In which I make dinner

Last night, I got home before my girlfriend and immediately put on some rice in the cooker. The plan was to make a reprise of the chicken piccata dinner that I made this past weekend. When she arrived home, she presented me with a bag of groceries and announced that she did not want rice with the meal; she wanted scalloped potatoes.

I have not made scalloped potatoes before. At least, not without the aid of Betty Crocker. But, as she had provided potatoes in the groceries, I figured what the heck and dove in. The rice went into a storage container and thence into the fridge. I got a bowl and my mandoline and proceeded to scallop five lovely red potatoes.

Into a casserole they went, layered a little haphazardly, with periodic sprinklings of butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Once the casserole was packed, I added a 3:2 mixture of cream and milk, sprinkled the top with paprika, and it went into the oven.

As that was cooking, a fresh bunch of kale was washed and braised with balsalmic vinegar and lemon juice. I threw in a handful of slivered almonds and a little pepper. When that was done, I flattened some chicken breasts and sprinkled them with salt and pepper and a chile rub that my sister gave me last time we visited her in Albuquerque. (I decided later that the chile rub, while delicious, didn’t quite work in this dish – it will be omitted in the future.) I sauteed the breasts in olive oil and butter, then drained the pan, deglazed it with white wine and olive oil, and threw in a handful of capers and parsley. I sauteed that sauce until it thickened and then plated two servings.

dinner

I only set off the smoke alarm once.

7 Responses to “In which I make dinner”

  1. Heather Says:

    Wow, that looks great!! 😀

  2. Jennigma Says:

    It was lovely yummy delicious!

    Also you should take the post-it out of the photo next time. 😉

  3. janna Says:

    I always have issues with scalloped potatoes – they’re always too runny, even when I use my mother’s recipe! Perhaps the secret is more cream…

    And that post-it — does it say something about fixing an awning? So did you?

  4. David Says:

    You’re kind of freaking me out there, Janna.

  5. Maven Says:

    Looks delicious! Hey, btw, friend me on FB. I share more foodie pics on FB than I do on my crochet blog. Great meeting you the other day.

    YUMMM!

  6. Hilary Says:

    YUM! It’s been such a long time since I’ve had a David-cooked meal! I can see they’re still delicious… :-)

  7. Jess Says:

    Ten points for the correct use of “thence.”