Whiskey Steak Sirloin
I am not a fan of whiskey, and this steak had such a strong amount of whiskey taste I wasn’t a huge fan. First of all, I would suggest that you bake it for longer than the time said. I pulled it out after the 8 minutes and it was tremendously red in the middle. Had to put it in the microwave for a while to finally get rid of it. The whiskey and soy sauce really took over in the taste department. On one hand, it was easy to make: marinate overnight and then broil for ten-ish minutes. It didn’t taste horrible, I mean it’s steak, but I’d rather have some marinade without whiskey (I had Jack Daniels so you can’t even blame the whiskey). If you are a whiskey drinker, you’d love this, but I’ll say thumbs down just for me.
Shredded Potato Casserole
The infamous potato casserole that is at almost every family function. I’ve never made it before, but have always loved eating it. This time was no exception. One thing I need to teach myself (which I did for the steak and the salad, but not the potatoes) is to read the recipe the night before, in case there is something I need to do that night - ya know like THAW THE POTATOES. Well, thankfully my boyfriend is smart and submerged the bag of frozen potatoes in hot water. If it were just me, I would have put off the recipe until the next day. One thing I would change about this recipe is to add more cornflake/cheese mixture to the top. I didn’t feel like there was enough to sprinkle over the entire thing. Thumbs up, make it!
chicken recipe with white rice worked out perfectly. Thought the rice isn't part of the recipe, it's super easy to make so I couldn't say no to the Taste of Home suggestion of serving the chicken and its sauce over some white rice. Definitely a thumbs up on this recipe.
West - Chicken
own "double boiler" and melted it that way (the recipe says to melt it in the microwave, but I just don't have the patience for that and I almost always burn it that way!). After the batter was all made it baked for almost a half hour. One thing I wish I had for after that was done was a wired cooling rack. I was only able to take one cake out of its pan to cool completely while the other had to cool inside its pan. So when it came time to frosting and layers the two cakes, I had a hard time getting the other one out. It all worked out though. The frosting hid all the imperfections, and it still tasted delicious. I would definitely make this recipe again. Thumbs up.
South - Dessert - Bakery - Cake
Northeast - Chicken
First of all, this Hummus was pretty easy to make. Saute some onions and then puree everything in a food processor. It smelled really good when it was done, however I wouldn't say I wanted to "Lick the Bowl Clean." Because the recipe called for sweet onions, that is what I bought at the grocery store. I would say that this was a big mistake. The hummus was way to sweet for my liking. I even tried to buy my favorite pita chips to eat it with - Parmesan Garlic - but it still wasn't able to mask the taste. Needless to say this whole batch it going to end
Thumbs way, way down.
West - Appetizer - Dip
Since New Years Eve was this past weekend, I decided that it would be a fantastic idea to pick a beverage from the cookbook to make, and hopefully enjoy. That brought me to the Beer Margaritas. Loving margaritas, I felt like this would be the perfect drink to ring in the new year, and it was! The one thing that caught me off guard was there is no tequila in this recipe. It's just lime juice, vodka, water, and beer. It was super easy to make. One can of lime juice concentrate made about 2L of the drink (2 pitchers, I'm pretty sure my pitcher is 1L but I
Midwest - Drink
Chili con Queso
If you readers know me personally, you know that Queso is my favorite food. If you readers don't know me personally, this just in: QUESO IS MY FAVORITE FOOD EVER. Because I don't like Buffalo Wings, this is what I chose for myself to eat during the Winter Classic. It was both delicious and super easy to make. Instead of in the microwave, I ended up just making it in a small crockpot: I felt like it would be more consistently melted and less burned this way (I am not a pro at heating things up in the microwave). This recipe is a little different than I
Thumbs way, way up.
Southwest - Appetizer - Dip - Cheese
Dinner & a Movie
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"Food is essential for life; therefore make it good"
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