I planned out all of our dinners for the next week, alternating between American and Cuban meals, to accommodate both of our tastes. So far, I hadn't really made anything amazing.... spaghetti, chicken and rice, rice and beans with scrambled eggs, cheap pre-mixed pasta. So! I decided to make a real American meal for my hubby on Sunday night-- baked ranch chicken (crushed Ritz crackers, butter and dry Ranch dressing) and mashed potatoes. I got a fabulous mashed potato recipe from my sister, and set to work.
We are limited on counter space, so I switch out the appliances on the counter and even use our dish rack as an additional counter. It works out well. :) I began to peel and boil the potatoes, as the chicken was baking (or so I thought) in our new convection oven. After a while, I noticed that the breading on the chicken was burning so I took it out and discovered that it wasn't cooking at all! I looked at the dials on the oven, and found out that I had forgotten to switch them over to the bake setting from the toast/broil setting from that morning. I cut the chicken into even smaller pieces, and managed to save the chicken.
For the mashed potatoes, I added lots of garlic salt, chives, sour cream, butter and milk and mixed it all together in our new Kitchen Aid. I've never made such creamy mashed potatoes! Everything tasted great! :) I'm excited about trying new recipes this week.