As we really settle into life in Phoenix and embrace the fact that we love it here, it was fun to spend a weekend at home. Granted it was intermingled with work wearing my Be Buffum realtor hat with an open house and client showings, but every evening was spent enjoying home plus Sunday was spent enjoying a backyard BBQ with friends.
To make this happen, I hit up Whole Foods – Scottsdale on Friday to stock up our kitchen with healthy food to cook up meals from recipes that I found recently and not so recently in magazines including Martha Stewart, Food and Wine, Real Simple, Bon Appetit, and Organic Life.
Since our kitchen is one of the top reasons that I fell in love with our home, I try to take advantage of cooking in it.
What’s not to love about a 10 ft island and a sink that looks out to a resort like backyard? Certainly counting our blessings as this same home would have way out of our reach in California.
Friday night, I surprised D with a steak dinner at home. I substituted the strip steak in the strip steak with salt-and-pepper crust recipe from Organic Life with a New York dry-aged steak as 1) it was on sale at Whole Foods and 2) it looked DELICIOUS.
The green and creamy black pepper-horseradish sauces really kicked up this meal a notch for a restaurant like experience at home.
I also cooked up smashed twice-cooked potatoes with leeks and green garlic. Since I was not able to find green garlic, I just used regular garlic.
These two recipes are definitely going on the same page in our recipe binder. One of my tricks for easy entertaining is to save recipes that pair nicely together on the same page.
Saturday night, we enjoyed a little, late afternoon fun at the newest OHSO in Paradise Valley. I forgot to get cream of tartar and chives on Friday, so a trip to our local Whole Foods Paradise Valley became a little Saturday fun before coming home to cook dinner.
Seared sea scallops with ricotta and spring pea mash and chive oil hit the spot for a perfect Saturday night dinner.
I also prepped the chicken for Sunday’s BBQ dinner as it needs to marinate overnight. Plus I got to use herbs from my (second attempt at) herb garden.
What I love about Martha Stewart’s grilled spatchcocked chicken is that 1) prepping the marinade is as easy as piling stuff in a food processor 2) it comes out super juicy and falling off the bone every time 3) it was the recipe where I finally learned how to spatchcock a chicken with my own knife.
It also pairs perfectly with her potato and green bean salad recipe, so yup these two recipes are scrapbooked on the same page in our recipe binder. (Forgot to snap photos of these two recipes, so you will just have to imagine them.)
To cap off the delicious weekend, we finished off with a strawberry pavlova from Real Simple. It was my first attempt at making a meringue and I will definitely be making it again.
Alas this recipe is not listed on their website yet and the current recipe that is on their site is more complicated than the new recipe, so I snapped a photo from my magazine.
Here is the recipe:
Are you hungry yet?
I am dreaming of what I will be cooking next weekend. 🙂