Sunday, February 28, 2010
With "extra"-ordinary kids who love to eat salad, Steve and I and the rest of the critics have always loved steak salads in particular. In fact, they are on the menu frequently during the summer and early fall months. We love them. So I was pretty certain that the Ginger Steak Salad would get some high reviews.
Ginger Steak Salad has kind of an Asian flare to it. The dressing is excellent. In fact, Natalie asked if I would just make it and keep it on hand for whenever we have salad. It has just enough bite with the jalapeno pepper and you could easily add as much as you'd like. As I've said enough times now, I love the fresh ingredients in these dishes. Fresh ginger and garlic--yum! I was definitely more excited about the dressing than Steve was. I looked over at his plate, and instead of drizzling the homemade dressing on his salad, to my astonishment he was saturating his salad with a Ranch/BBQ sauce mixture!!!!!!! Oh my...
We used T-bone steaks which is a very good steak, but so thick that it did not take on the marinade very well. Either that or I needed more marinade. So keep that in mind when making this dish.
Ginger Steak Salad may not be pleasing to those kiddos who aren't salad eaters, obviously. But for my odd children, it hit the spot!
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
My Favorite Pizza will probably not be real pleasing to your kiddos as evidenced by the questionable looks as My Favorite Pizza settled in on the middle of our table. Thank goodness the cheese and taco pizza accompanied it, otherwise LOTS of popcorn would have been bought and eaten at the basketball game last night.
I personally loved My Favorite Pizza and Steve said it was "ok and I'll definitely eat it again". I am now thinking that maybe I will try to grow some eggplant. I wonder if they grow around here? Now if only I could grow fresh mozzarella...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Cinnamon Bun Pancakes are just delicioius! We all thought they were super! I have even been pondering a pancake feed at our house with a variety of pancakes for people to try. So far, Cinnamon Bun Pancakes are my favorite.
They fry up darker making your critics think that you may have used whole wheat flour (GASP!), but after their first bite, your critics will thank you for making such a beautiful pancake. Even though it looks dark. And looks dark ONLY because there is bountiful amounts of cinnamon in them (and also if you grill them up on your cast iron skillet and your skillet is too hot).
I did also go ahead and make Maple-Butter Icing for Pancakes to go on top of the pancakes. And yes, despite the very traditional pull of the maple syrup I also had sitting out, the critics loved the Maple-Butter Icing for Pancakes too.
It was just a winner of a morning over here. Except that eating Cinnamon Bun Pancakes this morning caused us to be a little bit later than our oldest "child", type A, critic would have preferred. But she and the others made it to school on time with a tummy full of Cinnamon Bun Pancakes.
I am guessing that the minute you take a look at the Cinnamon Bun Pancakes you are going to want to make them too. Mine were all down the hatch before I could get any pictures of them. If that tells you anything...
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Seems like every recipe I try lately, I have to make a confession upon changing up the recipe. For Drip Beef, Two Ways, I was astonished to check my deep freeze and find NO roast. No roast!! We always have roasts! ARGH!!!!! Although we had no roasts, we did have a ton of different cuts of steak. So you guessed it, I pulled out a T-bone and a ribeye steak. And they worked just beautifully! I did get Steve's consent. I know some of you may be gasping at the thought of using perfectly good steaks. But let me tell you--we've got a lot of them. And we need to use them. And we did not have a roast. And I was making Drip Beef, Two Ways TONIGHT one way or the other.
And we are all so darn full right now. Look how big those sandwiches were! Mercy!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Because it is Valentine's Day I thought we really needed something "chocolate" to celebrate. Don't you think? Baked Fudge just sounded too yummy to pass up. So tonight as the critics were finishing homework and showers I quickly baked up the Baked Fudge and whipped some cream to go on top of it. This was really such an easy recipe to whip up. Not many ingredients, but Baked Fudge does bake for about 40 minutes. Think of the inside of a brownie but all gooey! That's exactly what Baked Fudge is all about. And we all loved it. Granted we all love chocolate and I can not even explain how much I love homemade whipped cream. I served the Baked Fudge in parfait dishes which always makes things taste extra special.
We concluded our little Valentine's celebration by telling each other one thing we really loved about each other. It was very sweet to see the smiles on each of their faces listening to the others say why they loved them. And for Steve and I? The classic answer was:
"I love mommy because she cooks for us and I love daddy because he builds us a fire".
Who could say it any better than that?
Now go make yourself some Baked Fudge and light a fire. All will be right with the world.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Olive Oil Cakes with Lemon and Thyme I almost skimmed over it because I did not have any fresh thyme on hand (imagine that, ha!). But as I read throught the recipe, she said she thought rosemary would be just as good. DING DING DING!!! I have fresh rosemary. And therefore, I was going to make
Olive Oil Cakes with Lemon and Thyme.
Olive Oil Cakes with Lemon and Thyme?
Olive Oil Cakes with Lemon and Thyme for someone who enjoys using their blender.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Of all pictures, I really, really wish I could have been able to get a picture of Kourtney and Landon's plates during this meal. I got called in to work so I was unable to, but it signifies perfectly what those two thought of Cajun Chicken Pasta. Gotta say, as far as "kid-friendly", probably not so much. There are a lot of green peppers and onions! And you don't realize how many there are until your kids pick all of them out and separate them from the noodles and chicken. Seriously, you should have seen their plates--it made me laugh.
Even though a couple of the kiddos rearranged the Cajun Chicken Pasta, it still was a very good dish. I would agree that there were quite a few peppers (a whole green pepper and a whole red pepper), and a half an onion that was pretty overpowering in Cajun Chicken Pasta. But it gave it really good flavor. The definite BEST part of this dish was the sauce made of white wine, chicken broth, and cream. That in itself over seasoned chicken and fettucine would suffice for all of us over here. The cajun spice was a nice twist. Not flavors I generally cook with, so it was great to try something new. If and when I make Cajun Chicken Pasta I will cut back on the peppers and onions and make sure they are cooked long enough to be soft. And besides, I'll need to make it again after buying all the Cajun spice! What else can I do with it? Hmmm...
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Both Steve and I thought it was delicious. I knew the critics would be split. I could not even get Kourtney to try it, Kassidy had one bite, Landon ate a few bites, and Natalie finished off her bowl and Kassidy's bowl. Granted, I put very little soup in their bowls. To the majority of the critics' delight, we had grilled cheese sandwiches with A Tasty Recipe: The Mushroom Soup. Now looking back, I think a nice light turkey sandwich would be a better pairing.
The key to A Tasty Recipe: The Mushroom Soup is that you eat VERY little of this soup even though you want to inhale the whole kettle full. Seriously, this is a wonderful side. The recipe does not make a lot, so along side a green salad and sandwiches...excellent! It is very filling just in itself.
If this soup were $$$, it would be a million. A Tasty Recipe: The Mushroom Soup is just that rich. And as I said, you will love A Tasty Recipe: The Mushroom Soup if you are a mushroom fan in any sense of the word.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Everyone loved it! And I will be making this again, and probably very soon again...The only variation that I strayed from the recipe was with the strawberries. I could not find any yummy looking strawberries ANYWHERE that were within a reasonable price. Like so many of her yummy recipes, I can not wait to use fresh ingredients that are in season here in a few months. Definitely an awesome summer dessert! Back to the strawberries, I used sweetened, sliced frozen strawberries and it worked super. They are essentially just strawberries and sugar and that's how you are to prepare the fresh strawberries too. So when strawberries are yummy and in season, I will definitely be making Strawberry Shortcake Cake again with the fresh. Know from my experience that the frozen work just as well too.
Just taking a look at Strawberry Shortcake Cake you will notice that the cream cheese buttery filled icing is going to be unbelievable. The cake bakes so nicely and actually came out of my cake pan beautifully! I kept Strawberry Shortcake Cake in my fridge after making it Saturday night for our Super Bowl extravaganza on Sunday evening...
and this is what is left of Strawberry Shortcake Cake--
and that was with restraint on the 4 youngest critics. If you do nothing else this week, make Strawberry Shortcake Cake. You'll love yourself for it, and Valentine's Day is coming up!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
This recipe is easy to make, low prep, and a good meaty appetizer. I would go one step further and recommend a dipping sauce to add variety and help with the bites that may have overcooked. Like BBQ or creamy horseradish. That would be awesome.
Everyone seemed to enjoy Steak Bites. Not a recipe that can be made ahead because the meat is best right off the skillet.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
My point to all of this, is that we are down to 1/4 cup of milk, no orange juice, no hamburger, no chicken, and a few eggs. I had buttermilk, eggs, and most baking supplies available. So I decided to get creative and find a recipe that would double as a good snack for the critics and also could be a good breakfast. Since last night was church night, I did not have to worry about supper and today is grocery shopping day! To help me out, of course, I turned to the one and only. And like always, she had just the thing I was looking for. Mini Maple Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins.
These are so easy! And the kiddos really liked them. Cute too, aren't they? The recipe says that you should serve these warm out of the oven, smother them with butter, and dip them in syrup. YUMMO! Now, that is out of the box thinking. I love it!
A quote from my youngest critic was this-- "They don't have a lot of taste". Does that sound like a professional food critic or what? At the young age of 5, I think he is taking his job very seriously. And I'm proud of him for it... (now smother it with butter and dunk it in syrup and then tell me it's tasteless, boy!) Just kidding. I take his criticism very seriously. He wasn't the most impressed with Mini Maple Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins. Although he did eat his fair share.
Mini Maple Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins will definitely be added to my breakfast freezer recipes along with my old standby Cinnamon Chip Muffins as pictured above. Ahhh, at least we have breakfast taken care of for the rest of the week...
Now off to make my grocery list. Because as good as these muffins are, I don't think the critics will appreciate Mini Maple Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins for dinner tonight.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Still didn't change my love for her though. She is just pretty much amazing and I can hardly wait to try the upcoming recipes. And who knows? YOU may love Ice Cream Pie with Easy Caramel Sauce. I'd like to know if you do...
I will be gone all day again like I was a few weeks ago. Thankfully, we are not having a party at our house, but will be going to my parent's house to join them and my brother's family. Of course, when talking with my Mom, the first question was: "What are we going to eat?"
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I can not tell you if she thought Caramel Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake. So There was worth all of the trouble or not. I'll let her comment on that. But it was very yummy! And would be especially yummy at Thanksgiving time. I don't particularly enjoy making cheesecake so I am so thankful she did it for me and I will tuck that recipe back in my brain for Turkey Day next year.
I opted to make an apple pie and apple-rhubarb pie. Let me tell you, I've got a grandma who makes the BEST pies ever and it is my goal to get as good as she is at making them. She used to bake pies for our local cafe which specialized in home-baked goodies and meals. I am not kidding when I say she is one of the best. Which she passed down to her daughter (my mom) and now it is slowly filtering down to me and hopefully my girlies too some day. Who knows? Landon may be a pie baker too!
I do my fair share of pie-baking for our church when we have funerals. To me, pies are easy to make. The worst thing about them is dealing with the pie crust. UGHH! I hate to roll out pie crust. I have always used my Mom and Grandma's pie crust recipe and loaded up my freezer with balls of dough that I can just pull out when I need to make a pie. That is the way to do it! I was excited to see P-P-P-Pie Crust. And It’s P-P-P-Perfect. on PW's site. She also stocks her freezer up with pie crusts.
I really think P-P-P-Pie Crust. And It’s P-P-P-Perfect. is a great recipe. Once I learn the art of rolling out pie dough, pie-making will be a breeze. I thought P-P-P-Pie Crust. And It’s P-P-P-Perfect. was very flaky but I made it too thick. It definitely needed to be rolled out thinner. I'm not gonna lie, it was NOT any easier to roll out than any other pie dough recipe I've used. But I liked it. And I'm gonna keep working with it. I have another friend of mine who is an absolute AWESOME cook, baker, etc. and she is changing from her pie dough recipe to P-P-P-Pie Crust. And It’s P-P-P-Perfect. recipe. So if she is going to do it, I am too.
Now I'd like to see what Grandma thinks of it...
Monday, February 1, 2010
This morning I was actually feeling like a "morning" person, which I am not. I was jolly, ready for the day, and excited to make Perfect Pancakes! If you remember, I had made another pancake recipe by PW a few weeks ago that the critics loved and I could not stomach (due to the incredible egg-like texture...) Anyway, since I had cake flour I was prepared to make Perfect Pancakes. They passed the test with flying colors, although one critic does not think they're as good as my normal pancakes (which would be Bisquick...). More on that in a minute.
Kourtney surprisingly was extremely happy this fine Monday morning while she waited patiently for the Perfect Pancakes. They grilled up really thick! Kassidy looks a little more thrilled now that she's dressed and spreading butter on her Perfect Pancakes. This batch made a lot of Perfect Pancakes!! I was impressed and you all know how I love to have leftovers to put in the freezer for another day... But between these two girlies, I think they put away 6-8 Perfect Pancakes between them. Wait girls!! Slow down! Natalie has to eat yet.
Had to slow her down too because "the boy" was still asleep until 9:00 am today! And he loves Perfect Pancakes. So I am left with around 6 or so in the freezer for another day. That will take care of the girls' breakfasts at least.
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