Post by erin elizabeth on Jul 31, 2019 17:00:48 GMT -5
A little more on my game this month. The chocolate pie and the cheesecake bars had major fans.
7/21 Moo-less Chocolate Pie (Alton Brown) This was the sleeper hit of the night—great consistency and held the cut. Very creamy and smooth—you wouldn’t have a clue it was tofu. Made crust with chocolate to be dairy-free, too.
7/21 Sheet Pan Flank Steak with Salsa Verde (CL 3/18) This was a good, fast, pantry weeknight meal. Watch that meat! Overdone in a second. Served over rice with the broccoli and drizzled salsa over all.
7/4 White Chocolate and Lime Cheesecake Bars (dashrecipes 3/13) Used butter for crust instead of chocolate. Needed a bit more. Waaay less cookies than double to make in 9x13. 3 4.4oz Lindt bars. 3 limes of zest.
7/2 Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream (Sur la Table/applecrisp) The strawberry ice cream of your dreams when fresh-churned! But froze too hard. Might try softening before scooping. (Softening really helped and held for a couple weeks with no ice crystals.)
7/25 Balsamic-Baked Potatoes (EF 11/09) Tasty, easy, but does not reheat.
7/21 Peach Raspberry Pie (Melissa Clark NYT) Tasty, not too sweet, but too liquidy. Think I would have preferred no jam—too much raspberry. Left out butter to be dairy-free.
7/2 Stir-Fried Green Beans with Pork and Chiles (NYT) Good and useful for using up a whole bundle of cilantro, but I probably won’t make again.
I'll see what I can conjure up from memory. Was out of town for a bit this month and was a very hot month for cooking but managed to have some standouts'
EXCELLENT: -Cilantro Lime Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast Salad with Creamy Baja Catalina Dressing-Carlsbad Cravings Blog. Took some flavorless chicken breasts and made them quite tasty and great for a hot summer meal. Loved it!
-Grill Roasted Chicken Sausages and Peppers in Tomato Sauce-Made this up myself to try out some cooked chicken sausages I bought at Costco(Amylu Caramelized Onion and Asiago Chicken Sausages) and roasted in a disposable tin on grill. Excellent result....now I will have to remember what I did for next time! Loved the sausages too but I am not sure I could distinguish their specific flavor. Still tasty though. I had mine on a baked potato as I was craving one, but this would be great on pasta, polenta, a sandwich etc...
-Creamy Chicken Cacciatore Soup-Made my own version based on Pioneer Woman recipe and a Spicy Perspective blog recipe. One of my twists was to add some porcini mushroom powder which added a ton of flavor. This one I did write down, too!!
-Lebanese Eggplant Maghmour (Stew) with Chickpeas-Really rich and flavorful. Again made my own variation based on several recipes found on line and made up my own Baharat seasoning as I did not want the cardamom to overpower things. not my most favorite spice but was a nice subtle touch in the stew. I also added a bit of whole wheat Israeli couscous to the stew to bulk it up.
-Marinara and Chicken Sausage stuffed Zucchini-Skinnytaste. Nice and light. May add a bit of breadcrumbs next time.
Black Bean Soup-yep....same story here, too....made my own variation based on a few recipes researched on line. Made it vegetarian with red bell pepper and a bit of tomato.
Also made a bunch of dips/tapenades to use up stuff in pantry and freezer with excellent results(some got frozen after making/tasting to have later): -Smoky Red Lentil hummus-C.L -Edamame Hummus-really liked this one with touch the lemon zest -Roasted garlic herbed white bean dip -Everything Hummus-this was a tried and true -Eggplant dip with creamy caramelized onions -Artichoke Basil Tapenade -Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade -Artichoke Caponata-also a tried and true
-Cauliflower Tots-Fine Cooking Magazine. Easy to make but a bit time consuming for a side so not sure I would make again or at least not often but I did like them.
More TRIED AND TRUES:
-Vegetable Parmesan-Giada. This one I don't have to share with DH since he hates fennel...so ALL MINE! -Cassoulet Soup-Enlightened Soup Cookbook with a few of my own tweaks -Eggplant Parmesan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms -Green Chicken Posole
Post by applecrisp1 on Aug 1, 2019 14:59:58 GMT -5
Really small list --- I did some traveling, but really just didn't do much cooking at all. Lots of salads... But wanted to at least join in with just a few things since this is always a favorite thread. As always great food coming out of your kitchens! Erin --- I could use some icecream right about now. I'm glad it got such a great review from you! If its best fresh churned doesn't that mean, just grab a bigger bowl?
Thx for posting erin and Karen! I'll be reading thru later for some ideas.
ETA --- Thx so much Karean -- I made the Cilantro Lime Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast Salad with Creamy Baja Catalina Dressing-Carlsbad Cravings Blog that you mentioned. It was so good, I even gave its own thread.
Post by erin elizabeth on Aug 2, 2019 7:06:47 GMT -5
For the ice cream: It was a whole new ballgame when I let it soften a bit before scooping. Fresh-churned it is very soft and silky--texture more like soft serve. But frozen and then softened, it has that ice cream texture and still so silky. Really, if anyone ever wants to make strawberry ice cream, this is the one I would suggest!
Karen, the Cilantro Lime Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast Salad with Creamy Baja Catalina Dressing looks so good!