Layers of Flavor

So after all that nap (or lack thereof) trauma yesterday, guess who slept ’til almost 10 this morning??? I think I’ve pinpointed the problem. After a little unwelcome probing, it appears that The Senator is getting MORE molars. Poor guy- they’re just starting to poke through the gums, which hopefully means that the worst is over. Teething, growth spurts, shots- the life of a baby is HARD.

Chloe is rubbing her junk on the rug right now and it’s really hard to focus on writing. Gross.

Moving on… On the constant quest for dinner ideas, I ran across this recipe for stuffed peppers. The creamy tomato-basil sauce was the clincher. It sounds so simple (canned tomato sauce, cream and fresh basil) but totally took the lowly stuffed pepper to a new level. I was complaining the other day that Brian always says that he likes my cooking, but he never seems wowed by anything to the point of actually remembering the dish and asking for it again.

But THIS one he asked to be added to the “regular rotation.” I don’t actually have a regular rotation (not exactly conducive to a food blog), but the comment has been noted. This will be made again.

I followed the recipe except for substituting ground turkey for the chicken, and half and half for the heavy cream. Oh, and we had one of those microwave bags of a wild rice-brown rice combo in the pantry so I used that, too.

The peppers, post-stuffing but pre-saucing.

I love, love, love fresh basil. And here’s another secret: I love layers of food. Like mash it all together, greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts, messy, sloppy meals. When KFC came out with their Famous Bowls (here), ostensibly I was like, “Ew, sick- who would want that??”

But in my head I was thinking “JACKPOT.” (In Billy Madison voice, obviously.)

My point is that, as the recipe suggests, these peppers go amazingly well with a big scoop of mashed potatoes. Brian ate his on the side, but then you don’t get the yummy tomato-basil sauce ON the potatoes… and what’s good about that? Nothing.

Sorry for the rambly post. Any big weekend plans? I think we might take Jack to the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Greenville. Horrible idea?? I’m hoping to find a less-crazy place to stand and watch (does that exist?).

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6 Responses to Layers of Flavor

  1. Erin says:

    Okay Mama, a few things. Greenville parade you are in good company – we plan to take little man. We are going to be at 6500 Greenville – it is close to the start of the parade and according to my dad, that is a little more tame.

    Okay, then for recipes – we are all about brisket tacos anwhere we go and I heart my slow cooker so we tried this experiement this week:

    Brisket – Salt and Pepper each side – also give each side a dusting of paprika, cumin and oregano. Put the brisket in the crock pot fat side up. Then coat the top with a generous dose of green salsa, then place onions on top and cook for 8 hours. After cooking, scrape off the fat and then shred. We serve the tacos in corn tortillas with sour cream, avocado, mixed cheese, and chipolte salsa – YUM!

  2. Erin says:

    yikes! sorry for all the typos in my last post. Yes, I heart my slow cooker and according to the spelling (rather, misspellings) from my last post, I heart wine even more!

  3. Gia says:

    Because of you and Erin….my mouth is now watering for stuffed peppers and brisket tacos… and it is only 6:00 a.m. I will try both of these recipes!!

  4. Erin says:

    You make me LOL :)

  5. Robin Brant says:

    Oh, lady. I made these stuffed peppers over the weekend, and all three members of the Brant family were crazy for them. The only adjustment I made was using Chicken Italian sausage from Newflower instead of regular ground chicken. The recipe was AWESOME!

    • heatherwlu says:

      I’m glad y’all liked them! Isn’t the sauce amazing?? Good call on the Italian sausage- I’m trying that next time.

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