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May - a Month of YUM and FUN! 
May 31, 2013 6:49 pm 
Updated: Jun. 13, 2013 4:41 pm
It was an awesome month of eating in the King household this month.  The allstars didn’t have a sponsor this month, so our assignment this month was to try recipes, take pictures and post reviews.  More specifically, we were given two venues to focus on, My Plate recipes on, and what we call “faceless” recipes, recipes without pictures, from, the Australian/New Zealand AR site.  I can’t even tell you how much fun I had searching these two sites, finding recipes that looked yummy, and trying them out with my family.  Altogether we prepared a total of eight different recipes for this assignment, five from the Australian website, and three from My Plate.
Let me start by explaining what My Plate is.  It is a USDA sponsored food recommendation, similar to the Food Pyramid or the Food Groups from when I was a kid.  The basics of My Plate are about portions of different food groups, using whole grains instead of refined grains, and easy to understand guidelines for healthy eating.  For more information about what My Plate is, and tips for healthy eating, visit<
One of the favorite activities that we Allstars love to do is the “faceless” recipes activities.  Up until recently, we have occasionally been challenged to provide pictures and review mostly for “faceless” recipes on the main Allrecipes website.  Not until a few months ago had we been challenged to branch out to an international site.  The first opportunity we were given to “go international” was a few months ago, when we were encouraged to try “faceless” recipes from the Allrecipes Italy site.  This was especially challenging because the recipes were in Italian.  Contrary to popular belief, translating from another language using Google Translate, or Babylfish is not as easy as it sounds.  Searching for a good recipe on the Italian site proved difficult for me.  The recipes on the Australian site, although in English, were occasionally difficult to navigate due to colloquialisms, a rasher of bacon, for instance, is equal to a strip.  Mince is their word for ground meat, usually beef.  And tasty cheese is what we call cheddar.  But once I knew a few of these basic terms, browsing for a recipe my family might enjoy was much simpler.  In the preparation of the recipes, we were challenged again by the need to translate from metric measurements to our American measurements, and from Celsius to Farenheit.  But everything we tried turned out wonderful.
Unfortunately there was not enough time to try all of the things I would have liked to.  I may try them in the future, it’s really nice to have something different for my family to eat, and many of these recipes are VERY simple, but I am also sharing a link here so the you may try them if you want.  If you do, I encourage you to take a picture, review the recipe, and most importantly, let me know what you thought of the recipe, so I can decide whether I want to try it in the future.  Here are several recipes I want to try, but didn’t have a chance:

Six From My Plate:

Easy Vegetarian Spinach Lasagna – even if our middle child were not a vegetarian, our whole family prefers vegetarian lasagna to meat lasagna, and who can knock the “easy” aspect of ANY lasagna!? &nbsp;<
Tortilla zucchini casserole – this sounded a lot like the chicken enchilada casserole my family has always made, but with zucchini instead of chicken. &nbsp;<
Emmis banana wraps – these sounded like something my kids would really have fun making and eating. &nbsp;<
African peanut soup – sounded like a great change up from the soups I usually make. &nbsp;<
Roasted asparagus with parmesan – I love asparagus, I love parmesan, how could this go wrong? &nbsp;<
Garlic mashed cauliflower – I’ve wanted to try this healthier version of mashed potatoes for a long time, and this sounded like a great recipe. &nbsp;<

And from the Australian site:

Mince and bean bake – a bean and ground beef casserole that sounded yummy. &nbsp;<
Tegan’s easy beef stroganoff – I love stroganoff, and this easy but different version sounded like it might be worth a try. &nbsp;<
Mixed Vegetable Pasta Sauce – I’m always looking for a good homemade pasta sauce, and this one sounded good. &nbsp;<
Mini pizza rolls – I don’t have a bread maker, but I thought I might try making these without one. &nbsp;<
Marlz Mousetraps – pizza made on hamburger buns. &nbsp;<
Football fondue in a cob loaf – I love fondue,and I found out that a cob loaf is just a hollowed out round bread loaf. &nbsp;<
Garlic anchovy and feta cream cheese – I really wanted to try this one that sounded like a yummy Greek salad without the salad, lol. &nbsp;<
Super easy cheese fondue – again, I love fondue, and I love easy. &nbsp;<
Non alcoholic tiramisu – I love tiramisu, but it has way too much naughty stuff – espresso and booze, not for me and my family, this seemed like a nice substitute. &nbsp;<
Bacon and pineapple pizza rolls – more pizza, it would be nice to have a great, simple, homemade little pizza appetizer or meal the kids will enjoy. &nbsp;<
Pita bread – I love pita bread, and it could certainly be used for a plethora of sandwich ideas. &nbsp;<
Stuffed jalapenos – Hubby loves stuffed jalapenos, especially when they’re stuffed with cream cheese.  I thought about trying these out to see if he liked them. &nbsp;<
Slow cooker spaghetti sauce – thought I might try a slow cooker version of spaghetti sauce. &nbsp;<
Zucchini and gouda microwave pasta bake – I love zucchini and I love pasta, and gouda is one of my favorite cheeses.  I just happened to have some gouda which I had bought for another recipe, and thought I might try this one to use it. &nbsp;<
French Onion Steak – this seemed like an easy twist to our regular grilled steaks, so I thought I might give it a try. &nbsp;<

In addition to the assigned meals we made, we also made a dish from the Australian site that already had a photo, and a dish from the American site that was not a My Plate dish.  We really enjoyed both our California Sushi Rolls -,<
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The slaw was delicious, we ate it with our smoked baby back ribs, garlic mashed potatoes, smoked corn on the cob, and freshly baked freezer rolls.  It was our first time trying smoking in our new stovetop smoker, and it was a great success!
Now on to the picture section of my blog.  Following are the eight recipes I did end up making, with pictures.

The My Plate Treats:

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Hearty Multigrain Bread -<
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Blueberry Zucchini Bread -<
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And the Australian recipes:

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Peach and Lemon Cooler -<
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Fried Ham and Cheese Sandwiches -<
Bean and Bacon Pasta Soup -<
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Barbecued Garlic Steaks -<
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Not to make any apologies about the pictures, but we take them on our cell ph
ones.  Hubby’s cell phone has a pretty good camera, but mine, well, not so much.  Most of the time I try to use his phone for taking food pics, but sometimes I do have to use mine in a pinch, if he’s not home, for example, or his phone is dead and people are hungry.  I just hope most of my pictures do the recipes justice, and give potential users an idea of what to expect from the recipes.
May was (and always is, since I was born in May), an excellent month.  Can’t wait to try what’s next.
Until Next Time. . .


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Jun. 1, 2013 3:47 pm
My goodness, you were busy! I did 3 from Australia and 7 or 8 MyPlate recipes.
Jun. 1, 2013 7:07 pm
Wow, busy time in your household.
Jun. 13, 2013 4:41 pm
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About the ONLY thing I don't like about cooking is the HEAT!! I'm not sure why, but I get very easily overheated. I usually sit while cooking, and have a fan blowing directly on me if available. I've been thinking about renaming myself - thehotchef - lol. It's a little better in winter, but I live in Albuquerque, NM - it never gets REALLY cold here, and my body just seems to want to overheat when I get busy in the kitchen! That's one of the reasons I like to divide my kitchen work into 2 or 3 parts at a time. One day I chop the veggies, the next day I roast the veggies, and the 3rd day I put together the lasagna and bake, for example.
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Bread, black bottom banana cream pie, fruit salad, beef stroganoff. I like to try something new for Thanksgiving every year.
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Mom's tea ring, macoroni/potato salad, bread, BRINING the Thanksgiving turkey.
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Best pies ever!
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My husband likes his own cooking better than mine! So much so that he is willing to make dinner for our family everyday - that's just fine with me!
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