Tuesday, September 20, 2011

In Which I Masquerade as a Food Blog

No, I still haven’t made that cake! But I have a plan. A plan that involves making that cake. But in the meantime, we have been trying all kinds of new and exciting recipes. Sometimes we try the same new and exciting recipe over and over again because we like it so much. For whatever reason, I like to spread the food discoveries around. I really didn’t cook too much until we got married so the food world still has a lot of undiscovered territory for me. I get excited when I find something new and delicious and think everyone else should make it too. So, here are some of the things we’ve been eating lately.

(I was going to be fancy and put pictures with all of these, but fancy is overrated. There are plenty of pictures to be found at the links)

Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas

Oh man. We have made these so many times this summer. They are SO good we have to stop ourselves from eating the whole pan in one go. Also, they are really super easy! I just cook the chicken in a crock pot all day and then it pretty much shreds itself. Seriously, make them! You will be doing yourself a favor.

Also, I’ll just take this moment to say that I discovered this blog a few months ago and proceeded to make a several other things from it (but mostly I just ogle the desserts). Never have I been disappointed! Some other winners so far include Taco Pasta and Pork Carnitas. I have a backlog of all the recipes I want to try out.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

I guess we have had a thing for enchiladas this summer. We didn’t love these as much as the others (we only made them once!), but they were still pretty easy and tasty. I think some black beans would be a great addition to this one.

Mac and Cheese Soup

I stumbled across this recipe a little while ago and I was just AMAZED at the concept. And by amazed I mean kind of grossed out. It just seemed so wrong. So wrong that I had to try it and see if it could possibly work. And it was surprisingly good! Drewbles could hardly stop eating it. It had a really nice flavor and, really, how could I ever object to mac and cheese anything? I did add a can of tomatoes with green chilis, just because it was so orange, and I’m glad I did. Also—so super easy and fast. That seems to be the theme here today…


Last week we finished (re)reading all the Series of Unfortunate Events and to celebrate we had a delightful themed dinner including chilled cucumber soup (we used Greek yogurt instead of regular), aqueous martinis and puttanesca with fettucine. I have to admit, this recipe intimidated me. Capers? Anchovies? Well, mostly those two things intimidated me. BUT it was actually quite easy and really good. I used anchovy paste instead of anchovies, as someone suggested, since it’s easier to keep on hand and won’t gross me out. Only a villainous person could turn down such a delicious thing.

Grilled Corn, Peach and Basil Salsa

Confession: I did not grill the corn. But this still turned out delicious. Homemade salsa of any variety really is just so much better than store bought (not that I would turn down store bought). One day when we have a yard with a garden with a dozen tomato plants, I will make salsa every day. Or at least every other day.

Five Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

We’ve had these twice in the last week! Surprise surprise—they’re the easiest cookies in the world to make. Even I, an exceptionally slow cooker (hah), can make this dough in five minutes. Plus you get bonus points for being able to tell people they only have five ingredients! It makes for a fun guessing game.

And there you have the highlights. We’ve also had things like tomato sandwiches, Portobello burgers and turkey gyros.

Of course in between these things we’ve had plenty of $5 pizza and more Rancherito than I would ever want to admit to. We like our food and we're not picky! Hah.


  1. Those all sound delicious! We'll be trying this Mac and Cheese soup very soon, with your recommended additions. Those enchaladas sound yummy as well. We will add this to our list of foods to make!

  2. All of these are so very delicious! O, those enchiladas! I am so glad I get to benefit from all this culinary experimentation. It's so hard for me to answer when I asked what I want for dinner and stuff because it's all so good and also because I am bad at remembering all the delicious things. But I will eat any and all cake(s) that appear before me! :D

  3. I love a good tried and true recipe. I also love all foods Mexican, so I'll be making those enchiladas, just as soon as I collect the ingredients. Thanks!

    Also, you could use that statement Drew made about eating any cake you put in from of him to your advantage. I have a sneaky idea for you if you're interested

  4. I almost got up and ran to my kitchen to see if I could really make those five minute cookies in five minutes.

    Another quick dessert idea: Apparently if you get a glass bundt pan you can microwave a cake in five minutes. Even though I have tried cake in a mug, I'm not sure how much I want to try baking an entire cake in a microwave. But I will try a lot of the recipes you posted!

  5. Hey, um, speaking of cakes and Harry Potter and all things awesome, this you gotta see.

  6. Julie, what a coincidence! I have that delicious looking pie bookmarked! too bad we can't make and eat it together.