Greek Pasta Salad
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 c. olive oil
1 lb short pasta (I used rotini), cooked
English cucumber, halved lengthwise, then chopped
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
6 oz feta, crumbled
3 c. baby spinach
Mix all dressing ingredients until well combined. Toss all salad ingredients together. Add dressing and toss.
The next recipe we tried was Coffee-Rubbed Skirt Steak from Food Network Magazine. I wanted to try this because we have never cooked skirt steak before and the idea of using coffee and cocoa powder in a steak rub sounded interesting.
I also made a new cookie recipe - Coffee Spiced Cookies. I pulled the recipe from an ad in a magazine, but you can find the recipe on Crisco's website here. They definitely did not turn out very big or pretty and as far as taste goes, I could take them or leave them. However, our friends Harry & Lance came over the night I made them and took care of most of cookies for me so they must not be too bad!
The last recipe we made this week is not a new one, but it is a favorite and something we haven't made in quite a while, so I thought I would share. Another Food Network recipe, but this one comes from Alton Brown's Good Eats - Perfect Potstickers. Unfortunately, they are no longer producing the show, but you can still catch the re-runs. Alton has always reminded me of my brother if he had decided to be a chef instead of an engineer (and I'm pretty sure Chris would consider that a compliment, right?). Cameron loves Asian food and I'm learning to broaden my horizons. In case you are wondering, wonton wrappers are usually in the produce section around tofu and stir-fry vegetables. The first time we made this, it took me forever to find them! It's a time consuming recipe, but fun to do and well worth it!
Cameron had the great idea to make up our own filling of shrimp & conecuh sausage and make this like an etouffee. Could be really good!
Hopefully you'll be inspired to try one of these recipes out yourself! Let me know what you think!