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How’s about cooking somethin’ up with me? Take II

Since being back from my recent trips to San Diego I haven’t tried any new recipes just keep making myself chicken and shrimp tacos.  So I went back to review some of my past new recipes favorites to get some inspiration and motivation to try making something other than chicken or shrimp tacos or blueberry bread.

Here are some of the favorite new recipes I’ve tried since April of this year that I highly recommend to anyone looking to try something new:

04_06_Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur – I love a good Croque Monsieur and when I see it on a brunch menu it’s usually what I order or at least something I consider ordering but never tried it at home.  I finally broke down and decided to try making my own.  I tried this recipe and it was delightful even thought I couldn’t get the cheese sauce to thicken up it still tasted like a Croque Monsieur.  I was too lazy to cut off the crusts of the bread but that didn’t hurt the sandwich one bit, will definitely make again.

04_17_Oven Baked Crab Avocado Wontons

Oven Baked Crab Avocado Wontons – These were amazing, and so easy to make.  I only used 1 avocado and didn’t use the full chili powder amount but OMG they so good, I’ve already made them a few more times and even made them for my parents while in San Diego and they ate them all up.

04_20_Onion Ring Sunny-side Up Eggs

Onion Ring Sunny-side Up Eggs – Why I never thought of doing this on my own and had to see a recipe on Pinterest to give me the idea is dumb on my part.  They were super easy and I’ve made them for brunch a few times since.  I topped mine off with fresh chives, black pepper and hot sauce.

04_20_Peep S'mores

Peep S’mores – I tried the baked kinds and broiled kind, preferred baked better and enjoyed with Hershey’s special dark and Chuao Chocolatier Firecracker ChocoPod delicious these have been made multiple times for multiple people who all enjoyed them.

05_10_Baked Tomato and Egg Cups

Baked Tomato and Egg Cups – Another attempt at brunch that was a success.  A great easy brunch dish, next time I make them I’ll cook them closer to the 8 min mark vs the 10 min mark so the yolk does not get hard and stays a bit runny like I like them.  I served mine with toast and fresh strawberries, topped off with fresh Parmesan and chives.  Would be a perfect dish when inviting people over for brunch who you want to impress.

05_18_Asian-Style Chicken Soup

Asian-Style Chicken Soup – This soup was awesome, even after eating it for lunch and dinner for a week I was still excited for it.  Each day I freshened it up by adding different veggies to it, will be making again once the weather cools off some.

05_26_Spicy Dr Pepper Ribs

Spicy Dr Pepper Ribs – Holy Cow these were amazing!  The sauce was so spicy, so good and made my mouth on fire in the best way possible.  I have ribs in my freezer right now that I’ll be doing a repeat of this recipe soon.

06_08_Pickled Red Onions & Soft Boiled Egg

Pickled Red Onions – I’m officially addicted to these they are amazing, and I’m constantly remaking them and put them on anything and everything and nothing at all.

Soft Boiled Egg – You are probably thinking, soft boiled eggs Mitzie come on but see I was afraid to try them and now I’m kicking myself for never trying them myself.  They are so good, I’ve been making these and putting them on top leftovers, in soups and everything else I think they’d be good on.  I let my eggs sit out for 15-20 minutes before starting to boil the water, and I boiled them for a little over 5 minutes and perfect every time.

05_30_Turmeric prawns with kaffir lime leaves

Turmeric prawns with kaffir lime leaves – This recipe reminded me how much I love turmeric, it’s such a distinct flavor and may not be for everyone’s palate but mine sure adores it.  This dish was so spicy and flavorful but I think I used too many red chili peppers my eyes and nose wouldn’t stop running while eating it.

06_08_Mexican Chicken-Hominy Soup

Mexican Chicken-Hominy Soup – The soup base was pretty weak in flavor, but after adding some of the homemade blender salsa I made and some pickled red onions it was delicious.  I’ve made it a second time and just kicked up the broth a bit and it was incredible will be making again many times this fall and winter.

06_09_Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread – Safeway gave me free bananas and I honestly hate eating bananas but I got them anyway because they were free and I knew I could possibly make banana bread or muffins.  It was my first time baking something from scratch after 10+ years or avoiding baking and it was a big success, very enjoyable and perfect quick weekday breakfast.

06_14_Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs – This is probably my favorite brunch recipe.  I’ve made it with Spanish chorizo, green onions, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, salt and pepper and they were delicious, though the cook time needed to be longer than 10 minutes because the whites weren’t cooked all the way through.  Each time I make it I mix it up with whatever I have in the fridge crack two eggs on top and in a little over 10 minutes my mouth is in heaven.

06_15_Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup

Spicy Thai Curry Noodle Soup – Another mouthwatering soup.  This was lovely; I added some chicken, spinach and extra Thai red chilies it was a more flavorful tom ka gai.  The leftovers were incredible as well and this will definitely make it on my fall and winter soup rotation.

07_23_crispy asian drumsticks

Crispy Asian Drumsticks – Hands down one of the best chicken dishes I made in a long time.  Will be baking more chicken like this; using thighs because I love thighs more.  The chicken was crispy yet not greasy and tasted like fried chicken to me.

07_24_Blueberry Lemon Bread

Blueberry Lemon Bread – My second baking attempt and yes another bread.  Blueberries and lemons area beautiful combination.  This too was a perfect and quick weekday breakfast.

07_25_Pasta with Bacon, Jalapenos, Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions and a Fried Egg

Pasta with Bacon, Jalapenos, Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions and a Fried Egg – So many components to this dish but each was necessary and made it what it is.  The combination of everything was like a party in my mouth can’t wait to make it again.

08_16_Garlicky Goat Cheese Grits

Garlicky Goat Cheese Grits – I think I used more garlic then the recipe called for because I LOVE garlic and I didn’t regret that one bit.  They were good but a little on the thick side and I couldn’t thin them out but they worked, I served them with some shrimp, blistered cherry tomatoes, jalapenos and a fried egg the leftovers were just as tasty.

Writing this post worked last night I finally tried a new recipe and it felt good and tasted good as well!


How’s about cooking somethin’ up with me?

Instead of wasting money and going out to eat 6 times a week I’ve started cooking at home more, looking for recipes that would make good lunch leftovers as well as a few attempts at brunch at home.  Besides cooking some old standby’s and favorites I’ve been trying new recipes right and left, while spending way too much time on Pinterest, my boards are a little crazy.

Here are some of the tastier and favorites that I’ve tried so far:

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Simple Sesame Noodles

Simple Sesame Noodles from The Pioneer Woman – I added cilantro along with the green onions and it was delicious; I will make the sauce again to put on other things because the sauce it what made the dish.

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Quick ramen bowl

Quick ramen bowl from Budget Bytes – I’ve been joking that I’ve put myself on a ramen every night kind of budget, but I was only half joking, if I was going to survive I needed to upgrade my ramen a little.  It was very delicious; better than when I attempt to make fancy top ramen myself, I did use chicken stock instead of water so it was extra flavorful.  I’ve made think at least 3 maybe 4 more times since the first time.

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes from All Recipes – It was Pancake Day and I was determined to celebrate with pancakes so I made these.  I added dark chocolate chips and they were delightful, will defiantly make pancakes again; they were also great the next day reheated in the toaster oven.

Eggs Baked in Avocado

Eggs Baked in Avocado

Eggs Baked in Avocado from Fit Sugar – Since I brunch alarm clock moved to Bismarck North Dakota I decided to attempt brunch at home.  For this one I used green onions instead of chives and would definitely make again it was a super easy brunch dish for one, one note is to cook it closer to 15 minutes for a runnier egg.  I ate it with a side salad and it a wonderful brunch.

Salted Caramel Mug Cake

Salted Caramel Mug Cake

Salted Caramel Mug Cake from Babble – I was craving something warm and chocolaty and searched Pinterest until I found this recipe.  I did use old caramel’s and added a pinch of sea salt, even if you don’t think it’s cooked all the through is it the first one I didn’t think it was fully cooked so added another 20 additional seconds which over cooked it, the second attempt I cooked for its stated time and it was chocolaty and warm would made a great treat.

Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce & Pecorino and Pepper Polenta

Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce & Pecorino and Pepper Polenta

Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce from Cooking Light – I saw this on the cover of the March Cooking Light and added it to the top of my must try recipes, it took a while but I finally tried it.  This was wonderful; the cilantro sauce is something that could go on anything and combined with the polenta (see below) I made it was amazing.  This is the recipe I’d tell everyone to make.

Pecorino and Pepper Polenta from Martha Stewart – For some reason I thought it would go good with the Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce (above) which is why I made it.  By itself it was tasty but topped with the chicken thighs with cilantro sauce it was a party in my mouth and it made great leftovers.  This will become a monthly dish I make for sure.

Chicken & Lime Soup

Chicken & Lime Soup

Chicken & Lime Soup from Budget Bytes – I was looking to make some soup and saw this on Budget Bytes and decided to give it a try.  I did skip the celery because celery is evil and topped it off with green onion and homemade tortilla strips, it was exactly what I was looking for tangy, tasty and worth making again, plus the leftover were even better.

Mongolian Shrimp

Mongolian Shrimp

Mongolian Shrimp Recipe from Blog Chef – The one thing I always want to go for/order when I don’t want to cook is pretty much anything Asian.  I had some shrimp and searched for an Asian-y shrimp dish where I had all the ingredients on hand and this one fit the bill.  It was super easy to make and wonderful would definitely make again.

Jalapeno-cheddar eggs Benedict with cilantro-lime hollandaise

Jalapeno-cheddar eggs Benedict with cilantro-lime hollandaise

Jalapeno-cheddar eggs Benedict with cilantro-lime hollandaise from Whole Home News – This was my first attempt at eggs Benedict, in other words first attempt at poaching an egg and I must say I didn’t do too bad, actually I did pretty awesome.  If you haven’t figured it out yet I pretty much love anything with cilantro, lime and jalapeno so I know I’d love this.  I did cheat and used Pillsbury biscuits because I’m not much of a baker plus I have zero counter space to roll out or knead dough for the biscuits.  Since I cheated on the biscuits and I wanted the jalapeno flavor I added some to the hollandaise and holy cow it was the BEST.IDEA.EVER. to do that.  I added some sliced ham and paired it with a side of asparagus and it was a full meal deal.  I ended up putting some hollandaise on the asparagus which was amazing.  Everything I made of this recipe was wonderful and can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow.


What have you been cooking lately that’s I should try?

Say hey, good lookin’ – what ya got cookin’?

Since I put myself on a ‘budget’ I’ve been forced to cook more and eat out less and I’ve had more success with new recipes this time than I have in the past and I’ve saved money…Go Me!

Some of my favorites have been:

Shrimp Satay: I forgot how much I like turmeric and this recipe thankfully reminded me.  I didn’t have any coconut cream so I just used some half-n-half.  I didn’t bother with the Thai peanut sauce just ate the shrimp with some whole wheat pasta.  It was rather tasty, a super simple yet very flavorful recipe to try, I highly recommend it.

Mac And Beer Cheese Soup: I didn’t change anything about this soup and it was delicious, warm and comforting like beer and mac and cheese should be.  When I reheated it I did it in a small saucepan on the stove and whisked in a little chicken stock each time and the leftovers were perfect.

Smashed Potatoes:  I wanted a simple side one night and this was my pick and a good pick it was.  I loved the crispiness on the outside and the softness on the inside of the potatoes.  I excluded the parsley because I’ve never been a fan of it and trust me it wasn’t missed.  A new fun recipe to change the way you make potatoes.

Perfect Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs:  The easiest way to make perfect chicken thighs.  The skin was super crispy and the chicken super moist.  I will definitely be making more chicken thighs like this in my near future.

Tom Yum Gai: I cheated with the lemongrass and used the stuff from the tube and trust me it worked just fine and I used ginger instead of galangal.  I was sad this only made two servings after it was gone I still wanted more.  A super simple yet packed with flavor soup, if you like Tom Yum from your favorite Thai place you’ll love this.

Pea and Pancetta Soup: A different twist on split pea and ham soup. Holy cow is this a fantastic soup.  I bought the mint but totally forgot to you use it and it wasn’t missed, the soup along is silky and full of flavor.  It took forever to blend the soup and reach my desired consistency but it was totally worth it.  If you like pea soups try this one.

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup:  This is fall in a soup.  When I read the recipe I was intrigued, the spices seemed more sweet than savory but I gave it a try anyway and so glad I did.  It was delicious.  The only thing I might do different and use my immersion blender once it’s cooked to make it a bit creamier consistency I failed at chopping the onion into even pieces.  If you are seeking a soup for Thanksgiving or maybe just a new fall soup give this one a try.

Dragon Noodles:  I’ve mentioned this one before but I seem to make it a few times a month when I want Asian for dinner but won’t allow myself to go out I make these and add some protein and extra veggies to make it a full meal deal.

A few new recipes I plan on trying in the upcoming weeks:
Corn & Cheddar Pudding:  Only because I have two bags of frozen corn in my freezer I don’t know what to do with and it also sounds kind of tasty.
Mixed mushroom spaghetti: Because I love mushrooms, it will be part of my meatless Monday menu.  Though I plan on using fresh thyme instead of dried tarragon because I think thyme goes better with mushrooms.
Pork Bulgogi:  Because after having Korean BBQ a while back I’ve been craving it so I figured I’ve be brave and give it a try.
Chicken Khao Soi: Because it reminds me of Seven Elements Soup from Wild Ginger which I love and miss from working downtown.  Plus it has turmeric in it.  Fingers crossed that it tastes as good as I imagine it to taste.

Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it; Get yourself an egg and beat it

A long while back I gave up on my new soup project because I made way to many shitty soups in a row.  I did not however stop trying new recipes.  And the ones I tried were big successes in my book.  Unfortunately I did not take pictures because they did not necessarily look pretty but they sure tasted pretty.

Since I like to share and I wanted a place to highlight some of my favorites here are some must make recipes for everyone; any one of these will bring a party to your mouth and if they don’t your mouth might be anti-party and for that I’m sorry.

  • Balsamic Watermelon Salad – I used white balsamic vinegar from Gourmet Blends and added a little salt and pepper and this salad is what salad dreams are made of.
  • Butter poached lobster with fresh tomatoes  – Safeway had lobster tails on sale a while back and I picked some up, not sure what to do with them I found this recipe and had everything is called for so gave it a shot.  This, my friend is sex for your mouth, OMG so good!  A few weeks later I tried it with shrimp and just as delicious as with lobster do it your mouth with thanks me for it.
  • Honey Lime Shrimp – This was delicious, I put everything together on my lunch break and let it marinade for more than an hour which made it wonderfully tasty definitely worth a try.
  • Breakfast Burritos –  I’ve made a few batches of these and LOVE them for breakfast, I do a mixture of eggs and egg whites, ham, jalapeño peppers, onions, cilantro, tomatoes and cheese, in whole wheat tortilla’s; I freeze them and each morning nuke them in the microwave add a little green pato sauce and it’s a good morning.
  • Dragon noodles – These noodles are seriously like crack I use more Sriracha and crushed red pepper flakes than it calls for because I like it hot and this dish will take you to flavor town.
  • Restaurant Style Queso Blanco Dip – If you are from San Diego and have had Miguel’s cheese sauce this is something very close to it, the first time I made it I wanted to bathe in it it was that good.  The secret is the White American Cheese it makes all the difference and if you are in West Seattle the Morgan Thriftway is the only store I’ve found in the area that had White American Cheese in their deli section.  Please note they also have horseradish cheese too and make sure you get White American Cheese because this queso dip made with horseradish cheese is not good, I know from experience.
  • Shrimp with tarragon and yogurt sauce – After making this I remembered how much I love tarragon that subtle anise/fennel taste it gives I love yet never think to use it in my day to day cooking.  This dish was super easy and tasted like I spent all day slaving in the kitchen to make it.  And the note to use some crusty bread to mop up the sauce should be a requirement, the sauce it that fabulous you’ll want to lick the bowl, the bread makes you look more civilized.