April’s Recipe Box

Here is my monthly round-up of what’s been cooking in my kitchen.

From Real Simple Magazine:

From Cooking Light Magazine:

  • Pork tenderloin with mango salsa, loved the mango salsa with the pork.
  • BBQ chicken and blue cheese pizza, the combination sounded a little odd when I first read the recipe, but this pizza was fantastic! Also easy to make.
  • Tandoori Chicken Thighs, this was a flavor adventure for Joe, he’s not really a fan of Indian food so this was a bit of an experiment. I’m proud to report that this recipe went over very well and we both liked it a lot.

This month on my blog:

In addition to these new recipes I also revisited a few favorites that I already tried this year;

March’s Recipe Box

Here is my monthly round-up of what’s been cooking in my kitchen.

From Cooking Light Magazine:

  • Roasted Lemon-Garlic Chicken with Potatoes-I loved the uncomplicated flavor combination. It was not hard to make, but it was not a quick week night meal, for sure.
  • Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar Glaze-I’ll admit this one was not my favorite, the soy sauce in the glaze overpowers the balsamic flavor so the glaze tastes more like a teriyaki sauce, which isn’t bad but not quite what I was looking for.
  • Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Mushroom Sauce-Did I mention I’m living in pork country? Which means I am fixing and eating pork at least twice a week and to be honest I’m not sick of it yet. This was great, for the creamy mushroom sauce, I used plain greek yogurt instead of creme fraiche or sour cream just because that was what I had on hand.
  • Mac & Cheese-I cannot rave about this recipe enough! I absolutely loved this lightened up mac & cheese. The most surprising part, is that instead of making a complicated or tricky cheese sauce the creamy texture is made from cooked squash that has been purreed. I know that sounds kind of funky, but take it from someone who does not like squash–this mac and cheese was excellent and tasted nothing like squash!
  • Crispy Pork Medallions-This was super easy to make, essentially the pork is sliced, coated in mustard and bread crumb before it is cooked. The pork was moist on the inside and crispy on the outside–perfect.
  • Chicken and Chorizo Stew-This hearty stew had a great flavor to it. The only problem…I could not actually find Chorizo. Apparently that’s not a common item in Charleston, I settled on using a chicken sausage, which was good, but I would love to try making this again with Chorizo.
  • Chicken Breasts stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese-What I liked about this particular recipe was the combination of several different bold flavors, the goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes, and a decent portion of fresh basil.
  • Pork Tenderloin stuffed with Blue Cheese and Pear-Now this one, this one gave me some sass. And by sass I mean I messed up the proportions when I decided to half the recipe. The result was salty and unbalanced flavors, however I do love the combination of pears, blue cheese, and pork so I want to try this recipe again and try to get it right, and perhaps use a milder blue cheese.
  • Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce with Onions and Peppers-I tried this recipe the other day for lunch, and I really loved it. This is a great way to jazz up some eggs to make a more substantial lunch or dinner out of them.
  • Shrimp Tacos with Green Apple Salsa– This is a low maintenance dish that does not take long to make. I used whole wheat tortillas instead of corn, and after toasting them I put them inside of a tall cup while still hot so as they cooled they held the shape of a crunchy taco.
  • Roasted Moroccan Spiced Grapes and Chicken-My favorite of the month. I love the spices used on the chicken thighs and the bold flavor of the roasted grapes.

From Real Simple Magazine:

  • Chicken sautéed with Apples–ok, I did not actually get to making this chicken recipe this month, but it’s been on my meal list for a couple of weeks now. I made it this past fall and really enjoyed it, so I decided to share it anyway.

Baking Projects:

  • Guinness Cupcakes-This month I made my Guinness cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day, and as usual I was very pleased with the flavor and moistness of the cupcakes.
  • Filled Cupcakes with new White Cake recipe-This was a fun post, I really enjoyed doing a technique oriented post and trying out a new cake recipe at the same time.
  • Home Made Pop Tarts-I did not post about this, but I’ve made this recipe twice this month. Seriously, the flakey, buttery dough is out of this world!  The recipe is from the Flour cookbook by Joanne Chang. I love this cookbook! I want to make everything in it, if you’re looking for an excellent baking cookbook, this one is a must have. Next on my list from this book; home-made donuts.
  • Lemon Cake with Black Tea Frosting-I have not posted this one yet, but this post will be coming soon. I tried this recipe about a month ago, but I’ve got some changes to make before posting. Stay tuned.

On that note, if anyone has any thing they would like me to write about, just let me know. Are there any baking or cooking techniques you would like to see done more closely, or any recipes they would like to see posted?

One more thing to share; something very exciting happened this month, so exciting I can’t believe I waited until the bottom of this post to mention it. Someone very awesome and amazing bought me a beautiful, shiny, red, brand new Kitchen Aid!!

It’s so pretty, and of course, works wonderfully. I am so thankful and lucky to have it! I’m looking forward to trying some new bread doughs and perhaps some new cookie recipes with my new Kitchen Aid.

February’s Recipe Box

I’ve been working on developing some recipes of my own, but while I’ve been working on my top-secret experiment, here are some of the meals that have been cooking in my kitchen.

From one of my favorite food blogs, Pioneer Woman:

  • This awesome chili recipe; I love the flavor that comes from using masa, or corn flour.
  • I’ve also been using my new (and super adorable) ice cream maker, I tried this blackberry ice cream. It was very yummy, but also very rich and had a strong custard flavor.

From Cooking Light:

  • Beef Enchilada Casserole, this was a big hit! Very flavorful, and it’s made right in a pie dish. Also the serving size is huge. Rather than using a store-bought taco seasoning mix, I used this combination of spices.
  • I also tried out this Spring Risotto, I made a few small changes to the recipe; I used more chicken broth than the recipe called for rather than a combination of chicken broth and water, because I had some chicken broth in the fridge that needed using up, and I also used a splash of white wine as a flavor boost, and by splash I mean about 3/4 c. Also, since I don’t care for asparagus I used green beans as a sub, and that worked just fine. The edamame makes this a very high protein dish, and I am diggin’ that!
  • Now that I’m living in pork country, we’re eating pork at least once if not twice a week because it’s the best deal at the meat counter. We’ve tried a few different dishes including this grilled pork loin with a ginger-honey glaze.
  • Another pork recipe I really enjoyed were chipotle pork tacos, I loved the lime and chipotle flavor combination.
I also recently tried a chicken piccata recipe, and I was not too impressed, this recipe from  Giada De Lauretiis, is still my favorite.

To satisfy my sweet tooth, I had great success with this brownie recipe from Alton Brown; these brownies had a great chocolate flavor and were very moist.

And on that note, I’m off to go run on the treadmill for the next hour/the rest of my life.