Eat New Round 2

Well my family survived being guinea pigs for a week!  If they are honest, I think they might say they actually enjoyed it!

In my last post, “Eat New Challenge,” I detailed recipes that we were going to try for supper last week, along with providing links to the recipes.

What were the results?  Well, since you asked….

Sunday – The copy cat recipes for KFC Extra Crispy Chicken and Cheddar Bay Biscuits were tasty as was the jalapeno corn dip.

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Sunday is also the day I prepared the Vanilla Bean Cream Pie.  Let me just tell you, this is THE best pie I have tasted in a very, very, very looooonnnnggggg time. Everyone wanted a second piece and was asking for another pie to be made!  So it is definitely a keeper!

Monday – Corndogs – these were good, and I don’t like hotdogs much.  I used white coarse ground cornmeal, instead of the yellow specified in the recipe, because it’s what I had and what I use.  I didn’t want to buy something new for just this single use.  I found the procedure easy and using a glass to batter the hotdogs, was complete genius!

Tuesday – The Crockpot Carnitas were one of my favorites for the week.  Super easy and super tasty.  No complaints in this house at all.  I decided to serve it with some Mexican fried rice.  The recipe was pretty straight forward and was easier than I anticipated.  You can find that recipe here.

Wednesday – The Cuban Beef tied with the Carnitas this week for me, for being the best.  It had a few more steps than I was prepared for, especially when preparing a side dish that needed a little babysitting, but it was amazing.  And, surprisingly, this was my kids’ favorite dish of the week, beating out corndogs!  Can you believe it??  The Avocado fries were not as tasteful as I hoped for.  I believe they have great potential, but I couldn’t put my finger on what ingredient I would want to add to give it a kick.  Some may find them excellent, but for my family, we will probably pass next time.  A good result that did come from making these, is learning the flour, then egg, then panko breading procedure.  I am planning on trying this to create baked onion rings!

Thursday – Tuscan Tortellini Soup.  Delicious, easy to make, and best of all, my kids devoured kale like there was no tomorrow!  Next time this graces my table, it will be accompanied by some crusty garlic bread and tossed salad.

Friday and Saturday are our unpredictable days and so meals are always prepared with our pantry/freezer staples.

One thing I learned in trying new things is it is hard to plan side dishes that compliment the meal (e.g. Thursday).  I think this is something I may develop a better skill for as we continue our “Eat New Challenge.”  I don’t have really picky eaters, but even so, I also learned this past week that it’s even easier to have them try something new when my husband and I are joining in!

Although the week has already begun, I want to share with you what’s for supper….

Sunday:  White Cheddar Chicken Pasta

Monday – White Bean Soup with Bacon

Tuesday – LEFTOVERS 🙂 Easy peasy

Wednesday – Crockpot Beef Stroganoff

Thursday – Sweet & Sour Pork Chops

This week’s dessert is Peanut Butter Chip Cupcakes!

I’m really looking forward to the soup tonight.  It’s 64 degrees here and breezy, so it’ll be the perfect meal on this fall-like day  Plus it has bacon, it’s hard to go wrong when bacon is involved!

What about you?  Up for trying something new?  Join me in the “Eat New Challenge!”  Comment below with a new recipe you’re trying, I’d love to hear about it!

Thanks for dropping by ~Kim~

The Un-Brownie

Do you love chocolate?  I absolutely do!  You could cover just about anything in chocolate and I’d eat it. And if it’s dark chocolate? There’s just no passing that up!

Sometimes I have to put my love, ok my obsession, with chocolate aside.  I need to try recipes that don’t have chocolate as their main ingredient (gasp!).  Like yesterday.  I was having company for lunch and thought I’d whip up a simple dessert.  I checked my supplies only to find that I was out of cocoa.  Oh, no! That means no brownies.  So, instead I decided to try a recipe for blonde brownies.

By the way, I don’t like the fact that they are called blonde brownies.  They just aren’t that brown.  So we will call these Blondies instead.  Here is the recipe…..

Blondies

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2/3 cup butter, melted

2 cups packed brown sugar

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 cup chopped pecans

2 beaten eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

semi sweet chocolate chips

Mix butter and sugar together in a large bowl and set aside.  The butter will cool while you prepare the dry ingredients.

In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, & salt (I use a whisk, instead of actually sifting the ingredients together).  Stir the pecans into the flour mixture.

Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter mixture.  Then gradually add the flour mixture into the butter mixture.  Do not over beat.  The batter will be thick.

Spread (you really do have to spread, remember it’s gonna be thick!)  into a greased 9×13 pan.  Sprinkle the desired amount of chocolate chips on the top.  Mine looked like this…..

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Bake in a 350° oven for approximately 30 minutes, depending on oven. A toothpick should test almost clean in the middle.

 

The finished product….

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This recipe was definitely a hit!  I suggest you give it a try 🙂

Which do you normally prefer?  Brownies or blondies?