The first blogs I started reading were cooking blogs. I loved being able to find new recipes everyday and learning new tactics. It all started with Smitten Kitchen. One day I hope to have a cooking blog of my own, but for now you get to deal with sub-par iPhone pictures and recipes from Pinterest.
Here are some that we’ve tried these past few weeks:
Verdict: Very good. My first time using skirt steak. I think it would taste better if it was cooked over an actual grill. The chimichurri wasn’t too spicy, but added a fresh taste to the steak.
Changes: I didn’t have any red wine on hand, and to make an effort of not drinking an entire bottle, I didn’t buy any. Next time I would definitely add it to compliment the steak.
Served with: Caprese Salad
Make Again?: Yes
Verdict: It was OK. Not sure if I needed to cook the chicken longer for it to be crispier, but it had good flavor.
Changes: I used the spice mix and the recipe and had everything except cayenne pepper so I subbed for ancho chili powder. This recipe also suggests to be served with Ranch dressing.. so in another effort to be healthy, I bought Annie’s Organic Buttermilk Ranch. Needless to say, stick with the good stuff.
Served with: Chopped Salad
Make Again?: Maybe, probably not.
Verdict: This was the first dish I made in my cast-iron pan. The roast came out nice and tender, but could use a bit more seasoning.
Changes: Also omitted wine in the recipe, should have learned my lesson by now.
Served with: Roasted Rutabaga
Make Again?: Next winter.
Verdict: LOVED this. Already a huge fan of brussel sprouts, and this was a refreshing twist on them.
Changes: Added crushed red pepper to the sauce for some heat (per her suggestions below).
Served with: Baked Salmon
Make Again?: I wouldn’t mind eating this every day.
Verdict: This is my go-to recipe for anytime in a rut or need something easy. Two ingredients (plus salt and pepper), let it marinate all day then when you’re ready just stick it in the oven.
Changes: None, it’s perfect. But do not skip the broiling at the end to get the crispiness on the chicken.
Served with: Just broccoli, but this with the sauce would probably be really good served over rice.
Make Again?: Definitely.
And now here’s a simple recipe for anyone who loves sandwiches but are trying to stay away from bread:
When I was in college I ate at Jimmy John’s at least once a week, so for the fillings I mixed two of my favorites, the Turkey Tom & the Vito.
What you need:
1 head Boston Lettuce ( for your “bread”)
3 slices Boar’s Head Jerk Turkey
2 slices good salami
2 slices Muenster cheese
Alfalfa Sprouts (a must for recreating Jimmy Johns!)
Layer ingredients in order and just roll it up like a lettuce wrap! That simple! Served with Terra Chips Sweets & Beets.