Quick and tasty dessert: Fruit crumble

Confession: I’m Kim, and I’m a dessert-aholic. But, baking takes too much time so I don’t do it much. Until I found this recipe…I make this a lot, and Robby loves it, too!

Filling ingredients:

  1. In-season fruit (2 pears or 2 apples, 2 peaches, or 1.5 cups blueberries)
  2. 1 tsp. brown sugar

Crust ingredients:

  1. 3 tbsp. melted butter
  2. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  3. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 tbsp. flour
  5. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Cut fruit into small chunks and toss with 1 tsp. brown sugar in a small baking dish.
  2. Mix together crust ingredients and spread over fruit.
  3. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes. Serves 2.

Quick and tasty dinner: Ham and egg panini

This would be a great breakfast recipe, but Robby doesn’t really eat breakfast unless I remind him. So we make this for dinner occasionally. :)

Ingredients (serves 2):

  1. 4 slices of bread (I use ciabatta panini rolls from Trader Joe’s, but brioche or french bread would also be great)
  2. 2 tbsp. mustard (I use whole grain, but dijon would work too)
  3. 2 slices havarti or swiss cheese
  4. 2 oz. ham
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 tsp. grated parmesan cheese
  7. 1 tsp. milk
  8. 1 tsp. butter


  1. Spread mustard on 2 pieces of bread.
  2. Place ham and cheese slices on other 2 pieces.
  3. Whisk eggs, parmesan, and milk together.
  4. Melt butter in a small skillet and add egg mixture.
  5. Cook eggs until mostly solid (about 4 minutes) and flip over for another 1 minute.
  6. Cut omelet in half and place one half on each sandwich.
  7. Close sandwiches and brush with olive oil.
  8. Cook sandwiches on a grill (I use a George Foreman grill, it works great!) or a sandwich press.
  9. Enjoy!

These are pretty filling, so I usually just serve them with a light fruit salad.

Menu for the week, 7/12/09

One of the things that helps me stay organized is planning our meals in advance. I take about 30 minutes a week to sit down with the calendar (Robby and I sync our Google Calendars–ah, geek love!), my cookbooks, the grocery list, and my coupons, and plan out about 7-10 days’ worth of meals. Then I list the meals and cookbook pages on a magnetic calendar on the fridge, organize my coupons, and hit the grocery store to shop for all the ingredients.

I love this system because I don’t have to think much when I get home from work–I just look at the menu on the fridge, look up the recipe, pull out the ingredients, and get cooking!

I usually try to plan quick and easy things during the week since we’re so busy, but I use the weekends to try out new or more complicated recipes.

So, without further ado, here are the meals we enjoyed last week:

  • Sunday: Hamburgers and pasta salad
  • Monday: Chicken potstickers and brown rice
  • Tuesday: Kim worked until 8, so we just had sandwiches
  • Wednesday: Lasagna rolls and green beans
  • Thursday: BBQ pork loin with salad and rolls
  • Friday: Steak and mashed potatoes
  • Saturday: Ham, egg, and cheese panini

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Robby and I went to see HP6 on Wednesday. We were both a little tired (we’re getting too old for late-night movies!), but we really enjoyed it. The movie was dark and a little scary (though less so than the last one), but it had moments of humor and romance, too.

As a huge fan of the books, I was a bit disappointed by how many details were left out of the movie. I don’t know how people who haven’t read the books can really follow the storyline of the movies! But I would definitely recommend reading the book and seeing the movie. I only wish we could have seen it in IMAX…