A Couple Cooks – Let the Cooking Begin!

A Couple Cooks – Let the Cooking Begin!


Hello all! As I mentioned last Thursday, I am cooking through another food blog, A Couple Cooks. In this first week we tried the following:


Spaghetti w/ Tuscan Kale & Chickpeas


The flavor of this was great, however I found it rather dry even though I had added some pasta water that wasn’t even called for in the recipe. If I try this again, I shall increase the sour cream and add even more pasta water. Next up



Enchilada Skillet

This was super good with zucchini, bell peppers, corn, corn tortillas, and black beans cooked in an enchilada sauce. Though I realize this is a vegetarian blog I’m cooking through, I just have to say that left over chicken shredded in there would be a perfect touch! Then on to



Salmon en Papillote w/ Roasted Potatoes

It’s been forever since I’ve prepared any fish en Papillote and I can’t for the life of me understand why! The fish cooks perfectly this way and clean up is a breeze


This was a super simple preparation. The fish is sitting on a bed of julienned carrots and topped with fresh herbs, garlic and lemon. On the potatoes I simply tossed some baby heirloom potatoes in olive oil, salt & pepper and roasted in the oven. Great meal! Finally for this week



Slow-Cooked Black Bean Chili

I wanted to try this recipe because it calls for dried black beans, soaked overnight and then simply placed in the crock pot with the sautéed onions, garlic, portable mushrooms and canned tomatoes.


It took 13 hours to get the beans to the al dente state. Topped with cheddar cheese and green onion. I have to say this…it tasted fine but after slow cooking something for 13 hours I guess my expectation level is for something more than “tastes fine”, you know what I mean?


I’ll be back next week sharing more from A Couple Cooks. Stay tuned!

Hope your week is going well.


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4 Responses to A Couple Cooks – Let the Cooking Begin!

  1. Barbara says:

    Oh that salmon, I really need to get that tail portion out of my freezer for dinner tonight as my mouth is watering over your image.

  2. I’ve followed “a couple cooks” for a while now…and I love how you are making your way through their cookbook! I’ll pass your thoughts along to my husband…who is the chef in the family – I clean up! Beautiful images! Thank you!

  3. Sarah says:

    I love following your food adventures! Being Italian I love eating, just wish I had the passion to cook like you do. I have been doing the lemon water concoction from your January food cleanse or the last week, loving it with my morning writing. I also ordered the Food Lover’s Cleanse. We will be doing that when we get back from our cruise, when we will need a good cleanse. Thanks for always sharing your adventures and I love your food photography. Such a gift you have!

  4. seabluelee says:

    I haven’t been successful at cooking dried beans to tenderness in the Crockpot. I’ve heard that having tomatoes in the recipe somehow prevents the beans from cooking properly and that tomatoes should be added after the beans are tender. I haven’t tried that technique as it’s been easier to just cook my dried bean recipes on the stovetop, where I cook beans and tomatoes together without any problem. I stick to canned ones for Crockpot recipes.

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