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Some of you may recall that my first-ever Cooking with Eowyn post involved my friend Kelly (aka [personal profile] per_aspera_ad_astra) and a mug cake made in the microwave. It was... not a smashing success. HOWEVER. Not to be defeated, I have returned to my roots with three mug + microwave recipes.

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup: This was not bad for a first effort. A little dry and more cake-like than cookie, really, but I think if you are going to be a microwave-baking aficionado, you just have to do some trial and error to get the timing right. These suckers go from too gooey to dry and crumbly in about five seconds. I might actually try this one again to see if I can get a better result. Also, of the three, it was the only one that seemed to be a good portion size for snacking.

Nutella Mug Cake: Whoa. I did not think I'd ever say this, but that is too much cake. If I make this again, I'd be sure to cut the recipe in half at least. I used a giant mug, which was completely filled when the cake was done. But it tasted good, although it mostly just tasted fudgy and not very Nutella-y. Also felt like it was lacking in texture - maybe needed some nuts?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake: Alas, I did not have any cream cheese to make the peanut butter mousse, but the cake by itself was pretty good. Nicely balanced, chocolatey and peanut buttery. And I used a regular-sized mug this time, but it still felt like too much cake. By the time I'd eaten 2/3 or so, I kind of didn't want any more cake? This is not a feeling I am familiar with!

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I wasn't feeling much of the Christmas spirit this year, so I didn't get too creative with my cookie options. I snagged this recipe from [personal profile] aerintine for my book club's cookie exchange, and they're OM NOM NOM GOOD:

Jamie's Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c margarine or butter
3/4 c packed brown sugar
3/4 c white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 c rolled oats
1 c peanut butter
2 c chocolate chips

Cream butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Add vanilla, eggs, flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well and then add oats, peanut butter, and chocolate chips. Drop 1 1/2" balls of dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes and then move to cooling rack.

Since I had the oats handy, I also made Frosted Oatmeal Cookies to take home to the family for Christmas. I decorated them with festive sprinkles since it was the holidays, and they came out really well, even though I ran out of powdered sugar and ended up with four unfrosted cookies. (Don't worry, I ate the evidence so no one would know!)

The Apple Butter Flax Seed Cookies, on the other hand, did NOT look pretty - in fact, before they were baked, they kind of looked like poo? :( Also, the batter was very wet, and so the cookies spread out a LOT and I sort of ended up with a few giant cookies that had a cake-like consistency. But don't be fooled - they taste like healthy. Not bad, though. But if you have a hankering for cookies, this probably would not satisfy. But at least baked they looked less like poo. :-\
next_to_normal: (Andrew cooking)
Four new recipes, two of which I tried out during the hurricane, and two from a looooong time ago that I never posted. Whoops. Quick and dirty version:

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - My never-ending quest for the perfect mac & cheese rears its ugly head again (I've got something like six more recipes, lol. I try to space them out so that I am not eating mac & cheese for weeks on end). I liked the addition of the squash. It might not quite satisfy if you have a craving for "traditional" M&C, but I'd make it again.

Gnocchi with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Pesto
- This one only sort of counts, because I was lazy and used pre-made pesto. I don't think I'd ever be not-lazy enough to make my own pesto, but feel free to try it either way!

Creamy Scallop & Pea Fettuccine - YUM. I've developed a new addiction to lemon in creamy pasta dishes. Also, this recipe allows me to show off my awesome scallop-searing skills.

Pork Loin with Apple Cider Glaze
- While I question the use of the term "glaze" (the marinade never really reduced enough, even after more than 20 minutes), it tasted pretty good. I served it over rice, which helped soak up all the liquid.

How about you? Made anything good lately?

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Slow news day, sorry. Snagged from [personal profile] slaymesoftly.

This list kind of amuses me, because although I'd say I cook a reasonable amount, I've never used 90% of these items (half of them I'm not totally sure what they are). Mostly I'm thinking, you need a special gadget for that?

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next_to_normal: (Andrew cooking)
While my mom was visiting, she shared with me an experimental recipe that she'd been playing around with. It was delicious, but only vaguely measured, so it remains to be seen whether we can replicate it...

Peaches in Cream Sauce and Lemon Coconut Rice )

Honey Mango Chicken... also with Lemon Coconut Rice )

Warm Tortellini Salad with Cherry Tomatoes )
next_to_normal: (Andrew cooking)
I clearly suck at posting recipes soon after I've made them. I generally forget about it until I go to make the shopping list for my next batch of experiments, which is precisely what I was doing tonight, lol.

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Farfalle )

Pineapple Sweet and Sour Chicken )

Banana and Peanut Butter Flaxseed Cookies )
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Bad luck with these recipes, which is perhaps why I have neglected to post them, despite trying them out ages ago. I think they're probably salvageable, but I'm not in a mood to try again just now.

Mozzarella Sticks )

Teriyaki Pork )
next_to_normal: (choose your weapon)
Good lord, we haven't had a cooking post in a long time, have we? That explains why I have ton of recipes to post. Fortunately, they're all pretty good ones this go-round!

Balsamic Honey Chicken )

Lemon Fettuccine with Bacon and Chives )

Shrimp Newburg )

Thai Pork and Peanut Stir-Fry )
next_to_normal: (Andrew cooking)
Kind of slacked off on the cooking thing because I was trying to save money, but I have a few recipes to discuss.

Guilt-Free Double Chocolate Brownies )

Four-Cheese Macaroni Bake )

Crunchy Onion Pork Chops )
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Well, so far I am on target with my New Year's resolution... four weeks, four recipes!

Tortellini-Alfredo Casserole )

Chicken Thighs Pan-Seared in Maple Syrup Mustard Sauce )
next_to_normal: (Andrew cooking)
Ack, it has been a while since I inflicted my cooking experiments on you. I made an unofficial New Year's resolution to try at least one new recipe a week, which... I sort of am doing? Except it'll probably be more like "four or five sporadic attempts per month, which average out to about once a week" because that's just how I roll. ANYWAY, here are the first two.

Apple-Cheddar Soup )

Mac and Cheese )
next_to_normal: (snowman)
Heh, I am not good at posting around holidays. Posting has already gotten scarce as I've been sucked into shopping and parties and such. Christmas kind of snuck up on me this year? I felt like I had all this time, and then all of a sudden, it's a week away and I'm only half finished my Christmas shopping and hadn't even put my tree up yet. (It's up now, don't worry.) One thing I made sure to get done, though, was my Christmas baking. :)

As I've probably mentioned before, my parents have the market cornered on Christmas butter cookies, so I like to try out new recipes to provide some variety. Here are this year's experiments, all delicious!

Flourless Chocolate Brownies )

Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Cake Bars )

Lemon Berry Crumble Bars )
next_to_normal: (choose your weapon)
Couple new recipes I tried a while ago. Did I mention that I'm on a quest for the perfect mac & cheese? I have about a dozen bookmarked, and I've been trying them every once in a while, so as not to eat nothing but mac & cheese for weeks, haha.

Oven-Baked Mac & Cheese )

Taco Stuffed Crescent Rolls )

Apple Crumb Pie )

Mmmmmmm

Oct. 25th, 2011 09:56 pm
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YOU GUYS! I made an apple pie! With apples I picked myself! And it is delicious!

Saturday was a trip to the farm for apple and pumpkin picking and a hayride. I came home with a dozen hand-picked apples, five potatoes (two of which have already become baked potatoes), an onion, two pumpkins (for decorative purposes, although I am totally craving pumpkin pie...), and half a gallon of apple cider. Mmmmmmm.

Now I have 8 apples left! What should I do with them?
next_to_normal: (choose your weapon)
How about some party recipes from my (second) housewarming?

I tried a ton of new recipes for this party. One of the things I like about parties is that it gives me the chance to try things that I probably wouldn't go to the trouble of making just for myself. Some of the recipes came out only so-so; these were my favorites.

Sweet & Sour Kielbasa )

Hot Crab Dip )

Macaroni Salad )
next_to_normal: (Andrew cooking)
Well, the housewarming party ended up rather nice. Only people from my building came, due to the nasty weather, but it was good to get to know my new neighbors better. And I'm planning to try again with the party thing in couple weeks, barring any further natural disasters. I do have two recipes for you, one of which is an old favorite from many parties of my youth, the other a new recipe I tried for the first time.

Corned Beef Dip )

Tortellini Bites )
next_to_normal: (spike onion otp)
Man, I should try to eat less crap so I can make more cooking posts. :) Actually, I do have a couple recipes to post, I've just been a slacker lately. Anywho, thanks to my swell digestive issues, I have been doing some dabbling in meat substitutes, since I can't really eat things like hot dogs and bacon and such. I figured some of you might be interested in the results...

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next_to_normal: (pasta)
Wow, I haven't had a cooking post in a looooong time. I'm such a slacker. Well, to catch you folks up, for my birthday (yes, two weeks ago) I decided to make this Goat-Cheese Macaroni recipe, which I'd been looking for an excuse to try.

First things first: this is way too much cheese for half a pound of pasta. WAY too much. Like, it was almost macaroni soup. I recommend either cutting the amount of cheese or adding a lot of extra meat and veggies to it. (I threw in some leftover chicken, which helped.) Otherwise, it's pretty tasty, but I definitely was craving some sort of texture. When I reheated the leftovers, I added some breadcrumbs on top.

I did not bother with the straining step, because I'm lazy and don't have a mesh strainer, but I don't think it affected it at all. Still, even without that, it's kind of a lot of work for mac & cheese, which is why I waited for a special occasion to try it. :)

next_to_normal: (cook)
It's Restaurant Week here in DC, so I've been eating out more than usual, but I did manage to fit in a few recipes from my new cookbook that Megan gave me for Christmas.

Unfortunately, they were... not great, but I will keep trying! At least it has fabulous pictures, and that is my number one criteria for a good cookbook. :)

Caramel-Braised Cod )

Green Beans with Brown Butter and Pecans )

Chinese Chicken Salad )
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