Does anyone watch Barefoot Contessa?  Ina usually roasts a chicken for Jeffrey on Fridays, with potatoes, usually.  I wonder if she wears an apron?

Last night I didn’t roast a chicken, but I roasted some potatoes for Scott.

And I made another Cheezy Vegetable Bake
I used Brussels sprouts, peas, and green beans in addition to the other veggies I used in my original recipe.
Cheezy Vegetable Bake in foil lined pan
And the soup I poured over it all before roasting was a can of minestrone I had on hand.  Just use what you have!   Don’t buy something just special.
Can of Lite Italian Style Vegetable Soup
It turned out so well.
Close up of Cheezy Vegetable Bake
Who can say no to roasted veggies + cheeze?  I know Jenn just made a great brock + cheesey combo.
Cheezy Vegetable Bake in bowl
From my last post about Aprons and Messy Cooks, it was fun to hear who’s messy, who’s neat, who’s in between.
And who remembers to wear an apron?  Most of us seem to forget or just skip the aprons.  Or, I don’t want to get a super cute apron messy!
If I hadn’t gotten around to playing Ina and roasting any taters or making veggie bakes, Scott will always settle for ice cream.  Mint Chocolate Chip is his favorite.  My spin on that is Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Softserve

Ingredients for Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Softserve in blender

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Softserve being scooped out with spoon

Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Softserve in white bowl
Close up of Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Softserve


1. Best Thing You’ve Done or Ate so Far this Weekend?

I had a productive day at work, I ran errands Friday afternoon, and got my grocery shopping done for the weekend.  I think.  Hopefully I don’t suddenly remember I “need” something from the store.

2. Do you watch the Barefoot Contessa, aka Ina Garten?
I used to watch her tons and although she cooks with a ton of fat, butter, gluten, and does.not.skimp on ingredients ($50 worth of cheese and $50 worth of fresh fruit for appetizers for two people kind of not skimping) that woman can cook.
I am inspired by anyone who can cook, and cook well. Even if it’s not how I can or would choose to eat, I have major respect for her.  And wish I could have her cook for me one day!
3. Do you watch any Food Network shows?  Who’s your fave host or fave show?
I used to watch tons of Food Network before I had a child + FT job + blog + everything else.  I feel like I “know” many of the hosts of the shows, i.e. Paula Deen, Giada, Ina, Tyler, Bobby, Sandra Lee, Rachel Ray, Anthony Bourdin.  Yes, Food Network, Bravo, and E! were and still are my staples.
Be safe and have a great weekend, everyone!

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