Topic: Cooking - Week Ending 10/11/08

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Corinne Dillingham

@ 11:43 AM


Cooking - Week Ending 10/11/08

Trying a lot of new recipes lately. I need to keep track of what worked & what didn't. In no particular order:

Crispy Chicken Salad Wraps - TRM - Recipe from Cook's Country
  • made these several times. The key is plenty of cilantro & extra sharp Cheddar.

Buffalo Chicken Party Sandwiches from
  • started out following the recipe and didn't like the chicken mixture. Very boring. Add garlic powder, black pepper, butter, & a lot more Red Hot sauce. That brought it closer to the Buffalo Chicken Dip I make all the time. Dressing mixture was pretty good. I'm sure I added extra cheese (gorgonzola).
  • decided to make wraps like the Chicken Salad Wraps above. Layer of shredded Cheddar, layer of chicken mixture, top with dressing. Wrap & roll. Spray with Pam & brown both sides in non-stick skillet.

Masala Shrimp
  • 2 jars Trader Joe's Masala Simmer Sauce
  • 2 lbs. peeled raw shrimp
  • 1 lb. cooked spaghetti

  • Porterhouse & Sirloin marinated in Montreal Steak Seasoning for a day or so. Broiled.

Beef Wellington with Gorgonzola - TRM
  • followed the recipe exactly. Made a day ahead to chill for 24 hours.
  • EXCELLENT!!! Fancy schmancy dish to keep in mind in case a rich person hires me to cater a meal. :-)

Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes - ShopRite cookbook
  • recipe said that other cheeses could be substituted for the blue cheese. I had some feta that needed to be used so I subbed it. Couldn't even taste the cheese. So I ended up using the rest of my Gorgonzola - that definitely zipped it up. I guess the Feta was too mild.

Spinach Quiche -
  • made for Shana's baby shower brunch.
  • changes I made to the recipe:
    • 1/4 cup butter instead of 1/2 cup
    • plain feta
    • Penzey's Greek Seasoning
    • fresh mushrooms
    • 3/4 cup milk instead of 1 cup
    • 5 extra large eggs instead of 4
    • 2 frozen deep-dish pie shells, pre-baked for 10 minutes
    • mixed all ingredients together instead of layering. Mixed in most of cheddar, sprinkled small amount on top, as directed.
  • Turned out great with all the changes.

Eggs Bearnaise
Easy, tasty breakfast dish.
  • 2nd dish for Shana's shower
  • 12 Puff Pastry Shells - prebaked with top & insides removed.
  • 1 dozen eggs scrambled with Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle & chopped tomatoes - about 2 too many eggs
  • cooked, crumbled bacon in bottom of shells
  • scoop of scrambled eggs
  • sprinkle of Cheddar
  • Knorr's Bearnaise Sauce on top. Used 2 packets - too much sauce.

  • used Spare Ribs instead of Baby Backs because of cost. I much prefer Baby Backs.
  • Marinated ribs in Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce for 24 hours.
  • Baked wrapped in foil for 6 hours or so at 250ยบ.
  • Brushed with more sauce & broiled for a few minutes

Creamy Saffron Farfalle w/Crab & Shrimp - Rachel Ray Oct. 2008 mag.
  • doubled recipe. 1 lb shrimp, 2 6 oz cans crab, 8 oz bay scallops
  • made sauce today. Will cook & add to pasta tomorrow.
  • not very happy with this recipe. Lemon taste was very strong. Tried adding Parmesan & cream cheese to get rid of some of the flavor. Still not thrilled. As much as I love Saffron & seafood, I won't be doing this one again.

Zuppa Toscana - TRM
  • by Seth's request.
  • made this many, many times. It's in the regular fall/winter meal rotation.

Chocolate Macaroon Pie - ShopRite cookbook
  • a bit labor intensive. Didn't seem to have the Wow factor I look for.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch - Rachel Ray - Sept. 2008 mag.
  • good, rich, fudgy yumminess
  • one problem I had was: the top layer of fudge didn't stick to the 2nd layer. Maybe press it down harder the next time. There will be a next time!

Sweet Milk Cake - Rachel Ray - Oct. 2008 mag
  • followed recipe except for subbing strawberries for papaya
  • chilled for way more than the 4 hours called for - all liquid never did absorb into cake. Cake was floating in liquid! Maybe poke holes in the cake before adding liquid the next time.
  • Topped with real whipped cream & slices strawberries. Just about any fruit would taste good with this cake.

Dirt Cake II -
  • helped Shannon with this cake for a friend's birthday.
  • used 32 oz. Oreos instead of 20 oz.
  • use deep, deep pan in order to fit all layers.

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