May, May, May!! Where did you go??? And why did you run away so fast??
I feel like I blinked in February and we are in JUNE! Does anyone else get this phenomenon or just me? Sometimes I just want to hit a giant “pause” button and sit in the quiet for a minute or two. Sigh. Obviously, I need yoga, or therapy, or both.
Onward, to my 2015 Goals – nothing big crossed off, but dents in the recipe card stack. So, yay me!
Mushroom Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Sauce and Shaved Parmesan Cheese – From Cooking Light, this was a Sunday dinner because it was a little time-consuming, but really yummy flavors and delicious sauce! Bonus that it uses wonton wrappers for the ravioli…
Pasta with Leeks and Artichokes – Super-easy, and quick, yummy weeknight dinner!
Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas – (from Barefoot Contessa Foolproof by Ina Garten) A warm or room-temperature spread to serve with grilled or toasted bread slices, this made an appearance as an appetizer at Miss E’s 9th birthday dinner. I served it warm and added a few dashes of hot sauce, because it didn’t seem just right to me. I think the temperature was throwing me off. The flavor was so much better after a day or two in the refrigerator. Making this again, I would make a few days before serving, refrigerate, and then let come to room temp before serving. Everyone else seemed to like it as it was, so it might just be my issue. :)
Salad with Cranberries and Sweet and Spicy Almonds – really super easy salad and really good! Big hit at aforementioned birthday party.
Homemade Lemon Curd – First time making a citrus curd and it was easier than I had anticipated. Delicious, sweet, tart, and useful in:
Lemon Cream Puffs with Fresh Fruit – Since I had made a Red Velvet Cake the day before for Miss E’s birthday (it fell on Mother’s Day again, so we had family over the night before) dinner, these Cream Puffs were her choice for birthday dessert. Yummy, pretty, and fresh – would make a fun make-it-yourself dessert bar for a dinner party with different varieties of fruit!
Strawberry Nutella French Toast Roll-ups – D made these for Mother’s Day/Miss E’s birthday breakfast (although I think they were more for Miss E than me, given her love for Nutella…). They were very sweet, but surprisingly good. The Misses, of course, thought they were perfect.
Butternut Squash, Kale, and Black Bean Quesadillas – Loved these and can’t wait to make these again. An easy, healthy, and hearty dinner recipe from Cooking Light that was delicious!
Peanut-Chocolate Popcorn – Big hit for a slumber party!!
Mini Chocolate Chip Scones – I’m not a huge scone fan, but add some chocolate chips and a sugar glaze and I can be persuaded…
Quick and Easy Tartar Sauce – I’ve never made tartar sauce before and this really was quick and easy. And really good too! Or, at least D and I thought so. I made the sauce for the Misses, who weren’t too pleased with it, to serve alongside…
Crispy Baked Fish (for Tacos) – The Misses LOVED these. This was an easy weeknight dinner essential making baked fish sticks out of cod fillets. They turned out so crispy and tasty. The recipe is part of a post for fish tacos, but we just had them as an entree…
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples and Pecorino – Not sure that “salad’ is the correct word here seeing that the recipe calls for 1 cup of Pecorino Romano cheese? But, it was crunchy and tart and pretty relish! Served as a side dish for…
Tarragon Caper Shrimp Rolls – Delicious, easy and quick using pre-cooked shrimp. This was adapted from (made simpler and for two servings) from a Bon Appetit recipe that I may have to try also.
Pineapple-Rum Slush – Refreshing, but very tart. Has potential to be a great summer cocktail, but definitely need to dial down the lemon juice next time!
Mexican Street Corn Pasta Salad – Yum. Interesting pasta salad with grilled corn, lime, Mexican Cotija cheese, and chile powder. Really liked!
Spaghetti with Clam Sauce – A solid “pantry dinner” as I had all the ingredients on hand one weeknight when I didn’t have a plan for dinner. Low in fat, with only one tablespoon of olive oil, I also liked the addition of chopped, fresh tomatoes. Good standby recipe.
Honey Chipotle Lime Shrimp – Another good weeknight dinner! I halved the shrimp, but kept the full recipe of sauce. Good flavor and spice level!
18 recipe cards tried and filed this month for a Grand Total of 72 to date! Can I get to 100 in June?