Monday, November 24, 2008

Wrapping a few things up

Seems like I'm running around today trying to get a bunch of things done before we head to Michigan on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving weekend. There's no weekly menu this week since we're only eating at home one night (I'm going to whip up a stew using all the great root vegetables we got in our CSA box for that dinner). I do though want to wrap up the last of the dishes I made last week from some of my favorite food bloggers.
Butternut Squash Moli
First the Moli from What's Cooking. Ben is a great source of cooking ideas especially those with a Mexican flavor. Matt loves Mexican food so I find myself bookmarking Ben's recipes quite often. This dish is a cross between a chili & a moli, which I though was super clever. Ben's recipe was for Pumpkin Moli, I used butternut squash since I had some cooked & puréed on hand. The only other thing I changed in the recipe was I used dark chocolate cocoa instead of Mexican chocolate & it still gave a great flavor. We really liked this dish, its so flavorful & smells amazing. We would only change two things next time, we'd add another can of beans (black beans would be good) & we'd make it a touch spicier. Visit What's Cooking to get the original recipe.
Next we made Aromatic Giouvetsi from Kalofagas. Peter has such a great blog & I've tried a couple of his Greek recipes already (We love his Pork Souvlaki!). This recipe struck me as a really comforting dinner, your basic meat, tomato sauce & pasta taken up a notch with aromatic seasonings such as cloves, allspice & cinnamon. We also stuck really closely to this recipe except we used flank steak for the meat instead of veal which seemed to work out just fine as it got nice & tender. It was really perfect for a cold, gloomy November night. Visit Kalofagas for the recipe.

I also meant to make the Carrot & Peanut Soup from Stacey Snacks but Matt took me out for dinner instead. It's still in my queue to make sometime soon.

Despite the fact we'll be traveling this week we still have some posts for you this week. I'll be continuing my 8 weeks of cookies with a Swedish Peppernut Cookie. We have our entry for the Royal Foodie Joust and this week will also be the reveal of this month's Daring Baker's Challenge.


Stacey Snacks said...

I made chili last night too!
Maybe will post it next week.
Have a great Thanksgiving!

Peter M said...

Kat, the Giouvetsi looks awesome and I'm delighted the family enjoyed it. Thanks as well for the shout-out!

Lori said...

Hey I have been wanting to make Peters Pork Souvlaki. Soon...

Happy Thanksgiving Kat!

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

How I love that shot of the pasta dish! Those macaroni elbows are calling my name. And that chili-moli looks wonderful too.

Giff said...

dishes look great. I'm going to have to try these as well.

grace said...

i think chili is the dish that i eat most often and i love new variations. popping in some dark chocolate sounds like a wonderful idea.
meanwhile, stay warm in michigan!

giz said...

Isn't chili just the best go to dinner. You did a great job of Peter's recipe too. Have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

Maris said...

Chili is one of my favorite things to make! I have so many recipes for it and they're all good!

Ben eats Mexico said...

Hi Kat! I am so glad you guys liked the moli. And if you want to make it more spicy go ahead, I love my food only with a hint of heat, for some reason I can't eat too much hot food :-p

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