Post by erin elizabeth on Apr 30, 2019 6:40:48 GMT -5
A good month. Applecrisp, tahini baked goods make me think of you! The banana bread was good.
4/27 Skillet Fajitas (ATK) Used thighs, half and half. Really tasty and fairly quick (my peppers were already roasted). Didn’t realize oven on 200 so I had on broil, thus took less time.
4/27 Chocolate-Tahini Banana Bread (CL 5/17) No strong tahini taste, but moist and delish. Used sc instead of yogurt.
4/21 Cheesy Broccoli Casserole (CC2&3/19) A nice little kick. Broccoli not overdone or underdone. Cheesy and good.
4/4 Milly’s Oatmeal Blondies (AR 8&9/18) Good, basic oatmeal cookie bar. Took closer to 35 min to bake. Added ½ c dried cranberries and ½ c walnuts in place of the 1c chips.
4/13 Hoisin-Braised Pork, Mushrooms, and Green Beans on Noodles (BA 2/00) Sort of a stew/stir-fry. Good taste. Used regular mushrooms and thickened with a bit of the leftover broth and cornstarch.
4/13 Upside-Down Butterscotch Apple Sour Cream Cake (BA 3/06) I’d actually make the cake part again as it was very light—no apple in it and ½ tbsp vinegar with half and half to fill to ½ c for the sour cream. I didn’t like the butterscotch chip taste added.
4/5 Cappuccino Crinkles (BHG) Changed the recipe to use dutched cocoa—3 tsp baking powder and no salt. Very dark, a soft, brownie-like cookie. Rolled in powdered sugar when cool—not sweet enough without.
4/21 Reduced-Fat Funeral Potatoes (CC 12/14&1/15) OK. Not any better or worse than other casseroles. Used panko instead of chips and regular sour cream.
4/15 Spinach and Mushroom Enchiladas (CLBB) The sauce was good. The filling was good. The enchiladas were flat-tasting and mushy. Not sure how, but 1+1=0.
Mint Chocolate Tart -- This was a big hit. I dd make some changes. For the crust, I combine Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies and some butter in the food processor instead of the crust specified in the recipe. I also infusing the cream with fresh mint leaves rather than using mint extract. I always have trouble with getting things either too minty or not minty enough when I use mint extract.
Chicken Tot Pie -- Chicken pot pie topped with crumbled tater tots. Sounds odd, tastes delicious.
Thai Chicken Cakes with Sweet Chile Sauce -- The recipe calls for tossing boneless chicken breast and other ingredients in the food processor and making a thick paste. I started with ground chicken and added finely chopped ingredients. No food processor.
Fried Rice with Spring Vegetables and Fried Egg -- This was from a Bon Appetit Spring recipe collection. A runny egg on the fried rice! My standard fried rice recipe includes garlic, rice vinegar, and sesame oil so I did add those to this recipe. I made it with brown rice.
Brown Sugar Pavlova Cupcakes -- These were a bust for me. Cook's error. They were supposed to be my birthday cake. I made the mistake of baking them in my silicone muffin pan (with paper liners), but forgot to adjust the baking time to allow for the silicone pan vs the metal pan that the recipe was written for. The tops were done, but the bottoms were not. I do want to try them again because I love the idea of them.
Passionfruit Curd -- This was a mishmash of the bunch of recipes. It was going to be the filling for the Pavlova Cupcakes. But alas, I had to just eat it by the spoonful. ;-)
Oven-roasted chicken with sumac and pomegranate molasses -- This wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. I used bone-in chicken thighs instead of a cut up whole chicken. It was tasty, but also quite greasy. I'm not ruling it out to make again, but I will not use the oil that the recipe calls for.
-Roasted Vegetable Baked Ziti-Love and Lemons. I was surprised I really enjoyed the cottage cheese in here instead of ricotta. Did not think it would be "my thing" but I was wrong!
Good: -Mock "mushroom" chopped liver-What Jew Wanna Eat Blog. I also make a lentil variation which I think might be better but both good. -Briam-Greek roasted zucchini and tomato vegetable casserole -Roasted vegetable Salad with Smashed Walnut Vinaigrette-I had a feeling I would not care for the nuts in here esp. when the salad has sat a bit (I hate mushy nuts) but otherwise good. Maybe I will make it with walnut oil next time and skip the nuts. -Kosher for Passover Italian Rainbow Cookies-surprisingly worked and tasty!
O.K. -Caramelized leek and vegetable kugel-What Jew Wanna Eat Blog-made for our seder and was O.K. but I just have never been much of a kugel/matzo casserole fan -Spinach Artichoke Matzo Kugel-C.L. this was also edible but not worth repeating IMHO. I have another recipe for spinach artichoke matzo kugel that is dairy based that is much better. This was dairy free and called for smoked paprika which just did not play well with the other flavors here. -Matzo "puppy chow" aka muddy buddy mix. Good but matzo is just not my cup o tea! Gave the leftovers to my kids to take back with them to school/share with their roommates after our Seder.
Tried and true: -Nana's homemade gefilte fish-turned out great and making it was fun since it rekindled good memories!! -Creamy Tuscan Chicken Tortellini Soup -Spring Seafood Stew-C.L. Always a favorite and used leftover homemade fish stock from the gefilte fish for the liquids in the stew which really made it rich and special. I use scallops and fish chunks. No shrimp....allergic!
Post by applecrisp1 on Apr 30, 2019 19:35:21 GMT -5
erin --- well I do have a jar of tahini in the fridge --- I need to branch out! Thx for starting the thread and everyone that posted. I will be reading the posts later -- lots of great cooking going on.
I didn't do much cooking, here's a few. off the top of my head ...
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Muffins --- will make again, quick healthy breakfast if you keep in freezer, better than similar recipes, best a bit warm --- has oats, 1 egg, banana, apple, cinnamon (I added vanilla) etc. No sugar. or flour. yummiestfood.com/apple-cinnamon-baked-oatmeal/
A quiet month recipe wise here too. I fell back on some tried and trues (Sheet Pan Salmon from Cooks Country, cod, pasties and brats ...)
Also agree that the banana bread with tahini sounds intriguing. And I definitely want to check out the Chicken Tot Pie - guilty pleasure: tater tots!
My new recipes from April:
Eating Well Jan/Feb 19 Shrimp Stir Fry Eating Well Jan/Feb 19 Skillet Chicken Parmesan Taste of Home Soups Country Fish Chowder Eating Well Jan/Feb 19 Chicken and Mushroom Marsala Taste of Home Soups Potato Chowder New Orleans Kitchen Ck Bk Caribbean Paella New Orleans Kitchen Ck Bk Roast Duck with Bourbon Gravy and Boudin Stuffing
I'm finding the Eating Well recipes to be consistently bland for us, as in there is almost no flavor - the recipes are good, but I have to add extra zing. And I've learned that the Kevin Belton New Orleans Kitchen recipes have a tendency toward spicy so I've learned to cut back a bit on the heat there.
Thank you all! I love that you do this for us -- keep track and report, I mean. I have kept these reports (carefully backed up) for as long as I can remember. They are some of my treasures. Funny how some things mean so much to us that we hoard them away like they are gold. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Post by applecrisp1 on May 10, 2019 14:20:16 GMT -5
I just had a chance to look thru -- and copied down a few ideas. Thx all!
And PattiA --- - are you kidding Chicken Tot Pie! Potatoes on top of anything, and they get all crispy... Yes. In her picture it looks like shredded potatoes since she mashed them up. It sounds great for a pure comfort type dinner. And she gets points for a cute name for a recipe
So glad you liked that veggie side with the walnuts. I thought it sounded really good so I thought I would post. KarenW tried and thought it was good, I do like the idea of her tweaks.
Off to look up that Taco Salad recipe that peachesncream posted. And that banana bread recipe (with tahini) that erin mentioned. And .......