#prettysimpledinnerparty

Today I participated in the Pretty Simple Cooking dinner party for A Couple Cooks new cookbook. It was such a fun way to explore a new cookbook and meet new people. I decided to prepare the Eggplant Parmesan Casserole, which was chock full of eggplant, cannellini beans, tomatoes, and spices. Personally I love eggplant parmesan (I love eggplant in general if I’m being honest) so this was a fun, fast way to get those flavors. 

We’ve been having a lot of rainy days in Alabama so this was kind of a perfect thing for me to have planned for my Saturday. I’d much rather cook something tasty and comforting than go out in the pouring ran to run errands, ya know? Since I wasn’t sure how this would go over as a main course with some of my household I also cooked some pasta, tomato basil sauce, and sautéed chicken tenderloins. It was a satisfying, filling meal. The casserole was fantastic and we demolished half of it! Even the two picky eaters were loving it. I plan to use the rest for lunch in the coming work week. 

Look how yummy that looks!! The topping was incredible. I have to admit that I considered using store bought bread crumbs but then I would have felt bad about not following the recipe exactly. I think the breadcrumbs being homemade really put this casserole over the top. The eggplant turned out perfectly cooked and the beans gave it such a different taste. I could keep rambling but I really think you should just go pick up a copy of the book and check it out yourself.

How is your weekend going? Have you cooked anything particularly tasty lately?

Listening to: The Cinematic Orchestra “Ma Fleur”
Reading: The V Card by Lauren Blakely & Lili Valente

Goals

  A post shared by Amanda Graham (@shutterpecan) on Dec 31, 2017 at 9:10pm PST I haven’t done this in a long time. But I’m going to start trying to get better at it (see my 2018 list in the sidebar). I’m thinking I may start scheduling out my days more and put blog posts […]

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November and December 2017 Reads

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’d been anticipating getting to this book and it did not disappoint! I had a soft spot for Penelope in the earlier books of the series so I really wanted her to have a great HEA. I enjoyed how the story built up […]

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November 2017 IG recap

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September and October 2017 Reads

The Duke and I (With 2nd Epilogue) by Julia Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved it It’s been quite a while since I’ve read a historical romance but this series has been on my to be read list for some time. I’m so glad I finally decided to dive in! The Duke and […]

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Gatlinburg trip

I took a long weekend trip up to Gatlinburg Tennessee last Thursday. For years I went annually and at times more than that, but I hadn’t been up there in several years. It’s my mothers most favorite place to go, aside from the beach at least, so we went a lot when I was growing […]

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Baby I’m sorry

Ahhh I didn’t realize it had been so long since I’d blogged! I have no excuse other than work has been really busy and time got away from me. I’ve never been consistent when it comes to blogging, honestly. Since I don’t really do much other than work and maybe randomly hanging out with a […]

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August 2017 Reads

I don’t make any guarantees that reviews I post will be spoiler free!   Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater My rating: 3 of 5 stars Undecided how I feel about this one. It was good but I didn’t love it like I expected. View all my reviews The Death Cure by James Dashner My rating: 3 […]

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Weekend shenanigans

I had some errands to run and my mother wanted to make a trip to Michael’s for an artificial pumpkin. We went a little nuts in there, let me tell you! They have so much Halloween and Fall stuff at 40% off! Halloween is my favorite holiday. Always has been, even though anything with a […]

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Chocolate eclipse

I baked a cake on Sunday! Just a simple two layer dark chocolate from a box mix (Duncan Hines heeeey) with chocolate icing. It didn’t dawn on me at the time but hey look I kinda baked the moon of an eclipse! Anywaaaaay, I did that and some cleaning and I spent the rest of […]

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