Disappearing Dishes

After totally succeeding at not posting regularly, I thought I’d wow you with this collection of dishes that haven’t made the blog. See? I haven’t been lazy, just  not successful. #KeepTrying

Chicken Philly

A delicious chicken Philly with a horrible picture

Grapefruit

A grapefruit compote that was good, which you won’t see here because I forgot to continue taking pictures.

Hinglish

Hinglish Pie from French Guy Cooking that I screwed up by not following directions.

Hot n Sour Soup

Yummy, sinus-clearing Hot & Sour Chicken Soup that got buried in the files before I wrote down how I made it.

Mac n Chz

Homemade mac & cheese that was not as good as it should have been. No need to make others suffer.

Stuck Pot Rice

Stuck pot rice from Mark Bittman’s old column in the New York Times. It’s phenomenal. You should make it.

Weird Pesto

Weird pesto…and not the good weird

Winey Pears

Wine poached pears. They were okay. The Cool Whip with them was banging.

In the words of Ron White, “I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka and have a party.” I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my lemons. Now off to find the vodka and party. =)

-L

 

Guac!

Guac from Relish the Feast

Guacamole is in my top 5 favorite dips, probably top 3 actually. It can be made a variety of ways, but the simplest guac is frequently the best.

Mash avocados (more than the lonely half present in my picture). Mix in chopped plum tomatoes and onion. (Green onions are great for guac if you have them.) Add a squeeze of lime juice and enjoy!

-L

Social Food: Fiesta Week!

Travel is synonymous with summer. If, like me, you’re too broke to go anywhere exotic, bring the exotic to you – through your kitchen! Last week, I toured the flavors of Mexico, Spain, Latin America & the spicy southwest with Fiesta Week! Thanks to my penchant for pinning things, I was able to source some great recipes to make and modify.

Fiesta Week from Relish the Feast

The bonus to a food theme week: it lessens the number of grocery items you purchase and helps create a flexible menu.

Here are some ideas for celebrating your own Fiesta Week.

Mango Salsa from A Cup of Jo – I did not test my jalapeno before mixing it in, and they were wicked hot. To lessen their dominance in the salsa, I added half a can of chopped pineapple pieces (roughly 1 cup) and a small, red sweet pepper.

Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa from Nutmeg Nanny – Instead of making this pineapple salsa, I used the modified mango-pineapple salsa.

Just Like Chipotle’s Corn Salsa from how sweet it is – Again with the abnormally hot jalapeno I had. No joke, it was like squeeze your eyes and choke hot. To temper it in this salsa, I added 4 extra ounces of corn and a tablespoon of sugar. It is still pretty hot.

Patatas Bravas from Hilah Cooking

Green Mexican Rice with Corn from Pinch of Yum

To make the week even more flexible, I also made ground chicken taco meat using Tabasco, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. To make it, brown the meat, add a teaspoon of Tabasco and like 3 shakes of all the others. Stir & sniff. Add a little more of whatever you like until it smells like tacos. I usually add a little extra chili powder for good measure.

Taco Salad from Relish the Feast

Some others staples to have during Fiesta Week include olives, green onion, beans (refried or normal, black or pinto preferably), tortillas, tortilla chips, lettuce, Greek yogurt or sour cream and cheese.

Buen provecho!

-L

P.S. Lola nearly got my salad while I was snapping away. Such a sneaker! =)

Lola Bomb

Jalapeno Cream Cheese

Cream cheese is a flexible food. It’s delicious the way it is, but with a few additions, it can be transformed into nearly anything you desire. Salty, sweet, fresh, bold. The flavors you add are only limited by your imagination and taste (and budget). Below is a simple way to spice it up. Eaten on egg sandwiches or bagels, it will add a fiesta kick to your meal.

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Recipe from Relish the Feast

Ingredients:

  • A 12 oz tub of cream cheese
  • 2 jalapeno
  • Green onion to taste

Directions:

  • Chop the green onion and jalapeno.
  • Mix them into your cream cheese. If you set the cream cheese out while you chop, it will soften a bit, making it easier to mix.

Sorry for the crap-tastic pic. I hadn’t planned on sharing this, but it proved too tasty.

Enjoy!

-L