26 March 2013

Menu Tuesday

Yesterday was {yet another} snow day here in Virginia, so Menu Tuesday it is.  Lots of good eats last week, although I'm getting tired of cold-weather comfort food!

This could not have been a bigger hit at our house.  M inhaled it.  Only change I will make the next time I make it {and there will definitely be a next time}: add Old Bay. I'm thinking a teaspoon sautéed with the vegetables and then a good, healthy dose sprinkled on top with the cheese and potato chips. Heavenly and retro in the best way possible.

 Split-Pea and Ham Soup {Cook's Illustrated January 2011}
New favorite soup recipe. Very easy and so delicious and comforting and hearty.  I didn't add the fresh peas or mint for garnish, but we did add the balsamic vinegar. Don't skip that step.  I also didn't make croutons, but rather sliced a loaf of bread, drizzled on salt, pepper, and olive oil, and put it under the broiler for a few minutes.  Leftover for lunch today and I can't wait!

Winner, winner, pork dinner! This is going to be in heavy rotation in our house. So, so, SO yummy.  Easy and not very time consuming either.  Wondering when is too soon to make this again...

Meh.  Not bad, not great.  I could've done without the water in the bean puree as it made it too, wait for it...watery.  I think it would've been better with black beans.  And I wouldn't puree anything next time.  I would've enjoyed the different texture whole beans would've added.  Even with the garlic and red pepper flakes, I just found this to be bland.  I can think of more exciting things to do with sweet potatoes.  That said, this was easy, cheap, and a filling Meatless Monday meal.  Just needs a little adjusting.

Asian Chicken Noodle Soup {Eat, Live, Run}
I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about this one.  I loved the flavors, it was incredibly delicious, and it was the perfect thing for a night when I was feeling a bit under the weather.  But it made SO MUCH SOUP.  Normally, this wouldn't be a bad thing, as I am all about leftovers. But the acids in the broth broke down the noodles so that they were mushy and gross.  I need to figure out a way to halve the recipe and then we'll be good to go.

Bon appétit!


xx BHB said...

I freaking LOVE split pea soup. Not only is it delicious, but the first time I had it I was on a vacation with Grandy and Grampy so it has those dually warm memories for me.

Also, Old Bay with anything is pretty fab. Have I mentioned before that JM makes Bloody Marys with Old Bay these days?

Virginia Belle said...

I am so over this weird Virginia Winter! That tuna noodle casserole looks amazing, I can't wait to try it.

Portuguese Prepster said...

that tun noodle casserole looks so good! this VA weather is driving me nuts! why can't it be warm already?