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What it is not easy to find is whether these recipes are any good. Especially on blogs, people rarely come back and give a review after they’ve made the recipe.
I try a LOT of recipes out. I love to cook new things. So I thought periodically (take that to mean, when I feel like it) I would post reviews of some recipes I’ve tried. Hopefully you’ll have similar success with recipes that I like! (Assuming you follow the directions. Ahem, Mary.)
Tropical Carrot Bread – I substituted in whole wheat flour and coconut oil instead of vegetable or canola oil. I took one loaf to a baby shower in October and froze the other loaf, which we ate a few weeks ago. I think the frozen one was even better than the fresh! I thought it was delicious and moist, and Libbie ate it, too. And since there were carrots in it, I count that as a near-miracle. Would make great muffins if you prefer those!
Lemony Chicken Bake – I find that the lemon slices are a little lemony overkill for me in this, but Mr. V likes it that way. Other than that, you can’t get much easier than this simple baked dish that has veggie, starch, and protein!
Chicken Cobbler Casserole – I made this to freeze as part of some batch cooking I did in November pre-baby. I was anxious to try it, so it barely made it in the freezer before it came back out! I subbed chicken broth for the wine (and used ridiculously expensive organic cream of mushroom soup. Need to start making these cream soups from scratch when I use them.), and I thought the casserole was delicious over mashed potatoes. It was a little heavy on the onions for me, though. Mr. V didn’t care for it. He doesn’t like mushrooms so it’s possible that’s what turned him off.
Cranberry Vanilla Muffins – Personally, I think the uncooked cranberries are way too tart in these. (Which is probably why I still have an entire gallon bag in my freezer full of muffins…) The rest of the flavors were yummy, but if I were to make them again I would pop the cranberries in a saucepan or let them sit sugar a little while.
Fish en Papillote – I may make my adaptation of this recipe a blog post, but if I never get around to it, here you go! I used yellow onion, put lemon juice in with the veggies instead of lemon slices, used tilapia, omitted the wine, and cooked in brown paper bags coated with Pam instead of in parchment paper. (Creativity: what results when you REALLY don’t want to go to the grocery store with two kids.) I thought the fish had a wonderful, delicate flavor and the vegetables were absolutely delicious. Perhaps slightly more appropriate for summer, but you could always sub in seasonal vegetables.
Ham and Potato Frittata – Another meal made because “that’s what we had,” this egg dish was delicious. The flavorings are just right and I love the ham, potato, and eggs together. Cumin gives it a slight twist. Definitely a simple weeknight dinner I will go back to!
Your turn: have you cooked something recently from the web you’d like to tell me about? I am always ready to hear about new, great recipes!