Chicken and Mushroom (mini) pies

Today’s recipe is brought to you by a cookbook I received for my birthday. It was not something I had seen before, and the first recipe I opened to was for cooking kidneys. Hmm. It seemed not quite for me. But then, I flipped through it a bit more and found that almost all of the rest of the recipes were ones I wanted to try. I looked up reviews to see what people said, and someone mentioned these pies as being good. I decided to not only try them, but to double it and make some to take to a friend with a newborn. These were great because I froze the batch for her and was able to bake them fresh on the day she said she would like them. I also made a dessert from this book that I shared with her. She is a big Harry Potter fan, so I knew she would get a kick out of the recipes and the cookbook. But even if you’re not, these are still good pies. I added extra vegetables because that is how we roll. I also had enough extra pie crust and filling that I did a top-only pot pie with a pie dish for the extras. So many meals, and you can do the recipe in stages if you want, like I did.

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Tips-y Tuesdays: Kebabs and Skewers

This is a work in progress. I have been trying different kebab recipes and not had much luck. I did meatballs (wouldn’t stay on the skewers), chicken thighs that I tried not cutting into pieces, shrimp, and then chicken breasts.

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Grilled Shrimp, Bell Pepper, and Mushroom Skewers/Kebabs

For awhile I had a dilemma. I wanted to try making skewers/kebabs, but I lacked the skewers. I also needed a grill. And then I didn’t really have recipes since I didn’t have the skewers…finally I went ahead and asked for them for my birthday this year. I have tried different recipes and am still learning, but this recipe was my first success!

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Ramen Salad

Oh my goodness. I did it. I just posted with complaints of not finding a good party salad, and then bam, I made this one and loved it. I have even been enjoying the leftovers! Not only is it super easy to make (one of the easiest side dishes ever), but it was a hit with my friends, too. I can’t say it is toddler-friendly, but I wasn’t intending for that when I picked it. A friend where I used to teach would make a ramen salad that she would share with us and it was so good! I didn’t think to compare until just now, but when I looked, hers is almost identical to the ingredients except no slaw, it used edamame and sunflower seeds, and you could add the seasoning packets, but she never did.

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Mixed Bag Monday (part 17): Party Salads

I am always trying to get more inspired to make side dishes. I mean to do more, but I usually get more excited about main courses and desserts. Occasionally I come across recipes I save, hoping for a reason to make them. Today I am sharing a few pictures from two recipes that were okay but not ones I would likely repeat.

The first comes from How Sweet Eats. I did not have a melon baller, and did not wish to pay more than a few dollars for one, sooooo we didn’t do balls. Forgive us? K helped me by cutting the watermelon. It was fairly easy to make…

Chopped produce and a vinaigrette mixed together is simple. But, the final dish was only “fine” and nothing spectacular.

Next I made a farro salad from America’s Test Kitchen. I liked this one more, but I would have liked less farro and more of the other ingredients.

I also made the mistake of doubling the recipe when a single batch would have been sufficient. My family always makes too much food for things.

Maybe I should have just done this and left out the farro? Then K might have tried it.

I liked it, but it was too much for just me to finish since I’m also still trying to convince the Fudgelet of farro’s merits.

Do you have any successful party salads to share?

 

Roman Fettucine Alfredo with Broccoli

Are you in the mood for a fast dish that can have everything you need all together? Starch, vegetable, protein…and it is one tasty package? It maybe isn’t the healthiest, but you could always scale back the butter and cheese a bit if you wanted. Or add extra pasta/broccoli to soak it up. We were all fans of this creamy dish which is very easy to make.

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Curry in a Hurry

What do you consider “a hurry”? I made the spice mixture for this ahead of time, and just left it in my mini food processor in case it needed to be re-processed. It meant that dinner came together in less than the time it took to cook the rice. I added spinach because I like what curry does for spinach, and I like having everything all together. Everyone ate this, and I cut out the serrano peppers to appease our sensitive tongues. You can certainly add them back in and up the spice. You could leave out the spinach, but you can also add more or less. It’s not a picky recipe, which also helps with a time crunch. For a large portion, you are just stirring occasionally while discussing cars with your toddler. Or whatever you do in your spare cooking time.

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