Let's talk about all the things I've been making! Some you've seen coming from my meal plans - others are just random things I made 'cuz the mood struck me.
Green Beans with Cherry Tomatoes ***** I can't believe I forgot to tell you about this in my Holiday Eats review. I made these for the Christmas Eve dinner the mini-chicks and I had. It was so good - I was sad when they were all gone the next day. I used fresh green beans and grape tomatoes cut in half. I can't wait until summer when somebody (hint, hint - to my friends with gardens) gives me some green beans.
Perfect Southern Greens ***** These were very good - I think the pre-blanch did help with the bitterness and I ate the leftovers for lunch for a few days. Good stuff.
Mahogany Beef Stew with Hoisin Sauce **** 1/2 I mentioned in my post with pics that it turned out pretty sweet. However, I ate the leftovers for a lunch for the next two or three days - and the sweetness really mellowed over time. I think I'd make this again and freeze it, to be pulled out and thawed and then eaten.
Green Chile Pork Roast ***** Now this is what I'm talkin' 'bout as a good use of my pork roasts! We all enjoyed this very much. I definitely think I'll make it again.... simple & tasty.
PW's Asian Noodle Salad ***** This is some good salad eatin', let me tell you! It makes a TON, requires chopping, chopping, chopping, and uh, and a little more chopping. I added the noodles to the salad fixings - but didn't add the dressing until I was ready to eat it. I brought it a couple of days for lunch and had people following me to my desk asking, "what's that?" and saying "that looks good".
Greek Chicken Casserole ***** This was sooooooooooo good. I used my Costco Kalamata olives and a tad more feta cheese. KK said, "it tastes wayyyyyyyy better than I thought it would." LOL SS even ate it without complaint.
Tomato Barley Soup **** KK started complaining that she didn't want "chunks" in her tomato soup - so I buzzed it with the hand blender before adding the barley. I liked to way more than the chickies did. SS complained loudly!
Company Cauliflower ** A big disappointment. The cheese separated from the sour cream it was just a big gloppy mess. :(
Chole (Chickpea Stew) ***** mmmmmmmmmm....... it was so good. Miss Picky Pants (aka as SS) did not like it because nothing I said wouldn't convince her that they weren't hominy, which she hates. I tried and tried to tell her they weren't, but she wasn't having any of it. Who made that girl so freakin' stubborn??!?!? (I actually blame my mother - LOL). KK said it could have a 3 in her world - but it my world it is solid 5!
Best Ever Cinnamon Rolls *** Best ever? Not for me. It might be my inexperience in working successfully with yeast doughs - but they were dry and really lacking cinnamon in my opinion. The dough was so sticky - I'm sure I over-worked it and made it dry, if I were to make them again (umm... which I won't - I'll try something different. I'm dying to try these from Coleen - but didn't have the ingredients when the mood struck) I would more than double the cinnamon & butter.
Creamy Chicken Lasagna ***** I'm rating this a 5 because if I'd have used the recommended amount of sauce it would have been perfect. I used too much and it was a bit soupy-ish, but the taste was very good. Both the chickies loved it.
Heavenly Potatoes & Ham *** 1/2 It should have been better than it was - it was pretty dry (I'm not a fan of dry) and very lacking in flavor. I'll just stick to a regular cheesy potatoes in the future.