Monday, June 11, 2007

To Do: Cook Dinner?

I'm officially out of recipes and completely stumped about what to make for dinner. Rob and I have been eating a lot of fish, artichokes, Mexican food and pasta lately. I'm craving something new.

Does anyone have a favorite dinner recipe to share?

14 comments:

mamacita said...

Well, tonight I'm making chicken cacciatore. I'm still fiddling with the recipe, but this is what I'm trying tonight:

Season (with salt and pepper) 1 lb. (or so) of chopped, boneless skinless chicken thighs. Heat a little butter and olive oil in a dutch oven. Add chicken pieces and one chopped onion. Brown chicken on all sides. Add one can diced tomatoes (with juices), one can tomato paste, one stalk celery (chopped) and one carrot (chopped). Cover and simmer until chicken is cooked through. Add chopped parsley and remove from heat. Serve over couscous.

Mary said...

I haven't made this yet, but I have friends who rave about it:
[link=http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1141973]Crunchy Shrimp with Ginger-Orange Sauce[/link]

It might take more prep than you'd like, though. How about a pork recipe? I like doing spicy pork chops with mango chutney or mango salsa, with rice and steamed broccoli or other vegetable.

Faith said...

Ignore the picture - this is flash-fried fish is quite good. http://kitchen.apartmenttherapy.com/food/main-dish/recipe-catfish-with-lemon-basil-cream-sauce-023686

I like it with all sort of thin white fish - usually I make it with tilapia, and put in a little extra butter at the end, melt it down with some white wine and add capers. Instant meal.

MissEm said...

Yum! These all sound good

e said...

i like my pan-seared gnocchi with cubes of butternut squash in sage oil, topped with lots of freshly ground pepper and parmigiano reggiano cheese. i had it at Diner under the Brooklyn Bridge. it's simple, yummy, and one of six things i can make. i admire all your cooking skills, i'm a huge fan of eating out. sigh.

Gracie73 said...

There is a really cool website called www.allrecipes.com if you haven't been to it. I really like it because there are some simple recipes and there are reviews for each of the submitted recipes as well as improvizations for an even better recipe. And to boot, you can save recipes to your own personal "recipe card box." Happy dinner.

Jessica said...

I have a cooking blog. I don't know how many recipes you could get from me, but I have a lot of links to other cooking blogs too. I plan a weekly menu and try to eat at least half vegetarian meals.

I have subscriptions to Real Simple, MS Living, and Everyday Food. I try to make a recipe from each issue. It helps me try new things and makes me feel that I'm not wasting my subscription money.

Also, breakfast or brunch recipes can be a welcome change for dinner, and since some are often lighter than typical dinner fare can be nice during the summer.

Jane said...

I have a really easy dish that goes well with almost any entree or can be enhanced with heartier veggies as a main course.

Make one box of regular cous cous. Fluff and add to a large bowl. Add a can of strained chickpeas, halved cherry tomatoes, lots of feta cheese, and diced flat leaf parsley for freshness. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over the entire thing- add salt/pepper if you like.

To make it heartier- add sauteed eggplant or mushrooms, artichoke hearts, roasted asparagus or broccoli, or any of your favorite veggies.

Serve with a glass of chilled White Burgundy and I am one happy camper!

And it makes an enormous amount so you can munch on it all week. It's also a crowd pleaser at parties and pot-lucks when you are in a pinch and don't have time to make something extravagant.

Erin S. said...

Hey Emily--Like Jessica, I have a food blog and I have a category of "Easy Weeknight Meals" here: http://erinskitchenindex.blogspot.com/2006/02/easy-weeknight-meals.html

Risotto's a favorite of mine b/c you can use whatever you have handy and it doesn't really take too long. I also like grilling in the summer--keeps the kitchen cool, and no messy dishes.

Nugent79 said...

One of my favorite easy dinners (from Cooking Light):

Blackened Chicken and Grilled Avocado Tacos

http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1185433

kathryn said...

I had an amazing haul from my farmers market this weekend so i made a sort-of lasagna out of vegetables. I made sauce out of diced tomatoes, slivered carrots and onion, with whatever herbs you like. Then instead of noodles I sliced zucchini thin and layed sauce and zucchini and lots of cheese. Bake it for 30 min covered and 15 min uncovered so your cheese gets crunchy.

Jen said...

I am really in to the Williams Sonoma simmer sauces lately. They are not cheap but you can put something in a crockpot or simmer on very low and they are great. The mojo sauce for pork tenderloin is great, and the Indian curry sauces are amazing.

love.boxes said...

All of these ideas are so fun! :)

Caroline said...

I posted an awesome Thai Curry Recipe on my blog...
Maybe that will help!