Hubby has been quite the cookbook reader lately as we've agreed to split up the dinner cooking. One of us cooks and the other one does the dishes. I think that's more than fair, no? :)
Last week Hubby made his own version of Giada's Tomato Vegetable Casserole, and it was delicious! Simple and tasty: roasted vegetables mixed with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. We heated up a loaf of crusty bread to dip in EVOO and balsamic vinegar, and enjoyed some Two Buck Chuck Chardonnay on the side.
A heavenly mix of EVOO/BV - delicious flavor and healthy fats. I never have butter on my bread anymore!
Budget grocery shopping tip: Look for the bakery clearance rack at your local grocery store. I found this huge artisan loaf on sale for $1.99! The bread usually has a sell-by date of the current day, but you can wrap the bread in aluminum foil and freeze it until you're ready to eat it, and it will be fine. It's a great way to get something gourmet at a fraction of the price.
Look at the seeds on that bread. Yummmmm.
I also used one of our wedding gift cards to purchase demitasse cups and saucers so we could make espresso with our new coffee/espresso maker, so we enjoyed decaf French Roast espresso shots after dinner. It felt so European and was super fun.
Ciao e buona sera!