Yeah, now that I say that out loud it does seem kind of random…but trust me, it was a good night in the kitchen. I didn’t really need to make dinner, I had left-overs in the fridge, but I was trying to plan out the rest of the week and make sure I had lunches ready to avoid having to buy something sub-par and overrpriced in downtown Boston.
I also knew the next couple of nights were busy and I had a free night to spend in the kitchen. On top of all that, it had been a stressful couple of days at work and I needed cooking therapy. I went through my binder of recipes (some I’ve made, most are on the to-do list) and found something that seemed good, and bonus! I had all of the ingredients (sort of.) I made a basic ragout of tomatoes, mushrooms, garlic & seasoning, added chickpeas, and ladeled that over some prepared couscous. Hate to admit it, I didn’t have an onion so I used a bit of onion powder, and I didn’t have any parsley to top it off with. See recipe here.
A bit later in the evening, I was still antsy to make something else. I finally made the gluten-free peanut butter & jelly cookies I’d been eyeing for a couple of weeks. They were super-quick, and so good. I echo Joy’s thoughts, peanut butter is just good at any time, for any reason, and nearly in any form. This was also exciting for my roommate, who has one of those obnoxious gluten allergies and can never eat anything I bake. We’ve both had a bit of a rough start to the week so a couple of warm cookies and re-runs of The Hills made for a fantastic evening.