We just began a new tradition in our house last week.
Hmm, can you call it a tradition after only a week?
Well, whatever it is, I wish I had started it sooner.
Each of the boys helps me cook dinner once a week.
I married a man who does not cook (boxed mac and cheese sends this man into a panic).
He is a wonderful man, with many talents and abilities. Cooking is just not one of them.
We have been blessed with three boys. Three smart and eager-to-learn boys.
I refuse to send them out into the world without a working knowledge of the kitchen.
Don't get me wrong, I am no Julia Child. I can get by in the kitchen enough to scrape together home cooked meals 5 or 6 times a week, and I admittedly live for take-out night.
I get a lot of help, and one of my favorite cooking partners is The Pioneer Woman. This girl can cook! I have never tried a recipe of hers that I did not like, and often my sometimes-picky eaters will ask for seconds.
Well, last night's dinner was no exception.
Seriously the best beef stew known to man. And the mashed potatoes? Out of this galaxy!
I have to admit, I did not follow the recipe for the stew exactly. Tuesday was my middle son's turn in the kitchen. We were cooking along: him pulsing the mini chopper on the onions and garlic, me handling all the raw meat parts. Happily cooking along, the two of us, when I came to this line: "simmer covered for 1 1/2 to 2 hours." Uh-oh. Um, yeah, it was already pushing 6:00 and feeding my children at 8:30 is just not an option. He sprang into action and threw together a pizza on a pre-baked crust, and I set the stew to simmer.
Later that night, I followed the rest of the directions on the stew (omitting the turnips--remember those "sometimes-picky eaters"), let it cool and refrigerated the whole pot until about an hour before dinner the next night. I set the pot on the stove to simmer and whipped up TPW's to-die-for mashed potatoes (also included with the stew recipe link above), and had a delicious, stress-free dinner on the table in no time.
And oh, what a dinner it was. Today's lunch leftovers were equally yummy. I highly recommend this one!
Oh, and if you're looking for a yummy banana bread recipe, this one is the best I've ever tasted (and that's coming from a girl who doesn't even like banana bread).
The cinnamon-sugar swirl makes it divine!
How about you: try any yummy recipes lately?