Our family enjoys the Food Network show Ten-Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian and often, while watching, will say, "Ooh, we should try that sometime" (remember this?). After one recent episode, Susan asked the girls if they'd like to make that particular meal for our family, and they decided to do so tonight. Susan made sure we had all the ingredients, printed the recipes from the show's Web site, and supervised (and assisted liberally) while the girls prepared this meal:
Perhaps you were expecting a photo of spaghetti with canned sauce? Not from our daughters!
On the platter to the left are parmesan-crusted pork loin cutlets. In the bowl is garlic-oil-sautéed pasta with broccoli. On the blue plate are caprese tartlets. Everything was So! Darned! Good! Lots of great flavors: parmesan, garlic, red pepper flakes, red wine vinegar, fresh basil leaves (from our plant out on the veranda), balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon . . . mmm, it was very good. Plus, it truly was under $10 for the whole meal (which is the premise of Ms. d'Arabian's show).