OK, so I've been home with the kids for two weeks now. When you are a sports parent, much less a multiple sports parent, you literally have nothing else to fill your weekend with. Normally we would be at hockey (for sure), and probably soccer, or floor hockey, or baseball. Now we are nowhere. We are home. This week was tough. Having both boys brought on a fresh hell I was ill prepared for. So this weekend was about recovery for me. Cam went back to his Dad's, and DH took him, so I was able to go to the grocery store by myself. I was pleasantly surprised by how stocked Meijer was on Saturday! I mean, we are still struggling with pasta and frozen veg, but was able to get most all of what I needed for the week! Craig's birthday is Thursday and I feel terrible that we can literally do nothing for him, so yesterday we ate. I made a delish lunch, a fancy charcuterie plate as a snack, and a Short Rib Ragout for his dinner. That short rib braised for like 4 hours. It was amazing. No pics though. Sorry all!
Today I decided to make kolaches. Where are all my polish people at?!? My Grandma Skibinski made these while I was growing up and I felt like I was ready to connect to my people. They turned out really good. Which is surprising because while I am a great cook, I am not a great baker! Take a look at these!!!
Just like Gramma Ski used to make. They were so delicious! The cookie was super flaky and the preserves added just the right sweetness!
Gramma Ski's Kolackes (pronounced ko-lach-keys)
6 oz Cream Cheese
2 Sticks Butter
2 1/2 cups AP Flour
Preserves (flavor of your choice)
1 Tablespoon Confectioners Sugar
Cream together the cream cheese and butter at room temperature until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour 1/4 cup at a time, until combined. Roll into a ball and wrap with cling wrap and refrigerate for a few hours.
Preheat the oven to 350. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a thin layer. Cut into rounds (I use a glass). Put 1 teaspoon preserves into the middle of the circle. Cook for 15-18 minutes until lightly golden. Transfer to a cooling rack and dust with confectioners sugar.
Cooper ate half the cookies already. Sigh.
But ok, so now what for dinner tonight? I am from the Chicagoland area, so there is nothing more that I love than Portillos. If you haven't been, it's an amazing hot dog joint with tons of locations. There is nothing better than their Italian Beef, Maxwell Street Polish, and their cheese fries. Oooooh, those cheese fries. My mom knew I was struggling this week so she lovingly sent me some Portillos. And that was our dinner tonight. I heated up their sausage and beef combo and we had an amazing dinner. The premise is Italian beef, sweet peppers, gardiniera, gravy, and mozzarella cheese. It's to die for. You can order some too at portillos.com. Note - I am not compensated, this sh*t is just that good!!!!
My sandwich, a dipped straight up beef and cheese.
The hubs does the full business, all the fixings, including Italian sausage!
I highly recommend you order, they even send you full directions!
Today was yet another day of quarantine, just a fun one!! Let's see what tomorrow holds in store for us!