Monday, April 30, 2012


**I'm back and finally around a real computer so I could edit this post! Sorry again!

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

Leslee’s Panzanella and “Cake”

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

Jacki’s Panzanella

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.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Rosemary Pork Tenderloin and Poppy Seed Dressing


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. 


Chicken and Cake


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!





New recipe

Hi everyone! I picked a couple of recipes. I'm excited to try them. The first is Panzanella on page 78. I have never had this or even heard of it, so I am excited to try something completely new! Also, it is my son's 5th birthday this week and he was looking through the recipe book and saw the cake on page 236 and said "Mom PLEASE PLEASE make this for my birthday". So, I hope you all have an excuse to make that cake that looks so amazingly delicious... (who needs an excuse, right?!)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Audrey & Dana's Stromboli's & Brownies

Well, we went the easy way with some of the ingredients.  We used store bought pizza crust, shredded mozzarella cheese & a rotisserie chicken.  We followed the recipe except as mentioned about the cheese & chicken.  Like Jacki, we couldn't find in the directions when to use the mozzarella, so we just added it to the inside ingredients, which worked great.  I made the Spinach-chicken Stromboli, Dana made a Spinach-Chicken & Pepperoni Stromboli & then we also made a Chicken & Pepperoni Stromboli.  We did use the cheese & tomatoes in all of them.  We really liked all the flavors.  We really feel that using the rotisserie chicken gave it great flavor, since it also had the dark meat with it and had been cooked with the skin on ;)  I had already made that pizza sauce before & didn't like it too much, so I used another one that I have & it tasted great! 

We also decided to make the Mint Brownies, since we hadn't made them earlier.  We each made a batch of the brownies & since I forgot to get the mint flavoring, we picked the flavors that we wanted from what I had.  Dana split her brownie cake in half & used banana flavoring on one half & coconut on the other.  I just used vanilla, as Brock wasn't too crazy about trying any of the other flavors;) For the chocolate glaze, Dana used the dark chocolate & I used the semi-sweet.  Very good brownies!!  Good flavors...
I think that we will both fix these recipes again ;)

Audrey's Teriyaki Sauce & Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Skewers

Here is the Teriyaki Sauce.  Very simple to make & very tasty.  I think that I actually simmered it too long, as the flavors were strong, but Brock & I liked it.
Next is the skewers.  I followed the recipe, but I forgot to read all the way through the recipe, so didn't allow enough time to marinate my chicken ;(  I highly recommend doing that!  We still thought that it had good flavor, but it would have been more moist & had more flavor marinating it.  Next time :)

Here is the finished product!  We really liked the recipes & I will fix them again.  Our grocery store didn't have the artichokes at the time, so I cooked asparagus instead.  I'll try the artichokes another time.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Jacki’s Spinach-Chicken Stromboli, Sauce

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. 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki and Stromboli

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

Recipes for the week

Hi girls!

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.

Jacki’s Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

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.  

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tarin's Rosemary Pork

I loved this recipe. It was so easy and delicious. I did everything the way they said to, but I doubled the balsamic/olive oil mixture to make sure there was good coverage for the meat. I was so glad that everyone posted that it took longer to bake because it was about 45 minutes for me too. I used a meat thermometer for the first time and everyone mentioned how perfectly cooked the meat was so it was a success!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Audrey's Chicken, salad & Dressing review

These are several of the recipes from the last couple of weeks.
Here is the Spicy Honey chicken. This was from several months ago, but oh well ;)
I really liked it and thought it had great flavor. I followed the recipe, but did cook it in the oven. It required lots of spices, but I only had to get the chipotle chili powder, so that was good.
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 :)
Here is my plate for Easter dinner. I fixed the Ribs from the cookbook and the Spinach Mandarin poppy seed salad. The salad tasted great & I followed Leslee's suggestion and just let people put together their own salads from all the ingredients. I also added the strawberries along with the mandarin oranges. Really great flavors in the salad and dressing. I plan on fixing this again :)

Friday, April 6, 2012

New Recipes!!!

We have been using our grill a lot already so I chose some recipes we could cook out there (or inside). Bacon Wrapped Teriyaki Chicken Skewers (117) that uses the Teriyaki Sauce (46). Also since we will already have the grill going I thought it would be fun to try the Fire-Roasted Artichokes (190).  I am not sure when was the last time I had artichokes!

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.

Jacki’s Spinach Mandarin Poppy Seed Salad and Key Lime Tarts.

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. 

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Poppy Seed Salad

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.