Whew! I've had a couple of busy days, so I've got a few meals worth stuffed into one post here...
Last winter, my mom gave me a cookbook from the White Grass Cafe. It's a little cafe in Canaan Valley. It also serves as a cross-country skiing center. I've never been there, but I would love to go there to ski and eat sometime. It's sort of a little gourmet hippie cafe. Something I'd totally love. Anyway, soon after I got the cookbook, I made the White Grass Chili. Apparently it's one of their most popular dishes. No wonder! It's just so good. The recipe contains carrots, celery, onion, pinto beans, wheat bulgar, crushed tomatoes and canned tomatoes. Plus chili powder and cumin, of course. It may be the only chili I ever make again. It really is that good.
Yesterday Sleek took off work early so we could go out and get our Christmas tree before he heads out to California for a few days. I wanted to do something easy that the kids would love, so I made homemade pizza again. They just like cheese on theirs, and I made the ours with banana peppers and roasted red-peppers. For the sauce, I just used crushed tomatoes, and it was definitely the way to go. It turned out really nice. I'm telling you, it could compete with any pizza shop here in town.
I also had a few bananas getting overripe, so I also made up a batch of whole-wheat banana-nut muffins. I use the recipe from an older Southern Living cookbook that I have. It is one of the easiest muffin recipes ever. I've used it for banana bread too, and it's the best banana bread I've ever had. I love having muffins around for a quick breakfast or snack for the kids.
I'm still hooked on the string-ensemble station on Pandora. I can't not play it!