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So Many Recipes, So Little Time...

A Delicious Adventure ~ FFR XIV 
Jul. 26, 2010 12:34 pm 
Updated: Aug. 4, 2010 1:03 pm
I'm back with the fourteenth edition of Formerly Faceless Recipes. What a delicious adventure this has been.

Pesto Chicken 'n' Ravioli
(I used Easy Pesto for the pesto in this recipe.)
Review:  I used frozen ravioli and homemade pesto sauce. This is a very tasty recipe which can be thrown together at a moment's notice. Yum!

Apple Cider Chicken Marinade
Review: My chicken turned out moist, tender, and delicious. I was only able to marinate about two hours before grilling, but that was plenty of time. I'm sure it would have been even more flavorful if allowed to marinate the full 8 hours. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Tropical Sweet Potato Fries
Review: These are very tasy but were a bit on the soggy side. Maybe cutting back on the boiling time or microwaving instead of boiling would help. They flavor was wonderful - they just weren't really "fries" to me. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Crispy Cucumbers and Tomatoes in Dill Vinaigrette
Review: This is a quick, simple, refreshing summer salad. I used halved cherry tomatoes as that's all I had on hand. This is a great way to use all those cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden. I'll be making this often!

Buttermilk and Chive Salad Dressing
(I saw Naples' photo of this dressing, but it isn't attached to the recipe.
It made me want to try this dressing, though. Admittedly, her photo trumps mine.)
Review: I halved this recipe, but otherwise followed it exactly as written. It is a mild flavored dressing, but the flavors come alive a bit more after it sits. I made it an hour or so before eating it and the flavor of the chives was more noticable then. I served it over a salad of homegrown baby greens and cukes with grape tomatoes, bacon, and croutons. I will make this again. Thanks for the recipe!

Herbed Vinegars
Review:  I left out the water but did heat the vinegar. I took a course dealing with herbs in cooking and one focus was using herbs in vinegars. Diluting the vinegar rally serves no purpose. I found that heating the vinegar really caused the herbs to go to mush. After two weeks I strained out the mushy herbs and replaced them with sprigs of fresh Rosemary. I have used this in a simple vinaigrette dressing and in a marinade and both were delicious.

Twisty Cookies
Review: These are delicious, chewy cookies. The almonds are a nice touch. The liquor smells strong in the dough, but is not really evident in the finished cookies. I did cut the chocolate chips back to 2 cups. Thanks for a great recipe.

Hot Water Pie Crust II
Review: This turned out better than I expected. I've always used the ice water method of making pie crust. This worked very well and made a nice, flaky crust. My only complaint was that it was a bit hard to roll out (even after refrigerating) and I wasn't able to roll it as thin as I usually do.

Okay, these next few are NOT formerly faceless - they're all personal recipes.

These two cupcakes are both worth trying. Both are delicious! I wish AR would publish these recipes so more people would notice and try them!!

Sweet Vanilla Cupcakes by Marianne
Review: Delicious! Mine did puff over the tops of the muffin cups, so I may make 15 next time and not fill them as full. These are better than any boxed mix! Thanks for sharing!

Nanny's Mayonnaise Cupcakes by Grumpy's Honeybunch  
(frosted with Milky Way Icing)
Review: These are wonderful! They're moist and delicious. I halved the recipe as I only needed 12 cupcakes. I'll definitely be making these again and again! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

And here's a personal recipe of my own:

Black and Blue Summer Fruit Smoothie
I created this after picking several gallons of blackberries. They grow wild on our property and this year I discovered an entire wonderful patch I hadn't known was there. I've made two batches of jam, a blackberry pie (above) and blackberry ice cream (also above).

Click on any recipe title to visit the recipe:

Sweet Vanilla Cupcakes - Personal Recipe by Marianne
Nanny's Mayonnaise Cupcakes - Personal Recipe by Grumpy's Honeybunch

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Jul. 26, 2010 12:44 pm
All of these recipes look delicious, and the chive salad dressing is right up my alley...I look forward to your blog everytime, can't wait for more! :)
Jul. 26, 2010 12:53 pm
Pam, YOU ROCK! You beat me to Marianne's delicious cupcakes. Your turned out Way better and your frosting looks light as a feather. Your bottle of vinegar is just beautiful, so simple yet so elegant. I hate the fact that a recipe has no face, You are changing that. Giving these yummy recipes LIFE!! Excellent job as usual:) Thanks again Love!! WTG, Patty
Jul. 26, 2010 1:04 pm
Thanks again, Pam! Although I do subscribe to your blog, I always find your updates first when you "pimp" it on the RE. So thanks for doing that, too!
Jul. 26, 2010 1:05 pm
Sure is some pretty stuff coming out of your kitchen. Good Work!
Jul. 26, 2010 1:06 pm
Pam, you are doing such a service to these recipes! I'm seriously considering trying the mayonnaise cupcakes soon. I've had so many failures with from-scratch cakes that I'm honestly terrified to break away from cake mixes again, but those cupcakes look so moist and yummy that I'm tempted to try one more time. Thanks for another yummy blog!
Jul. 26, 2010 1:14 pm
Great job! Everything looks so delicious!
Jul. 26, 2010 1:21 pm
Pam, your pictures make me want to try everything, even the foods I don't like! And I *love* that you're pimping Marianne's Sweet Vanilla Cupcakes too. I said the same thing in my last blog...that recipe needs to be published!!
Jul. 26, 2010 1:26 pm
You need to give some serious thought to becoming a food photographer! Your pictures are fabulous and make me want to try all of them!
Jul. 26, 2010 1:38 pm
You are going on the list of bloggers who's blogs I must not look at until I've eaten. I hate drool on the keyboard:) Lovely pictures wish I could do that nice of a job!
Jul. 26, 2010 1:56 pm
Thanks for the comments and encouragement, everyone! I had to add the two cupcake recipes - hoping that they'll be published soon!
Jul. 26, 2010 2:09 pm
Excellent job! YUM!
Jul. 26, 2010 3:30 pm
As always, great pictures.
Jul. 26, 2010 4:05 pm
OK! Now I'm hungry again (and we just ate!) These are some great photos and recipes!
Jul. 26, 2010 5:17 pm
Kudos for continuing service to the community. Thank you for bringing these out of obscurity for those of us who much prefer an image before "going there". ;o)
Jul. 26, 2010 8:00 pm
Well done!! Everything looks soooo good!!
Jul. 26, 2010 8:12 pm
Great blog Pam!
Jul. 26, 2010 8:44 pm
Aw man......you have done some nice work there Missy! I'm convinced we have similar taste in some foods. The chicken in the apple cider marinade sounds just perfect for fall and I've saved it for some wonderful future dinner. Thanks too for showcasing some of the personal recipes that are out here. Some of them are so very wonderful that I'm sure it's just a matter of time before they are published. Or at least that's what I want to believe.
Jul. 26, 2010 10:25 pm
Every now and then a recipe gets enough attention on the RE that it gets published. LTH's cupcakes come to mind. There are others, too, but they're not coming to me. It would be nice if it happens again!
Jul. 27, 2010 2:02 am
With the look of the recipes you have shared I would say that this is already a complete meal. This is the best way to expose kids to the healthier side of snacks. Will be back for more recipes.
Jul. 27, 2010 5:34 am
As per usual, you make most other blogs look shabby - relatively speaking of course. This is just a wonderful series.
Jul. 27, 2010 9:08 am
I want to try the apple cider chicken- that sounds so good! Also, I haven't made the sweet vanilla cupcakes yet, but it looks like I'm going to have to- I keep hearing how good they are. Great blog, Pam!
Jul. 27, 2010 12:53 pm
You do some pretty amazing stuff here, Pam. This is quite the blog to read and read it, I do and enjoy each and every one of them! Thanks for keeping up your dedication to your project!!
Jul. 28, 2010 1:10 pm
Wow..it all looks great. I need to get to the store to get some groceries cuz these pix are making me crazy hungry.
Jul. 28, 2010 8:22 pm
I should never read this blog at 11:30pm...now I have to go and eat something!
Jul. 31, 2010 4:33 am
Everything looks great. I would be happy to be a member of your family so I could eat with you! I am always on the lookout for a chewy cookie so I am going to try the Twisty cookie. Thanks for mentioning my Mayo cupcakes :) I actually am going to make that milkway frosting too - I bookmarked it when I first saw it. Sounds and LOOKS yummy!
Aug. 2, 2010 2:38 am
I always enjoy reading your blogs! what type of frosting did you use for marianne's cupcakes??
Aug. 4, 2010 1:03 pm
Passion4food - it was a fluffy buttercream (I added a little extra milk). Here's the link- http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Buttercream-Icing/Detail.aspx
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I have three teenage sons who are picky eaters (especially the middle one). I try to cook things that they might enjoy trying, but they're not always willing to try new things. My husband started out a picky eater when we met back in 1986, but he's gotten much better and is willing to try ALMOST anything I make. In my spare time I teach second grade. I have introduced my students to cooking and/or new foods over the years.
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I've made some pretty cool cakes for my boys' birthdays. They include a firetruck, baseball, football, and Pokeball. I've also used shaped pans to decorate everything from Barney and Elmo, Power Ranger, Jeff Gordon's #24 racecar, football helmet, a dog and dog house, a monkey, a giant cupcake, and a penguin. Some recent cakes have been a pizza, chef's hat, and Topsy-Turvy (Mad Hatter Cake.) The last one didn't collapse - that was a real triumph! One of my best triumphs has been teaching my boys to cook. They'll never go hungry.
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The first time I cooked a turkey I relied on my thermometer to tell when it was done. It wasn't.
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