Maple Glazed Salmon and Sweet Potato Latkes

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Katie:  I’m not sure how I got so lucky to have people making me such delicious food, whether it was Dad’s homemade applesauce, Matt’s cinnamon rolls made from scratch, or Mom’s decadent desserts!  I was treated again this weekend to a great meal and a nice break from studying for finals.  Ken made this maple glazed salmon and sweet potato latkes.  The maple flavoring was wonderful with the salmon, and the latkes were a great accompaniment.  And he didn’t even let me do the dishes!

Coq au Vin with Gourmet Mushroom Risotto

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jillpickle: After watching an episode on PBS of Martha Stewart making stews, I knew I had to try one.  I tried this recipe – Coq au Vin. It turned out very well!  A good ‘comfort’ meal!  I also made  Gourmet Mushroom Risotto to serve under or with the stew as recommended by Martha.  It was a great choice!

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Chicken Parmesan with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce

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jillpickle: I decided to make a Chicken Parmesan with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe from this month’s Cooking Light.  It was a little time consuming and resulted in lots of dirty dishes (which is not bad if you live in a house where someone else likes to wash dishes).  One of the reasons that this turned out so well was that we used organic cherry tomatoes, home-grown garlic, home-grown lemon thyme and organic onion.  It turned out to be the best Chicken Parmesan I’ve ever eaten.  Modifications I made were few: I used a small onion in place of the shallot and instead of cutting the chicken through the middle, I flattened the chicken with a mallet and cut the cutlets in half.  I had more chicken that the recipe called for so I used more bread crumbs.  Really yummy!!!

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Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Zucchini Quesadilla

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Katie:  Although I haven’t been too ambitious with cooking lately, this was a simple creation that turned out delicious!  Using what I happened to have at home, I blended about 1 tablespoon of homemade pesto with 1 jar of roasted red peppers for a tasty sauce.  I spread it on a whole wheat tortilla, topped half with zucchini slices and shredded cheese, and cooked it.  So simple, yet so good!

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Cinnamon Playdough

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Katie:  Well, this may not be for eating, but it is something that I’ve been cooking this summer!  I like making homemade playdough for my little Starfish, since it’s much softer than the store-bought variety.  I’ve been using this recipe from Tammy’s Recipes, which works great.  Since one of my most challenging kids really likes red, I decided to use red food coloring and add cinnamon for extra sensory input.  Hopefully, this will entice him to join choice time rather than running away!

Catfish with Core Sauté

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Katie:  This was another simple, delicious pescatarian meal!  Adapted from this recipe from Cooking Light, we sautéed catfish sprinkled with chili powder and topped it with sautéed corn, fresh green onions, and lime juice.  It was a nice combination of flavors and a great meal for a summer evening!

Tilapia with Sauteed Tomatoes and Pesto

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Katie:  Although it was a hot day, I had fun picking basil and making pesto at Pesto Fest!  I’ve used some of the pesto to make quesadillas (with tomatoes & Parmesan cheese), as a spread mixed with plain yogurt for wraps, and froze the rest. 

For this meal, Ken poached the tilapia in some white wine.  The pesto topping was made by sauteing tomatoes and green onions and adding pesto.  It was a delicious meal completed with a side of steamed green beans!