Cranberries, apples, pears, pumpkin, and maple are some of the flavors in this blogisode of
Formerly Faceless Recipes.
I've been asked how I choose the recipes for my blog. It usually starts as an ingredient search. I tend to buy too much of an ingredient and always look to AR to find recipes to use it up. I had some pears to use today (I still
do), so I found two faceless recipes that sounded good for dinner (and several more that I printed out for later). The third was a pork recipe that also used the maple syrup I've been trying to use. It's a challenge sometimes to find recipes that sound good
to me and will
appeal to my husband.
Sometimes it only needs to sound good to me, though, like the two pear recipes.
So here's the latest batch. I hope you find something you might enjoy!
Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Pears
I had some pears I needed to use, so I decided to try this recipe. It was good, but did need more flavor. I used less milk, as the full amount would have made the final result runny.
I think a little more butter, some salt, and extra spices would help this. The directions don't state what size sweet potatoes or pears to use, and different pears have different flavors and textures. I imagine this could affect the outcome as well.
Cranberry Pear Compote
This was a very tasty way to use up some fruit. This recipe couldn't be simpler to throw together. I served this compote with Maple Pork Slices from Allrecipes. Delicious!
Maple Pork Slices
This was very quick, simple, and delicious! I used garlic powder instead of minced garlic and sprinkled the spices onto the pork instead of shaking it. My maple syrup was the regular
kind. I've honestly never seen sugar free maple syrup. We really enjoyed this and I will definitely make it again!
Bowler Beef Marinade
I chose this recipe for two reasons: it uses simple, on-hand ingredients, and I had some less-then-great sirloin I needed to turn into GREAT sirloin. I halved the recipe and cut the beef into chunks for marinating. After marinating
for 24 hours, I skewered and grilled the beef. The result was tender and flavorful, but NOT overpowering. I will definitely use this again!
Cranberry Walnut Cookies
These are amazing! I followed the recipe exactly. These cookies do spread out a good bit, but that makes for a cookie that is perfectly crispy around the edges, but chewy in the center. The tangy cranberries are the perfect contrast
in this sweet cookie. Thanks for a great recipe!
Pumpkin Raisin Cookies
These have a great pumpkin flavor and the raisins and walnuts are a wondeful addition. The cinnamon glaze makes these even better. Please keep in mind that the description specifically states that these are cakelike cookies. They
are not supposed to spread out, but rather stay in a mound when baked. The only problem I ran into was the baking time. I had one tray of cookies that appeared done (after 14 minutes), but when cooled were still a little too gooey inside. I may try baking
at 375 F next time. Thanks for a great recipe!
Raspberry Bran Muffins
I did cut the oil by half after reading the reviews. These muffins are wonderful when still slightly warm. They aren't overly sweet. After cooling completely they are somewhat less flavorful and the raspberries (I used fresh)
get mushy. If I make these again I may try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract for added flavor.
Heather's Rosemary Citrus Cornish Game Hens
This was out-of-this-world delicious! I was short on time, so I only brined my birds for about 1 1/2 hours (mine were small, so this was sufficient). My hens were done after 1 1/2 hours in the oven. The meat was tender and juicy.
I have two more hens in the freezer and can't wait to make these again! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!
Brussels Sprouts with Apples
These were okay, but a little bland. Hubby didn't much care for them. I'd probably give them 3.5 stars. They needed something, but I'm not sure what. More herbs, maybe? Butter? They also took a good bit longer than the stated
roasting time and the sprouts were slightly tender-crisp while the apples were very soft.
Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner...
Apple Cranberry Compote
my personal recipe - still in AR recipe limbo...
I invented this recipe to use up some ingredients I had on hand. It goes wonderfully with pork and poultry. This is a tasty change from traditional cranberry sauce for a Thanksgiving
Click on any of the recipe titles below to view the recipe.
I write this blog for several reasons. One reason is that I love to cook and bake. Another is that I love to take pictures - I take photos of my kids, my pets, nature, and food. Last, I've
always felt bad for recipes that didn't have photos. It seems to me that many people "eat with their eyes" first, and good recipes can be easily overlooked because they don't have photos.
So the purpose of this blog is to showcase recipes that were previously void of a photograph in the hopes that someone might try them as a result. I include my review with the recipe because
I, personally, often look up a person's review of the recipe when I admire their photo. This saves anyone who might be so inclined from having to take the time. I do try to follow these recipes as closely as possible with few changes for the purpose of this