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What’s Been Cookin’ #2 
Jan. 20, 2012 5:59 pm 
Updated: Feb. 9, 2012 9:14 am
Hey there.  Just thought I’d a share a few things I’ve made lately.  I’ve tried out some new recipes and of course made several old usuals too.  Some of those newbies I won’t bother to mention, you win some you lose some, but I’ll share the goods:


Portuguese Chourico and Peppers

This was a new one for us.  I made it one weeknight when I had a yellow pepper and chorizo in my fridge.  I adapted it for the stovetop using white wine and chicken stock, whereas the recipe was a slow-cooker recipe calling for green pepper, red wine, and water.  I also added a can of diced tomatoes.  I thought it was pretty good over rice.

Salisbury Steak

I gotta say I’m usually not a big fan of this stuff, but I make it every other month or so because DH likes it, but when I made it this time, it came out the best so far and I rather enjoyed it!  What I changed from the recipe was I used fresh mushrooms, not canned, and I always cook with ground turkey, not beef.  Also, when I was mixing the meat, I threw in fresh minced garlic and onion and some chopped mushrooms as well.  I never thought I could enjoy a meat patty that wasn’t on a burger so much!  Maybe it had a good dose of love; DH helped with that meal.


My Own Onion Soup

There are a zillion onion soup recipes out there and it’s not hard to make, so mine, I’m sure, is nothing special, but we like it!  I love onion soup and when I lived in New England I would often order it from The 99 pub.  Where I live now, and with the frame of mind I’ve developed, and the fact that I learned to cook since my days of frequenting The 99, I make my own.  I like lots of onions in it, mmm, mmm!  Enjoy!


Crunchy Green Beans

This one’s a keeper!  I tried this for the first time and decided this belongs in the rotation.  It just needed a touch more soy sauce and some freshly cracked black pepper.  I like the celery, I wouldn’t have thought to add it.  Do try this!


Banana Chocolate Almond Oatmeal

I suppose I’ll also brag that I recently had two recipes published.  The oatmeal makes for a lovely breakfast.  I concocted it when I decided I needed to cut down on the instant packet oatmeal that’s full of more stuff than it should be.  In an effort to eat healthier and do so with taste, I created banana chocolate almond oatmeal. 

The other recipe is chock-full of veggies and is a great side dish for curry chicken.  It’s easy to tailor to your tastes to; check out Vegetable Curry Couscous for a nice side dish.  I used to make something similar with packet soup mix, but I gave up the packet when I noticed it had MSG, so I created this recipe to enjoy the dish without the packet.  The recipe also works great with quinoa, just change the cooking time accordingly.  (P.S. this recipe is currently faceless, hint, hint!)

That’s all I’m sharing for now.  Thanks for reading! : )

Banana Chocolate Almond Oatmeal
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Lissa's Onion Soup à deux
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Green beans with 'shrooms, celery, almonds.
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Chourico and sweet peppers over rice
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Salisbury Steak
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Jan. 20, 2012 6:19 pm
That all looks really good! I've got to try the Portuguese Chourico and Peppers. I love chorizo. Mmm.
Jan. 20, 2012 6:36 pm
I think your Salisbury Steak picture is the best out of all 10 posted to that recipe.
Jan. 20, 2012 6:41 pm
They look delicious. Well done.
Jan. 20, 2012 8:36 pm
hi rae! thank you! It's good, a husband pleaser!
Jan. 20, 2012 8:37 pm
well thank you KingSparta, what a nice compliment!
Jan. 20, 2012 8:38 pm
pelicangal, thank you - thanks for stopping by!
Jan. 20, 2012 9:55 pm
Wow great job! I cant wait to try the beans and soup. thanks for sharing.
Jan. 20, 2012 10:08 pm
thanks Cliff! Do give them a try!
Jan. 20, 2012 11:52 pm
Looks GOOD! :) I love that ONION SOUP one...looks delish! :) Thanks for sharing! :) I love seeing what's up in other peoples kitchens! :)
Jan. 21, 2012 12:07 am
well your Onion soup picture looks very good too. Yep sure do.
Jan. 21, 2012 4:13 am
Your pics look good!
Jan. 21, 2012 5:08 am
I haven't made Salisbury steak in years. No Baking Papa would love that. Thanks for the inspiration.
Jan. 21, 2012 6:15 am
Beautiful photos Lissa. Thanks for sharing. :)
Jan. 21, 2012 9:32 am
I do too, Alaskansnobunni, thanks so much for reading!
Jan. 21, 2012 9:33 am
thank you sueb!!!
Jan. 21, 2012 9:34 am
Well Baking Nana, glad I could inspire you, you've done so for me several times already! Glad you stopped by!
Jan. 21, 2012 9:34 am
No Allie, thank YOU for coming by and reading!
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I live in beautiful wine country, Northern California, on the edge of state forest. My husband and I are in our 30s and have the most amazing little 1 year old girl. I haven't had as much time in the kitchen since becoming a mom, but I love that she is getting old enough to enjoy my cooking! I enjoy riding my motorcycle and snowboarding, camping, classic and hard rock music, tattoos, singing, and *of course* fiddling in my kitchen! I love trying new recipes and have had fun as an Allrecipes Allstar in the Brand Ambassador program!
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It's nice to be able to throw things together on the fly without having to make a trip to the grocery store. Learning the methods of cooking have made it easier and my food tastes better. I never have dry chicken breasts, pork chops or burgers anymore! Dec 2012: I finally made fudge that set properly!
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Trying out new recipes that don't taste right or I don't care for. Or turning my back to do 10 things at once and burning something. Mistakes = lessons learned. Sometimes you have to do a little trial-and-error to get something how you like it. I'm still trying to perfect French loaf.
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