October 21, 2012

Recipe Roundup

I was doing so good for a while there, so good!

But alas, I have fallen back into a cooking slump. The desire to do it escapes me like wisdom does for politicians.

But I try. In fact, I made regular ole' spaghetti the other day. I haven't made it in so long, the kids down-right loved it! I thought it was rather good myself actually.

Anyway, truth be told I haven't been on pinterest in ages either! Sad but true. Like everything else I do, my time there comes and goes in waves.

However, writing this post has inspired me and I feel the desire to cook again.

Of course, by dinner time that feeling may very well have fled. So let's all bask in the moment, shall we?


I swear it's true.

Anyway, here are a few recipes I've tried. Again, these are my personal opinions and you may not like the same things I like, or vice versa.

*To see the actual recipe, be sure to click on the recipe title above the picture.

Hasselback Potatoes

Truth be told I may not ever be able to go back to regular baked potatoes again. I truly enjoy this way of cooking potatoes! YUM! I would definitely recommend you give it a try!

My Alterations: I like to cook mine a bit longer and make it a bit crunchier. And instead of using thin slices of garlic to put between some on the slits, I just added garlic powder (or minced garlic) and mixed it altogether with the olive oil and butter, then instead of drizzling it over the potatoes, I actually use a basting brush and evenly coat the potatoes that way. 

It's one of those weird things about me. My peanut butter and jelly has to go all the way to the edge of the bread, I have to have cheese all the way to the corners of my sandwich, and I have to evenly coat and mix everything.

My brother once said that that was how he knew I really loved my kids, because I made sure they had cheese all the way to the edge of the sandwich.

Taste: 5 out of 5 stars
Ease: 4 out of 5 stars
Time: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Hot Corn Dip

This recipe is going to be a real coin toss for you guys. My husband doesn't dislike it, he just doesn't like it, and my kids won't eat it. But me? Oh my chubby thighs people, I LOVE this recipe! It's so addicting for me.

I actually made it over Labor day weekend when all my family was in for Savannah's baptism and I think they liked it okay but one on my brothers-in-law kept saying how yummy and down-right addicting it was!

For a minute there I thought we'd have to arm wrestle each other for the last bite.

But I didn't want to embarrass him by winning.

So this recipe is a real hit and miss with people, but for me, it is heaven.

My Alterations: It can be rather spicy so I play down the chipotle peppers and skip the green onions.

Taste: 5 out of 5 stars
Ease: 4 out of 5 stars
Time: 3 out of 5 stars

Butter Cream Chicken

I'm fairly confident that anything this lady makes is delicious. I've never disliked any of the recipes I've tried from her site.

Although to be perfectly honest, I usually end up burning something because the chicken recipes I've tried seem to require precision timing and complete focus.

Heh, 'nuff said.

Still, this was a big hit so when you have a bit of time and a willingness to make a mess while cooking, try this out! Of course, I always have to double my recipes so with food like this it always takes me longer than the time indicated on their recipe.

Taste: 5 out of 5 stars
Ease: 3 out of 5 stars
Time: 3 out of 5 stars

Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes

I'm not a huge fan of pot pit. Not the frozen kind and not the homemade kind (because yes, I have made it homemade several times). I don't know why, it's just not my thing. Hubby doesn't particularly care for it either.

But I went ahead of gave this recipe a go. It wasn't too bad! My kids liked it a whole lot better than regular pot pie. The only thing is, I don't care for Pillsbury biscuits, I think they're kind of gross. So next time I make it, I think I'll use my own roll recipe.

So if you love pot pie, for sure try out this recipe!

Taste: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Ease: 4 out of 5 stars
Time: 4 out of 5 stars

WHAT!? No dessert recipe?

I know, it's down-right shameful. But... well... I just... I can't... I mean, Gah! I always eat the dang ingredients before I can make the recipe!

It's true. I have issues people.

Serious issues.

Have you tried or posted a good recipe lately? Be sure to link it up here so we can all come see!

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