Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Food Post

Lucky for Ray, I got TWO aprons for Christmas (one Vera Bradley one and one funny one) as well as a potato masher and a potato ricer. Let the cooking commence. And hopefully soon I will start including some pics of what I make and sharing the recipes.

But first let me share with you a few recipes I have tried off of The Pioneer Woman Cooks site...I love looking at her pictures and drooling over the food. And most of it is some pretty basic stuff.

Holiday Bacon Appetizers - I tried these at my Dad's house during Christmas for the family gathering. All were eaten, but I will say this...I thought the parmesan/romano cheese taste was too much. Someone suggested using brown sugar in the comments, and I don't know about that either.

Mashed Potatoes - I made these on Christmas Day for our dinner. Yum, yum and more yum. I obviously used less potatoes and estimated the other ingredients, and it turned out great. Yum. I love mashed potatoes, I almost ate the leftovers for breakfast. One side note - you do not need to add all that extra butter on top and cook in the oven...we tend to go less with butter and such.

Chicken Spaghetti - I made this a few weeks ago, and split the amount in half and froze half of it. Unfortunately, Ray is not a fan of 1) casseroles or 2) Cream of anything soup. I, on the other hand, LOVE casseroles and could eat them every.single.day. Plus they are easy to make ahead of time. So this recipe? Yummy, although I was pretty much the only one to eat it. I made the frozen half the night of my Christmas concert for my Mom and I, and it was just as good as the original one. So if you have a husband who eats casseroles, this is a definite keeper.

French Breakfast Puffs - Holy Hell, these were TO DIE FOR. Seriously. I made these when my Mom and Stepdad were here for Christmas. I will say this though, be careful rolling the puffs in the butter before dipping them in the sugar/cinnamon mixture. I seriously drenched one, and Ray said he could feel his arteries clogging. Next time, I am going to spray them with the artificial butter spray and see how that works. I will let you know.

*Edited to Add* I was chatting with my good Weight Watchers buddy Dorrie (and no, she does not have a blog), and I decided to enter in this recipe into the recipe builder on the Weight Watchers site and see how many points it is. GOOD GOD. I had NO IDEA 2/3 cup of Crisco is 35 Freaking POINTS...without the last step of drowning in butter and more sugar, each one comes out to 7 points each, which honestly isn't all that bad....I guess.

Another recipe I thought I would let you know about is this Parmesan-Dijon Chicken recipe. I also made this on Christmas day, and Ashley asked for seconds...and thirds. A definite keeper....


And as I said, I promise pictures and full recipes to print out sometime in the New Year...maybe that can be a New Year's Resolution...you know, to add to the finish master's degree, raise children, catch up on scrapbooking, make curtains, workout more....

7 comments:

SJ said...

All of the recipes sound delicious! Thanks for sharing....

Pam said...

Yum! I love new recipes...I hope you will play along on Friday with the Random Recipe exchange...post a soup or stew recipe and sign Mr. Linky. You always come up with yummy foods!

That Chick Over There said...

GAH! SO! HUNGRY!

CPA Mom said...

we made her mashed potatoes for christmas and her sweet potatoes. both ok, not as good as they looked on the site! I've found that to be true of most of her recipes. I think I need to take a trip out there and see what I'm doing wrong! Tehee

Pamela said...

I think my resolution is to see how long I can go without turning on my stove ... heh heh.

I haven't checked out all those recipe's, however, my family loves water chestnuts baked inside bacon.. and the sauce is just a part ketchup/1 part brown sugar. Unless you want to get a bit bolder and add bourbon.

my4kids said...

Darn it! It's 10:15 at night and now I am super hungry for foods that are way to fattening but oh man I gotta try...........

Beccy said...

Amy, you're making me feel very hungry!