Okay, this question torments me almost everyday. I wish I was one of those people that could plan out meals for the week…lay out your clothes for the next day kind of gal. In theory, it’s brilliant. I have made calendars with meal plans and I still can’t stick to it. I guess mostly because I dress and eat by mood. So how in the world can I plan around that? Some days I feel really creative and need to write out a new recipe. Those same days I could be feeling the need for comfort food, or spicy food, or I have a memory of something that I have tried before or…well you get it. Am I alone in this? Anyway, I thought it would be fun to start a series on it. Please let me know what you are having for dinner in the comments. Monday nights seem to scream out, “Comfort Food!” Last night, I really wanted pasta and my husband loves an alfredo sauce. I decided to throw him a bone and create a basic alfredo sauce recipe. I served it over fresh raviolis and to make it even healthier…a sirloin on the side. Nothing green allowed tonight. (Except garnish)

Basic Alfredo Sauce

Ingredients:
2 tbsp. butter (Do not use margarine)
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbps. flour
2 cups milk (I used 2% milk)
2 oz. cream cheese (1/4 of a block)
Dash of garlic powder
Dash of salt and pepper
Dash or red pepper flakes
5 oz. of freshly grated romano cheese

First Step:
Combine the butter and olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spatula until melted.
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Second Step:
Add the flour and make a roux. Stir over medium heat until combined and golden.
Third Step:
Slowly whisk in milk. Once combined add the cream cheese and stir until smooth. Continue to stir until thickened and sauce coats your spatula.
Fourth Step:
Add spices and remove from heat. Immediately add all of the cheese and stir vigorously until combined. It will look like this:
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Immediately serve over pasta. Garnish with a little parsley. Yummy-you will not feel skinny afterwards. So what are you having for dinner? What wine will you serve? What wine would you have served with this heavy dinner?

PS-I posted this earlier and something dreadful happened and it disappeared. My apologies for losing your comments. 😦

9 thoughts on “What’s for Dinner?

  1. I am a person that often dresses, cooks, and in general lives by what mood I am in as well. Though for me, I hate mornings and where I work, it’s a t-shirt/sweatshirt and jeans deal so when it comes to Monday through Friday, it’s easy for me to set my clothes out for the next day and it allows me a little extra sleep. 😉 Though when not working, I don’t generally plan out my wardrobe, because when I do, I often change my mind that next day anyway. 😉 When someone asks me what my favorite food, band, movie, book, etc is….I often reply with, “It depends on my mood.”

    Yesterday was a leftovers night, but that works since Monday night we bowl on a league and don’t have much time to eat once Doug gets home from work before we have to take off. Tonight though, I think it’s a taco kind of night. I have been craving them for awhile and we just got stuff at the store for them. Your alfredo sauce looks delicious! I wouldn’t mind coming by for dinner. 😉 Oh and I would have a nice Moscato with it by the way. 🙂

    1. Thanks Carissa! It’s nice to know that I am not alone. 🙂
      Let me know if you try it sometime. It’s super easy and fast. I had not even thought about trying a Moscato. Hmmmm, maybe I will have leftovers tonight of the pasta and try it. Thanks for your awesome comment!

      1. I will most definitely let you know how it turns out when I try it! 🙂 And awesome, let me know what you think of the Moscato with your leftovers. 🙂

  2. This looks fantastic. We had leftover Buffalo Chicken Pizza from Pandoras:) Tonight though, tilapia over rice, num nummie.

  3. And it would have to be a hearty wine to stand out to it, don’t you think? Malbec?? I don’t know, I just know when I taste it if I like it:)

    1. I guess the tricky part is that I threw in the steak. Normally, something light would be good with the white sauce, but I am not sure. As I was eating it, I thought a nice red, like a Malbec could have been nice. Hmmmm.

  4. I think it is much better to eat by mood than by a plan! Too much of our life is planned out (well, mine is anyway)…you know, go to work on this day, do this at that time, blah, blah, blah! How wonderful that we can be spontaneous in the kitchen! Good for you!

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