Friday, November 29, 2013

Magazine Challenge: Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary

J likes pork tenderloin, but few other cuts of pork.  I'm pretty sure it's because his mother cooked it to the point that it was dry, but for the most part I don't push. 
But sometimes I realize that I've bought too much pork tenderloin on sale and I need to use it up whether or J really likes it or not. 
Enter this recipe.  And the above scenario.  You know what I really liked about this recipe?  It took less than an hour, and we got a roast out of it.  So good.  especially with red onions.  Roasted red onions often taste to me like apples, and that just makes it all good.  Especially with pork. 
Easy?  Check.  Tasty?  Check.  All good.
I present to you now from September 2005 Everyday Food, Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary:

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Magazine Challenge: Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Apple

I post this today in honour of American Thanksgiving.  I made these for Canadian Thanksgiving in October, and they were well received.  I was serving enough things that J would be skeptical about that I decided to cook a vegetable that he likes and I'm not quite so sure about.  Brussel sprouts.
I have to admit, if I'm not sure about a vegetable, the best thing to do is roast it.  The only people who were skeptical about these were my friend's 2 girls.  But they're often skeptical about what I cook when their family comes for dinner.
While there's no time to make them for Thanksgiving this year, there's always Christmas.  Or Tuesday.
I present to you now from the November 2005 issue of Everyday Food Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Apple:

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Magazine Challenge: Chicken, Rice, and Black Bean Salad

I actually made this in the summer.  You know, when tomatoes were lovely looking, vine ripened, and a decent price.  I'm often looking for lunch-type things for J and I to eat.  While I could go with scrambled eggs or soup (even in summer), he's not quite that into the small lunch.  So I look for things that might work for a couple of days and don't involve my having to cook all the time.
Enter this salad.  It looked refreshing and simple, and would last for a couple of days.  I was right.  J and I both enjoyed it as something different for lunch.
From the June 2005 issue of Everyday Food, I present to you now Chicken, Rice and Black Bean Salad:

Monday, November 25, 2013

Got Milk? 3: Glazed Chocolate Donut Muffins

I didn't make a cake for J's birthday this year.  Both his birthday and mine fell on Fridays that we were on the road for football.
I decided that it was easier to make some cupcakes than a whole cake that we'd then have to eat.  When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to give it a try.  Dense chocolate and chocolate glaze that had the potential to taste like a Tim Horton's Double Chocolate donut?
You bet I was in.
I present to you now Crunchy, Creamy, Sweet's Glazed Chocolate Donut Muffins:

Friday, November 22, 2013

Magazine Challenge: Sauteed Chicken and Spinach

I'm always looking for quick dinners that are tasty and incorporate more vegetables.  I'm not good about eating vegetables.  J, on the other hand, is always ready to give them a go. 
One of the few vegetables that we agree upon is spinach.  The other is broccoli.  Go figure.  At least we both like something healthy.
I marked this recipe months ago as something I wanted to make.  I'm glad I finally got around to it.  I love warm salads.  I also like warm dressings.  This combined both of those things.  A quick, filling dinner for a week night.  Just what I want to find.  It was also a Cooking for One feature, so by doubling the recipe I got one night out of the recipe.  J and I like leftovers, but it's nice to have just one night's dinner sometimes too.
I present to you now from the March 2005 issue of Everyday Food, Sauteed Chicken and Spinach:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Magazine Challenge: Butter Pecan Pie

My dad's favourite ice cream when we went to the local ice cream store was Butter Pecan.  Or maybe Maple Walnut.  But I would say that more often than not, he chose Butter Pecan.  My last memory of Dad and butter pecan is from his time in hospice, where he and my mother discovered Butter Pecan Ensure.  He was so happy to not be drinking chocolate, strawberry or vanilla Boost like he had been for the past year. 
When I saw this recipe in the July/August issue of Everyday Food, I found the crust interesting.  The filling was just for Dad.  I made this in the summer when my mom came to visit.  We all enjoyed it.  I think Dad would have too.
From the July/August 2005 issue of Everyday Food, I present to you now Butter Pecan Pie:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Takeout at Home: Sesame Chicken

I wouldn't say that I love Chinese food, but I do enjoy it.  Based on the things that you can find in my pantry like sesame oil, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar, we do eat a good deal of flavours from that part of the world.
One day, while roaming and drooling on Pinterest, I pinned yet another recipe from Budget Bytes.  As always, it was easy, quick and tasty.  It's also become a part of our regular rotation when I'm not making new things.  I present to you now Budget Bytes' Easy Sesame Chicken:

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Planning: November 17-22, 2013

I sat and wrote posts yesterday.  I'm queued up from now until the end of the month.  Pretty wild, and I'm not done.  I have this feeling that there will be a lot of posts between now and the end of the year.  But if nothing else, there's something Monday, Wednesday and Friday from now until December 1.  Plus an extra for American Thanksgiving.
Beyond that, I'm still making new things.  I've got a couple of things in the wings for this week.  All Magazine Challenge stuff:  I'm working at getting in as many as possible before the end of the year.  I'm noticing a lot of dessert that I haven't made.  I don't know how much of that will change.
But that's really beside the point.  Here's what's on the menu on the mountain this week:
  • Meatloaf (2 nights)
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup (1 night.  It's an EDF Cooking for 1 feature)
  • Macaroni and Cheese and Sausage
  • Flank Steak and Arugula Salad
  • One freebie night.  No we'll probably go out
That sounds doable.  And my grocery list isn't too frightening.  We'll see what happens.

Magazine Challenge: November

I actually went through the November 2005 Everyday Food in October. 
I wanted to see the Thanksgiving recipes and see what I might want to make for Canadian Thanksgiving. 
I used one of the side dishes, too.
Then I didn't blog it.  But I will.  Let's see if it makes it into November. 
I also haven't made a thing since.  Yet when I go back and look, there are some yummy things listed.  I need to start cooking more. 
We need to stay home.
One football game left.  I should have time.
Here's the list I came up with out of the November 2005 issue of Everyday Food:
  1. Bean Burritos
  2. Stuffed Onions
  3. Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Apples
  4. Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Cream Cheese Icing
  5. Lemon Cornmeal Cookies
  6. Crispy Mustard Chicken with Carrots
The brussel sprouts are good.  Wait til you see.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Getting Back on the Wagon

My mom sent me an email last week that asked me if I'd quit blogging. 
It's hard to say.  But I don't think so.
I've continued with the picture taking, and with the new recipes.  I've also continued with the Magazine Challenge. 
I have some summer recipes that I didn't share, some crockpot gems from the reno, 2 Pintertest Kitchens that I didn't post.  Thanksgiving.
We are home this weekend.  I'm not reading report cards.  I haven't started Christmas shopping, but I'm wearing footless tights, a sweatshirt, flip flops and no bra.  I think I'm in for the day.
I'm about to burn up the queue and schedule some posts.
Hold onto your hats.  The wagon is on track again.