So it happens sometimes...you spend the time and energy trying a new recipe and you just don’t love it. Oh well. It’s not that this recipe was bad....there just wasn’t anything super compelling about it and to be honest I kind of felt like I was eating a vegetarian Gyro without the onions, tomato & pita (which I kind of missed....so maybe fold these stacks up and throw them in a pita!).
The eggplant cooked up nicely though and made delicious quesadillas for my leftover day (combined with sauteed mushrooms, onions and canned artichoke hearts). The minted yogurt was a nice twist on Tzatziki but would fare better as a sauce than a substantial filling.
Christian’s a good cook, but can get a bit flustered at times so the fact that he told me that this was an easy recipe means it really is easy which makes it perfect for weeknights. And we both think that it turned out a restaurant quality soup...so much so that we had a hard time restraining ourselves and saving enough for our leftovers night!
I stumbled upon this Balsamic chicken recipe (Giada’s) when making a spread for my best friend’s bachelorette party, but it was so yummy that I have a hard time keeping it to chicken drummett appetizers as it calls for and instead have started making it as a regular chicken dinner with either full-size drumsticks or chicken breasts.When it comes to the polenta, Giada’s cheesy polenta is the absolute best, but if you’re trying to be healthy I would suggest you simply make it according to the directions on your polenta package and add a touch of cream/cheese/butter to taste along with some fresh herbs. Lastly, Rapini (or broccoli raab) is our favorite vegetable lately...we usually roast it at high heat with grape tomatoes and olive oil, garlic powder, salt & pepper for about 15 minutes...nutty, a bit crunchy and so delicious!
So after a bit of tinkering this came out quite yummy. Nice and creamy with slightly firmer chunks of squash for great textural differences and flavor. The big shavings of parmesan really added the perfect finishing touch as well (but doesn’t cheese always have a way of doing that?)...very nice warm your soul winter supper!
Serves: 6 Total Time: 40 minutes Source: Soup, Superb Ways with a Classic Dish, page 109