Things I have actually made

I will do better about photographing my food. I will do better about posting regularly. Unless…

Last week my “unless” was the sudden tragic loss of a dear friend. He was only 32. I went to his funeral. I watched his casket lowered into the ground and I still don’t quite believe he is gone. Wherever you are C, I hope you are at peace.

Sometimes people stop cooking when something horrible happens, but in my case I’ve been cooking with an almost manic frequency. A quick list of some things I’ve made in the last week:

Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Muffins: King Arthur Flour Made these this morning for my brother and his new girlfriend. They spent the nice in my brand new guest room. Unfortunately they had to leave in a hurry so I don’t know how they turned out. They looked good!

Olive all’Ascolana recipe on Food52.com, I made this as an appetizer for an impromptu dinner party last night and they were devoured. Really tasty!

 Yotam Ottolenghi’s Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce I made a variation of this for the entree last night. I am obsessed with the fresh corn polenta. This is the fourth time I’ve made it in two weeks.

The Two Bite Club: Zucchini Tots Breakfast yesterday. I used summer squash fresh from my mother-in-law’s garden. They did not want to come out of my mini muffin pan even though it was well greased.

Retro Recipe: King Ranch Casserole Recipes from The Kitchn | The Kitchn, Lunch and dinner day before yesterday. I’ll be honest…I only made this because I has some off tasting (but fine!) rotisserie chicken to use up. I also used up a freezer burned bag of mixed peppers and I’ve learned my lesson about buying any frozen veggies other than broccoli and peas. I don’t like ’em and I don’t use ’em. As for the recipe itself, I’m sure it’s a lot better if you use good ingredients but mine was perfectly good with a bunch of salsa on top.

Bacon Maple Muffins with Brown Sugar Crumble Little Leopard Book, Made these last week sometime. I ended up freezing most of them because they are a little dry but I’m sure they would make a good breakfast for those mornings you need to grab something and go.

Fried Radicchio with Honey | For The Feast Also made sometime last week when we just wanted a light dinner. Hubby and I split half a head because we weren’t that hungry. I mixed some balsamic vinegar into the honey to drizzle over the top. It was delicious!

Cheddar Chive Muffins | Tara’s Multicultural Table I’m saving the best for last. I made these three times in the last two weeks. I loved them. They were best the first time when I had a little leftover hollandaise sauce (about 2T) and I just added it into the batter. What else can you do with leftover hollandaise sauce?

Eggplant Parmesan recipe on Food52.com And finally, the best eggplant parmesan I’ve ever had. So delicious. And I don’t even like eggplant!

This went a little longer than I planned. I’ll be back with queue no. 2 tomorrow.

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So, how did I do?

Two posts today. First, because I like completion, a follow up from queue number one. Here is the breakdown of what got made and what didn’t:

  1. Baked Grapefruit with Meringue: Made it and loved it!
  2. Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole with Cheddar & Tomatoes: Nope, kind of forgot about this one, back to the bottom!
  3. Creamy Pumpkin Potato Salad: The more times I read the recipe the less I thought I would like it. I’m still intrigued, but I don’t feel like taking the risk of wasting all the ingredients right now.
  4. Mojo de Ajo: I will make this…but not yet, maybe I need to start a back-burner queue!
  5. Jalapeno Popper Fettuccine Alfredo: Did not make and don’t plan to. Reading the cooking instructions on this recipe made me realize that if I wanted something-Alfredo I was going to make a proper Alfredo sauce, and this recipe just didn’t cut it for me.
  6. Pressed Picnic Sandwiches: Every time I’m at the deli now I’m looking for quality Italian meats, when I find some I’ll make this for sure. Back-burner.
  7. Orange Pistachio Muffins: Nope, maybe someday, but I’ve made a lot of muffins lately…
  8. Brown Sugar Meringue Crisps: I froze the egg whites in question so I don’t think I’ll bother with these right now. Also, did you know about using egg whites to clarify stock? Ask me sometime 🙂
  9. Red Pepper and Bulgur Soup: I did make this, although it looked nothing like the recipe by the time I was done. It was spicy and good, but not especially memorable. One of those ‘dinner soups’ that hubby and I eat for a couple days but don’t want to eat again after.
  10. Pizza Logs: Nope, lost any interest in these. Probably won’t even keep the bookmark.
  11. A Bowl of Red Chili: I was so psyched to finally make this one. My parents were coming over for dinner and it seemed like the perfect excuse. I thought  it was delicious, but hubby likes beans in his chili.
  12. Homemade Milano Cookies: Nope. Maybe sometime, I’m not in a hurry.

So, 3/12. Oh well, on to the next.