I returned home from work late Monday to the best thing: a warm house filled with the sounds of cooking. Dave was in the kitchen cooking after his even longer day at work, because he thought I’d like to come home to a hot meal. Gosh, I love that man.
On the menu was sesame-encrusted salmon.
Yum. I loved the bright little pops of sesame seeds with the flaky, juicy salmon. (The leftovers made an awesome lunch the next day with some steamed broccoli).
I’ve been eating a lot of soup this fall, and I love it. Besides boots, scarves, and colorful leaves, the best thing about fall is making and eating lots of soup.
The next night, I brainstormed for a way to use a jar of homemade salsa verde that my sister Emily made for me.
I started by crisping up some chicken tenders in olive oil in our cast iron dutch oven.
When they were brown on both sides, I added sliced green pepper and onion, and the jar of salsa verde. I let it simmer, covered, for about fifteen minutes before I realized it was a little too soupy to eat on it’s own, so I added some brown rice to absorb the juice and let it cook for ten more minutes. I also added some sriracha, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder.
Earlier in the day, I had pulled out a stack of frozen homemade tortillas that Dave bought from a Green Bay Mexican restaurant that is now closed. Bummer for those who live in GB, because even though their food wasn’t that outstanding, their homemade tortillas were awesome.
I topped my chicken and rice tacos with chopped tomatoes, plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheddar, and guacamole. Then I realized it was missing something for flavor and color.
Much better after the addition of tomatoes.
Since Dave and I both like cooking, most nights, I come home to this:
What a horrible sight.
I used to really enjoy doing dishes when I was young and lived at my parent’s house. My four siblings and I would share the task, so one would wash, one rinse, one dry, and one put away. Maybe I should hire them to come back and help me do dishes? Either way, it hasn’t been a fun task for a very long time.
I decided the best way to enjoy doing dishes is to blast music and cook at the same time. So far, it’s working!