Thursday, June 25, 2015

Second Helpings

My daughter is a willing participant in my incessant recipe auditions.  She questions at times, but her attitude is fantastic, even when she doesn't like a dish.

And then there are the ones she loves.  She's a seafood lover, but I still did not expect the overwhelming success of these Honey Lime Shrimp.  She ate right through them, and started on her sides with a sigh.  When I offered more shrimp, I got a sweet smile and a "Can I?"

These shrimp couldn't be easier or more tasty.  Do give them a try.  Just make sure you make enough so that you can offer seconds!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Lasagna Bowls!

Lasagna is one of everyone's favorite foods isn't it?  All that lovely, cheesy, noodly goodness is divine.

But lasagna is heavy and rich and just a little bit much for an ordinary weeknight meal.  The idea of these Lasagna Bowls sounded like an excellent adaptation.

It's really two recipes in one--first, the five minute tomato sauce, and then the actual lasagna bowl recipe.  The tomato is very easy and I loved the addition of the lemon zest.  It made the whole dish so bright and fresh.  I was unprepared, however, for the heat of that crushed red pepper!  I know we are absolute wimps when it comes to spice, but wowzers!  I would definitely cut back on the quantity I used.  Also, don't be afraid of the amount of olive oil she uses.  At first I thought it would never mix together, but it ultimately did and the sauce consistency was very nice.

As for the lasagna bowls themselves?  We really enjoyed them.  They had all the flavor of a beautiful thick lasagna, but were lighter and much better suited to the 90 degree day we had here.  I will absolutely be making these again.

My chief complaint about this dish?  All the stinkin' dishes!  I had all four burners going on my stove at once, which also means four pans and lids, plus utensils to wash.  Way too many for everyday use.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

How to Make Your House Smell Delicious

AKA How to Make Cast Iron Skillet Burgers.

There's really nothing extraordinary about this recipe.  Truthfully, it's just a method of preparation.  However, if you want a delightful, greasy, diner burger at your own dinner table.  This is where it's at.

Oh, and please don't let the melted cheese stuck to the hamburger bits at the bottom of the skillet go to waste.  Please and thank you.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pork and Pineapple

Several years ago on one of our many trips to the Riviera Maya, we had pork and pineapple tacos.  They were the best, and I'm on a continuous hunt to find that flavor again.  It's probably been long enough that I don't really know what I'm looking for, but I sure enjoy trying different recipes along the way.

These Sweet and Spicy Pork and Pineapple Tacos were easy and tasty, an excellent recipe.  I used fresh pineapple and boneless pork chops for ours.  I also choose not to add cayenne.  If you've been around this blog for anytime at all, you know that it's just not worth the risk with my little doll.  She can't take heat, no matter whether it's in spice or temperature.  We also did just a light sprinkle of shredded fiesta cheese.  Perfection.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New Things

Today's post involves a couple of new things, but in different ways.

First, these Grilled Barbecue Chicken, Apple, and Smoked Gouda Sandwich Wraps were a new flavor for a couple in my family.  I love Gouda, but my husband and daughter had never tried it.  They both liked it!  It makes me so happy when they both try new flavors and really enjoy them  The wrap itself was good, but not remarkable.  I don't think anything is especially wrong with it, but there also wasn't a wow factor either.

The wow came later.  My daughter and I were working on cleaning out cupboards and discovered quite the cache of Kit Kats.  They are her favorite candy bar and tend to stack up over the course of various candy holidays.  We went looking through my pins for Kit Kat recipes and found these Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars.  This is a perfect recipe for kids to help with.  It moves right along and you get a finished product in no time at all.  Plus, they really like the idea of candy bars being involved.  It also helps that these are scrumptious.  Basically Scotcheroos with a peanut butter chocolate plus Kit Kat layer.  Can't go wrong there.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Something Fishy!

We just returned from a lovely vacation on the east coast.  We love filling up on fresh seafood when we are close to the seashore.  Since we didn't have that many seafood meals while we were away, I decided to go ahead with these Spicy Fish Taco Bowls from the menu plan.

These are a great way to enjoy fish tacos.  I chose to use some leftover taco seasoning as opposed to the individual seasonings.  I used brown rice, frozen corn, green pepper, green onion, cheese instead of avocado, lime juice instead of lemon.  I know the cheese for avocado isn't really an even trade, but I'm the only one in the family that cares for avocado.  We all love cheese, so that was all that really mattered here.  I also threw a few cherub tomatoes on for good measure.

I really liked the change-up from tacos to taco bowls.  It's the same flavors, but a new mixture which was yummy.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Friday Fruit

Fruit on Friday should be different.  Special.  Fruit on Friday should be pie.  And it was.

In reality, I noticed that it is nearly strawberry season this year, and I haven't yet used all my berries in the freezer from last year.  Oops!

So, to Pinterest I went in search of what I'm sure is one of many strawberry recipes, including this Regina's Famous Strawberry Pie.  I barely had enough time to get everything done because I started kind of late, but setting the strawberries on the patio table to thaw, and then putting the gelatin mixture in the freezer for a little while, made it all work.

The result was scrumptious.  Although my little one announced she still likes apple pie better, she did give it her seal of approval.