Given the temps during the day, I figured the evening would be lovely; cooling down this time of year isn't an issue. Hubby had returned home after being gone since Monday. The High School football game was a Thursday Night Lights affair. It seemed like a perfect equation for hitting the game ourselves. So we did. I sat in my tank top well into the second half before starting to feel the need for my sweatshirt.
With the hubs being gone, I wasn't much for cooking. I didn't even menu plan. My menu got shuffled around the week before, with some recipes going uncooked, so I just moved them to this week.
This pin for Hot Ham & Cheese with Bacon and Caramelized Onions was down a ways on my board. It made me wonder if I'd pinned it when the kids were still playing sports. It's a good meal for doing ahead. They'd be great served up with soup. You could probably even set extras in the 'fridge or freezer for reheating. Add some scrambled eggs and you'd have a good grab-and-go breakfast. I didn't use the Hawaiian buns, but made these 40 Minute Hamburger Buns instead. They were really easy and super soft.
This was last Friday's main dish. The Honey & Spice Baked Chicken was good. Only getting a "good" rating was mostly my fault because I used chicken cutlets and overcooked them just a bit. Next time I'll either use full sized breasts, cook a cutlet less time, or sometimes I like subbing boneless-skinless thighs, which stay juicy. The sauce was good and the in-the-oven baking meant less time over the stove.
I served the Honey & Spiced Chicken with these Mashed Potato Patties with Tapenade Cream. This recipe has tons of options for flavor mix-ins; the cream topping does too. I did a cheddar mix in with a Cumin Cream. They were good, but a little too soft. The crust just didn't get as crispy as I'd have preferred. They did have to sit for a bit, which might have contributed to the problem. Next time I'll use Panko crumbs instead and keep them on the skillet until we're ready to sit down. Any leftovers would be good with an egg the next morning. Just use a little butter in your pan to add a bit of crisp back into them.
We have an open weekend in front of us. The weather should be pretty good. Hubby may hit the lakes again. Pre-season hockey is on TV.