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Faceless Fridays Launched! 
Mar. 1, 2013 8:09 pm 
Updated: Mar. 9, 2013 2:28 am

I've been itching to try one of those faceless frenzy's or other such event. What could not be fun about trying new recipes and then attaching a photo to it? I spent a fair amount of time last weekend looking for good recipes bereft of photographic ID. I've found enough for a month of Faceless Fridays. I am hoping to make a five course meal every Friday in this format. However...


... I am currently suffering from food coma after my day of cooking and eating. I could easily have subtitled this post, "And Sunk By Butter." The five recipes I prepared were rich beyond all common sense. To have any one of these recipes in your menu would have been delightful, but to eat all five in one day was just too much. I have a lot to learn about menu building. Before I share this menu with you, I want to give you the calorie count for the meal. Please don't tell anyone at MyPlate about this. I don't need anymore drone fly overs! The calorie count for this meal was...

Calories: 1786 | Total Fat: 110 g | Cholesterol: 470 mg per serving. Almost a full days caloric intake in one meal. I am not proud of this.


For starters I made a really nice Pear and Blue Cheese Tart. I couldn't find premade tart shells so I used puff pastry. If I were to make this recipe over again, I would slice the onions differently. They were very long and made eating the tart more challenging than it should have been. The flavors were good, but the texture of the filling wasn't as creamy as I would have liked it. Still, it was a really good starter that I will make again. You can find the recipe here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/pear-and-blue-cheese-tarts/detail.aspx<


Next was the salad course, and I chose to make Harold's Salad, which is chopped vegetables marinated in an oil and vinegar dressing. I've made similar salads, but I like the variety of vegetables in this one. I did make my own dressing, which was different from the one given in the recipe, but not drastically so. It had some Dijon mustard and herbs in it. Here is the basic recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/harolds-salad/detail.aspx<


For my main course I chose to make Shrimp Embrochette. Butterflied shrimp are stuffed with shrimp and crab and cheese with jalapeños, and then wrapped in bacon. They are then broiled until the bacon is crisped. I can't say that I am a fan, but I'm not sure why. I love shrimp and crab. I love cheese and jalapeños. They were a let down, and I think it was because I was already suffering from butter toxicity by the time I got to them. My kids seemed to really like them, although my eldest daughter would only eat two of them because she had to go to a dress fitting later in the evening. If she can't fit into her gown for the military ball, I am going to be in the dog house! If you want to try this recipe, here it is: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/shrimp-embrochette/detail.aspx<


No main dish is complete without a side dish, and for that I chose to make Potato Dumpling Casserole. My girls loved this, but, again, I was having trouble with it. I did have to substitute beef stock for chicken, and that may have thrown the taste off. Also, it was just too rich for me. I think I would like to make it again, but really lighten it up. It had too much cream and cheese in it. Did I just say that?!?!? I seriously never saw a future in which I would speak such heresy, but there you have it. Maybe an old dog can learn new tricks. I garnished it with chopped green onion, which is not in the recipe. I just liked the way it looked! Here it is: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/potato-dumpling-casserole/detail.aspx<


That leaves the dessert course. Luscious Oatmeal Pie I! This recipe gave me fits. It would not set, and I kept increasing the cook time until it was over double what the recipe called for. I started to look at other Oatmeal Pie recipes, and I think it might be that this recipe calls for double the butter and one less egg than other recipes. It did finally set up, and it turned out fantastic! Coconut isn't on our hit parade of ingredients, but it works well here. If I hadn't already been so overloaded with rich food, I would have had a second serving. I will make this recipe again, but I will also reduce the butter. You can have too much of a good thing, and it's name is: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/oatmeal-pie-i/detail.aspx<


I think I gained more from this experience than a couple of coronary stents and 10 pounds. I gained some basic cooking knowledge, I learned a bit more about my youngest daughter, who still likes to help daddy in the kitchen and do experiments of her own and I learned that just because a recipe looks great doesn't mean it will work and play well with others. There really is such a thing as too much butter and cream, and "Too much is not enough," is a lie.


Balance is the key to healthy living. It isn't too much to ask myself to be thoughtful about food and drink choices. Some days I may choose to eat the full fat ice cream. Other days I may choose the low fat yogurt and fruit. Next Faceless Friday, I hope to show off what I've learned.
Oatmeal Pie I
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Harold's Salad
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Potato Dumpling Casserole
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Shrimp Embrochette
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Pear and Blue Cheese Tart
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Mar. 1, 2013 8:32 pm
Ha Ha! That Faceless quest can be addictive! Everything you made looks wonderful, especially that pear and blue cheese tart. Be sure and post your pictures on Pinterest. Baking Nana will invite you to her March Faceless board. Just an observation and not a criticism, but you are light in the veggie department. I would have added some wilted greens or steamed asparagus, but that's just me. Keep at it, we can whittle away those faceless recipes with out getting frenzied!
Mar. 1, 2013 9:10 pm
Too much rich food . . . been there, done that, and I would still be in jail if deemed a crime. I’m getting better, but sometimes I’ll glance at the nutrition info on a recipe but don’t focus on the serving size. Thinking I’ve got a ‘free pass’ card, I’ll scoff down say maybe 1/6 of what was made. I then think gee, that sure tasted mighty yummy to have so few calories . . . then I make the mistake of grabbing my Sherlock Holmes cap to start investigating . . . and then discover the recipe makes 30 servings . . . one serving might be 2 tablespoons and wouldn’t sustain a baby. I don’t know whether to go anorexic or start jogging! I know not to write a review until several days have past. / / / Saw you oatmeal pie post on The Buzz but had no help you wanted to hear . . . my mind said take a strainer & straw and suck out the excess liquid . . . it came out looking really good along with everything else.
Mar. 2, 2013 12:03 am
Very nice! Yes, there is a learning curve to this faceless frenzy addiction. Your meal looks great but I would have probably stopped after the tart and salad. I am not big into desserts but that pie sounds interesting. Probably something I would made and hand off to others to eat. No worries about running out of recipes - they publish new ones every week. :) Give me your Pinterest 'name' and I will add you as a pinner to the board.
Mar. 2, 2013 4:24 am
I saved the shrimp recipe - it sounds delicious! I'll be sure not to serve it with a bunch of other rich foods! :)
Mar. 2, 2013 6:34 am
Pinterest name is DocSimonson. What is amzing to me is that I began yesterday at 252 pounds and woke up this morning at 250 pounds. It should not work that way.
Mar. 2, 2013 6:37 am
Mother Ann, the creator of the recipe has a review in which she says that the stuffing needs Old Bay or something like that, and it did. I was thinking about why I didn't like it last night, and I think that has got to be it. Old Bay would have done it wonders!
Mar. 2, 2013 6:52 am
BSM And Conky, thanks for the kind words. I plan on keeping this going at least for March and see where that leads. I was very light in the vegie department, but next time not so much. Conky, I would start jogging, but it hurts. Even walking hurts. That is the problem with letting yourself get unhealthy in the first place. When you finally wake up, more to avoid the behavioral police than anything, it is so much harder to get back into any semblance of shape. Wish I had started years ago instead of last year.
Mar. 2, 2013 7:22 am
Ever since reading Paula's blog about the faceless frenzy a few days ago I have made 5 recipes to photo. This has totally stepped up my game and challenged me as a cook. It so much fun! Thanks for doing this and sharing your recipes. I can't wait to check them all out.
Mar. 2, 2013 7:39 am
Hi, my name is bd.weld and I'm a Faceless Frenzy addict.
Mar. 2, 2013 9:51 am
AZ93, where are the photos? You should have posted on your blog! Remember, sharing is caring!
Mar. 2, 2013 10:01 am
bd.weld I'm not quite sure how this addiction works yet. I don't feel addicted. I can do without it. I don't need it. I control my own destiny!
Mar. 2, 2013 12:58 pm
Hi,the pictures are very nice.Sounds like you had yourself a very entertaing day.All sounds good,but like BigShotsMom,i would have added more green veggies.Hope you enjoy faceless frenzie this month
Mar. 2, 2013 1:06 pm
Hi Doc, I don't have a blog! I think you have to be a paying member, don't you? So basically I'm just freeloadin' off you fine folks, haha.
Mar. 2, 2013 4:54 pm
Doc, this was a great idea. Hard on the arteries, but everything sounded good. I can see where there may have been a lull in your enthusiasm after that much rich food, LOL.
Mar. 2, 2013 7:18 pm
manella, it was fun and exhausting and there were far too few vegies. I'm also wondering if I shouldn't make all of those dishes again, but this time adjusted to reduce the calories, fat and cholesterol. Might be interesting.
Mar. 2, 2013 7:20 pm
Az93 that's too bad. You do have to be a paying member to write a blog, but I've been enjoying your comments on many of the blogs I read.
Mar. 2, 2013 7:24 pm
Magnolia Blossom, my arteries are recovering. I was actually a bit concerned last night as I was writing the blog post. My chest was hurting pretty bad, but it was probably just hypochondria. I feel great now!
Mar. 2, 2013 8:53 pm
That's a compliment coming from you Doc. And the same back at you. Your blog was actually the first one to reel me in!
Mar. 4, 2013 9:32 am
Hello My name is Joey Joan and I am a face recipe addict. I do believe I will join you doc and do a month of faceless Friday's Sounds kind of fun.
Mar. 4, 2013 9:33 am
Hey doc are you on face book? There is a faceless group that I am sure would love to have you join.
Mar. 4, 2013 10:27 am
Really? A facebook group. I'll have to look it up! Thanks Joey Joan!
Mar. 4, 2013 4:26 pm
It is a closed group that you won't find in a search. Facebook name and I will hook you up.We chat about what ever and also share ideas on how to do a faceless frenzy!\ I am calling my fridays 5 dish friday. That is what I like about your friday challenge 5 different dishes.
Mar. 4, 2013 7:06 pm
It's David Simonson
Mar. 4, 2013 7:09 pm
I do believe I found you.
Mar. 4, 2013 7:37 pm
Check your other message box on facebok
Mar. 5, 2013 7:10 am
Great blog, Doc. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about each recipe. You picked some very challenging recipes and worked wonders. Thanks for all your had work and the beautiful photos as well.
Mar. 5, 2013 6:13 pm
Joey Joan, nothing came through on FaceBook.
Mar. 5, 2013 6:15 pm
Lace, I do appreciate your kind words. It was a lot of fun doing those recipes, and my kids are really excited that I am doing this too. They get to help a bit. I've got the menu for this Friday in hand. Then the following week, I hope to have a new angle on this.
Mar. 6, 2013 4:39 am
Doc on your FB page click on your message icon, at the top you will see where it says other click on that and let me know if it is there if you haven't already. May be I have the wrong profile and will do another shearh. Joey joan kennedyklimkowski is me.
Mar. 6, 2013 8:27 am
I am Mauigirl and I am a FF addict too:) Addictive, isn't it?
Mar. 6, 2013 3:01 pm
Joey Joan, it won't let me send you a friend request. I changed my settings to allow anyone to send a friend request. If you can try again, that would be great!
Mar. 6, 2013 3:02 pm
Mauigirl! I'm not sure if I'm addicted yet, but it was fun. It was also exhausting!
Mar. 8, 2013 5:58 am
Doc, it's not always easy to put together a meal where everything's balanced, is it? These days when I find one where everything works together, I'm trying to use the menu feature on this site. I always seem to remember the main course, but often forget the oh-so-important side dishes...and occasionally, a finale to the meal.
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