What’s for dinner at the White house? (Week of Dec. 12)

It was a busy weekend in the White house kitchen!  We started our holiday treat making this weekend with a bang.  We made cake balls, chocolate truffles, peppermint bark (as if BFF didn’t feed us enough over Thanksgiving), and muddy buddy chex mix.  We’ve got more treats on the schedule for later in the week and next weekend, but I’ll save those surprises for next week.  Plus we still need to catch up on dishes!

And I know, last year I promised not to go over board this year.  But, frankly, we had three work teams to feed, and the treats all sounded so good we couldn’t cut one out! Next year we’ll probably make fewer.  Probably.  If I remember making this statement when it comes time to start…. (c;

For general sustenance it’s kind of a random week, but it should be good!

  • sweet potato gnocchi with a side of kale – These were a lot of work, and frankly, I’m kinda eh about it.  They were probably a bit too doughy, but it was next to impossible to get the dough to stop from being sticky.  I’m beginning to think I just don’t like gnocchi, since the last time I made regular ones they were horrible, too.  The brief stint to crisp them up in the skillet was crucial!  And good thing(?) for us we now have PLENTY for several meals in the freezer.
  • tonkatsu – we’ve been meaning to make this for a while, so we decided now was a good enough time.  I don’t have a recipe, since I just grabbed random bits and pieces from various sources (including our Personal Trainer: Cooking game for the Nintendo DS).  if we love it, I’ll try to add a recap of the overall technique!
  • pad thai – we have a pretty good cheater recipe that we use and we’re getting to be pros at it.  not as good as a restaurant, but it’s something different than the same old at home.
  • huevos rancheros – this has been on stand by for the last couple of weeks, but we’ll probably actually need it this week.  we cheat and use a can of tomatoes with green chiles, but we’ve also done salsa and just plain tomatoes.  crisp up a tortilla in the oven, then put it back in with beans and cheese on top.  once the cheese melts put some warmed tomato on top and a fried egg.  it’s a good go-to meal!

Should have some new adventures in cooking to post at some point soon.  I think we’re going to try our hand at another old school recipe!

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