Monday, April 30, 2012
So I'm really late in posting this, but I'm currently sitting in a restaurant at Epcot and realized I never posted the recipe for the week. We'll do the baked ham and egg cup. I did this for a playgroup Easter party and they were a huge hit. I did have to slice the ham down but other than that it was amazing! And just as good reheated. I'll post pics when I get back! Also I apologize for the bad spelling. I'm on my phone and blogger's being crazy!
Sunday, April 29, 2012
The idea of the panzanella was new to me but all the ingredients sounded good so we gave it a go. Sean told me he probably wouldn’t eat it if the bread was soggy so I toasted it and didn’t add it in until right before serving. I thought it was good and made a nice summery side dish.
Instead of making a big cake I decided to do cupcake versions. I made Devil’s Food Cupcakes, sliced them in half, and assembled them like the cake. I was sure I had all the ingredients for the mousse but ended up not so I made a thick chocolate pudding as a substitute. They were really yummy but definitely rich! It will be fun to try the cake sometime when we have a good reason:)
Saturday, April 28, 2012
I made this recipe last night to go along with our dinner and I really enjoyed it – something different. I cut the recipe in half and it made plenty. The only thing I omitted was the basil – didn’t want to buy it. It was easy enough to make and the vinaigrette added a really good flavor. I had some of the leftovers for lunch today and the croutons were actually still a little crunchy. I have not had a chance to make the yummy sounding/looking Mousse Cake yet but I hope to soon.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Tonight for dinner we had the rosemary pork tenderloin. I followed the directions and put it in the spices to marinate in the morning. It was very tasty and tender. The only thing different from the recipe was that it cooked for almost an hour before it got to 160 degrees, but it was also about 2 1/2 pounds instead of just 1 so that is probably why. Meat always seems to take much longer to cook for me than the recipes say.
I also made the poppy seed dressing on Sunday. I followed the directions since I was making it for company, but I would definitely add less sugar next time, like other have suggested. It is really good and I have been enjoying it on my salads.
Last night we made the teriyaki chicken skewers. We also grilled up some veggies to go with them. I put them on separate skewers since the chicken needed more time on the grill. I ended up making two batches of the sauce so that we could have plenty for both the chicken and the veggies. Sterling grilled them up to perfection. We loved it and will definitely be using this marinade again. It even made the veggies go down nice and easy! For both the veggies and chicken he basted them with extra sauce half way through. I think that half a piece of bacon would be plenty for each chicken piece.
Ready for the grill
The skewers were too long to soak before hand so we just let them get nice and crispy.
The chocolate mousse crunch cake was what I had for my birthday cake on Sunday! Perfect timing. We have made it several times before and its such a tasty treat that everyone loves. The mousse and ganache make it so fancy and extra tasty. This time Sterling made it for me, and on top of that with two little helpers. So tasty and impressive. He followed the recipe exactly, including the same brand of cake mix they recommend. Yum!
Monday, April 23, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
I made these recipes a couple of nights ago for dinner and I have to wonder if I did something wrong because I just didn’t really care for it and everything else I have tried in this cookbook has been so good. I halved the recipe for everything – dough, garlic bread seasoning, sauce, Stromboli. I used the breadstick dough recipe in the book pg. 30 and that turned out well. I made the garlic bread seasoning pg 53 so I could make the pizza sauce and I thought both of those were tasty too. For the Stromboli I omitted the chicken because it just didn’t sound good to me and I added a little more cheese instead. We just thought the whole thing didn’t have much taste. I think I should have added a little more cheese, and more Italian seasoning and maybe even a thin layer of the sauce on the Stromboli before layering the ingredients on. Did anyone notice the directions didn’t mention anything about layering on the mozzarella cheese? I would like to make this again to see if I can get the taste level acceptable because I think it could be really good. Hope to see a few more reviews of these recipes from others.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
We had the Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken last week and I had to make a few adjustments. I forgot to grab skewers at the store so I just wrapped the breasts in bacon and marinated and grilled them that way. They marinate was much thicker than I expected but I think it worked great for chicken and it was really delicious! We also grilled the artichoke that night too. I prepared it and steamed it quickly in the microwave (on a plate covered in saran wrap) and that seemed to do the trick. The grilling gave it a nice flavor and both Sean and I liked it! It is always fun to try something new on the grill!
Last night we had the Stromboli and it was so yummy! I ended up using a gluten free dough which was a bit harder to work with but besides that the prep was really easy. We left out the spinach but added in a few pepperonis and olives with the other ingredients. For the sauce I accidentally bought tomato sauce instead of paste but made that work. The label said it was basically tomato paste with water and some spices so I just added a few more spices that the recipe called for a long with the sugar. It made a really good dip for the Stromboli.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Sorry for the long absence from the blog. I feel like I'm just settling back into 'normal' life after having a baby, and then having a sick baby, adjusting to 3 kids, etc. But hopefully I can start contributing more to the posts!!
Anyway, for the recipes this week let's try spinach-chicken stromboli on page 160-161. I am sure you can just adapt the recipe to whatever toppings you would like in there, but I think it sounds good! It says to serve with a pasta sauce, so let's try the pizza sauce on page 155. It sounds really easy.
We just had these today for Sunday dinner and man were they good! I assembled them this morning so they could marinate for several hours. The whole process was a little lengthy so as I was making them I was quite sure they were not worth the time but I was wrong. Definitely worth the hassle. I had not read through the teriyaki sauce recipe so I didn’t realize it had to be cooked and cooled so that took a little extra time. Also, wrapping the bacon around the chicken was a bit time consuming but I quickly figured out I could cut the bacon strips into fourths and then stretch them around the chicken piece and skewer through the bacon and chicken to hold the bacon on. I used the center cut bacon and then stretching it a bit made sure it was thin enough to cook since I knew I would be baking these in the oven. I put the skewers in a big 9x13 Pyrex dish and poured the sauce over them and rolled them around a bit to coat. I put them in the fridge and rolled them around a couple of times more during the marinating process. I cooked them for the 20 minutes stated then turned on the broiler to crisp things up a bit for a few minutes. They were really good and perfectly done. I didn’t roast the artichoke because I forgot to get one but I did have some cauliflower so I tossed that with some olive oil and salt and pepper and roasted in the oven while the skewers cooked.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Here's the Poppy seed dressing. I followed the recipe except I added less of the sugar & oil after reading Jacki & Leslee's reviews. I only used 1/2 cup of sugar & 1/3 cup of canola oil & it tasted great! This is probably my favorite homemade dressing :)
Friday, April 6, 2012
Also I updated the recipe rotation on the right side. We will try to remind you (text or email) a few days before that it is your turn to choose. Let us know if you would rather skip choosing a recipe.
I made both of these recipes last night for dinner. The salad was really good but I didn’t have any bacon so I omitted that. I made the Poppy Seed Dressing which was delicious but had oh, so much sugar! I actually added a bit less sugar than was called for and it was still really good so I could probably add even less next time. I served it as a side dish to a salmon meal. I made the Key Lime Tarts into a pie using a store bought graham cracker crust. It was really easy to make. I have been wanting to try this recipe to see how it compares to the one we made out of Robin Millers cookbook (the first one we cooked from). I have used that recipe several times. I thought this recipe was ok but I like the Robin Miller one better. I forgot to put food coloring in the pie so it looks more like a lemon pie. These were fun recipes to try.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
I made this salad last night for dinner and it was really tasty. The dressing was absolutely delicious, it does have a lot of sugar so I am not surprised! We did sort of a salad bar to assemble them and we used some shredded chicken as well. I also added some strawberries, as I prefer those to the mandarin oranges. Very yummy! I am planning to make the dessert this weekend so I will post it then.