Mixed Bag Mondays: Bread in 5

I will be sharing more soon…I’ve been super happy with all of the recipes I have been making from this Bread in 5 book. Basically, the premise of this book and others in the series are that you spend about 5 minutes prepping the bread dough, then you bake it later and can have fresh bread on a more regular basis.

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Asparagus Soup

I was meal planning for the week and was looking for main courses when I came across an asparagus and fennel soup. Now, you might say…where is the fennel? Well, I saw this soup but figured it wasn’t prime season for asparagus, leeks, or fennel right now so I would wait. While I was at the grocery store I actually saw some good looking asparagus. When I went to cook it that night, I decided to look back at the soup recipe. I missed most of the key ingredients but decided to do my own version. It ended up so good that all of us loved it. Even the Chiplet kept asking for more, pointing at that bowl over his meat (his usual favorite part of a meal).

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Homemade Coffee Soap

Every year, K’s cousins do a Secret Santa exchange for Christmas. Some years there are themes. This past Christmas, the theme was homemade gifts. I slightly cheated by buying a few gifts for my person as well, but that was partially because she made a list. So, I got her a book she wanted, along with mugs that coordinated with the book. But I also picked the mugs since I decided to make her coffee soap.

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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Clementines and Roasted Vegetables

After my dad and M visited, they had left me with some chicken thighs, clementines, carrots, and celery. I didn’t have any plans for them but decided to throw them together into something. Somehow they all worked together and made something delicious. I served it on top of rice to take advantage of the sauce.

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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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Meatball Marsala

I decided to share another meatball recipe with you to make this a meatball week. These meatballs are awesome because it really gives you the same idea as a chicken marsala but with beef, and to me they feel easier even though the work is similar. There is something so fun for me with making meatballs. The Fudgelet helped make them with me.