Sunday, December 29, 2013
Next is the review of the Spinach-Walnut Salad with Fresh Citrus. It was also delicious. I really liked the fresh oranges in it. For the dressing I only added half the oil and made up the difference with water and it was fine.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
1. Pepperoncini Beef Sandwiches pg. 222
2. Spinach-Walnut Salad with Fresh Citrus pg. 214
3. Tin Can Treats pg. 130
I'm looking forward to trying the sandwich and salad recipes as they look simple and tasty. I've also been saving my tin cans for this craft project and thought that it would be something fun to hand out at Christmas time. Have fun :)
Saturday, December 14, 2013
As far as the hot chocolate it was a pretty good/basic recipe. I really liked the toasted marshmallows on tops with the chocolate sauce, but something about the graham cracker bits on the side just kind of weirded me out, but they looked really pretty. (Sorry I forgot to take a picture!)
Monday, December 9, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
After reading Leslee's review I cut down on the oil too. I would say I did about 3/4 a cup, instead of the full cup. When I first tasted the dressing I thought it was a tad too lemon-y. But after I tossed the salad I realized I was wrong! I thought it was great!
I am usually not a crouton gal, but these homemade ones were delish. I made them just as the recipe states, except I forgot to toss them in the parmesan cheese at the end. The whole time I was making them it was running through my mind, "Don't forget the cheese at the end...don't forget the cheese." But it didn't matter. I still forgot. They still tasted great though!
I would definitely make the salad again. I want to try it with the chicken. It would be a fun salad to make for a luncheon. And I thought it would taste great with some purple onion, tomatoes, and black olives...but I guess then it wouldn't quite be a caesar salad ;)
The Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad was also very good. I did make a mistake though. I remembered Leslee said she only added half the oil so I did as well, but......I didn't add milk or water in place of the rest of the oil and the dressing was SO strong. So, good to add less oil but be sure to make up the difference with water or milk. The croutons were so tasty and a fun addition to the salad. Another good recipe.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
1. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad pg 82
2.Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins pg 140
I have actually already made the Chicken Caesar Salad so I will give my review:) I made the homemade croutons and those were a hit and a nice addition to the salad. I cute way back on the olive oil in the dressing since 1 cup seemed like a lot and it didn't make too big of a difference. It was a yummy salad that surprisingly my whole family liked!
For the Roasted Butternut Squash with Pumpkin sauce I made a few minor adjustments to the recipe. The store I went to didn't have any fresh butternut squash (I know, strange for this time of year) but they did have frozen butternut squash so I bought that instead which was easier since I didn't have to peel and dice it. I omitted the sage and rosemary. I was wondering if the sauce would have too much of a pumpkin flavor but it didn't - very tasty. Next time I would probably omit the onions or dice them fine and saute them first. I like onions but the roasted ones were still a little firm for the dish where everything else was soft and creamy. I wasn't in love with this recipe but I thought it was good and glad I tried it. A different twist on pasta.
Dulce de Leche
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Chicken and wild rice soup- we loved this!! The only problem is I used a rice medley I had on hand which takes much longer to cook than normal. So I decided to cook it before hand and then add it to the soup, which resulted in very overdone rice, other than that it was delicious!
Butternut squash pasta- this was so good and didn't take that much time to make. My kids actually ate it and my 6 year old said it was amazing. Next time I will cut the squash a little bigger, I made the chunks pretty small and they became much smaller after baking them. They had the best flavor though! The bacon added to the dish! Also, I didn't have fresh herbs so I used dry herbs and just halved the amount they were asking. It tasted so good, and I will for sure make it again.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
I made the Chicken and Wild Rice Soup a couple of weeks ago and we loved it!! I will definitely make it again. That night was our ward's Trunk or Treat and my husband was working late. It was just sort of crazy cooking dinner and getting everybody ready...which is why I don't have any pictures :) But when my husband met up with us later I asked if he liked the soup and he said he ate 3 bowls of it. So...that is a pretty high endorsement from him.
I made the soup just as it says. I agree with Audrey that you could definitely leave out the last step and have a more broth-y soup and it would be good too. But the roux gave it such a great texture. I thought it was kind of strange adding artichokes to soup, but I love artichokes, so I went ahead with it. I thought it added a great depth of flavor, but I can see how some might not like it. I used a rotisserie chicken too and I thought it added a lot to the soup as well. I served the soup with some rolls and some fresh fruit.
I made the Mummy Dogs on Halloween Night. Again...no pictures. But they were cute and easy and my kids thought they were awesome. Next year I will try to plan ahead better for Halloween dinner and get more into the Halloween foods! Or make them the night before when it isn't quite so hectic. Fun recipes!
All of these reviews look so delish! I have had company in town for the past couple of weeks, but I'm hoping to catch up on some that I've missed. Now that it's finally cooling off here in Houston these fall and winter recipes look so appetizing!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
For the Halloween Party Food I chose to make the Mummy Dogs and the Monster Jaws. They were both really easy and good. I used pine nuts instead of slivered almonds on the apples and peanut butter for the eyes.
I liked the Apple-Pear-Cranberry Crisp as well although I substituted dried cherries for the cranberries because I didn't have any. I cut the recipe in half and used an 8 inch Pyrex dish. I really liked the combination of the pears and apples but the cherries didn't quite go - maybe the cranberries would have been better. I served it with vanilla ice cream - yum!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
I've fallen a bit behind! I am going to try to catch up these next couple of weeks. Because I'm behind I am only picking one recipe this week :)
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, pg. 146
I have a friend that raves about this soup, so it's time for me to see if it's as good as she says ;)
Vegetable barley soup- I really liked this! The whole family liked it too. It made a ton, but it reheated really well. I used quinoa and like someone else said, If I make it again I probably won't add as much, it seem like the quinoa was dominating the soup.
Whole grain crescent rolls- These were pretty good but not my favorite. My little boys wouldn't even eat them because there was so much stuff on top and that weirded them out. They also took a really long time to make and sometimes if something takes too long I get turned off by it. I could also taste the flax pretty strong. I will probably add less if I ever make them again.
Weeknight chili- Yummy! And super easy. I followed the recipe perfectly and it turned out delicious! I'm going to make it this Friday for our wards trunk or treat and chili cook off.
Lemon cake- This cake turned out really delicious and I am not even a super lemony person. Everybody liked it the only problem was my cake wasn't perfectly level so when I poured the glaze on top a lot of it gathered in the middle, making the middle extra moist, borderline soggy! It tasted delicious with cream on top though!
Thai coconut soup- I loved everything about this soup! The entire family ate all of it! I used leftover rotisserie chicken and the whole thing came together very quickly. I will make the soup again, probably a lot!
Hopefully I don't get so far behind again. These recipes are all so yummy!
Saturday, October 12, 2013
I made this when I was at Nika’s house taking care of the grandkids while she and her hubs were gallivanting around Italy of all places! (I actually had a really fun time). Anyway, it was quick to throw together and I cooked it in the crockpot so that made it really easy. I thought it was really good and all of the kids ate it so it was a success. I didn’t have beef broth so I substituted chicken broth. The chili had a mild flavor so if I made it again I might add a little of Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper. Served it with cornbread and applesauce.
Mini tostada salads: I was planning to make this whole recipe on day but Sean was going to be working late so instead of making the cute little tortilla bowls I just threw it all together into a salad bowl for myself. I knew the kids wouldn't appreciate it:) Anyway the dressing was SO GOOD! I really liked it. I halved the oil to make it a little healthier and it worked great. I have used it several more times on various salads.
Monster Munch: Sweet and Crunchy Autumn Snack Mix: I had made a similar popcorn mix a few weeks ago to take to the ladies I visit teach but instead of the mix ins I just used m&ms. It was delicious so Summer and I decided to try it again and take some to her teacher and student teacher at school. The kids helped me make it one night and it was super quick and easy to make. The candy corn, peanuts and Reese's pieces were a fun addition!
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
What was great about this chili is that it was SO fast to make. I made the recipe just as it says, except I added an extra can of beans because one can just didn't sound like a lot. We ate the chili with some fritos and/or rolls, and a side of fruit. I thought the recipe was good. But I have another chili recipe that I've been using that we really like and I would probably keep using that one. It has a bit more kick/flavor to it.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Mini tostada Salads pg. 18
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa pg. 73
Monster Munch: Sweet and Crunchy Autumn Snack Mix pg. 176
Friday, October 4, 2013
I cooked my chicken in the crock pot earlier in the day, so it was really tender and moist. After reading Jackie's review I added all of the liquid the recipe called for. Even so, the noodles really sucked up a lot and there wasn't a lot of extra broth. I also used the cilantro from the tube and thought it tasted fine. My kids ate it great, so it was definitely a successful recipe. And the soup came together so quickly. Seriously, one of the fastest dinners I've made. You could easily add some vegetables to it, but my kids probably ate it because there weren't any in there :) In one of the little side notes it suggested using rice instead of noodles. I love noodles, and thought they were fun, but I think it would be yummy with the rice too.
Here were my awesome helpers :)
I made the soup with quinoa and I wish that I had done half that amount...I also put in potatoes instead of onions, and omitted the dry onion soup mix (my allergies). The flavor was delicious and I will definitely be making this again.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Since it's starting to get cold over here I've been in soup mode! So let's try the Vegetable Beef Barley Soup, pg 220 with the Hearty Whole Grain Crescent Rolls, pg 138.
I'm hungry just looking at the pictures! Yum!