Overall I made 23 things in March.
|1||1 Dinner: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms|
|1 Dinner: Corned Beef|
|5||1 Dinner: Sheet-Pan Kielbasa With Cabbage and Beans|
|1 Dinner: Pasta e Ceci (Pasta With Chickpeas)||1 Beans|
|7||1 Dinner: Greek-Style Chicken Kebabs with Lemon and Oregano||1 Side: Zov's Hummus|
|1 Side: Roasted Spring Onions|
|1 Breakfast: Fried Eggs|
|11||1 Dinner: Skillet Chicken With Black Beans, Rice and Chiles||1 Side: Kale|
|1 Dinner: Rosemary-Brined Pork Chops with Apples and Potatoes|
|15||1 Dinner: Corned Beef|
|17||1 Dinner: Pasta alla Norcina (Creamy Pasta With Sausage)|
|19||1 Dinner: Roasted Chicken|
|21||1 Side: Amelia’s “Restaurant” Potatoes with Frizzled Onions|
|1 Dinner: Skillet Chicken and Rice With Anchovies and Olives|
|1 Dinner: Bo Ssam Quesadillas|
|27||1 Breakfast: Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes|
|1 Dinner: Panko Fried Chicken with Lemon||1 Dinner: Sheet-Pan Kielbasa With Cabbage and Beans||1 Side: Kale||1 Side: Roasted Squash|
These were interesting - the marinade (with fancy new balsamic) emulsified really well, and I put the full amount on half the mushrooms (oops!). The mushrooms were kind of soggy, but still just fine.
The potatoes were a hit! Also the corned beef. Basically everything.
I followed Serious Eats How to Cook Beans to cook Rancho Gordo Chickpeas and they turned out great! I used about half of them in the Pasta e Ceci, and ate most of the rest just by the handful.
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta With Chickpeas) (Dinner)
Well received, everyone liked and ate the bean pasta. It was rich, even though it's pretty simple. I'd totally make this again, even with the time it took to make my own chickpeas.
There was a bunch of crab left - for the first time, it was maybe a sign that people liked the pasta?
I've cooked this 11 times before
Roasted Spring Onions (Side)
With my sourdough
The main was a hit - the skin got nice and crispy, everyone (including kids) ate it and there was enough for lunch the next day.
From my local grocery, 3.5lbs of chicken thighs was 7 thighs (recipe wanted 8). We ate 4.5 thighs. My kids are young (3 & 5), I'm a bit nervous about what happens when they get older. Will I need to double the recipe just for dinner?
I've cooked this 9 times before
With Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe and rice
Maybe a bit less salt in the brine next time? I liked it, though. Have to think about that one.
The Brussels are great with this recipe. Super easy. They looked like they were burning at 13 minutes, but I stuck with it until 20 and they were great.
Followed the package instructions on the corned beef (I've made my own, but not today).
I've cooked this just once before
With roasted cauliflower
The reviews: I didn't think this was going to be good, but it's great! Not sure why the initial hate, but I'll take the second. Nice and easy too. I skipped a bunch of steps in the sausage (including resting it, I only had 20 minutes for it to be in the fridge), and used chicken stock instead of white wine.
The cauliflower also turned out well. My usual today at 400°, but it was a small head so there was more space to roast. I only turned it twice so they were nice and crispy.
With roasted potatoes
About 30 minutes in I stashed potatoes around the chicken in the 12" cast iron skillet I was using. I let them keep roasting while the chicken was resting- probably 55 minutes total. They were pretty great.
The chicken recipe was pretty good, too. No turning or anything.
I've cooked this just once before
I made it in a cast iron skillet. It took a bit longer than the recipe indicated, maybe a bit over an hour, but it was great.
With Panic carrots
I liked the chicken- even with a few substitutions (a hazy IPA instead of a dry white wine, water instead of chicken broth) it was really nice. Everyone seemed to eat it.
But, it was a good amount of effort without a clear sponsor. If anyone had really loved it I'd be more inclined to make it again.
Still, I liked it! A bit more salt next time (or extra anchovies).
With butter lettuce salad with vinaigrette
These were a hit!
The bo ssam crisped in a pan was great, everyone liked that a lot, too. This was more successful than serving with rice and lettuce (I turned the rest of the lettuce into a simple green salad).
Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes (Breakfast)
Used a spoon to scoop the flour into the measure, so the batter was a little runnier. I think it made them a bit better.
Had a few blueberries so was able to make 2 blueberry pancakes.
Panko Fried Chicken with Lemon (Dinner)
The kids and I winged the bean dressing - we used italian parsley, garlic and lemon. I wanted to use less olive oil (I think the recipe has you use too much olive oil). Was still nice, maybe could have used a bit more salt - in general, I think you can salt a dressing pretty far and have it taste nice on the salad because it gets all mixed up.
I've cooked this 10 times before