Here lately I've been on a "cooking" kick. I cook, just not with any consistency or frequency. I love browsing different food blogs, websites, and I absolutely love watching cooking shows. Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa is one of my favorites; along with Nigella Lawson. They both make me feel as though I too can get in my kitchen and burn baby burn (without literally burning)! I can watch marathons of these two women.
Anyhoo, for the last month or so I have tried different recipes from my Pinterest board Delicious, and have had pretty good success with the outcomes. With each that I've tried, I discovered and noted where I want/need to tweak to make them better for me and my family. We tend to enjoy a little more heat than what is included in the recipes we've tried. Do you find that you have to modify and/or adjust the recipes that you try? I'm actually looking forward to when my tastebuds will better guide me in making substitutions.
I am banana's for avocado's! I have been making this avocado, tomato, and cucumber salad all summer. If interested, the recipe is here. I cannot think of a dish I have ever consumed with avocado's that I did not like.
Enchilado sloppy joe's...this is one that the kids love to make. It's so simple and does not make a big mess to prepare. That's kind of a big deal for me when the kids are cooking just because they don't clean very well. The recipe can be found here.
While Pete and the kids were traveling and I was home alone, I tried the grilled flank steak. The recipe made for a tasty steak, however what I came to realize is that I don't prefer this cut. It is not as tender as I would have liked it to be (and this was after marinading for a few hours. Still, it was tasty, just not a cut I will try to prepare again. For the recipe click here.
The garlic chicken with artichoke could have been better. I have got to pay more attention to the ingredients and when I see that not very much seasoning is called for to really ante up on that. The dish itself was pretty good, but Lord did it need more flavor.
Well, I'm off to my Pinterest board Delicious , to see what I can find to cook for dinner tonight. Yes, my husband is wondering (silently, as not to ruin the cooking mood I'm in), what in the world is going on!
Make it AMAZING!