Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Since summer is on its way out lets get one more burger in with the BBQ bacon sliders with crispy shoestring onions on page 106 and a S'mores cupcake on page 131.

Monday, August 26, 2013


Hi ladies...and gents?? I have a question for all of you. I'm making the BBQ brisket this week and the recipe calls for a 4-5lb brisket and says the day before serving you bake it for 5 hours. At the store I went to the only brisket left was 2.6 lbs (which is still a lot of meat and perfect for my size family) so I bought it. I'm just going to half the recipe but does that mean I half the bake time???? I don't want to dry it out or anything. Did anyone try using less meat? Just thought I'd ask!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Jenny's BBQ Brisket and Key Lime Trifle

A few days ago I made the BBQ Brisket and the Key Lime Trifle.  They were both really yummy!

I did the BBQ Brisket just as the directions said.  I cooked it the day before and then made the sauce and reheated the meat the next day.  I don't always love BBQ sauce.  I don't like it if it's on the thick side and super sweet.  But this was a runnier sauce and not overly sweet so I thought it was really good.  I could even stand to have it a bit more spicy, but since I was making dinner for another family and I also wanted my kids to eat it, I didn't dare add more spice.  I don't know if my husband was super starving that night or what, but he said it was one of the best briskets he ever had!  I wondered about cooking the brisket with no liquid to begin with, but it turned out so moist and tender and there was quite a huge amount of drippings in the pan.  The brisket sliced up so nicely the next day.  I was very pleased with the outcome.  I did use yellow mustard instead of dijon.  I don't love the flavor of dijon and was worried it would be too strong.

I only made enough of the trifle to take to the other family, and so I just had a tiny taste of the lime part.  It was delish!  Yum!!  It is very, very similar (almost the exact same) as the recipe for Paula Deen's banana pudding, which is also delightful.  For whatever reason our Kroger's was completely out of heavy cream and I wasn't about to go to another store, so I just used cool whip in its place.  I also decided not to put the coconut in it in case they didn't like it.

I would make both of these recipes again for sure :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Recipes for the Week of Aug 18th

Hey ladies,

Sorry I have been MIA for a while.  We were out of town for a month visiting family.  So sad that summer is almost over!  But it will be good to get back to routine, and I can catch up on this blog!

I need to take dinner to a gal this week and so I picked a couple of recipes that make a lot of food and that are hopefully sort of kid-friendly:

Oven-Roasted Barbecue Brisket- pgs. 154-155

Key Lime Trifle- pg. 126

***Just a little note on the Brisket- I read through the recipe and for their recipe they want you to cook it the day before serving and then refrigerate overnight to prepare the next day.  Not sure how much it would affect the taste to just do it all in one day, but just plan accordingly I guess :)

****Okay, I just saw that the Key Lime Trifle was already picked.  Sorry!  I missed it when I was gone.  Maybe we can just do one new recipe this week and then catch up on some others...

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Rutter Kitchen-Grilled Coconut-Lime Skewers, Peanut Dipping Sauce & Mango Rice

We started out by marinating our meat that morning.  I bought chicken breasts and shrimp to use.  We weren't sure if everyone would like the taste of the coconut milk, so we marinated a batch of the chicken in teriyaki sauce and a batch of chicken and shrimp in the recipe marinade.  That night, Ashley cooked up all the meat and  shrimp skewers which took awhile, but she stuck with it ;) I worked on the Mango Rice which was not difficult as it mostly just involved a bit of chopping and simmering.  Dana fixed the Peanut Dipping Sauce and that was also pretty simple.  I followed the recipe for the marinade and we marinated the meat for about 8 hrs.  We used a grill pan on the stove top, so it did take awhile to get all of the skewers cooked.  We compared the two varieties of the chicken and we did prefer the one with the teriyaki marinade.  We didn't find the recipe marinade very flavorful, so that was a surprise.  I'm interested to see other reviews on the marinade to see what all of you think of it.  Maybe we did something wrong.  The meat all got eaten though ;)  We all liked the Peanut Dipping Sauce.  Very tasty and not too peanutty! We wanted to make the Thai Spring Rolls also, but I couldn't find the rice paper wraps at my two grocery stores.  We'll keep looking though, as they looked very tasty.  I followed the recipe for the Mango Rice.  I used cilantro instead of parsley and that tasted good. I forgot green onions at the store so we didn't have those.  I thought that the rice tasted good, but I was surprised that it wasn't a stronger flavor.  Maybe the green onions would have helped with that.  It was fun to try the different recipes, but we they are probably not ones that we will cook again.... 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Rutter Kitchen-Fresh Tomato-Basil Pasta & Baked Zucchini Fries

It was my turn this week to pick the recipes, so I thought that we should use produce that was available this time of the year.  For the pasta sauce we used fresh peeled diced tomatoes. After thinking about it for a bit, we also ran them through the food processor, since we prefer that texture over the chunks of tomatoes.  It was a good choice for us we discovered. We followed the recipe except used thin spaghetti pasta instead of the angel hair pasta.  I will say that it took awhile to cook the sauce down so that it was thick enough.  I think that if you wanted to, you could use canned diced tomatoes, if you didn't want to mess with the fresh.  I fixed the meatballs from our cookbook authors previous cookbook, as our guys like a little meat with their meal ;)  We forgot to add the fresh basil at the end.  We'll just have to cook it again and try it :)  Ashley and Dana fixed the Zucchini fries and they followed the recipe, except we couldn't find any crumbly Parmesan cheese, so we just had to shred our Parmesan up real fine and that worked.  The fries were pretty simple to make and we liked the fact that they were baked and not fried.  Both recipes were a hit with everyone, so we will definitely be making them again!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New Recipes

Hello! I feel like I have been a bit MIA the last few months since we were out of town! I'm slowly catching up and will have lots of reviews to post this week. For the new recipes I chose the Mango Rice (118) and Grilled Coconut- Lime Skewers (90). They suggest using the leftovers for the Thai Spring Rolls (91) so I will go ahead and add that too. Hopefully that will be an easy one since everything is just about all made the day before.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pasta Salad & Enchiladas

I forgot to take pictures when we had these two dishes (not the same night).  I fixed the pasta salad one evening and nobody really liked it.  My family isn't huge fans of pasta salad except for me and I didn't really care for it.  The enchiladas were a whole different story! We had some friends over for dinner last week and I fixed them then.  The were a huge success and everyone loved them.  They were a little more time consuming to make but they were very good.  I just bought a rotisserie chicken and used that.  I also made them according to the directions. We haven't tried the rub yet; but I'm sure we will soon.
Looking forward to trying the new recipes.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Rutter Kitchen-Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas & Key Lime Trifle

Here's our pictures from our cooking night.  We doubled the recipe for the Enchiladas as we had a nice group eating that night.  We followed the recipe and for the cheese, used Monterey Jack and cheddar as that's what I had.  Ashley fixed the enchiladas and Dana was able to help her roll them up when she got there. We used flour and corn tortillas and I really liked the corn.  I think this would be a good recipe to make ahead or make some of the steps ahead.  We really liked these enchiladas and Doug and I ate on the leftovers the next night ;) We served the enchiladas with black beans and some homemade salsa and guacamole.  A very tasty meal! For the Key Lime Trifle, we had made that another night.  I made up an angel food cake and then Dana mixed up all the rest of the ingredients.  We just set out the different components of the trifle and let people assemble their own.  We also had some strawberries that we added also.  It was really good.  Had lots of good flavors and textures.  I think this dessert would be fun to take to a get together.  Another successful cooking night :)

Rutter Kitchen-Burgers with Meat Rub, Southwest Pasta Salad & Blackberry Cobbler

We had a good time trying out the All-Purpose Meat & Veggie Rub with our burgers.  We didn't have the mustard that it called for, so we used some Dijon Mustard instead and we thought that the rub gave the burgers a good flavor.  Very easy to mix up!  We just grilled our burgers in a grill pan on the stove top.  The Pasta salad had quite a few ingredients to make it.  We followed the recipe and thought that it had a good flavor, but it's probably not a salad that I'll make again for my family.  There are other pasta salads that we like better ;) It was fun to try it out though and it all got eaten.  We did make a blackberry cobbler, but I forgot to take pictures of it.  We really didn't follow the recipe except for using blackberries ;) We prefer the use of pie crust and not the bread/biscuit crust version, so that's what we did.  Dana whipped it up using her own recipe :)  All in all a very successful cooking night :)  

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Tarin's Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

As I started to make this recipe I realized that last time I had chosen the recipes that I had picked the other enchilada recipe in the book. I'm addicted! Sorry it took me so long to post about these, we've been really sick lately and I just haven't been doing a lot of intensive cooking. These were pretty medium/medium-high on the amount of effort it took to put them together, but definitely worth it. I could see how awesome these would be as a freezer meal.

I forgot to take a picture--we inhaled these too quickly--so sorry about that.

I made these exactly to the recipe (except I used a Mexican cheese mix instead of straight Monterey Jack) and they were delicious...not too spicy or anything! They were really filling and I was able to make about 10 enchiladas and the 4 of us got through half of them. Plus they are really good as leftovers too.

I've got the missionaries over for dinner on Tuesday so I'll have to wait until then to do the Key Lime Trifle, but I'm really excited to try it!

New Recipes

Since produce is ready from our garden's lets fix
Fresh Tomato-Basil Pasta pg. 114
Baked Zucchini Fries pg. 112
I'm excited to try a new spaghetti sauce :)