I’m back in action. Thanks for your sweet comments while I was out soaking up computer screen rays. My vitamin HTML levels are at an all time high. And I’ve never felt more unrested. I kid. Well, not really. But on a positive note, I’m making a tiny dent in that big ole t0-do list. We rented out our condo (hallelujah!). My resume and portfolio are near completion. My sister’s wedding invites and website are done. I dried and straightened my hair for the first time since Christmas (TMI, sorry). And those secret projects I mentioned are cooking up nicely. One foot in front of the other.
After a two-week Food Matters Project hiatus, I’m back in action. This week—Vegetable Cassoulet. Sadly, this wasn’t one of my favorite recipes. But in the spirit of trying something new, I went for it. My husband, on the other hand, loved it. He devoured my meal as well as his. I asked him what he thought of the dish, and it went something like this:
me: What’d you think?
him: It was good.
me: No, what’d you think about the meal? [said with more emphasis]
him: It was good.
me: Tell me more than that.
him: It was like vegetable soup.
There you have it—it was like vegetable soup. The recipe itself wasn’t bad by any means. Just not a dish I would crave. Listen to my husband on this one. Did I just say that?! For the full recipe, head over to Keely’s blog. To see what other FMPers did, click here.
My modifications: To make vegetarian, skip to step #2 and follow as is. Use less vegetable broth to compensate for the lack of meat. Serve in ramekins topped with homemade croutons and parmesan (my favorite part!). Set the oven to broil and bake just long enough for the cheese to melt. A little sprinkle of chili powder on the top and serve!
gah. i’m always on the lookout for a vegetarian version of cassoulet that isn’t lackluster.
Oh those croutons look incredible! I love how each portion is in it’s own little ramekin. Hope you had a nice little break! [:
this post made me chuckle. I think I got a screenburn today. Must. Step. Away.
Hilarious!! My hubby’s probably not much different, I think they get kinda’ under pressure when they’re expected to actually be verbally descriptive! Lol! I also loved your metaphor.. your vitamin html levels!! xo Smidge
Hahaha. Husbands say the darndest things.
Congrats on renting your condo and for all the forward-moving progress you’ve been making. Illinois will be sad to lose you.
Love that feeling of getting things accomplished! I keep thinking how I should take a blogging ‘Spring Break’ – perhaps I’ll do it this summer 😉 I hardly ever straighten my hair – it’s a project that involves way too much time, usually…a luxury!
Glad you’re back! And there is no such thing as TMI. NEVER. 😉
This is wonderful. I love that shot of the croutons! It sounds right up my alley!
Welcome back Melissa! I missed having you to read during my morning coffee & blog roll hour. 🙂 xo
Your husband sounds a lot like mine. Only, I wouldn’t have even gotten “it’s like vegetable soup” from mine. He would’ve stuck with, “it was good.” I love your blog and I can’t wait to try your Nuttela cookies. Going to but the ingrediants today:)
Yum! I agree, it certainly looks gorgeous and the croutons look so Cheesy and crunchy at the same time!!!
It looks delicious! 🙂
It looks beautiful. I know that if anything is chock full of veggies, my fiance will enjoy the heck out of it.
These pictures are just delightful. Love the croutons.
Sounds like you’ve been one busy and productive lady! Kudos for getting all that work done (and straightening your hair…I haven’t done mine since I don’t know when, eitherv;) I’m big BIG on vegetable dishes, and your cassoulet doesn’t look just “okay”…it’s be a big hit in my house! Vegetable soup is one of my faves, so hey, if it tastes like vegetable soup, I’m in! Your croutons are gorgeous too!
Mmm so full of goodness! Love this idea!
Haha! My husband is also like that! I only know if he liked something judging by how much he eats. Otherwise it’s all “good”. Anyway, this looks great!
Well, it certainly looks good, and very pretty!
Cheese is always the best part! I could eat dirt if it were covered in fromage! 😉