Friday, December 31, 2021

Black and White Weekend

 I am just showing off a few black and white photos for The Weekend in Black and White.

My husband made my favorite dessert, tiramisu 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Tasty Eats - Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

In this edition of Tasty Eats. I thought I would share what we ate for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My husband did most of the cooking. I Christmas eve he made a shrimp boil. I am not sure how he decided to make this. I am sure it was suggested in some conversation. This is something we don't normally make. However, it was delicious. I am sure he followed a recipe on the web. I can't say for sure if this is the recipe he used, but it was close: Shrimp Boil Recipe - Cooking Classy

Christmas day my husband made a pork roll with a cranberry sauce, veggies and long grain rice. The star of this dish was the cranberry sauce. We told him he should bottle it and sell it. The only ingredients I can remember was in it was dried cranberries, mint, and orange juice. 
I made a sandwich with the pork loin and the sauce.

Finally, I have the eclairs I made for Christmas morning. After seeing a Boston Cream Pie French Toast on a cooking show, I wanted to try to duplicate it.  Trader Joe's usually has brioche bread, and I was going to make the French Toast with that. I guess the location I go to has been out for a while. I saw the sweet milk rolls and decided on a plan B.  I made the pastry cream and chocolate ganache from a Boston Cream Pie recipe (found here). I cut the rolls in half lengthwise, filled it with the pastry cream and topped it with the chocolate ganache. We all loved them. I will have to make these again. 

Here are the rolls I used:

That is all for now for this edition of Tasty Eats. I hope everyone had a happy Christmas๐ŸŽ„ holiday and have a Happy New Year. ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ

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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Green Bean Casserole Pizza

 As soon as I saw this pizza at Aldi, I knew I had to try this. I know that this might look a little scary, but it wasn't that bad. I usually go to Aldi's to get milk and since I am going home from work. I may pick up something for dinner.  I was looking at the take and bake pizzas, saw the green bean casserole pizza and immediately knew I had to try this.

This pizza is a thin crust pizza. I like thin crust pizza, so it was a plus for me.  If you love green bean casserole, you might like this pizza. My son and I are the only ones that ate this pizza. He thought it was just ok. I feel the same way. It was something different to try, but are not likely to buy this again.

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Monday, December 20, 2021

Holiday Meal - Tasty Eats

Our family met up to celebrate Christmas yesterday. Since we moved into a big enough house, everyone came to our house. In years pasts we have rented out a space at a nearby hotel. My husband did most of the cooking, he made turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, stuffing, chili (requested by my brother-in-law. My mother-in-law use to make chili for him at Christmas) and sweet potato pie. My older stepson and daughter-in-law brought ham and rice. The younger step some made sweet potato salad, a smore dessert, and a chocolate peanut butter dessert. My older daughter made pecan pie. I made toffee squares and dark chocolate chip cookies.

My son got a meat and cheese set as a gift.
The sweet potato pie my husband made
The sweet potato salad  made by my step son was probably one of the stars of the meal. It is not the best photo, I wish I had taken a better picture. 

The peanut butter and smore dessert bars

I wish I had a large table for everyone to sit at. Everyone was all over the place. We had disposable plates, cups, and cutlery for less clean up. 
I had to make toffee squares. My mom had made these all the time around the holidays while I was growing up. It is my favorite. There is usually chopped nuts on top. I left it off because my granddaughter has a nut allergy.

Of course, there are left overs. However, there is no left over turkey or sweet potato salad.

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Tasty Eats

Here is another edition of Tasty Eats. I don't know what to call this first dish. My son created it for dinner one night. I think it is like a chicken fried steak, but with ground beef.

This next treat was given to me by a co-worker. She called it coffee Jell-O.  It tasted al right, I am not sure how I felt about the texture.
I made a pineapple upside down banana cake with some left over pineapple from Thanksgiving. I added brown sugar cinnamon and a little too much nutmeg for liking in the pineapple. I had some really ripe bananas so I found a banana cake recipe in my very worn down Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I put the pineapple mixture in my 9 inch square pan and topped the banana cake batter on top. This cake turned out really good. I may have to perfect this recipe down the road. It might look prettier with the pineapple rings than crushed pineapple.

Finally, I made Goulash.  Always a solid dinner.

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Sunday, December 05, 2021

Making New Dishes out of Thanksgiving Leftovers

In this post, we are going to show what we did with some of Thanksgiving leftovers. I made an ice cream out of my husbands strawberry and banana topping my husband made for the French toast he had made for breakfast that morning. I folding in some additional whipped topping and ran it through the ice cream attachment for my Kitchen Aid. It was pretty good.
My husband made soup out of the left over ham. That was tasty too.
Finally I never did show the Dreamy Apple Butter Pie in the Thanksgiving post. What we did with that is we took the remaining pie, crust and all, and folded up some crushed Butterfinger, pieces of angle food cake, some cut up chocolate, and some additional whipped topping and made a version of Butterfinger Dessert.

 That turned out pretty tasty too. All of this was more of a creative outlet on repurposing food. It was a fun challenge.

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Friday, December 03, 2021

I Won't Make That Again

 The two things I made recently that I will never likely make again are grilled mac and cheese sandwich, and raisin filled cookies.

First is the grilled mac and cheese sandwich.

I have seen commercials from Panera Bread  advertising the mac and cheese sandwich. My version is simpler. I is just some Kraft Macaroni and Cheese in the middle of two slices of cheese.

It wasn't bad, I just don't think I will bother again. I would rather just have the mac and cheese or just have the grilled cheese sandwich.

The second thing I made are raisin filled cookies. My mother-in-law had made these and were my husband's favorite cookie. When my mother in law was alive, she would make these every year around Christmas time. More recently my husband has been wanting these cookies. When I saw this post on Raisin Filled Cookies, I knew it was time to make this cookie. 

The cookie dough was easy enough to make. When I made the filling, I am sure I added to much water. I did not need to add as much as I did. I ended up cooking it longer to reduce the water down. 
It was labor intensive to make these, and the filling leaked out of most of them.

But my husband loved them. He understands that it is a lot of work putting the cookie together. If I do make these cookies again, it is going to be a special occasion. 

Both the mac and cheese grilled cheese sandwich and raisin filled cookies were good. It is just that neither of these recipes were good enough to want to make again.

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