Saturday, November 29, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
Ashley, Dana and I were all able to get together to cook this menu. I bought a couple of rotisserie chickens from the store and got the meat pulled off and chopped up and then into the marinade that morning. That evening we started our cooking. Dana baked the yellow cake following the boxes directions and then mixed the ingredients to pour over the cake after it was done baking. It smelled so good! I couldn't find cream of coconut in the store, so after some researching on line by Dana and me, we used a can of coconut milk and she put it in the fridge for most of the day to separate the liquid from the solids. She then poured off the liquids and used what was left for the cream of coconut. That worked just great. She went ahead and mixed up the cream and powdered sugar and we stored it in the fridge till we were ready to eat the cake. While Dana was fixing the cake, I started on the enchiladas and got the meat drained and some of the other stuff organized. Dana and Ashley assembled the enchiladas and got them baking. We doubled our recipe, so that people could have leftovers to take home. It was pretty easy to fix. While the enchiladas were baking, Ashley assembled the Easy Mexican Salsa Rice and started it cooking in the microwave. I agree with Jacki on that it took a lot longer to cook than what the recipe said. We finally put a lid on the dish and kept cooking it till it was done ;(
Saturday, November 22, 2014
I have a few recipes to catch up on here. First up is the oven-fried chicken. I did use less butter in the pan since some of you said it called for a little much. I swapped out a gluten free flour for the regular flour which probably didn't make it quite as crispy but my chicken definitely didn't come out as crispy as their picture! It was still very good and we liked the spices on it. I served it with mashed potatoes because someone over here has an aversion to macaroni salad, I will have to make the salad for myself when he isn't home:)
Next up was the Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas. I used corn tortillas instead of flour which I am sure didn't make too big of a difference. All the Green Enchilada sauce has wheat in it and I wasn't up for making my own, so I just used salsa verde instead. It actually ended up very good. For the rice I just added everything to the rice cooker and let it run its course. My family thought it was a delicious meal!
I need to get caught up on a few of the desserts, but I did make the chocolate cake! We were babysitting a few of our little friends one Saturday and I thought it would be a fun addition to dinner. They were all good helpers and enjoyed helping me mix everything up. I made this gluten free as well by substituting a gluten free flour blend. It turned out well. We just used a can of frosting and it was delicious! My kids asked for it everyday after school until it was gone! There is something about making a chocolate cake from scratch!
Today we had the meal of menu #6 and everything was very good. The Honey-Lime Chicken Enchiladas were easy to prepare especially since I used a rotisserie chicken. They tasted really good. I followed the recipe as written. You could easily sub the heavy cream with half and half though. Some of the enchiladas stuck to the bottom a bit so I made a note to spray the pan next time. Good solid recipe. The Easy Mexican Salsa Rice was very easy to prepare but mine took a lot longer to cook than the 8 to 9 minutes it stated and I needed more water. I would also add a bit less of the enchilada/taco seasoning mix. Good side for the enchiladas. I also made the Zesty Guacamole from a couple of weeks ago since I wasn't able to make it then. Very tasty. I added a lot less diced red onions than the recipe called for though. And, last but not least was the Piña Colada Cake. So good! But, it still doesn't beat that One Bowl Chocolate Cake. Now that is what dreams are made of! The recipe was easy enough. I think next time I would only use just a little of the pineapple juice. Maybe a tablespoon or two. It was fun to make and try and very rich.
My Mom rounded out the meal with some green beans and tomato and cucumber slices. The Menu made for a very tasty meal!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
I enjoyed this meal today with my parents and we all liked it. I thought it was funny that the recipe for the Macaroni Salad served 12 and the recipe for the chicken was for 2 to 3 people :) I made the BBQ Macaroni Salad first and it was fairly time consuming. But we all liked it. I agree with Audrey that a few less diced red peppers and red onions would be good. I followed the recipe as written. The Oven-Fried Chicken had a really good flavor I thought. I agree also that less butter would be better and might make the chicken a little crispier. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and they worked out great - very tender and moist. I am having a hard time getting my cookies from the recipes in this book to turn out. I think it is the altitude. (Couldn't be me:) I added a little more flour but I needed to add a little more because they were quite flat. For the last sheet of cookies I added more flour and they turned out much better. I agree the butterscotch chips made them very sweet. I enjoyed making and tasting all of these recipes!
We started out by trimming up the chicken breasts and cutting them into strips. I then put them into ziplock bags with the buttermilk. I did that the morning of our cooking night. I also pre cooked the macaroni, so that would make it a little quicker to put the salad together. That night, Dana mixed up the cookie dough and she followed the recipe except she used butter flavored Crisco in place of the butter. She said that it was pretty simple to put together. She then set that aside to bake later. Ashley & Dana started on the Oven-Fried Chicken. They each mixed up the seasoning mix (We tripled the recipe) and then prepared the baking dishes and got the pans with the chicken in the oven. Very simple, but I do think that you could use less butter and use some canola oil in its place. I also thought that they might have specified the size of the chicken strip that you should cut to go with the cooking time. It was not a real problem, but I think that it would have been a help. Next we worked on the BBQ Macaroni Salad. I had prepped the veggies and Ashley got all of the ingredients mixed up in the bowl. We only used about half the amount of red pepper and onions and we also used sharp cheddar cheese instead of the Colby jack cheese. After the chicken was finished we baked a batch of the cookies. We liked the chicken, its very similar to a recipe that I already fix. Our guys do prefer the thighs, but the gals liked the chicken breast :) The pasta salad was different since it had the barbecue sauce and the shredded carrots in it. Some liked it and some didn't. I would prefer no barbecue sauce in it myself and no carrots, but I liked the rest of the ingredients. The cookie dough was a big hit! We actually liked that better than the cookies, though the cookies were very good ;) It's a good recipe for those who are not big on chocolate. I think that I would have preferred regular chocolate chips in place of the butterscotch as the butterscotch are really sweet. This was a fun menu to try and I think we'll fix these again, but might make a few changes. Good menu pick Kelsey :)
It was my turn to pick for this weeks menu and since I love taco's, this was a great menu to try. I also wanted a simple menu :) I baked the cake first and it was so simple. It is certainly not a low fat or calorie dessert! Once it cooled, Ashley frosted it with our canned frosting and then topped it with the sprinkles. Next we fixed the taco's. We followed the recipe except cut back on the onions and used our own spice combo that we liked. We used the rest of the suggested recipe ingredients. So simple to do. While the tacos were baking, Ashley finished up the guacamole. The store didn't have good avocados, so I had just bought a pkg. of plain prepared guacamole. Ashley then just added the other ingredients and that worked out fine. Fresh avocados do taste better in my opinion. We liked how simple the recipe was. We set out the usual toppings that were suggested for the taco's plus picante sauce and tortillas chips for the guacamole. Everything tasted really good. I think that we would fix these recipe's again. The guys do prefer our regular taco's that we fix by frying up the shells and the taco meat minus the beans ;) The cake was fantastic! Everyone that tried it thought it was so good.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Today we had the Oven Baked Tacos and One Bowl Chocolate Cake. So Good!! The store didn't have any avocados so couldn't make the guacamole. I will give it a try another time. My parents came over to enjoy the meal with us. Hooray we are finally in our house after 6 months of renovations! Still a lot of work left to do though. But, back to the food..... For the Oven Baked Tacos I followed the recipe except I used pinto beans instead of black beans. I thought the meat mixture was really good. I used the store bought crunchy taco shells but you could also fry your own corn tortillas and use those. Too much work for me. I really liked these - we all did. We topped them with lettuce, tomatoes, olives, store bought guacamole, and sour cream. The chocolate cake was absolutely wonderful. So moist and tasty. It said to cook for 33 to 38 minutes but I checked it at 30 and it was done. I used some prepared Betty Crocker chocolate frosting on it. (Now trans fat free, yea!) I will definitely make both of these recipes again.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Last week I finally tried out the Lasagna meal. I never make lasagna because it sounds like a lot of work, but really it wasn't bad at all! I think I just remember when my mom would have to boil the noodles then lay them all out, etc. Anyway this dish came together nice and quickly. I made it earlier in the day and it was all ready to put in the oven at dinner time. The garlic bread was a big hit, and also quite easy.
Last night I made the oven baked taco meal. I followed the directions and they turned out great. The bottoms got a little soggy but that might have been because I let them sit about 20 min before putting them in the oven. They were still good! All my kids really enjoyed them. Sean helped me make the guacamole and I think he just followed the recipe and it turned out delicious. We ended up just putting the guac on the tacos and it made a satisfying meal. I haven't had a good opportunity to make the cake yet but it looks delicious!
Saturday, November 1, 2014
It was just Ashley and me cooking this week. I got things started with fixing the Baked Buffalo Wings that morning. I did what the recipe called for and got them in the fridge for a couple of hours before we were ready to cook them. They are so easy to fix and smelled great while they were cooking! We thought that they had a very good flavor, so we will probably cook these again :)
Next was the Deep dish pizza. I got the dough all ready and in the pans to rise. I have a nice mixer so I just used the dough hook instead of kneading it by hand and that worked out great! I doubled the recipe, so I used 4 cake pans and 2 pizza pans. When Ashley got there we assembled the pizzas and it was so easy. We really liked the pizza. I will say that when I fix this again, I will probably just use the pizza pans as I like that thickness better. Ashley mixed up the sauce & we thought the sauce was tasty and easy to make.
While the pizza was cooking, we worked on the Wedge Salad. Ashley mixed up the dressing and then we prepped the salad ingredients. We then just set out all the salad fixings and let our group fix their salads like they wanted. We all really liked the Wedge salad, so we will probably fix it again. We all liked this menu the best so far :)
We made tis meal last Sunday while I was visiting Nika and family. Actually Nika made it and I did the hard part of putting it in the oven:). Everyone seemed to like it! I really liked the salad, especially the Blue Cheese Dressing. Max couldn't get enough of the wings and Nika and Sterling thought the pizza was good. Nika said the pizza dough seemed very dry when she mixed it up and didn't seem like it would fill three cake pans but after rising it did. We decided the wings recipe could be used for drumsticks too. When we bought the wings they were $2.49/lb but drumsticks were .88 cents per lb! Overall another successful meal!