Tuesday, December 16, 2014
I've remade the Thai Style Pork Salad with Papaya and Mint from Plated January 2014 several times this year because we just love it. It's "blog worthy" according to Jim and first appeared on my instagram feed in July when it made an appearance on my weekly menu board.
When I made it recently for my MIL I was reminded how quickly it can come together with little effort. It also proved to be a great "prep-ahead" meal that transports well, say if you want to deliver dinner to a friend.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
I am often asked if I will continue to blog and I don't have an answer for that right now. I hope to return to regularly posting. I also get asked if I'm still cooking and of course I am, but I would rather spend any free time with my family than on my laptop. My moments to myself are few and far between right now. Cooking for my family is one way I can get some "me" time. I've been thinking about ways to make posts easier on myself. Writing them shorter, less descriptive and more "snapshot" would help. Also taking less pictures with my DSLR and posting more from my iPhone would also save me time. If I can figure out a way to blog quickly, then I will return...but for now, know that Home with Mandy and her family is all good.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
The star of this dinner is definitely the flavorful beef, accented by the bright and spicy herb salad atop the plate. I would not recommend making this dish without the greens. So here is how I did it.
Plated dinner for two came with the following:
Saturday, November 23, 2013
My preferred way of preparing Salmon is for Jim to grill it. I put a heavy sprinkling of Baron's Hot Habanero and Green Chili seasoning on top and then leave the rest to my hubby. Jim has developed the perfect timing for grilling the fish so that it has perfect cross hatch grill marks and crispy skin.
I'm perfectly happy with our salmon
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Brussels Sprouts were never a favorite vegetable of Jim, until I made him these with bacon. Mmmm... everything is better with Bacon. But is it? This Plated dinner with maple brussels sprouts were both simple and delicious... and you know what else? They lacked bacon and were MUCH healthier than what I usually prepare.
This is what came in my Plated box for the Skirt Steak with Creamy Quinoa and Maple Brussels Sprouts.
1 pound Brussels sprouts
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/3 cup quinoa
1/2 yellow onion
1 packet butter
1/4 teaspoon chicken base
10 ounces skirt steak
1/4 cup ricotta
Because I didn't cook this dinner until five days after receiving my Plated shipment, the ricotta wasn't as fresh so I replaced it with cottage cheese in this recipe.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
On my last post, I left a teaser for Plated and now I'm ready to show you what I was talking about. I was just ecstatic to receive our first Plated shipment last Wednesday. This food delivery service is different than others I have heard about. It's not prepackaged foods, this is affordable gourmet ingredients shipped fresh to my doorstep along with detailed recipe cards.