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?).