Sunday, February 24, 2013

Weekend Cooking 2/24!

Each weekend, Beth Fish Reads hosts Weekend Cooking.  This is perfect for me since I love food and cooking almost as much as I love books!

I have not had much time for cooking the past few weeks. My son has been sick a lot and is also recovering from knee surgery, and my husband was on a business trip this week. So, my son and I relied a lot on Trader Joe's items and other quickie dinners (plus some 5 Guys burgers and fries one night!). I have, however, been cooking a lot during the day for my son - scrambled eggs, subs, ravioli, pudding, cookies, and lots and lots of shakes and smoothies! I feel like I spent all week standing at the sink doing dishes!

I finally have a chance to cook some dinners this weekend. I'm not feeling well myself, but now my husband is home to help.

Last night, we made Adirondack Red Wing Burgers, a Rachel Ray recipe (yes, for once, I made something not from Cooking Light!). These are inspired by buffalo-chicken flavors, and our whole family likes them. Rachel's recipes tend to be heavy on fat (and especially cheese), but some of them are pretty good. I mostly followed the recipe but cut down a bit on the oil, butter, and cheese. The flavors in these burgers are great! I wish I had a picture to show you because they look good, too.

For dessert, my son saw that we had some overripe bananas and requested his favorite, Monkey Bars (yes, now we are back to Cooking Light recipes!). Oh, my gosh, these are soooo good. We substitute mini chocolate chips for the raisins (which my kids aren't fond of). Delicious!

For dinner tonight, we are having another Cooking Light favorite, Maple Pork and Vegetable Stew. We all love the flavors in this unique stew - it is perfect for a cold winter day (plus we'll have left-overs for an easy dinner tomorrow).

Hope you are enjoying some good food and cooking this weekend!


  1. So sorry to hear of your crazy month -- hope your son will have a much better March.

    Everything here looks yummy (including the 5 Guys Burgers!) But that pork stew caught my attention. Yum.

  2. I love Cooking Light too! I have gotten some of our family's favorite recipes from there. (But the Adirondack burgers look good too- I pinned it.)

  3. I used to be a Rachael Ray devotee, but now the heaviness of many of her recipes don't work for us anymore. Some do, though. I realized that many of my magazines are just sitting on my baker's rack taking up space, so I've been weeding them out and recycling them.

    Hope your son is feeling better and that your house gets back to normal soon!

  4. That Monkey Bars recipe looks great ... and I just happen to have to over-ripe bananas here. Thanks! I'm going to try it. Hope things improve and your son recovers quickly.

  5. Monkey Bars sound yummy. Hope you are all good as new soon Sue.

  6. One of my American cookbooks has a pork loin recipe that calls for dumping maple syrup on the meat and baking. It's good, but this recipe has so much more complexity of flavor. Hope to try it soon.

  7. Thanks for the recipes! I bookmarked the pork stew. Hope everyone is feeling better soon!

  8. Anonymous2:26 PM

    I'm sure my kids would LOVE the Monkey Bars. I hope your son has a speedy recovery. Thanks so much for sharing.