As much as I love to cook for myself, I obviously enjoy tasting other people’s kitchen creations quite a bit! Last Thursday night, I walked down from my office to my friend Diana’s apartment so we could catch up and work on turning the contents of her fridge into a meal. Diana was well-stocked with salsa, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, cheese, and more:
She quickly set to work throwing together a sauce with the salsa, tomatoes, mushrooms, and black beans:
While I worked some cheddar cheese polenta magic:
Diana’s sauce went on top of a couple tilapia filets:
Which went into the oven for a bake and then a meaningful broil:
Once you go black … nothing beats the char 😛
We layered the fish on top of the polenta and added more sauce and salsa for extra flair. Diana and I know how to dine in style:
For dessert, we split a Peppermint Patty, quite possibly my favorite candy of all time (ok, second only to Cadbury Creme Eggs):
Thanks for sharing your kitchen, Diana!
Fast-forward to Friday at work. As you may recall, Friday is the farm delivery day at my office: the day that all of the local farm produce arrives for our food pantry. The Advocacy department has started arranging once per month cooking demonstrations with the in-season produce that is delivered because the food that grows here is often completely new to our clients. Friday’s lesson was on spaghetti squash:
The demonstrator showed how to bake and extract the “noodles” from the squash and then top it with home-enhanced marinara:
The families all sampled the finished produce, and so did Pura and I!
Seriously, how did I end up in an agency where I can play with babies, eat to my heart’s content, and practice Spanish until I am blue in the face? I am wayyyyyy too lucky 😀
Who has been cooking for you lately?