Lynette: So I’m a foodie – meaning n.Slang A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food. I love watching food TV shows (I’m a huge Top Chef fan), reading food blogs and biographies by chefs and fictional food books. However, I wasn’t very creative or inventive when it came to cooking. My meal plan was always the same. So late last year, I started actually looking at the recipes I’ve read about. Time to change up my meal repertoire. It’s all a part of my Learning New Things.
One of the blogs I’ve recently discovered is called Simply So Good. Her name is Janet and her food looks delicious. The post that made me want to ‘cook this’ was her Crusty Bread recipe. It is amazingly simple and delicious! Originally, I thought to myself I’ll try it but my bread won’t turn out like that. But yes it did! This recipe is SO easy, I’ve made it almost every week. Not for myself but I’ve baked it for my family. It taste so much like the bread they serve at Panera. I’ve yet to experiment with it by adding herbs, cheeses, raisins, etc. because it taste so delicious on it’s own. You have to try this.
Next up is her Chicken Tortilla Soup and Black Bean Salsa. Double Yum! This was one of the most delicious meals I’ve made in a long time. I no longer buy packaged soups because of the high sodium content and now I can enjoy it the healthy way. There is some prep work and that’s ok. I’m learning now that all meals don’t have to be cooked in 30 minutes or less. I’m very, very pleased with the outcome.
There are more recipes from this blog I intend to try. Here’s a link to the recipe index if you want to check it out.
Onto another blog called The Crepes of Wrath. The Crock Pot Beer Chicken was calling out to me one day. So here’s my result. My pictures don’t look as good as the original, but the taste is great! The chicken was so very moist and truly fell apart when I tried to lift it out of the crock pot. My only drawback was that I don’t know anything about beer so I went to the store and bought a can of Miller’s I think. Next time around, I think I’ll go to Trader Joe’s and get some Lindemans Framboise Raspberry Lambic Beer or some other flavor. I tried this at a friend’s house, and it was so good. It tasted more like sparkling wine rather than beer. I think that would give a totally different flavor altogether.
The last recipe (with pictures) I want to share with you is called Grands! Chicken Pot Pie Puffs by Pillsbury. Again, it’s super easy, quick and delicious. My family ate it up within a few minutes. My son ate his while standing in the kitchen then asked for more. Here’s my version. Next time, the only thing I would change is to make two batches or use two cans of biscuits.
These recipes don’t have pictures for it, but I wanted to share them. I tried the Slow Cooker Pepper Steak by Allrecipes.com. I served it over rice. I keep saying the word delicious. And it was! You’ll have to take my word for it and try it one of these day. The last recipe is from a blog I read called Under The Tulip Tree. The recipe is called Family Pancake, which is basically a dutch pancake. Instead of cooking a stack of pancakes, I made this on a Sunday morning when everyone was home, and it was a winner. And delicious!