Happy Hump Day! I never understood that phrase but with the camel commercials it's all I think about on Wednesdays now. Wednesdays on Life With A Side Of Coffee, however, are Cooking With Stanley days and these have quickly become my favorite posts to put together because 1) they're so much fun and 2) you guys seem to love them. And I love that. I've made some pretty delicious dinners lately from this cookbook. If I could pass food through a computer screen, I would. What is Rachael Ray always saying she wishes they would invent? Smellivision. We need that for computers too! Anyway, here is the menu for this week.
Appetizer: Fried Zucchini Fritters
Main Course: Fettuccine with Sailor's Style Sauce
I was supposed to have made the Fried Zucchini Fritters in the last Cooking With Stanley but time and not making it to the grocery store made that not possible. I like zucchini so I was sure these would be delicious. My aunt and Noni loved them but the texture got to me. They had a creamy-ish middle which I was not feeling. I definitely think I could have added a little more salt to these and maybe made some sort of dip or sauce to go with them. A little extra flavor never hurts. I also think I may have added too much flour or not grated enough zucchini. I can't be sure.
The Sailor's Style Sauce was incredible. I was a little skeptical as I was making it because there didn't seem to be enough and it was rather chunky. As it cooked though, the tomatoes blended and the sauce definitely thickened. I ended up adding the juice from the can of whole tomatoes to give it a little extra juice. There was so much flavor packed into this sauce. We mixed it with fettuccine noodles which I personally thought was a great pairing. The breadsticks were a nice compliment. There is a recipe in the cookbook for breadsticks but it calls for like two tablespoons of vodka and I can't justify buying a whole bottle for $30 when we don't drink much alcohol, other than wine, in this house. I'll make them eventually though. Maybe closer to summertime when there will be lots of parties for milestones and holidays.
With that said, I will conclude today's Cooking with Stanley. Next week we've got a delicious fish dinner with homemade biscotti that I'm still munching on. I can't wait to share my successful baking adventure!! Have you had a large family dinner lately?