2010 - Week 11 Cooking Results

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Italian Sausage and Fennel (p15 Cook's Illustrated March and April 2010)

Any chance I can get to use Graziano sausage is a good thing. This was quick and easy to make. I love the smell of fennel.

Bison and Red Wine Shepherd's Pie (p71 Bon Appétit February 2010)

This took a long long long time to make. I spend around 4 hours on Sunday making the innards to the pie, and then spent the time before dinner and movie night on Monday making the potato topping. I did have a little problem with this, because the recipe called for short ribs, and because I couldn't find bison short ribs, I ended up using 3 pounds of ground bison. So I filled up the 9x13 pan, and then a pie tin, but the pie tin was a bit too full and had some liquid overflow on to the bottom of the oven.

Needless to say, after we cleared off the smoke it still turned out pretty well. Holy leftovers...

Pasta and Ground Lamb Casserole (Pastitsio) (p21 Entertaining Spring 2010)

We had this for dinner on St. Patrick's Day. It turned out pretty well, but because I didn't have the béchamel hot enough to come together for the longest time. So by the time I realized this, it was getting pretty late (was prepping something else).

Creamy Parmesan Polenta (p19 Cook's Illustrated March and April 2010) with Sauteed Cheery Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Topping (p19 Cook's Illustrated March and April 2010)

The polenta turned out pretty well and the tomato and mozzarella topping made for a good topping.

Bacon, potato, and cheddar frittata (p27 Entertaining Spring 2010)

Lot of prep, but it turned out great. I used some of the Vande Rose Farms Bacon (oh so good) and the rest went like normal. I turned out pretty well. Cut up nice and got out cleanly from the pan, even though I didn't have a 12 inch non-stick pan, like the recipe called for.