This last week was somewhat stressful for various reasons, so the cooking front was fairly quiet to compensate. It did, however, see the reincarnation of a beloved recipe from my home-schooled home-ec days... Black Bean Pizza revisited my life, and I remembered again how amazing, and simple, and good, it truly is. And frugal too, as I estimate that the whole thing probably cost $5, since I had gotten the vast majority of the ingredients very much on sale. I did a slight substitution by using Rotel instead of Italian tomatoes -- I figured it would kick things up a notch -- but otherwise just went by the recipe. But yeah, for a quick lazy-night or pizza-craving dinner... this one is a winner.
Our other cooking adventure was a Valentine's Day meal of Florentine steak and Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans... soo good. And when I say good, I mean that I sincerely doubt even a restaurant could do better on this one. We've been fans of gnocchi for a while, but this recipe surpassed even my expectations, and the red wine marinade and herbs really infused the steak with great flavor. It was also fun to cook the gnocchi in a skillet, as our past experiences had been strictly limited to boiling it pasta-style, and skillets are a lot more evocative of cooking shows and chef's hats to me. How can you go wrong there? We only made a few changes with the steak recipe, substituting fresh herbs in the marinade and then grilling it rather than broiling... personal preferences on both really. In any case, I recommend the whole meal enthusiastically, as fun, not overly strenuous recipes, that nonetheless turn out stupendous results... lending beautifully to a festive evening at home. :)
The photo below is from the Eating Well website... mine looked ALMOST as pretty, but not quite. ;)
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