Posts Tagged ‘cheese’

| a doomthings™ original |

The other day, I was supposed to make just a regular salad.  Not necessarily boring (it was going to be full of spinach and peppers and tomatoes), but just a regular salad.  Upon finding that most of our spinach was kaput, we had to get creative.  With my husband calling out suggestions from the living room, we came up with a pepper and feta salad that did not disappoint.  Also, peppers from Costco are awesome.  Buy them.  They’re cheaper (6 per pack) and fresher than getting them fresh from a grocery store.  Seriously.

Ingredients:

  • Red, orange, and yellow peppers (we had already eaten the green ones), chopped into small bits
  • Grape tomatoes, chopped into small bits
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Handful of craisins
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Cracked pepper
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

*You’ll notice there are no quantities for any of these ingredients.  That is the way it should be.  This is a true tossed salad.  I tossed everything together.  It’ll work out, I promise!

Directions:

  1. Combine the peppers, tomatoes, craisins, and feta cheese in the desired size bowl for your foodening.
  2. Add some olive oil and balsamic vinegar and stir until coated.  Start with small amounts and add more to taste.
  3. Add cracked pepper to taste (I like lots, so I used a lot).
  4. Actually the crushed red pepper was an accident, but a happy one.  I just added one or two shakes of this and it added a very nice amount of heat.  A couple more couldn’t hurt!
  5. Stir until combined


+ 5 random creativity

I really wanted to make some kind of macaroni and cheese dish tonight, but didn’t have much time.  Instead I pulled a bunch of things out of my fridge and prepared for failure.

I’m an engineer and my cooking reflects that.  I prefer baking because the instructions are explicit, but with cooking, throwing stuff together is the general idea.  So, my engineering side is super uncomfortable when food comes without directions.  My husband is really good at it, a skill he got from his mom, so I’ve been learning.  This was one of those learning moments.  Fortunately, it worked out and I wolfed my quesadilla down.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get many pictures, except for after I started eating it.  -5 preparation.

Tomato Spinach Apple Quesadilla | doomthings

Ingredients (single serving):

  • flour tortilla
  • 2 slices havarti cheese
  • 4 thin granny smith apple slices
  • spinach leaves
  • 1 small tomato, thinly sliced
  • hot pepper jelly spread
  • fig and walnut spread

Directions:

  1. Preheat a toaster over to 350 degrees F (or oven if you’re making a lot!).
  2. Place the cheese slices on one-half of the tortilla.
  3. Stack the apple slices, spinach leaves, and tomato slices on top of the cheese.
  4. Spread the two jellies on the empty half of the tortilla.
  5. Fold the tortilla in half to form a crescent shape.
  6. Place the quesadilla in the oven until the cheese is nice and melty (between 5 and 10 minutes, depending on how crispy you want the tortilla).

 

This turned out pretty good.  I wasn’t sure if the flavors would work together, but it proved me wrong with a blast of tasty goodness to my face.  Yay for throwing fridge-food onto a tortilla!