,Garlic is quite possibly my favorite ingredient, so this week was a no-brainer. I made Garlic Cream Sauce Chicken. The recipe was really easy to complete and I added mushrooms because we had to get rid of some in the fridge. I served it with a green side salad to lighten it up, but the recipe suggested pasta or noodles. This recipe is in the "will-make-again" folder of my Pinterest board.
Doesn't everyone love garlic? I mean, I've never heard of a person having the same issue with garlic that they do with cilantro when it tastes like soap.
Garlic was the word for the week and lets be honest. I put garlic in most dishes.
This week we had burger Thursday. You can have taco Tuesday I can have burger Thursday..
This is another Hello Fresh recipe.
Gouda Pork burgers.
Were they delish? Obvy.
We've made them more than once.
I don't know. The combo of flavors in this juicy little burger is amazing.
Pork burger (fresh garlic in the burger) siracha onions, gouda cheese. What's not to love?
Garlic. Who doesn’t love garlic! Found this simple recipe and it was fantastic. I did not use anchovy and used chives instead of parsley. This recipe will definitely be made again and again. The leftovers were great the next day too.
So many lovely dishes this week!
That's the beauty if garlic!
Until next week!
Nikita, Amy, Georgia, Jen and Amanda
This week I chose squash so I made pasta with kale pesto and roasted butternut squash by Melissa Clark. This was so good. A real “stick to your ribs” kind of meal. Simple enough to make during the week and elegant enough to impress your dinner guests. Pine nuts are a little pricey by me so I used almonds instead. Can’t wait to see what everyone made and give your recipes a try. Have a good week.
It's gourd season mother f'ers!!!
And I'm digging this food challenge.
So five years ago I had paid a visit to Albuquerque to see Georgia. We ended up at a book store and I picked up a couple of cookbooks. One cookbook happened to be The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics.
The first recipe I had made from it was Curried Apple Soup. I pulled the cookbook from the shelf and looked up the recipe. I realized that with a few adjustments I could incorporate butternut squash and it worked out perfectly. In fact, I found the change to be better than the original recipe. And healthier. You'll see why. I coupled this heavenly soup with a Pumpkin Cornmeal bread. The bread recipe will be available on tomorrow's Sunday Bakery post.
But for now:
Curried Apple Soup
Inspired by Martha Stewart Living: The New Classics
Classic Fall ingredient = Butternut Squash. I remember when I first started cooking with this squash 10+ years ago and the feeling that I was never going to get the damn thing open. I've created a technique now over the years with my chef's knife to cut it in half, and yes it involves beating it on the counter. LOL! What I have discovered is Butternut Squash can taste pretty bland if you don't season it up well or roast it. This recipe calls for simmering the squash in broth, but it really needs the fresh sage or thyme to brighten it up. I could not find either of those herbs fresh, so I picked up dry thyme at my market. Unfortunately, I did not use enough of it. Surprisingly, the pasta tasted a lot better the next day when I added more seasoning and milk to the pot to warm it up. It also needed more bacon than what I put in. On the "Make-Again" scale, I'd rank this a 6 out of 10. I want to redo it just to see if the extra seasoning and bacon would make it significantly better.
Making squash in this house is never easy living with a man who claims to not be picky. But really is.
He's not a fan of squash in any form. yellow squash, zucchini, acorn, butternut, etc. There's not one he likes. And I love them all
But this recipe saved me. Just throw it in the middle of meatballs and taadaa... Winning combination
I love the fresh crunchiness of the veggies with the flavor of the teriyaki in the meatballs. Delish
Next week should be easy. Nikita challenged everyone to make a dish using garlic. Who doesn't use garlic these days?
What's not to love about squash? They are available every season in some form or fashion
Until next week,
Amanda, Nikita, Amy, Georgia and Jen
Getting into the Halloween spirit this week. Thought these were cute so we gave them a try. Very easy to make and a hit with the family. Have a great week.
I'M BAAAAAACCCCKKK! Oh man! I couldn't let the potato challenge get by me. In fact, we had Buttery Mashed Potatoes (my favorite) with Meatloaf Muffins and Sauteed Spinach earlier this week. Mashed Potatoes are my all-time favorite food. Yes, I know. It even outranks chocolate, cake, and cookies. Matt made me mashed potatoes and gravy when I was sick in bed because he knows how much I love them. AND they didn't betray my body like all the other foods I try to eat when I'm sick. This week for the challenge, I wanted to spice it up a bit. We just entered Fall, and my family is experiencing a new city/country that has all four seasons. I've been exploring my new grocery store happened to find a small box of tiny sweet potatoes amongst the other veggies in the produce section. In the US, sweet potatoes are ENORMOUS! But in Sofia, they are no bigger than the size of my palm. There is no real recipe here because I took bits and pieces of two different recipes to create these - Sweet Potato Turnovers.
Radioactively bake your sweet potatoes to save time and scoop out the orange flesh to mash in a bowl. Here is where I added some cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup (the real stuff), brown sugar, vanilla extract, and a dash of salt. Adjust your seasoning accordingly. Roll out your puff pastry and cut into squares. Scoop about 2-3 tablespoons of the sweet potato filling into the center of a square. Fold in half diagonally to create triangles and pinch the sides together. I pressed the sides with a fork to really seal it. Be sure to leave a small slice in the top of each turnover to allow steam out; otherwise, they may burst. Brush with an eggwash and bake for 20 mins at 400F (or 204C, in my case). Check out my slow-mo vid of drizzling the glaze made from milk and powdered sugar on top.
Like Nikita; potatoes are my ultimate comfort food. But really wanted to try something other than the same ole same ole. So I found this gem of a recipe.
Melting potatoes. Understatement. These were so good that even the husband commented on them. Twice.
Served them with some veggie burgers. Not bad. Not bad at all.
This week was all about potatoes. Sweet or white!!
All 5 ladies made 5 very different recipes.
Potatoes... Any way you slice them they are oh so good
Until next week,
Jen, Amanda, Amy, Nikita (She's back) and Georgia
Moving day for Nikita and family...
So.. It's been a crazy busy week for me. Spent a few days out of town and got back late last night. So I'm making my Oktoberfest this evening.
I'll be making some Kielbasa, potato & beer skewers. Probably gonna roast some broccoli to go with. Oh.. Bought my favorite local beer from Cumbre brewing Little Slice of Hefen. Going to use it to marinate the sausage and potatoes and save a little for my own drinking pleasure.
Fun way to end an already terrific week.
We are so happy it is starting to feel like fall around here. Octoberfest was so much fun. Definitely something we will do again next year. The food turned out great. The only thing I did differently was cook the roast pork in the crock pot. We also served soft pretzels with cheese and mustard when we had a fire in the evening. Hope everyone had as much fun as we did. Have a great week. Prost!
What a fun challenge we had this week. Love it when we are exploring new and fun things.
Amy, Jen, Amanda, Georgia and Nikita
A fun little trip advisor popped up in my email showing where the top places in the US to celebrate Oktoberfest
8 US Beer Experiences to Celebrate Oktoberfest
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