Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 23rd, 2013

*Alice Chicken- Beth recommended this recipe and it is totally right up our alley! It was really familiar so I went back through old (paper) recipes and realized this one of of the first meals I made when we were married :) Served with roasted Brussels sprouts

*Tarragon and Dill Egg Soufle- made this for community group and it is the third time I've made it in the past couple of months. I love the flavor, texture and amount of protein for the twins! I added 1/2 t pepper and used dried herbs instead of fresh (using half the amounts it calls for)

*Lemon Pepper Chicken- Very simple grilled chicken recipe. Served with salad and quinoa

Hot Dogs, green smoothies and cantaloupe for Charlotte's Web movie night

Becky's birthday dinner- Mexican Buffet. I made Horchata. Instead of dried cinnamon, I blended two cinnamon sticks with the rice and water and let it soak over night. In the morning, I strained it twice and then added milk (whole), vanilla and 1/2 the sugar the recipe calls for.

Dinner at the Wornicks

Dad's Red Beans and Rice
1 ½ cups dried pinto beans
4 slices bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 Tbsp. Chile powder
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
salt and black pepper to taste

Sort beans carefully for stones or other debris. Wash thoroughly.Fry bacon in dutch oven until partially cooked…not crisp. Remove bacon, cool, then chop into bite-size pieces. Add onions and sauté slowly until tender. Add garlic and flour, sauté a couple of more minutes.

Place beans in pot with enough water to cover by 2-3 inches. Add sautéed chile powder, sugar, pepper and bacon. Bring to boil, cover, and reduce heat to low simmer. Stir occasionally. Make sure the beans stay covered with liquid, adding water or broth to maintain about an inch of liquid over beans. Beans will gradually become saturated and no longer require addition of liquid. As beans become tender, season with salt, remove lid and continue to simmer until very tender.

Friday, September 20, 2013

September 16th, 2013

Flank Steak on the grill with this marinade and roasted broccoli

Community Group- enchiladas

Taco Bowls and Mexican Rice

Nachos with black beans and roasted broccoli

Dinner at the Laramas- *Havarti Dill Mac and Cheese

Spaghetti with sauce from Trader Joes

*Apple and Peanut Butter Breakfast Quinoa- thanks for the amazing recipe Ang!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Dad's Guacamole

3-4 ripe Haas avocados
2 Tbsp. red onion, minced fine
1 clove garlic, minced fine
1 large ripe tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, minced fine
1Tbsp. cilantro
1 tsp. fine kosher salt
½ tsp. fresh ground black pepper
juice of 1lime

First, you can’t make good guacamole with bad avocados!  Select some soft avocados, or buy firm ones and let them ripen several days till soft.
Remove seeds from avocados, keeping one or two seeds for use in storing mixture later.
Place all ingredients in large bowl.  Using a fork, mash mixture and stir until all ingredients are incorporated thoroughly.  Don’t make a paste!  Leave some chunks of avocado in the mixture.  Taste mixture, adjust seasoning.  Place one or two avocado seeds in the mixture to help prevent browning.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for a couple of hours.  Remove from refrigerator and let stand for 30 minutes, stir again before serving.

Week of September 9th, 2013

*Seafood Enchiladas- very rich but tasty

Hamburgers with Roasted Green Chilis, Carmelized Onions, Avocado

Spaghetti at Community Group

Lasagna Roll-ups- oldie but goodie

Date night- Wings! Kids had turkey meatballs from the freezer

Chicken Burritos

Dinner at Cari's farmhouse in Sequim

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Week of September 2nd, 2013

BBQ in North Bend after a 10 hour drive home from Idaho. BOOOOO to labor day traffic

Night before kindergarten dinner at the Spaghetti Factory

Make your own pizza night for Saisha's birthday (I bought the Boboli Party Packs from Costco)

Dad's Green Chili

Turkey Burgers at Becky's

Dad's Crab Alfredo

Pizza at the Wornick's new house! Congrats on the move!

Week of August 26th, 2013

*Sriracha Potato and Macaroni Salad- I loved the noodle/potato combination. I added extra Sriracha to the top of my bowl!

Chicken Barley Soup- Mark's mom's famous recipe. I'll have to post it soon

*Crispy Chicken with Apricot dipping Sauce- Thanks for the recommendation Kelsey. Delicious! I pounded the chicken thin to get more of a cutlet thickness

Teriyaki Chicken in the Crockpot

Dinner in Idaho- Chipotle Burritos, Chili Hot Dogs and Grilled Pork Tenderloin with these AMAZING potatoes.


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