I’ll be honest, it’s pretty hard for me to be at home without a job, in a city where I know no one, while Brent is gone for 12 hours a day. Obviously there is a ton to do in the city, but I’m still getting familiar with it, and I’m trying not to spend much money. All in all, it leaves me feeling a little crazy and quite lonely. Therefore, I was so looking forward to Friday! Brent and I just got cable for the first time in 2 or 3 years, and I DVRed all the Top Chef: All Stars episodes and Brent and I settled in on the couch for a series marathon when he got home.
To provide sustenance for our couch potato-ness, I planned on making two dishes. The first was an easy make-ahead recipe I had ready when Brent got home: Roasted Artichoke Salad from the Barefoot Contessa. I saw her make this a while ago, and I was looking forward to making (and eating) it. I love artichokes! This was very simple to make, and mostly used pantry ingredients, which is always a plus. I really loved the basil vinaigrette.
I threw some chopped basil on top too, just for fun. 😉 Oh, I cut the recipe down to one-third since I only had one 12oz bag of artichokes, but I really think you could eat this as leftovers very easily. I plated our portions on some spring mix and we were ready to eat. We both really enjoyed this, me probably a bit more than Brent. I’m definitely going to keep this in regular rotation.
After the first episode, we were ready for course number two: caramelized onion, pear, and blue cheese flatbread. I used the master recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day – it feels so good to make bread dough again! After caramelizing one onion, I layered that on the rolled out dough. Then I added a sliced Bosc pear, and sprinkled it with an ounce and a half of blue cheese. I cooked the flatbread on my pizza stone at 450 for 10 minutes, and then sprinkled on a few chopped walnuts and baked it for another minute or two.
I absolutely love this combination. I’ve made it a few times before, but I really think this was my best take on it thus far.
I really enjoyed hanging out for a few hours with Brent, catching up on my favorite show. 🙂 We’re trying to make an effort to have at least one date night a week. This week it’s Brent’s turn to pick! Hope you all had a great weekend!