Checking in for a goals recap! I haven’t done one in awhile because the last few months have been tricky and disruptive and I didn’t feel like trying to accomplish One. More. Thing. You know what I mean? I did pretty well with October – I only got to 2 out of three cookbooks, but I made bread! So I feel like that was good progress. 🙂
The newspaper recipes I tried were: Electric Raspberry Martini (Houston Chronicle, October 13, 2004); Spicy Glazed Salmon (Houston Chronicle, March 6, 2013 The photo didn’t turn out very well, so I didn’t post the recipe, but I loved it and have made it again using my Pineapple-Habanero Jelly instead of the peach preserves. SO good. I’m thinking you good make this under the broiler too…; and Sneaky Snickers Cookies (Houston Chronicle, October 27, 2009).
The magazine recipes I tried were: Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake (Southern Living, September 2011 via Glorious Treats) that was Fall on a plate. A delicious spice cake with apples and nuts, cream cheese “frosting” inside the cake and a praline glaze outside – heaven!; a delicious and fast Shrimp Marinara Soup with Crumbled Feta (Cooking Light, May 2014) that is a great weeknight dinner option; and Grilled Shrimp Tostadas with Lime (Cooking Light, July 2014) that were good and topped with a chipotle-black bean salsa and an avocado-yogurt cream. Yum!
For Cookbook Roulette, I only got to 2 out 3 of the cookbooks.
The first cookbook I chose was
Jamie’s Italy by Jamie Oliver
We made “Le Migliori Polpette di Tonno” or The Best Tuna Meatballs. The recipe sounds so odd – chopped fresh tuna, cinnamon, pinenuts, oregano, and some other stuff, made into a meatball, and served with tomato sauce over linguine. But it is sooooo delicious. Not kidding. Make these.
The second cookbook I chose was
Barefoot Contessa at Home by Ina Garten
I checked this book out from our local library while I was there returning some of the Misses books. I just love libraries… Anyway, I saved a bunch of recipes to try that sound like basics/classics but also really good. The only recipe I’ve made so far is the Orange-Honey Glazed Carrots (p. 133) which I chose, frankly, because I had all the ingredients at home and was feeling too lazy to go to the store.
The carrots were good, not great. I sliced mine thinner than the 1″ instructions and I had to cook longer than called for to get the right “al dente” texture. Good in a pinch and I am still looking forward to exploring other recipes in the book!
Bring it November! 🙂