The grocery bag posts seem to be quite popular, according to the site stats. Another one is going up soon. But I thought that first I’d share the results of the last two grocery bags.
As a reminder, here is the haul from two weeks ago:
I don’t have pictures of the salmon and asparagus, because I was in a hurry that night and just wanted something easy. See the “Easy Dill Sauce” post for more details.
After having the disappointing risotto at Six Penn, I decided it was time to make risotto again. Especially since my steak au poivre recipe involves having boiling flavored water handy anyway.
First, I diced one onion:
and caramelized it:
And then did about twenty other things to turn it into a wonderful sweet and sour onion sauce. Meanwhile, I was broiling the filets, and making a portobello mushroom risotto:
As you can see, the rice has lost it’s rice-ness, and become nice and creamy, the way a risotto should be. I then added the filet (which was slightly over; got distracted):
And then the sauce:
It was very yummy. Here is a more perfect filet from the next night, when I was paying closer attention to the meat thermometer:
Here is the grocery haul from last weekend:
I’m trying to duplicate the Giant Eagle pasta salad, because they don’t make it very well, sometimes don’t have it, and sometimes the tomatoes are downright rotten. And because I want it made just the way I want it (no cucumber, al dente pasta). Here’s my first attempt, which was pretty good but still needs work:
The other thing I made was Chicken Satay, with this recipe I got from a coworker:
It was really good. The flavors were different from most other chicken satays I’ve had, but that wasn’t a bad thing. This one reminded me of Tom Kha Gai, one of my favorite soups. In fact, if I make it again, I’m adding a bit of lime juice and some serrano peppers. And it’s really easy, too. I marinaded it for 24 hours before grilling. Oh, and next time, I think I might use some cornstarch to thicken the marinade so it sticks a bit better.