Seven Days of Dinner, May 14-20

Last week I participated in a virtual potluck hosted by my friend Gina, author of the Taste This! series of cookbooks.  All the participating bloggers chose a recipe from Gina's second book, Taste This! The Delicious Sequel, and shared it on their blogs.  I choose two appetizer dishes -- a black olive tapenade and a gorgonzola cheese ball -- that were so delicious, we paired it with roasted red tomatoes and hot, crusty french bread and made a meal out of it.  Two meals, actually!

In fact, we enjoyed it so much, I decided to feature Taste This! recipes in an entire week's worth of dinners.  Since all the main dishes in this cookbook have meat, and since we try to minimize the amount of meat we eat, I chose from salads and side dishes as well as main dishes (the photo above is Gina's Korn Salad, with some bacon bits added to give it a more robust taste and turn it into a main dish):

Korn Salad (with bacon bits)
Tortellini Skewers
Italian Sausage and Lentil Soup
Cabbage Potato Surprise
Broccoli Casserole (with a green salad)
Porcini Mushroom Sauce (with penne pasta)
Tamale Pie (made with veggie meat)

Check out Gina's book, Taste This!  The Delicious Sequel -- and enter to win a copy of your own on my review blog!