The food gods have been good.

A few people have mentioned to us how great our grilled cheese looked that we had earlier last week. They were good. Like REAL good. Make them! When you make the pesto, don’t hesitate to make too much and throw the leftovers into the freezer. On Sunday, Hank threw what was left of ours on some whole wheat pasta and added some canned tuna and chickpeas. Done. Awesome.

We have also decided that dried chickpeas are the way to go. The past few times that we have needed them for a recipe I have invested in the 3 hours necessary to boil them to perfection (okay! the first time I did it they were still a little too much on the crunchy side). They taste better, they aren’t slimy, they haven’t been chillin in a can for who knows how long. While you are cleaning the apartment/house/finding a new cardboard box that isn’t waterlogged, put a pot of them on the stove and come back when you are done homemaking. It will be worth it.

Now, on to things that I have pictures of.

Last Wednesday we made Cauliflower Penne Puttanesca. You sorta brown up the cauliflower in the pan before you add everything else. The browning gives it a nice nutty flavor. Plus, the saltiness of the olives and capers can make almost anything better than you expect it will be.

On Thursday, we made a cold noodle salad. This recipe is one that Hank’s aunt posted. I have never actually had anything made by Aunt Shelley, but I hear that she might be the best chef in the world. Even Hank’s brother, Bri, says this, and he is a chef as well. I trust these people, and this recipe does not disappoint. One thing that we do skip is doubling up on the raw onions. It calls for red onions and scallions, but we just do scallions. We also follow her recommendation of adding some soy sauce to it. Avocado makes it all creamy…mmmmm. So easy and a great summer meal if it is too hot to cook.

On Sunday, I mentioned to a friend who has a wonderful blog called 12 Months of Lent that I really like it when blog posts are short. This one is getting too long. I promise to post more soon!

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