Monday, December 15, 2014

Fresh Herb-Brined Turkey

Fresh Herb-Brined Turkey from Taste of Home

Came out great. I used less salt than called for because I had a pre-basted turkey and was worried about it being too salty, and I didn't notice the footnote. Next time I will use the full amount of salt except not sprinkle it on the outside as the footnote instructs. I will definitely make this again. Turkey did not brown as well as the skin seemed soggy but I didn't care.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli, Chicken and Rice Casserole

Saw this exact recipe in Southern Living magazine and found it was posted on foodnetwork.com as well.

This was pretty awful. The rice was not even close to cooked at the end of the cooking time. It needed more liquid and a lot more cooking time to be cooked. The flavor was not great, and the panko cheese topping was dry- it really needed some butter or olive oil mixed in. This recipe was a lot of work too. I would definitely not make this again.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cuisine at Home

I recently tried two recipes from Cuisine at Home. That's a magazine I used to subscribe to but I let my subscription run out because I felt the recipes were really mediocre and just too basic. I tried the Italian Sausage with Penne. It was okay, but not good enough to make again. I also tried a recipe they had for a Pimento Cheese Ball. It was decent but no different than any other pimento cheese ball recipes I've seen online, so I didn't even bother saving the recipe.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Roasted Quartered Chicken with Herb Sauce

Roasted Quartered Chicken with Herb Sauce from Martha Stewart Living

Didn't love this recipe and wouldn't make again. The chicken tasted better before it had the herb sauce on it.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lemony Grilled Shrimp
based on recipe from America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook

This was a fantastic recipe. Very light and tasted great. I think next time I will double the recipe!

Don't let the shrimp marinate for more than 15 mins or they will get rubbery.

Marinade
1 t grated lemon zest plus 1/4 c fresh lemon juice from two lemons
1/4 c minced fresh parsley
2 T olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t salt
1/8 t red pepper flakes

Shrimp
1 1/2 pounds extra large shrimp, peeled, deveined & tails removed
1/2 t sugar

For the marinade: combine all ingredients into a bowl and reserve 2 T to a separate bowl for serving.

Toss shrimp with marinade (the original recipe said to butterfly them but I didn't and the recipe still came out great). After 15 mins, skewer and sprinkle one side with sugar.

Grill shrimp, sugared- size down first, flipped once until lightly charred and fully cooked.

Remove from skewers and toss with marinade and serve (I left on the skewers).

Grilled Maple Pork Chops

Grilled Maple Pork Chops from Taste of Home.

This was fantastic! I did add minced garlic to the marinade and used thinner pork chops based on our preference, but this was great. I will definitely make this again! Maybe add some herbs to the marinade as well. Super easy and quick recipe.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Korean Beef Noodles

Korean Beef Noodles

Did not have great luck with this recipe. The main issue was the noodles. Did not like the texture of these. Might have been better with pancit noodles. We did eat this tonight (mostly picked out the veggies and meat and ate those) but I will definitely not make this again. I usually have good luck with Food Network magazine but not this time.