Mixed Bag Mondays: Mushrooms and Waffles

I swear I’m not being lazy, but I just don’t see the need to go through all the steps of sharing some recipes that aren’t ones I would make again. Let’s start with the waffles.

What’s wrong with this waffle?

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Sous Vide Halibut

Here I am bringing another sous vide recipe your way. This is not meant to sway you to buy one. I think I have said this before, but I never planned on having one. It was a gift and I wanted to find recipes to use with it. My best luck has been with seafood, so I wanted to share a favorite from this summer.

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Roasted Beef Brisket with Vegetables

My birthday is always interesting as an adult/mom/wife. I enjoy cooking, so it can be fun making food for my own birthday. But, I also don’t want anything that would be exhausting or boring. So, this past birthday I was flipping through my cookbooks and came across this recipe. I’d never made anything with brisket before, but wanted to try. It seemed so easy but seemed potentially good. I consulted with my dad and M since they had cooked brisket before. The recipe was a bit different from what they’ve done before but they said it sounded like it could work.

And it did!

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Strawberries and Cakes

I know…it isn’t strawberry season, but I still wanted to share these. I used a recipe from Smitten Kitchen and also a recipe from a cookbook. But to be honest, I can’t tell them apart. I’m not positive which recipe came from which place. I think the ones directly below were from a cookbook and the circle ones were from Smitten Kitchen. I think.

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Grilled Caramel Sesame Chicken

This recipe started off with every thought of me following it word for word. But we don’t like fish sauce, no matter how hard we try. So, I swapped it with some Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. And then I was going to use skewers but chickened out (pun intended) at the last moment. That’s why my chicken is chopped when it didn’t need to be with the way I cooked the chicken. But, it still ended up delicious the way I made it. We loved it over rice.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Strawberry BBQ Sauce

We are fans of grilled chicken, but sometimes I want to mix it up a bit with different flavors. Originally this recipe sounded great with blackberries. But, when we went to the store, blackberries were pricey and lackluster. Meanwhile, the strawberries were super cheap and delicious looking, so I decided to do a swap. Sure enough, it worked out well!
The Fudgelet actually helped me put everything in for the sauce.
The sauce made the house smell really good as it cooked. 
Directions for Grilled Chicken Thighs with Strawberry BBQ Sauce
Adapted from the Food Network Magazine
BBQ Sauce
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
  • 12 ounces dark beer
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon ground chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin

In a large pot, combine all of the ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 hours. Puree the sauce with a blender, food processor, or an immersion blender then strain.

Grilled Chicken Thighs

  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • About 1.5-2 pounds Chicken thighs (I used boneless, skinless ones)
  • Vegetable oil

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Pasta with Sausage, Kale, and Walnut Gremolata

This was a recipe that had foods I wasn’t sure my family would like, all put together. The Fudgelet is sometimes funny about lemon, and he hasn’t had much in the way of nuts. Then K doesn’t enjoy kale. At all. But, I also want to make sure that the Fudgelet gets a variety of foods since even if K or I don’t like something, he might. I have tried cooking regular kale for K before, but never this type and I thought it might be better for him since part of his issue with kale is the curly texture. This is smoother and seemed closer to spinach.

What do you think they thought?

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