Post by erin elizabeth on Aug 1, 2018 7:01:18 GMT -5
I had a good cooking month. I hope you did, too!
7/30 Summer Pasta Salad (BH&G) I think my new fave pasta salad. A little too much dressing. Used 3 green onions, no to prosciutto, yes to kalamata.
7/11 Pork Medallions with Chili-Maple Sauce (recipe calendar) For so few ingredients, surprisingly good. Used pork chops, sriracha.
7/4 Queso Fundido (People/Marc Meyer 10/5/15) I thought this was great. Would make a good quesadilla filling. Could really take this idea and use whatever veg or cheese.
7/4 Strawberry Cheesecake Bars (CC 4&5/18) Delicious! Strawberry layer was fresh and fruity, but people said they might have guessed it was raspberry (?). Crust a bit too thick. Watch when baking cheesecake layer—cooked a smidge too long. Maybe 15 servings?
7/29 Zucchini-Parmesan Bread with Poppy Seeds (MSL 10/17) Good—perfect with salad or for lunch. Don’t squeeze out zucchini too much—a little dry.
7/22 Strawberry Pretzel Terrine (FNM 6/16) Liked cc layer a lot, but pretzel layer wasn’t crisp and strawberry layer didn’t set enough and I thought sauce needed some oomph.
7/4 Creamy Avocado-Cilantro Dip (RR 6/18) Tasty, but I prefer plain guac. Discolored quickly.
It's been a wonderful summer so far, but the downside is I'm not on the computer as much! Is that a downside...? Several new recipes in July. I'd recommend any of them, except the Blue Cheese Dressing.
An observation tho about Cooking Light - they seemed to have stopped posting the magazine's recipe indexes, which has been a bugger for reviewing the recipes on my blog. Neither July nor August has appeared yet on the website.
My least favorite recipe was the Blue Cheese Dressing - much too runny for our tastes and the shallot overwhelmed the blue cheese.
My favorite recipe was probably the Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken. Surprisingly simple and very good!
Ckgn Lght July 18 Blue Cheese Dressing (the Note from the Editor's recipe) Recipe Critic Blog Southwest Chickpea Salad Ckng Lght Aug 18 Gnocchi with Spinach and Pepper Sauce Ckng Lght Aug 18 Smashed Chili-Cheeseburgers Ckng Lght Aug 18 Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour chicken Ckng Lght Aug 18 (Tilapia) and Summer Squash Tacos (I subbed cod) Ckng Lght Aug 18 Pork Chops with Corn Relish
Varaile The only failure that counts is not trying in the first place.
I am going with the same excuse as Varaile....we have had a very busy and mostly good summer so I have not been on line as much nor keeping track of what I have been cooking. This week was extremely crazy with son #2 and his girlfriend heading back to school (left today with a caravan of 2 cars, u-haul, a truck, and lots of strong men and I am just glad I stayed home to hold down the fort!! ). And the icing on the cake, was that early this past week, he and his girlfriend were at a park and while they were away from their car, it was broken into. Both of their wallets were taken from the glove compartment and she had also just gotten the car this summer. Fortunately, not much in the wallets, but we had to deal with replacing drivers license and canceling ATM cards etc...
Anyway....enough drama. Off the top of my head, a few things that I have made recently (some old and some new) that were good:
-Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup with summer vegetables and Hot Italian Turkey Sausage-I made up a template for this soup so you could vary with any veggies or protein. It was really good. I used fresh corn, summer squash, and kale for this pot along with the usual aromatics.
-Mediterranean Baked Eggplant Ziti Casserole-https://www.themediterraneandish.com/baked-rigatoni-with-tomatoes-and-eggplant/ Decent and hearty
-Salmon Lasagna-Robert Irvine. I make this every summer with fresh garden herbs and tomatoes. I also make my own lasagna sheets for this lasagna. It's excellent. I don't season the salmon with cajun seasoning like he does. I use other seasonings since we are not cajun fans.
-Pesto Chicken Tortellini Soup-Me
-Eggplant Parmesan stuffed Portobello Mushrooms-very good. Served over homemade fettuccine and marinara. Essentially a thickly sliced eggplant round, grilled, and then placed inside grilled portobello cap layered with cheese, sauce, and fresh basil. Yum!
Homemade veggie burgers-Inspired taste-really enjoyed these topped with provolone, caramelized onions, and any sauce/dressing you like
-Vegetables Parmesan-Giada-this is another one that I make every year but it is all for me so I froze some of it. I love this casserole but DH is not a fan of fennel so he does not care for it.
-Htipiti-a Greek dip of roasted red peppers and feta-good but a bit spicy. Will tone that down next time. I also cut the feta in half and it was plenty for my taste
Green Goddess Dressing-used lots of fresh herbs from my yard and anchovies!! Excellent. I used it on salads but it would be excellent as a chicken marinade before grilling.
-Habas Verdes Con Queso-Moosewood-Excellent. Basically dried, cooked large limas in a creamy Mexican spiced tomato sauce. I used Christmas Limas.
-Elephant Ears-a treat for DH which I will have to try again. Turned out good but not exactly right as their was a misprint in the recipe that I copied on line. I caught it before I had to scrap the dough but it did affect the final texture of the dough a bit so I will try again the right way.
Other tried and trues I recall making recently: -Caponata-Cook's Illustrated -Ciambotta-Cook's Illustrated -Stacked Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas-Andrea Chesman (made today for next week) -Broccoli Chicken Noodle Soup
Also made some baby back ribs in the Instant Pot for DH for when I had the Vegetables Parmesan he does not like. First time trying this in IP and came out fall off bone tender. He liked them. I guess I made (and remembered a lot more than I thought!!!)
Post by applecrisp1 on Aug 6, 2018 16:05:58 GMT -5
Erin - Thx for starting. And I will definitely be looking through the posts later on today. Lots of great cooking going on with you all! Karen --- so lucky that the car break in wasn't too bad, although certainly a hassle to get things replaced.
I've been eating lots of salads, might add a grain like quinoa, some veggies, maybe beans, avocado if I have, sometimes might use a tahini dressing etc etc. Quick dinners with little or no cooking with little clean up too, made even easier if I prep a few parts for the week. But here's a few things from last month.
Post by peachesncream on Aug 16, 2018 3:48:35 GMT -5
Not a great month for cooking. But a good month for travel lol.
EXCELLENT Toaster Oven Blackberry Cobblers – Southern Living August 2018 It’s the same recipe as below, only made in 5 or 6 individual ramekins; in the magazine, they called them Toaster Oven Blackberry Cobblers. Pretty and yummy. www.myrecipes.com/recipe/easy-blackberry-cobbler *I used 5 (10 ounce) ramekins, which left a little space for ice cream!