Thursday, October 16, 2008

Recipe Surfing roundup!

Here is a sampling of recipes I've stumbled upon online lately and felt compelled to try.

Pomodori al Forno (Seasoned & Baked Tomatoes) - tasty, but too flavorful on their own. I made sandwiches out of them with mozzerella and basil on a warm baguette, and they were company-worthy and so easy!

Roasted Peach Strusel (with almond cream!)
- I love baked peaches. These were not quite up there with peach cobbler, but they were easy, different, and very tasty. I would be happy to eat plain almond cream for it. If you enjoy almond flavoring, try this recipe!

Whoopie Pies with this recipe
and frosting from this recipe - They were pretty good, not amazing. Same goes for the frosting, it was an average buttercreamy filling. Then again, I am not a whoopie pie connosieur. I'm working on that. I became interested after sampling some store varieties (oreo cakesters and one other kind) and I was convinced I could improve upon the product. I'm kind of ashamed to say that I think I enjoyed the cakesters more. Next up: banana whoopie pies, and pumpkin whoopie pies. I can't wait!

Tomatoes stuffed with Rice - reminiscent of tomato-basil pasta. They would have been better if I had followed the directions and used the right kind of rice (I was cheap and used whatever I had, resulting in a crunchy rice interior). Texture aside, the taste was right-on. The potatoes baked on the side didn't quite work for me. Some areas dried out.

Coconut Cupcakes are from Simply Recipes. Therefore, they were flawless. I made them for Ava's birthday party. They were kind of like the Magnolia Bakery vanilla cupcakes, but more moist and subtly coconutty.

Monday, October 13, 2008

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

This weekend we attended our local classic car show and festival. After staring at cars, collecting some free stuff from booths, and letting Ava do some crafts, we were ready for lunch.

We were betting that the little old ladies of a local church would have the best food booth. They also happened to have the shortest line. So we ordered some chicken wings for Ava and Ryan and I ordered BBQ chicken sandwiches. The resulting chicken leg between two peices of wonder bread really made us laugh. I guess I'm still not quite a southerner. I was expecting shredded chicken or at least boneless. ah well, I ate the leg (it was tasty) and fed Asher little bites of bread, which he thorougly enjoyed.
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