Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Foodies Review

It’s that time in the week where I share with you the new recipes I tried last week for my cookbook club, and give you hubby & I’s review of the foodies (because we’re professional food critics of course! Ok not really. While I did write for a newspaper in college as a food critic for a few years, I don’t think that makes me a professional…but that would be awesome. I’ll add it to my running to-do list).

Penne with Chicken, Artichokes, Red Pepper, & Goat Cheese- This tasted like something you would order at a fancy Italian restaurant, & coming from someone who does not even like artichokes I think this says A LOT! Now you may be asking yourself, “Darby, why on earth would you select a recipe with artichokes in the title if you don’t even like them?” Easy answer: goat cheese! Yes, it was solely the goat cheese that captured my interest. Yum-o! I will admit though, since I don’t like artichokes I have never bought them; in fact, I have never even seen them in the frozen food section (I have seen them in the produce section, but the recipe called for frozen artichokes, and I was trying to follow instructions), but keep looking they are there. There are a lot of ingredients in this recipe but it’s totally worth it. Some things I think you could cut back on: garlic (the recipe calls for 8 cloves, only do that if you want to have stinky breath for the rest of the year) & goat cheese (as you can see from my picture, it’s pretty creamy; I would cut back to about 4oz.). I used whole wheat penne pasta & will again next time I make this as well. I think I might add some spinach too. 30-Minute Chicken Fricassee with Mushrooms- This meal is so good you are going to want to lick your plate- I kid you not! I have no idea why I picked this recipe, but I did, & it was wonderful. Instead of microwaving the chicken I boiled it, & I added a little bit more bacon (because for real, who opens a pack of bacon for only 1 piece?!) This was fantastic. Skillet Lasagna- This recipe is one that is featured in the small photo section of the cookbook. After reading the note, where it boasted that this is a fast, one-pot recipe (the exact reason why I hide from lasagna recipes normally), I had to try it. They were right: it is a very fast recipe. I will probably make this again, but I would just add a few more things. It was a little boring for us, so next time I will add some oregano and other Italian seasonings and probably some more red pepper flakes. Maque Choux- The note said that very few people are aware of this dish outside of Louisiana. I think we fall into this category: not only have we never heard of this dish, but we don’t even know how to pronounce it. This was another delicious one-pot dinner. I can’t believe how easy it was to make, yet still so flavorful. We absolutely loved this dinner and will certainly make it again. I used Hillshire Farms Polish Turkey Kielbasa and it was fantastic!Simple Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Worcestershire & Butter Sauce- Well the pork chops were exactly like the title suggests: simple. I’m really not sure it gets easier than this. They would probably be delicious on their own, but I added the Worcestershire and butter sauce. (2 recipes in one meal?! Woah I’m on a roll!) In the very last step, when you turn the sauce down to low, I added the pork chops back into the sauce so the flavors could mellow together. I totally forgot to add the parsley and it was fine; I’ll try to remember it next time though. I will say that because the Worcestershire sauce is salty enough on its own, you probably don’t need to add anymore. Because I need variety on the plate, I paired the pork chops with rice pilaf and some fresh green beans. This was a “simple” week night meal that I will certainly make again. Well are you hungry now? I think I am. What new recipes did you try last week? I’d love to read your recipes and add them to my to-try list.
xoxo Darby


kristen_lavalley said...

Definitely hungry! Thanks a lot! :) Last week, and this week, and probably next week too--I made an amazing Greek Salad that I found in the Bite Me cook book. It's super easy.

4 large tomatoes - seeded and chopped
2 reg. cucumbers or 1 english cucumber - seeded and chopped
1 red and 1 green pepper -seeded and chopped

-mix them all together with a tablespoon of oregano and 2 tablespoons of minced mint.

then in a separate bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.

pour on top of the veggies, toss it up and let sit for at least 30 minutes, but the longer you let it sit, the better the flavors mix. top it off with some feta cheese and you're good to go!

Spearmint Baby said...

i didn't try any new recipes last week. we only cook on the weekends when my husband is home, but we stuck with shrimp cocktail and steak on the grill. your yummy recipes are motivating me to cook! xo, shari

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Susan said...

that looks good!

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Lori said...

everything looks DELICIOUS! Eek! this is my first time on your blog and let me tell you .. I love the "people know I'm southern when I drop the ya'll bomb" button! :)

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Unknown said...

Hi! I found you on the alexa hop. I love the style of your blog and by the way, I am starving after seeing this post. I hope you can follow me back :)

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

oh man the 30-Minute Chicken Fricassee with Mushrooms looks so good

YulyaShenka said...

I'm extremely hungry now! Awsome review :-)

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LaVonne said...

Skillet lasagna sounds great. I will have to find a vegetarian recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us all.

I am visiting from the You Like Me Friday blog hop. I hope you have a wonderful Easter!

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