So I drank the red Kool-Aid last month and got this…
This. This is more amazing than the ads could ever show. I can do like anything and everything on it with said tasks own special app that makes me not even have to think anymore. For stuff I do with technology, that is awesome.
Even better is a specific app. The Pinterest app. Genuis! Now I can just sit my Iphone with the recipe open in the Pinterest app on the counter, instead of using my laptop, taking up valuable counter space or fighting with my printer to get it to print.
My Recipes for 2012 board keeps hovering at around 60 recipes. We have around 125 days left in the year. That’s a recipe every other day. I’m not sure I could do it. So I keep cleaning it out trying to make it smaller and more do-able, still. I guess I’ll just have to carry some over into the New Year.
This month was full of soups. What I haven’t done is taken pictures of food yet. I’m not sure I am ready for that or that I could remember before it gets eaten.
Let’s start off with:
Cook’s Country Magainze
(I would link but then you have to pay to get to the recipe and that annoys me)
6 ears corn
2 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
5 cups low sodium chicken broth
3 slices bacon, chopped fine
1 onion, chopped fine
1 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into ½ inch dice
1 cup heavy cream
4 scallions diced thin
salt and pepper
Cut kernels from ears of corn and reserve kernels and cobs. Puree canned corn and 2 cups broth in blender until smooth. Cook bacon in Dutch Oven over medium heat until crisp about 8 minutes. Reserve bacon, cook onion and corn kernels, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper in bacon fat until vegetables are softened and golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add potatoes, corn puree, remaining broth, and reserved corn cobs to Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Discard cobs and stir in cream, scallions and reserved bacon. Season with salt and pepper.
I was pleasntly surprised to come home on August 1st and find that my husband was already making this recipe and was 3/4 of the way through. We had enough for that night, for a big lunch for my husband the next day and two more soup containers (so two more meals.) It was very good and my husband who loves corn chowder is addicted.
My favorite part of the meal was the bread I made earlier…
Cheddar Onion Quickbread from the amazing BakingBites.com. Served slathered in butter. Dipped in the soup. Then eating the remaining 3/4 of the loaf the next day (again slathered with butter) just because it tasted great (no soup necessary).
After promising my husband Oatmeal cookies for years, I made these for his “going back to school” treat in his lunch box (okay, and I bought some Milanos to go with it.)
Big and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Penzeys Spices. He wanted chocolate chips instead of raisins so I made the swap. I tried to make the big cookies smaller but they came out more like small and “will break your teeth” oatmeal cookies. I have learned my oatmeal cookie lesson. Big means you can eat it. Small means a dentist bill.
Still on the oat train, earlier in the month was…
Chocolate Granola Bars from MarathonMom.com. These were incredible. They tasted as if you made peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and could eat the dough straight without anyone yelling at you. I had no self-control. Again. So I have to be careful with these too.
Lemon-Poppy Seed Zucchini Bread from Southern Living Magazine. I’ll be honest. I didn’t even taste this. My husband loves anything lemon and I had a zucchini about to go bad. I baked it and froze it so I could have it as a “oh crap I don’t have anything sweet in your lunch” back-up plan. He says it tastes like Lemon Pound Cake.
Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Pennies on a Platter. I tried a knock-off recipe like this a few years ago and it was awful. This one was wondeful. I think I like my homemade ones better than the ones at RL. More craggy pieces to enjoy.
And where I fail at baking…because I was on a roll and that can’t ever happen…
The Best Buttermilk Bisuits from Laura’s Kitchen/Paula Deen. Okay, though I did everything right, they barely rose. I know it is all my fault though. I’m wondering if my shortening was too warm. I’ll try again another time.
And for cooking…
Cheesy Vegetable Chowder from Lulu the Baker. It tastes like a fall version of the Vegetable Bisque recipe I love so much. But is easier and quicker to make. (Again, ended up with one meal and then two additional meals to freeze for another time.) I took a sub roll and filled it with ham and cheese, trying my attempt at a panini while I took a second frying pan and pushed it down on the sandwhich (while also trying not to burn myself). It looked crispy and flat and skewed which looks like every panini I ever had. Success. Without a $100 panini maker. Even bigger success.
Red Enchilada Sauce from BudgetBytes.com. I feel like I’ve made this before (and pinned it before). Second time around was still good though. It took only a few minutes to make and I had enough to do two meals of one of our still new favorite casseroles from February: Chicken Tamale Casserole.
And here I am thinking I didn’t do any new cooking again…