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!
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Both of these recipes were good. I cut back on the chicken broth in the soup because I like a heartier soup but I should have added the full amount because it was almost too hearty (not much liquid). The flavor was good but with each bite I kept expecting it to taste like Top Ramen because of the noodles:) I added chicken to make it a little sturdier for dinner and also mushrooms. I didn’t want to buy a whole bunch of cilantro because I knew I wouldn’t use it all so I bought a tube of it – you can find it in the produce section right by the fresh herbs. Very convenient and tastes good too. I prefer just the fresh without the additives but this worked out better this time.
The Glazed Lemon Cake was easy to make, moist, and tasty. I didn’t serve it with whipped cream because I thought it was rich enough just plain.
I made these cute little dippers last week and we thought they were good. I didn’t read the directions very carefully so I cut the puff pastry before I rolled the sausages up so I didn’t have room for the cheese but they still tasted good. I used raw sausage and the cooked up fine in the time it took to cook the puff pastry. The dipping sauce was ok but I wasn’t a big fan of it.
I have been really bad posting about my recipes – too much summer fun I guess! So here goes….
Mango Rice, Grilled Coconut Skewers, Thai Spring Rolls
I was able to enjoy these recipes twice – once at Nika’s house and once at Leslee’s so this is their review as well. Both times everything was delicious! I also really liked the peanut sauce that went along with the skewers and Thai spring rolls. At Nika’s we used won ton or egg roll wrappers because we couldn’t find any rice paper at the store we went to and they were really good – we fried half of them and baked half and both turned out quite tasty. At Leslee’s we were able to find the rice paper wrappers so we used those. The rice paper was interesting to work with. I wasn’t sure how it would taste with the veggies not being cooked but I thought it was really good. The rice paper was a bit gummy though.
Mango Rice and Chicken Skewers at Nika’s
Me fixing the Thai Spring Rolls at Nika’s
Mango Rice and Coconut Lime Chicken at Leslee’s
Spring Rolls at Leslee’s
Grilled Chicken and Berry Salad
We made this salad at Leslee’s house and we both thought it was very good – both the salad and the dressing.
Fresh Tomato Basil Pasta
I have had this three times this summer and love it! Nika made it when I was visiting her this summer and used fresh basil from her garden – delish! Leslee made it when I was at her house – yum again. And, I recently made it with homegrown tomatoes from a friends garden and it was so tasty again. I think the balsamic vinegar is a good addition to it. When I made mine I just cooked it all day in the crockpot which made it easy.
Mine. I guess I didn’t get a pic of Nika’s.
BBQ Bacon Sliders and Crispy Shoestring Onions
Oh, my goodness this made for a tasty meal! I really liked the BBQ sauce in the burger and the crispy shoestring onions were really good on it. I made homemade rolls to serve it on since I didn’t have any store bought ones and that made it extra good:)
Nika also made the Tabbouleh when I was there and we all thought it was really good but I guess I didn’t get a picture of it.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Easy Thai coconut soup pg. 22
Glazed lemon cake pg. 50
Monday, September 16, 2013
The BBQ sliders were another hit. Adding the BBQ sauce to the meat mixture and at the end of the cooking made them so good!! I also made the onion rings to add on top and those added a nice crunch. I will definitely be using the BBQ sauce trick the next time I make burgers!
Monday, September 9, 2013
Pastry-wrapped breakfast sausages with maple-Dijon dipping sauce - page 8
Tropical smoothie - page 69
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Last night I made the meal from last week. I must admit I was feeling very lazy and it was so darn hot and humid that the trip to the store to buy the marshmallow cream almost did me in. After giving myself a pep talk I got to making the dinner. I had prepared the cupcakes earlier that afternoon. It is a moist and tasty recipe but I only used half the water and half the oil it calls for. The first time I made them I followed the directions completely and the batter was too soupy. This time, after cutting back the liquids it was just right. For the burgers I had every intention of making my own patties, but when I went to get the meat out of the garage freezer I saw a nice and tidy package of premade patties just waiting to be used. I just basted them with bbq sauce every few minutes while they cooked and they were delicious. The onions were pretty straightforward and a very nice topping for the burger. My husband declared it was the best burger he had ever eaten and mentioned several more times how much he liked it. He is not a blue cheese fan so he did not put the sauce on his, but I did and it was so tasty. My daughter was able to put it together while I did the onions and it turned out great. In fact I am eating the leftovers on my salad for lunch today. While I grilled the burgers she mixed up the frosting. It came together nicely and quickly and tasted really good. One other thing is that I didn’t do the graham cracker crust in the bottom of the cupcake, I don’t really care for a bunch of stuff in my cupcakes (and I may or may not have read the instructions thoroughly enough). I hope you get the try these!
Luckily I had a lot of help!