I’m a little afraid of admitting it—I’d hate to jinx myself—but last week was a really successful week in the kitchen! A little sampling of the things I whipped up…
Sweet and Sour Chicken:
Lasagna Rollups (without using a recipe!):
Side note on the lasagna rollups: Toothpicks are a MUST. In every Pinterest post I’ve ever seen about lasagna rollups, there are NEVER toothpicks holding them together. Well, those people must have magical powers because if I wouldn’t have had toothpicks, these suckers just wouldn’t have happened. Also, the curvy sides of lasagna noodles fall off MUCH too easily. Someone should invent lasagna noodles that don’t do this. It’s 2015, I’m sure it can be done.
The skinny honey lemon chicken was decent, but the sauce was more congealed and gel-like than I would have preferred. What bothers me more, however, is the fact that yet again, my final product looked nothing like the picture in the original recipe.
It reminds me of this comparison of a marketing photo of a Big Mac, versus the actual product you get at McDonald’s. Of course the Skinny Honey Lemon Chicken looks like one of the best things I’ll ever eat, until I actually cook it and it looks like I stirred some chicken into a jar of Vaseline. I realize blogs like Gimme Some Oven use professional photography and I use a non-fancy Canon with horrible lighting in my kitchen, but COME ON…
For the record, I did totally garnish mine with sesame seeds. You can’t even see them. Elusive, they are!
Also this week, I was going to make some oven-fried chicken until I spilled meatball casserole all over my oven and didn’t get around to cleaning it for several days. So instead, I improvised a creamy noodle dish with seasoned sauteed chicken, and it was actually quite tasty! I made the sauce from scratch, and it was by far the most flavorful sauce I’ve ever made without a recipe!
This week I’ll be tackling squash browns (hash browns made out of spaghetti squash). It’s one of those things that will either go really well, or really terribly! Wish me luck!