Saturday, July 14, 2007
Reading this blog, you may think we have it all together. Let me take you into the kitchens and a little fun group history.
Starting out, you have to know that just like cooking at home, you will have recipes that are real 'stinkers'. As a group, we evaluate the meals and try to determine if it was the recipe, was it preparation - did the meal not need to be pre-cooked or cooked before freezing. At the end of the evaluation, we generally just say 'that was a stinker!'
And so it was with Chicken Bruschetta. J made this recipe almost a year ago and it got classified as a stinker. It was such a stinker that it got the label at my house as dogfood! If a recipe got labeled dogfood at our house, our second serving was cooked for our dog Lucy to eat. Larry, my DH, determined to never put that on the menu again!
We had another J join our group, who tried to convince us that is was really good recipe. After a couple of sessions of cooking with us, we let her put it on the menu. We discovered from J that you cannot pre-cook the meal. It is a meal that needs to be assembled and frozen with the meat uncooked.
Last night I thought I would pull the formerly notorious stinker meal from the freezer. I pulled it out and it smelled so good. I could smell the garlic coming through the foil. That is always a good sign. I did not tell Larry what it was until after he tried a few bites.
He declared it good. He called it really good! I announced it was Chicken Bruschetta - he stopped chewing and said 'no way'. Then he asked - who cooked it and made it better? Luckily, my DH is a great cook as well and will discuss food prep with me quite often.
I served this with zucchini fresh from my brother-in-laws' garden. The zucchini ws simply sauteed in butter with onions, season all, salt & pepper. Before I sat down to eat , what I thought was WOW what a great picture! It was nice to sit outside and eat a beautiful dinner.
from Tina's house