Slow Cooker Cachupa

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at cachupa, a delicious Cape Verdean dish that my mother-in-law makes, for quite a while now, and I finally did it today. However, I didn’t have a recipe. What to do, what to do? Well, I found 4 or 5 different recipes and picked what I wanted from each of them, and then decided to put it all in the slow cooker and see what happened! Here’s what I threw together: Continue reading “Slow Cooker Cachupa”

Easy Steak Sandwiches

I made my favorite steak sandwiches for dinner tonight.  They’re ridiculously easy to make, and so delicious.  I start with an onion, thinly sliced, and sauté it in a bit of olive oil until the onion is translucent.  Then I add in thinly sliced ribeye and a few slices of bacon chopped into bits, and cook until the steak is medium-done.  Some ground black pepper finishes off the steak-onion mixture.  For the rolls, this time I tried Cobblestone Mill’s whole wheat sub rolls, which worked well.  I spread them with a mix of mayonnaise and crushed garlic, then place slices of provolone cheese on top of the mayo.  Then, I spoon the steak mixture on top of the cheese and bake at 400° for about 5-8 minutes.  The bread ends up toasty, the cheese melty, and they seem to taste better every time I make them. Continue reading “Easy Steak Sandwiches”

Sunday Morning Laziness

Amazingly, I slept nine hours last night.  I feel groggy with too much sleep, and I had very active dreams all night long, so I don’t feel as rested as I think I should feel.  Domingos and I are lazing around this morning, and I just created another delicious weekend breakfast (if I do say so myself).  I beat four eggs with a little cold water, added in a glob of this awesome smokey mozzarella garlic spread that my parents brought from the Williamsburg Pottery, threw in some chopped-up Canadian bacon and a couple tablespoons of shredded sharp cheddar, and scrambled the mixture.  Then I took 2 tortillas and put the scrambled eggs in them quesadilla-style, heated them up a few minutes on each side until toasty, and served.  Very yummy! Continue reading “Sunday Morning Laziness”

Parental Visit

My parents just left this morning after a great visit that flew by.  They came in on Wednesday afternoon, went to the library with me, got to suffer through a lesson I had to teach to someone who hadn’t practiced (students, it’s just as bad or worse for me as it is for you when you don’t practice!), and then we had a nice meal of Pakistani beef curry with a side dish of cauliflower that my mom talked me through the making of.  Thursday, the three of us ran my errands together, which consisted of dropping my bow off in Chesapeake for a rehair and going to the Apple store to get a new battery for my laptop.  I was amazed to discover that the battery and labor were free, covered under warranty (my laptop is 34 months old).  Yay, Apple!  I think we just lazed around the rest of the afternoon.  Friday, we met a friend for lunch – a musician colleague of mine who knew my dad from his orchestra-teaching days in the late 1980s/early 1990s.  Friday night, we went to Lynnhaven Fishhouse because we were all craving their awesome hush puppies.  I had a lobster-crab cake with champagne cream sauce that was absolutely amazing. Continue reading “Parental Visit”

Weekend Mornings

I like to go to a little more effort for breakfast on the weekends.  Sometimes we’ll make french press coffee instead of using our Keurig brewer.  I’ll make an oven omelet, or my version of a tortilla espanola, which usually ends up scrambled since I have trouble with the flipping.  Every once in a while I’ll move away from protein and make croissant french toast or pancakes, but in general, I’m a girl who likes my protein in the morning, be it eggs, breakfast meat, or both. Continue reading “Weekend Mornings”