To get into the mood, I put on my apron, which I got from flirtyaprons.com. It makes me feel like a real chef, although I have almost no culinary ability. I have the "aqua damask," which is adorable.
The first thing I made was a casserole-esque type thing with macaroni, broccoli, chicken, and 4 cheeses (I don't skimp on the cheese). I decided to boil the chicken, because it's easy, and I think the healthiest way to cook it. Actually, I don't know that for sure. My main reason was the laziness. I also boiled the mac, lightly steamed the broccoli, mixed that all together, and mixed the cheese. I layered the mac, chicken, and broccoli mixture, then the cheese, another layer of mac and a final sprinkle of cheese. Of course I forgot to add salt and pepper, but we'll just call it low sodium. I had a little, and it's surprisingly good.
Next I made a double portion of banana bread (because I had lots of bananas going bad). I've used 3 different recipes for banana bread, and I think the first was the best. It's this one that I got from cooks.com and my only complaint is that it's a little sweet, so I just used less sugar. Simple. Since I had so much batter, I used my bundt pan that I got from goodwill for two dollars. I finally used the bundt pan!
My final dish for tonight will be hummus. Making good hummus is so freaking difficult for me. I've yet to master it, but tonight I will be conquering hummus. I've got the tahini, the vitamix, and my chickpeas at the ready. I'm just going to go with the flow and not use a recipe. We'll see how that goes.