It has been a shameful 9 months since my last post. I now have a toddler and a big kid who is halfway through preschool. There’s an old saying about parenthood that “the days are long, but the years are short.” It’s so true! But apparently the days aren’t quite long enough for me to blog. In the last 3/4 of a year, we have baptized the baby, celebrated several major holidays, hosted a piano recital for 17 students, changed countless diapers, said goodbye to a beloved babysitter who moved away, listened to hundreds of train stories, read thousands of books, and fed, fed, fed these growing boys. They can eat!!
They’re good helpers, though.
One thing that the whole family will eat is chicken. Last night, the kids alone ate most of a roast chicken while their dad and I had salmon.
In the newest Barefoot Contessa cookbook (How Easy is That?), two favorites have been Chicken with Shallots:
And Jeffrey’s Roast Chicken:
Bonus: these dishes both make the house smell amazing.
Somehow, I made the following recipes, but photographic evidence does not exist.
Lobster & Shells (How Easy is That?) – delicious, but I would probably make it with shrimp the next time, as lobster is pricey!
Cape Cod Chopped Salad (Back to Basics) – also delicious, with some minor modifications. We used half lettuce and half arugula, less bacon, feta instead of blue cheese, and no salt. So, so good.
Herb-Roasted Lamb (Barefoot Contessa Family Style) – always a favorite at Easter. This time, I used large potatoes instead of small, and I didn’t cut them. They still roasted beautifully under the lamb.
Roasted Butternut Squash (How Easy is That?) – another variation on a favorite Ina theme. Always amazing, especially with the squash we get from our CSA. My youngest child devours the stuff.
I think that’s it for now, although I have the snaking suspicion that I’m forgetting something. On the menu this week: lobster paella!