s Mahi-Mahi with a basmati/wild rice medley (also TJ’s brand) and some nice squeaky green beans. Calvin seemed to like it, which is the Number One Requirement of any food that I introduce to the household.

One night last week, after purchasing one of these little beauties, I made a variation of this Steakhouse Steak recipe, courtesy of Ina. It was decent, though I believe it would have been better had I cooked fillets instead of New Yorks. Hey, any steak in a storm, and our grill has been defunct for MONTHS, now.

Now. If you all aren’t clear on my love affair with my crock pot, then surely you haven’t been paying attention. As things stand right now, I use mine about once a week, maybe twice. This lady, on the other hand, had the intestinal fortitude (har) to cook up a different crock pot recipe EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR.

I figured if she could do it for a year, I could do it for a week. Of course, I’m cutting down severely on the work involved by using the recipes she’s already tried out, instead of inventing my own. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and all that. Here’s the menu for next week:

Sunday – Taco Soup. It should go well with the Super Bowl. And all the beer. Alllllll theeeeeee beeeeeeeer.

Monday – Dry Rub Ribs, accompanied by PW’s Crash Hot Potatoes¬†and garlic roasted cauliflower (which recipe I will post soon.

Tuesday – Stuffed Peppers. A whole meal contained in a vegetable! How terribly handy.

Wednesday – Bacon and Cheese Chicken. I mean, really. There is no way to go wrong, here. I’m going to pair it with some Garlic Cheese Noodles. Because you can never have too much cheese. NEVAR. Oh, I should probably have some sort of a vegetable, too. Umm… yeah. Celery and carrot sticks dipped in ranch. There ya go.

Thursday – Tilapia in Foil Packets. Served with another of TJ’s rice medley mixes and a green salad.

Friday – Fast food night! It’s tradition.

Saturday – Lasagna so easy that even I can’t screw it up. Accompanied by some garlic bread and a salad. Yes, Virginia, you CAN cook pasta in the crock pot.

In this little project I hope to end up with a half-dozen more recipes to add to our rotation. I kind of like the idea of trying out the recipes of a specific food blogger for an entire week’s worth of menus. I’ll probably do it again.

And you’ll be sure to hear about it.

(This entry cross-posted at Snerkology.)

One Response to “Un-rutting.”

  1. crockpot lady January 30, 2009 at 8:18 am #

    Hi Laura! You picked out the very best ones! I hope your family enjoys these as much as we did. That tilapia is my 8 yr old’s favorite meal.
    xoxo
    steph

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