Thank you for visiting my blog...and for allowing me to share with you my addiction. I love to collect recipes. I love to read cookbooks. I have been collecting recipes for as long as I can remember, and on any given day there are one or two (or more!) cookbooks residing on my nightstand!
This blog is chronicling my adventure as I fulfill my resolution of trying (at least) one new recipe each week. I hope that you enjoy!
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Hello again! Happy Tuesday to you! Welcome back to this week's Recipe Recap. This week I am looking back at the recipes posted May 19 - 25. I was in a strawberry mood that week! Yum!! Here are the recipes: Strawberry Cream Crepes
I was very lucky to receive a copy of Yara Shoemaker's book "Health on Your Plate - Shop & Cook with Yara" - what a great read the book has been. Y'all know that I love to read cookbooks, and while there are some great looking recipes in Yara's book (like Good Girl Cocoa, Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, and Crusted Snapper) it's all the other information that has me so intrigued. This book truly is a journey to a better you, chock full of tips and tricks and things that encourage you to consider - from how your kitchen is stocked to how you clean to how you select the foods you've been purchasing for yourself and your family. Most of my circle knows that I'm not big on processed foods. I don't "do" aspartame or any of those chemicals (or I do my best to avoid them), I do my best to try to prepare foods from scratch for my family as often as possible. I don't follow any of the fad diets (and I pretty much do consider most of the diets, or "ways of eating" to be fads...I've been around long enough to know that in a few years it'll be something new that's "in"). I believe in making the best choices that you can, and I believe in providing the best variety of food that I can for my family. I feel like Yara and I have a lot of the same beliefs. That's why I can easily say that I have been totally hooked on this book. You know how I say that I always have cookbooks sitting on my nightstand? Health on Your Plate has been a staple on my nightstand for the last while. I love flipping through and finding a new chapter to read. Do you know what I have come to accept after reading this book? You really are what you eat...I know, we've heard it all before, but it really is true! (was that an "a-ha moment"?!)
An added bonus with this book, is a supplemental book "Superfoods from Earth and Ocean" - it is a handy purse-sized booklet that I've been carrying around for a while now. It's a great reference guide - the charts are awesome in helping to pick the best produce at the right time of year, and the detailed breakdown of the vitamins and minerals has been really helpful for me. You can purchase this great book now - you can find online at Amazon. You should check it out, I bet you'll learn a few things that will enhance your life!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Ham is a rare meal in our house, and when we have ham, we always end up with tonnes of leftovers. We all know that I love making soup and have been on a real soup kick this year, but I didn't want to make Ham and Split Pea Soup (not that I don't like it, I just wasn't in the mood. I wanted a creamy soup...and there is the recipe that I found: Creamy Ham and Potato Soup(Source: The Girl Who Ate Everything) Ingredients: 3 1/4 cups chicken broth
3 1/2 cups potatoes, washed, peeled and diced 1 stalk of celery, washed and diced 1/3 cup onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup carrot, diced 1 cup diced cooked ham 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 5 tablespoons butter 5 tablespoons flour 2 cups milk Pour the chicken broth into a stockpot. Add in the potatoes, celery, onion, carrot and ham. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook over medium until potatoes are tender. This will take about 15 minutes (depending on how big your potato pieces are). Add in the salt and pepper. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Slowly stir in milk. Continue to constantly stir over medium-low heat until thick, approximately 5 minutes. Slowly add the milk mixture into the ham mixture in the stockpot, and cook soup until heated through. Serve immediately. We topped our soup with cheddar and chives. VERDICT: Yum. Just plain yum. I loved this soup, and ate a lot of it. This makes a big pot of soup so you will have leftovers. I am almost looking forward to fall, when on a cool fall day, this soup will be just perfect!
It's a long weekend here...Happy May long to all my Canadian friends! We are enjoying lots of family time - yesterday we went to a parade, we've got BBQ's planned, visiting with family and friends, and so on. Love long weekends! I've had a super-busy month which is why I have been a bit M-I-A. It's my busy time at work...(my hubby is referring to himself as "Mr. Mom" these days as I'm at the office more than I am home it seems)...but once I get through the month of May, life will get back to normal...and blogging will too! Thanks for hanging in with me :-) Anyways,Scrumptious Sunday Recipe Link Party #63is up and running, sure hope you will come by and share your recipes!
Meatloaf. Not usually something that I'm all over making. BUT my boys LOVE meatloaf. I've never understood a big loaf of meat. Mash it together and call it dinner. But I get why my boys love it, thought still not my "cup of tea". However, I happened to have some ground turkey in the freezer, and was stumped as to what to do with it. The boys had been asking for meatloaf, and so, turkey meatloaf it was. But, me being me, I needed to get more vegetables into that loaf of meat. And this is what I came up with: Turkey Florentine Meatloaf
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey 1 cup of spaghetti sauce (Florentine if you have it) 1/2 cup of Panko
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced
1 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and very
well drained 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
oven to 350F. In a small bowl, combine the Panko and the Italian seasoning. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey with 1/4 cup of the spaghetti sauce, bread crumbs, onion, garlic, eggs,
Worcestershire Sauce, seasonings, Parmesan cheese and fennel. Mix well. Divide the mixture in half in the bowl.
the turkey in a prepared loaf pan. With your knuckles or the
back of a spoon, press a 1 inch deep indentation down the center of the loaf, leaving a 1”
inch border on all sides.
In a third bowl, toss the spinach and 3/4 cup of the cheddar. Spoon the spinach mixture
into the indentation. Do not overfill.
Put the remaining turkey mixture over top of the spinach mixture, sealing the edges along the side of the pan.
45 minutes. Remove from oven and CAREFULLY dump out/remove any accumulated grease.
remaining spaghetti sauce over the top of the loaf and sprinkle the remaining shredded cheese. Bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the meat is cooked through and the sauce is bubbly. Check using your meat thermometer. Once done, remove from the oven and let stand
for 10 minutes before serving. This loaf needs setting time before serving. VERDICT: We found the recipe suggestion size for the spinach to be just a little too much. Next time I would reduce the spinach to approximately 2/3 of what the recipe calls for. Otherwise, it was a tasty meal (even in my eyes!).
French toast is a staple in our house. It's a popular breakfast choice for my boys, along with pancakes and waffles. I was wanting to change up our morning flavours, and a loaf of Sun-Maid Raisin Cinnamon Swirl Bread was my inspiration.
I have seen overnight French Toast baked breakfasts before, but have never made them. I always attributed an overnight breakfast to a weekend thing, but I thought, why wouldn't I do this on a weekday morning? Wouldn't this make our morning routine just a bit easier? No standing over the stove cooking while trying to round up the kids for school and daycare. So...I decided to give one a whirl and see what happened. I also happened to have some beautiful raspberries and delicious cream cheese in the fridge, and in my mind, I thought these should all go together.
Here is what I did: Cinnamon Raisin Raspberry French Toast Bake
8 slices of Sun-Maid Raisin Cinnamon Swirl Bread
5 eggs 3/4 cup milk 1/2 cup fresh raspberries 1/2 brick cream cheese, softened cinnamon
Butter the bottom of an 8x8 or 9x9 baking pan (I used glass).
Break up the bread into bite sized pieces. Place in the prepared baking pan. Add the raspberries into the bread dish, mixing into the bread.
In a bowl, beat the eggs, add in the milk and mix well. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Press down slightly.
Cut the cream cheese into small bits, sprinkle over top of the bread mixture.
Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, preheat oven to 350F. Uncover the baking pan, place in oven, and hake for 30-35 minutes.
Remove from oven, serve with maple syrup, and enjoy!
VERDICT: This dish was popular with my boys (and me too!). It made for a nice change of pace to our breakfasts, and added in some extra fruit (the raisins and he raspberries). The cream cheese was a nice addition to the mix!
Hello friends! Happy Tuesday to you! Welcome back to this week's edition of "Recipe Recap"! This week I am looking back at the recipes that I posted one year ago, the week of May 12 - 18, 2012. Here are the recipes - they were all about Mother's Day....and the first is one of my most popular recipes from the blog! German Apple Cake