Friday, August 31, 2012

August in Review

The Recipes
Favorites are noted with an asterisk!
Main Dishes
Side Dishes
I participated in both the Crazy Cooking Challenge and Secret Recipe Club this month. I posted Pecan Pie Cheesecake for CCC and Thai Banana Pudding for SRC. 
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I want to revisit my resolutions again and update on how well/awful I'm doing on them:

  • Get on a schedule -I've been doing better here, but school is about to start and I'm sure throw me completely off again.
  • Catch up on adding the printable feature to old recipes. -I really need to work on this one.
  • Work on emptying bookmarked recipes. - I've made a significant dent!
  • Leave reviews {comments} for recipes I've tried where I got them. -Need to do this - and I'm also changing over to a new "system" in September of keeping track, so I'll have to be sure to keep up.
  • Look for duplicate recipes in the ones I have in the binders -Done!
  • Update Blog Love page. -Done!
  • Use breadmaker, cake pop maker, and KitchenAid pasta attachment. -Still a negatory here.
  • Update Bucket List page. - Done!
  • **NEW** Add tried recipes to my Master List.
  • **NEW** Figure out which recipes have been posted that aren't in a binder or on my Master List.
If you missed them, you can find Sunday Social, Oh, How Pinteresting Weds., and Tasty Thursdays by scrolling all the way down and finding the little label cloud. Click on whichever you want to see :)

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NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okey dokey, this recipe here was not my most favorite chocolate chip cookie. By no means does this mean it was bad, because it was really good. I may attempt to chill the dough the full 24 hours or really watch the cooking time, but my only "issue" is that they didn't stay soft (actually a few of them did, but it was like 5 out of the whole batch). I love soft cookies. I will from now on be using the sea salt as a topper to all chocolate chip cookies because that was unbelievable! I also really liked using chunks instead of chips. :)

What you need:
  • 2 cups minus 2 tbsp. cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 lb. bittersweet disks or feves (or chips or chunks!)
  • Sea salt
Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl.
Cream together butter and sugars together for 5 minutes.

Add eggs, one at a time. Beat until combined.

Add vanilla.
Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients. Beat until just combined.

Add chocolate disks or whatever you got.

Refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours.
* I did one hour because Alton Brown had said there was no difference 
between 1 hour and 24 hours. Or 48 hours.

On a lined baking sheet, drop dough with a little scooper. 
Sprinkle sea salt on top - this part really made the cookie, so don't forget it!

Bake at 350* for 18 to 20 minutes.
* I had to do 10 to 12 minutes. Probably because I only chilled the dough for 1 hour.
Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removing from oven. Then remove to a wire rack.

Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

Recipe from NY Times

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tasty Thursday #75: Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps

Welcome back to Tasty Thursday!!

These were awesome for a quick meal that everyone loved. Plus you can customize the toppings, which is always a plus in our house. My 5 year old doesn't really like any extra toppings, so just cheese and ketchup for him. My 4 year old loves everything traditional hamburgers have! My husband and I prefer spicy toppings. I used my George Foreman grill for these - I didn't want to mess with the gas grill outside.

What you need:
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp. ketchup (I omitted)
  • 1 tsp. minced onion
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tortillas
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Toppings: pickles, buffalo sauce, mustard, etc.
Brown ground beef; drain.
Add Worcestershire, ketchup, minced onion, and salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle cheese on tortillas and add beef.
Add tomatoes and other toppings. Roll up like a burrito.

Grill until browned on both sides.

Recipe from Semi Homemade Mom

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pinterest Weds #57

First off, I apologize for the overload of food pins this week! I've been clearing out my recipe bookmarks. I finally got to around Sept of last year and I'm working my way through the rest.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Philly Cheesesteak Pita Bread Pizza
Y'all know I love cheesesteak. I also love that this pizza is on pita bread!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Blueberry Butter in the Slow Cooker
Yum! Doesn't this sound good?

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Spicy Dill Pickles
My husband is on a spicy pickle kick!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Chicken Parmesan Grilled Cheese
Now that I love chicken parm - I need to make it into a grilled cheese!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Easy Pasta Sauce

This one looks like a keeper.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Spaghetti & Meatball Pot Pie
What a unique and quirky take on both dishes!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Snickers Fudge
Just look at the picture...look at it!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Herbed Burgers
It looks so good and juicy and flavorful!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

100 After School Snacks
My oldest starts school in ONE WEEK. I need to stock up on snack ideas :)

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Spicy Vanilla Extract
Another really neat spicy idea!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

How to frost petals
I need to tap into my inner cake decorator and learn how to do this!
She's hiding in there somewhere. I'm convinced of this.

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Cheesy Jalapeno Knots

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Blueberry-Peach Cobbler with Sugar Cookie Crust
Sugar cookie crust...cookies with cobbler!!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

Spicy Pasta with Broccoli & Sausage
This is Italian sausage which I am craving like crazy!

Source: via Sarah on Pinterest

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Mom's Famous Green Beans

I am trying to make more fresh veggies instead of frozen veggies while I still can. But let's face it...fresh veggies in butter can get old pretty fast. We needed a way to jazz them up really quick. I loved these. A LOT.

What you need:
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 2 handfuls of fresh green beans
  • 2-3 tbsp. chicken broth
Heat bacon and cook until almost crispy.
Add onions and cook until transparent.

Drop in green beans and toss to mix.
Add chicken broth and cook for 10 minutes.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Grilled Chicken with Lemon-Basil Pasta

Another delicious recipe from P.Dub - is that surprising in the least bit?! 
What you need:
  • 4 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1 lb. penne, cooked al dente, reserve 1 cup pasta water
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 3 whole lemons, juiced
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • Salt and pepper
  • 20 Basil leaves, chopped
Melt butter over medium heat.

Add lemon juice, heavy cream, and half-and-half. Whisk until hot and bubbly.

Add cheese and salt and pepper, to taste. Stir until cheese is melted.

Add to cooked pasta and toss to coat. Add reserved pasta water, little by little, if needed to loosen up.
Add half the basil.

Serve pasta topped with chicken and more basil.

Recipe from The Pioneer Woman

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Secret Recipe Club: Thai Banana Pudding

Secret Recipe Club

My August assignment was Krista of The Double Dipped Life. Krista is a married mom of three and her blog is full of delicious looking recipes. She has a menu plan tab - yes! I love seeing menu planning because it's such a big part of how I do things in my house - that includes weekly plans where you can download a shopping list and recipes. Krista also does Double Dipped Sweets as a hobby on the side - gourmet popcorn, caramel apples, and dipped treats, oh my!

This month I decided right of the bat that I would do a sweet recipe because I've been hitting up main courses the last few SRC assignments. I noticed that Krista had a whole section devoted to Thai food and was curious about it, as I've never had it. In her Intro to Thai post, she explained that it all started when her husband took her out to Thai restaurant when they were dating. How sweet, right?! So I thought it'd be a good idea to make something that is meaningful to her :)

I decided upon the Thai Banana Pudding - which was the Thai dessert she had on her recipe index. It also looked like a relatively easy recipe and a baby step into Thai cuisine. It cooked quickly and it was so delicious. It was like banana pudding mixed with tapioca pudding. It's a little more runny than regular pudding, but that didn't bother us in the least bit. It was the perfect dessert!

What you need:
  • 3 bananas, sliced
  • 1 (14 oz.) can coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg

Add bananas into a large skillet.

Combine milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl.

Pour milk over bananas.
Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring often.

Serve topped with a little cinnamon and nutmeg.