"Don't eat the berries!" ......
"Are you done with that? Can we eat it?" .....
"Nana, can we have some now?" .....
"Who ate the bacon?" .....
"I didn't know I wasn't supposed to eat that." ....
"You better ask Nana!" ......
February has been a whirlwind of activity in my kitchen. For anyone that follows my blogs, you know that I set out to use what I had in the freezer and pantry. As an AR Ambassador we are asked to make 3 faceless recipes.
At the beginning of the month I set a personal goal to complete 29 faceless recipes. My thinking was, one new recipe a day for the month. By mid February I had completed my goal of 29 - did I stop..... heck no!
I had to keep feeding my addiction. So who do I feed all this food to, other than NB Papa? My hungry grandchildren. They arrive after school STARVING. "Jewels" coined the phrase "The Locust" - oh so true! They are indeed
my Lovable Locust. They are the ultimate taste testers - willing to take on anything I might dish out.
I did complete my activities for Fiber One and then returned to my quest for a new challenge. All in all - as of February 28th I had completed 62 new recipes - with photographs and reviews. (At least I think I managed to
review them all - I better double check.)
What I didn't realize then, was this would become an addiction.
Thanks Pam3BoysMama. See what you created! :)
I am sure that my kids and grand-kids are starting to worry about me. As for No Baking Papa - well, he is used to my antics. He just shakes his head and eats what is offered.
1) The recipe must need a picture.
2) It must sound like something we would like.
3) It must use ingredients that I have on hand.
I will not bore you with every recipe but just highlight a few that I think are memorable.
Southern Chicken Salad
Here is a recipe that I have had in my box for months. Another hit! The crunch of the cashews & celery, the sweetness of the grapes was wonderful. The amount of dressing is excessive - I used maybe
a third of the stated amount. Will I make this again? You bet! It is going on the catering list!
I made this for the grand-kids that were spending the night. They ranked this and A+
They don't understand the star system.
I served it with spaghetti and a salad. Easy and delicious. It was devoured! It is a keeper.
Creamy Asparagus and Peas
I made this on a night that NB Papa wasn't interested in dinner - he is not fond of asparagus and I love it! I reduced the pasta by half but kept the sauce the same - WONDERFUL! See my review. This
is going on the menu for sure! Oh, BTW - I used some really thick Peppered Bacon for this and I am sure that it what put it over the top!
Donna's Nest Eggs
We all loved these 'Scotch Eggs' and the Honey and Onion Mustard Sauce. I haven't made Scotch Eggs in probably 35 years - they involve frying pork and although I ate many while living in England, my one lone attempt here stateside
was a frying disaster. These were great - the grandkids and NB Papa loved them. Wouldn't they be great for Easter? Plotting and planning..... These are going on the menu for sure.
Parsnip and Carrot Puree
These were the biggest surprise of the month.
I had been to Winco and found Parsnips - bought four large Parsnips and came home looking for a recipe. These were wonderful....probably the best thing I made all month. RUN do not walk to get parsnips.
They look like big white carrots. I didn't need to add anything to these - maybe it is prime Parsnip season. I don't know, but I will be making these again for sure!
Buttery Lace Cookies
This is my one and only dessert creation for the month. I had to learn the hard way to read the reviews (I know, I know....lessons learned!) These were really good but make way more than the stated
amount of 56 and if you use 1 teaspoon per cookie you will have a complete sheet pan full of cookie mess. About 1/4 tsp per cookie and they were perfect. These fed the locust, the neighbors, the gardener and NB Papa. Will I make them again? You bet!
These are going on the catering list.
Slow Roasted Beef for Sandwiches.
This is a special 'personal recipe' from bd.weld. So good! This is a great method that I would recommend to anyone. See my review to see how I had to
adapt this to my electric oven - none the less, it is a keeper for sure. My daughter is on her way to buy Eye of Round just to have me make this for her and her family of locust.
Mashed Potatoes with Spinach Pesto
I will leave you with this recipe.
Perfect for St. Patrick's Day. A perfect way to start March. As written this is doomed for failure. I used all the same ingredients but a different method and it was a huge success. For our St.
Patrick's Day meal I will make these without the garlic and sub either onion or green onions, as the garlic is very distinct.
Please see my review for success!
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