This week I'm back in the kitchen, trying new recipes and loving it. I presented the family with four new dishes. Two were from a Campbell's Soup cookbook that my grandma gave us for Christmas (Ham and Cheese Noodle Bake and Chicken Broccoli Divan). One was Pork Scaloppini from Cook's Country Magazine. And my favorite of the week was the French Onion Salisbury Steak from a free copy of Cuisine at Home that I got in the mail. Usually I hate it when I get junk mail from companies that obviously got my info from a source that I thought I could trust. But in this case I was thrilled to get a great magazine filled with cooking tips, recipes, and no ads! Anyway, I found the recipe here on Recipezaar. I served it over garlic potatoes since Chad is not a fan of soggy toast, and we decided to mash the potatoes next time. Just make sure you use low-sodium broth, or cut back on the salt in the sauce. And I found the parsley on the top a little much, so I'd cut out the green garnish. But 5 stars on French onion flavor! And bonus: I made my own "ground" chuck with my new food processor and some chuck roast I got on sale. Amazingly enough, Chad's favorite recipe of the week was the Chicken Broccoli Divan: cooked chicken, broccoli, Campbell's Broccoli Cheese Soup, Milk, and sharp cheddar on top. I was all, "Seriously? THAT was your favorite? I made that because I was feeling lazy." So he's easy to please. Frustratingly so.
On an unrelated note, we've started the new year with a bang, getting check-ups left and right. Dentist: no cavities. Rheumatologist: Chad tested negative for rheumatoid arthritis (although he's got some signs of arthritis in this fingers). Family doctor: Riley is a healthy and CHUBBY boy--11 pounds!!! I can't believe he gained almost 4 pounds and 2 inches in a month! That puts him in the 70th percentile for weight, which is totally new for us. Bree and Mason were lucky to pass the 15th percentile mark!