Monday, May 17, 2010

Adventures in Cooking!

I've tried out a few new recipes lately, some winners, some losers, I'll be sure any let you know which one's are which.
Last weekend, breakfast foods were calling my name! I tried out this french toast bites recipe.

The recipe says it makes 2 servings, if that's true then I know how America is getting fat! That would be 3 full pieces of bread made in to french toasts bites a person! This was good but made way too much in my opinion. I prefer the one crispy piece of french toast drenched in syrup.

In fact, I only used 4 pieces of bread and then made the last 2 regular french toast style.

No breakfast is complete in our house without some eggs. I wanted to try out egg-in-the-hole as I think I might have been the only kid who did not have this growing up. What the heck Mom?
Pioneer woman has detailed instructions on her blog here. But really, you cut the hole in the bread, crisp it up with some butter and drop and egg in the hole, flip it over and enjoy!
These are deeeeeelicious!
Look how the egg spills out! Yumm!

The dogs couldn't handle it! They wanted some of the good stuff!

Look Mom, I'm being really good just sitting here!

Now I'm getting concerned, one plate is empty... will there be any left for me?

Me want foood!!!!!!!!

Please! Please! Pleeeeeeease!!!!

I'm begging you, please give me a bite!!!

And then I caved... the dogs got a couple bites and loved the french toast!

Next, I wanted to try out a new recipe for dinner and it called for mashed potatoes. So I decided to make enough that we'd have leftovers to enjoy some Irish Latkes later on in the week.
Thanks to Lindy for her awesome recipe!
Start with about 5 medium sized red potatoes, cut them into pieces and boil.
In your mixing bowl, combine 1/3 cup sour cream and a handful of green onions (chopped)

Add buttermilk and 1/4 cup flour
Add chopped garlic (1 clove), a pink of herbs de provence, and salt and pepper

Now add an egg and your potatoes when they are fork tender (could take anywhere from 8-12 minutes)
Add the potatoes to the mixing bowl and mix on low until you get the desired consistency.

These were yumm! I ate quite a few spoonfulls from the bowl!
And yes, the dogs tried some too.. duh!

I needed the mashed potatoes for this recipe - Rolled up chicken.
We gave the recipe an, eh?
It was just ok, the broccoli creaminess was yuck and the batter didn't stick.

We didn't eat much of this and ended up having it the next night after I vamped it up with some yummy angel hair pasta with herbs, mashed potatoes and a side of asparagus.
We gave this a Yum! Dave even finished off the rest the next day at lunch.

Round 2 or rolled chicken was definitely a winner!

And if you're wondering how to make latkes, you're probably talking to the wrong person.
But this is how I make them, usually not pretty but delicious nonetheless.
Heat some vegetable oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
Add a glob of mashed potatoes and smash it down to create a patty.

Watch it sizzle!

When the bottom is crispy and brown, flip it over. (This is the part I can't do, mine ends up being a mess.)
These are SUPER yum and an easy, fun way to eat your leftover mashed potatoes!

These got gobbled up super fast!

I saw this yummy pasta on Lindy's blog and had to try it!
It's a baked pasta with easy sauce to make and made my kitchen smell like Italy!

We had it with crispy tilapia - just like Lin suggested, and Dave ate every bite! (he's not a big fish eater so this was a huge step!)

We used elbow macaroni noodles, because that's what we had and I added a little shredded mozzarella and provolone cheese. Thanks for the awesome reccomendation Lindy!

Then Nigel and I were worn out from all the cooking.

Nigel always finds the best lounging spots!

1 comment:

opal said...

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