This weekend was pretty busy, so for the most part I turned to some of my comfortable, standby recipes. I did manage to try something new though!
Bellaroos had activity night at our church, so James and I snuck away to have a dinner date.
Neither of us had ever been to a fondue restaurant, and I had recently purchased a Groupon
for one close by, so we decided to try it!
I wish I could say it was the romantic, Lady and the Tramp dinner experience I was hoping for, where we spent the evening sipping wine and feeding each other morsels of warm cheese.
I guess I should admit that in my head I was also envisioning queso. Mmmmmm queso
(Apparently not everyone knows of the greatness that is queso? Seriously, doesn’t cheese come from ‘happy cows’ in
… how can you not have queso there?)
It, however, was not queso, and for someone who doesn’t like vegetables and only likes white bread, I could have skipped the entire first course.
Bring on course two, where apparently you have to cook your own meat.
I guess this is my fault, I was misinformed and unprepared, but I don’t want to go out to dinner only to cook my own food.
(In my head the meat came out prepared, fully cooked, and then we dipped that into the aforementioned queso!)
Does anyone else find this as stressful as I did?
Not only did I worry about the cooking time of the meat, but I was just sure we were cross contaminating everything with raw chicken germs every time we touched the skewer to our plate.
I was also surprised that not once did anyone tell us “be careful it’s really, ridiculously hot”.
Obviously this is implied, but that doesn’t stop the label on my blow-dryer from advising me not to blow-dry my hair in the bathtub full of water.
James ended up burning his lip and I burned the tip of my finger. Who knew fondue was so dangerous!
But, at last, riding in to save the entire experience from going down in flames… the chocolate. The bliss that was the ‘Chocolate Confusion’ mix of white chocolate and milk chocolate. If the pot hadn’t been so hot (thank you course #2 for that revelation) I would have licked the bowl!! I quickly traded my fruit for James brownie and rice krispie bites. Yes. Finally. This is exactly the way I envisioned spending my few precious moments where I was able to eat an entire meal without getting up to refill a juice cup or clean a spill or make a trip (or four) to the restroom.
Saturday: BBQ Chicken, scalloped potatoes, and cheesy green chili cornbread
I love BBQ chicken.
So easy to prepare.
James grilled the chicken and then put Kraft Hot BBQ Sauce on them the last 10minutes on the grill.
I used Paula Deen’s recipe
for the cornbread.
Mine turned out extremely salty for some reason.
I think next time I would definitely omit the seasoned salt.
Scalloped potatoes are something that my mom used to make regularly, and my sister and I would fight over who got to lick the spoon from the cheese sauce!
(Why didn’t the fondue place just serve this!?)
5 potatoes, sliced into chips
Boil the potatoes until just soft, but not mushy. Stir flour and butter together in a medium saucepan on low. (Very similar to making the gravy from last weekend). Next add the milk and cheese and continue cooking until bubbly. Give a healthy dash of salt and pepper. Layer the cheese and potatoes in a casserole dish and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes, until cheese begins to brown.
Sunday: Steak, leftover scalloped potatoes, corn, and rolls
Ok, not a lot to this meal, but still yummy.
James grilled the steak with some Montreal Steak Seasoning. We reheated the scalloped potatoes and cooked some cream style corn as well.
I do want to share these rolls with you though.
Sister Shubert’s Dinner Yeast Rolls, found in your frozen food section, are so quick and easy, yet still taste freshly baked. I like to bake an extra and then eat it with butter and honey!
Monday: Steak fajitas with flat bread tortillas
James grilled an extra steak the night before so this night I put it in a skillet with green peppers, onions, and some Old El Paso Fajita Seasoning.
The star of this show was definitely the homemade flat bread.
I used Megan’s recipe, found here at What Megan’s Making
I ended up having to rush these little guys along and didn’t give them the full amount of rise or rest time, but they still turned out delicious.
Speaking of s’mores, I am already planning our next trip to the fondue restaurant to try their “Campfire Chocolate- Rich milk chocolate, melted jumbo marshmallows, and crumbled graham crackers toasted and swirled”. I think this time though we will skip dinner and go straight for dessert!
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