Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mexican Pot Roast

Otherwise known as Crockpot Fajitas.

This has to be one of the easiest recipes out there.  Not only that, the results are amazing.  The roast cooks low and slow so that it's nice and tender with perfect seasoning and flavor.

I used this recipe as the perfect time to clean out a few jars from the fridge.  Instead of all salsa, I used a combination of regular mild salsa, peach salsa, and mild taco sauce.  I doubt it makes a bit of difference.  I actually started the roast from frozen about 7am, and then added my peppers and onions after I got back from the store a couple hours later.

One of the best things about this dish was the five minutes from crockpot to table.  This is a great summer dish, with all the comfort and convenience of a winter roast.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Dinner Braid

Originally the plan was to make a BLT Chicken Braid, but for some reason, I decided to switch things up for this "Cracked Out" Chicken Braid.  It was a good decision, and well received by the others at my table.  Probably the biggest weakness of this recipe is that it doesn't make much.  For a family any bigger than ours, you'd definitely want to double the recipe.

This recipe is super easy and fast if you've got pre-cooked, frozen chicken thawed, and the crescent dough sheet.  Five ingredients recipes are marvelous--prep was a breeze, and it was ready to go in the oven ASAP.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cilantro Times Two

This menu started with a quick and simple Cilantro Lime Shrimp.  It's pretty simple and quick.  I liked the fresh flavor of the lime and cilantro.  Since it was crickets from the others at my table, I'm guessing it wasn't their fav.

As I was scrolling through my pins looking for a side dish, I happened on this Mexican Sour Cream Rice.  I've had a similar sounding dish at a local Mexican restaurant and really enjoyed it.  Plus, how can rice, sour cream, and cheese be wrong?

I decided to do a little swap out to save some calories and use up what's in my fridge.  I used plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and a combo of sharp cheddar and mozzarella instead of Monterey Jack.  To keep the recipe kiddo friendly, I used about a third of a 4 oz can of green chilis.  I wanted the flavor but not the heat.  I loved this rice.  I'm really looking forward to enjoying the leftovers in the next few days.

Thursday, May 7, 2015


This week called for a deacon treat.  Lately when they meet, I've gone the snack route.  It allows me to use some different kinds of recipes, plus the work they are doing calls for something they can nibble while chatting, rather than stopping to eat with a fork or spoon.

This week's installment was this Whatchamacalit Popcorn.  I've loved Whatchamacalits, ever since I was a kid.  Even though I'm not a big peanut butter person when it comes to candy, they are the perfect blend.

This is a fun snack, and could certainly be paired with other candy bars if you like them better.  It's a fun sweet that isn't too much.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Cinco de Gloria Derby

We have a lot to celebrate this weekend.  There was the Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo is coming, and mostly, we have a new family member.  A sweet roly-poly lovebug named Gloria.  Here she is:

In honor of all these festivities, we invited some family over to share in all the fun.

We started with this Kentucky Hot Brown Pizza.  It is awesome.  I had to show restraint and only have two pieces.  I used homemade pizza crust, but otherwise pretty much kept everything else the same.  As a fresh tasting, tropical, nod to Mexican flavors, I tried this Pineapple Cucumber Salad.  It was yum!  In the future, I would make it with mint instead of cilantro because the lime/mint combo is fab.  Still, ecstatic to discover a new side salad combo that is simple and delicious.  My sister brought along some Apple Enchiladas to wrap things up on a high note.

We had a lovely time together enjoying the puppy, the out-of-doors, and each other's company.  Oh, and the food was pretty good too.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Starbucks in a Cookie

I often wish I was someone who enjoyed fancy coffee drinks, but alas, no matter what you put into fancy coffee drinks, they still taste like coffee.  I do, however, enjoy coffee flavors in desserts, and these Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies had all the right ingredients for an automatic hit.

They totally were.  I shared them with my department colleagues, and we all agreed meetings are more tolerable cookies, especially these cookies.  The caramel of the caramel bits comes out VERY chewy, but otherwise, they are layer on layer of flavor, and mostly delicious.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

May Your Menu Be Delicious

I will be so happy to kiss April goodbye.  It was enjoyable, but far too crazy for my liking.  May will have its challenges as well, but with my classes coming to an end, at least I'll be free to deal with the whatever comes along.

May's menu is the month where I start to move to summer cooking.  Lots of grilling out, lighter dishes, and hopefully plenty of warm sunshine and eating outdoors.