Wednesday, June 23, 2010

menu planning

Yes, I am still menu planning. I'm a week-and-a-half in right now. Go me...or something. I'm nothing if not a work in progress. (Okay, so that's not true. I'm plenty of things, one of which is definitely a work in progress. There, that's better.)

Last Thursday (yes, I'm behind), I made a completely simple dish that I fully plan on making again. From my Cooking Light 2001 cookbook (I buy these at Goodwill, so I always end up with older editions), I chose the Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, and Basil Couscous Salad. It came together quickly and I didn't skip the shallots (although my eyes were burning something terrible as I was mincing them). I love, love, love the smell of fresh basil. For me, it's a very summery smell. I could just eat Caprese salad all of the time, except I've never made my own and I'm certainly not going to be eating out all of the time. I was tempted to add some balsamic vinegar to this, but I like to stick to the original recipe for food the first time I try it*. Maybe next time.

I had leftovers of this for dinner the other night (I only meal plan for four or five days a week) and it was good cold. I do prefer it freshly-made, though.

I have other meals I'll have to eventually catch up on in this space. Buon appetito!


* Actually, now that I look at the recipe, I remember I did make one change: I cooked my couscous in vegetable broth. I was afraid it'd be tasteless otherwise.


P.S. Is anyone else having a weird Blogger issue when posting pictures? I no longer see a preview of my pictures, so I just close the window that would show the preview and trust that the pictures have been added. So far, this hasn't really been a problem, it's just weird.