Let's start with the dinners....
Steak with Lemon Butter was a good weeknight meal, as it was easy and relatively quick. We broiled the steak, per the directions, but I think it would be a little tastier done on the grill, so we'll probably try this again in the summer. The lemon butter was really yummy!
|Steak with lemon butter|
|Pepper Lime Chicken|
|Stir Fried Shrimp and Broccoli|
|Spinach Rice Casserole|
Chicken Soup with Lentils and Barley - This was the last recipe of the month and the leftovers carried us into the polar vortex the following week. Like a few of the other recipes this month, it was good, but lacked any zip. It called for green or red peppers, which may have been the zip, but we don't eat them in this house. If you have any suggestions for a good alternate to peppers to add some zing, please let me know! (I forgot to take a picture of this one, but just imagine a big soup pot with chicken, barley, and tomatoes. More like a stew than a soup.)
Now that we're done with dinner, let's move on to dessert!
At the beginning of December, Jenna wanted to bake cookies one day while I was busy working on Christmas gifts. I roped Mike into it and he was a little less than thrilled (but he was a willing participant. He and Jenna made Shortbread cookies. We have a family recipe for shortbread that I've always used, so I was interested to see how these turned out. They were okay, but I will go back to using the family recipe!
The other dessert that I made was Pralines. Being from Texas, I love pralines the way they are made there - with sugar instead of caramel. This was the right recipe for that with 3 cups of sugar total! This recipe was pretty labor intensive, but it was worth the effort, because these little bites of yum just melted in your mouth. I may have made myself a little sick from eating too many of them....and they certainly contributed to some holiday weight gain!
Totaling all those up, we made 9 recipes from this cookbook, and we certainly could have made many more! I will continue to go back to this cookbook for basics - tried and true recipes for cakes, cookies, breads and muffins, dinners. The other thing that is good about this cookbook is that it has reference pages, hints for preparing different cuts of meat, diagrams, and lots of good pictures. It would be a great gift for someone moving out on their own for the first time.