Friday, January 21, 2011

Foodie Friday

I found some delicious recipes to cook this week and with three guests on Thursday, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. Here's the dish!

Rating Key:
Taste rated by Derek to eliminate cook's bias: 1 (wouldn't make again) to 5 (an eminent kitchen comeback)
Difficulty: 1 (could cook it while talking to a live-audience) to 5 (left the kitchen sweating)

Tuesday: Chicken Marsala with Pancetta and Cream from Simply Recipes
Rating: 5 - The pancetta took this marsala recipes to another level!
Difficulty: 2
Sides: Steamed green beans, salad and this homemade rosemary bread
Tips: Pancetta is a bit pricey so plan additional meals to use it up!

Wednesday: Easy Grilled Salmon (teriyaki marinade) from Simply Recipes
Rating: 6! Broke the charts!
Difficulty: 1 - couldn't be easier -- especially when your boyfriend does the cooking
Sides: This roasted cauliflower, salad, and homemade bread
Tips: Derek thought this was beyond perfection, but I found it a bit salty. I might go for low-sodium soy sauce next time.

Thursday: Ginger, Coriander, and Orange Glazed Chicken from Steamy Kitchen
Rating: 3 - I thought the flavor of this dish didn't quite match the time/effort put in
Difficulty:  2
Sides: Brown rice and this asparagus recipe
Tips: I used chicken breasts instead of thighs since we were having guests and not everyone loves bone-in. Perhaps the thighs with skin would have held the flavor better.


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