cooking summary - november

November 2020 / cooking

Overall I made 23 things in November.

November 1


Chicken & Mushrooms (Dinner)

From Canal House volume 5, page 96

November 2

No-Knead Crusty White Bread

November 3

Baked Ziti With Sausage Meatballs and Spinach (Dinner)

November 5

Sheet-Pan Sausage With Peppers and Tomatoes (Dinner)

November 10

Crispy Tofu with Cashews and Blistered Snap Peas (Dinner)

Just a single this time, but it turned out well. Not sure what I did differently. Used string beans instead of snap peas, and that was fine as well, even though I skipped the bean dressing.

I've cooked this 2 times before

November 12

Greek-Style Chicken Kebabs with Lemon and Oregano (Dinner)

Not a hit the night of (?) but everyone liked it the next 2 nights. I really like it with hummus and pita.

I've cooked this just once before

Zov's Hummus (Side)

I've cooked this 7 times before

November 14

Sauteed Baby Bok Choy (Side)

Surprisingly good! Everyone who tried it liked it. Made a mess in the pan (burned gummy soy sauce garlic)

November 17

Bulgogi (Dinner)

With roasted cauliflower

Bulgogi (Korean Grilled Beef) from NYT

Throwing the marinade in the pan was weird but it cooked off well. I liked it, especially with the rice and lettuce wrap and some store-bought gochujang. Family didn't go for it but maybe tomorrow?

Plate with bulgogi, rice and sides

November 19


One of the loaves (not sure if it was the first or second) turned out amazing! Just what I was looking for.

time activity
2230 mix leaven
710-730 mix dough (air 70°, water 98°, 750g)
730-805 rest
810-1220 bulk rise
1230-1310 bench rest
1320- final rise
1745 1st loaf in
1856 2nd loaf in
I've cooked this 10 times before

Bread on a cutting board

The perfect loaf

November 21

Sheet-Pan Kielbasa With Cabbage and Beans (Dinner)

Great, easy, has a built-in veggie (the cabbage). Used a great great kielbasa from Olympic Provisions.

I almost didn't make the bean vinaigrette, but it turned out to be essential and great. Definitely don't leave that out. Sounds weird - cold beans, in a ton of olive oil & vinegar - on top of warm food, but it was pretty great.

November 23

Rosemary-Brined Pork Chops with Apples and Potatoes (Dinner)

The chops I got were really thin, so I didn't bother with the oven - just seared both sides for about 5 minutes.

I've cooked this just once before

November 24

Stove Top Mac 'n Cheese (Dinner)

Didn't turn out very creamy this time; something wrong with the cooking, or maybe a different cheese? I thought it was fine, kids said it was good but didn't eat a lot.

Roasted Squash (Side)

Butternut Squash

November 25

Crispy Tofu with Cashews and Blistered Snap Peas (Dinner)

I was all set to make the crispy tofu with the recipe, but my pick-up order at the grocery came with a teeny tiny block of baked seasoned tofu (gross!).

But, I had a bit of frozen black cod, so subbed in some steamed fish with ginger on top. The recipe was pretty simple:

  • salt the fish
  • put it on a plate (seemed crazy, but I did it on a ceramic plate)
  • bit of chopped ginger on top
  • in the steam for 10 minutes (I did mine a bit longer; somewhere I found a recommended cod temperature of 145º so I went until I hit that)

It was good! Fish went over well with everyone, and I thought it was pretty congruent with the sauce.

I've cooked this 3 times before

Steamed Fish with Ginger (Side)

November 26

Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes (Breakfast)

I've cooked this 5 times before

November 29

Cal Peternell’s Braised Chicken Legs (Dinner)

These were a hit! I really liked how crispy the floured chicken skin got, and the braise was really easy. This is a recipe that has a fancy result but is actually quite easy.

The reduction could have used either a bit more time or a bit more salt, but that's easy. I got 2.5lbs of chicken legs, but that was only 3! Next time order 5lbs to match the recipe (and, we ate most of what I'd made, so I need to make something else tomorrow).

Sauteed Baby Bok Choy (Side)

I didn't bother with the garlic or ginger for the bok choy; last time, those just burned. It didn't have all the flavor but was still a nice preparation.

I've cooked this just once before

Fruit & Cheese Plate (Lunch)

November 30

Grilled Cheese (Kid's Lunch)

I've cooked this 3 times before

Rice Bean Cheese Burrito (Kid's Lunch)