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Week 3: Korean – Beef Kimbap


No step-by-step pictures this time, as my kitchen was horribly messy when I prepared this.  Also, the roll in the picture is not beautiful, but I’m okay with that.

For Korean week, I was at a bit of a loss for what to prepare.  The only Korean thing I knew about was kimchi, and that tastes like sweat.  So I looked up Korean street food, and found this delightful recipe for Beef Kimbap.   We really liked it!

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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in 52weeksofcooking, Good


Week 15: One-Pot – Emeril’s Three Cheese Risotto

Not realizing that a “rice” week was on the horizon, I prepared this yummy risotto for my one-pot meal. I used Emeril’s recipe.

This could have cooked a little longer.  But it was still delicious!

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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in 52weeksofcooking, Try Again


Week 14: Sanwiches – Avocado, Cheddar, and Caramelized Onions

For this week, my inspiration came from a restaurant that Adam and I went to on our babymoon in Eureka Springs called Local Flavor Cafe.  This sandwich was much more delicious there, but still quite good to make at home.  Do not be deterred by the fact that there is no meat on the sandwich.  I love meat, but this sandwich does not need it.

Les made some awesome potatoes to go with this sandwich. You don’t really need a recipe for this sandwich. Just get a hoagie, spread it with your favorite condiment (I recommend something white, like mayo or sour cream), put some sliced onions, cheddar cheese and caramelized onions on it, and chow down.  You could add tomatoes if you like or anything else really.  Use your imagination!

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Posted by on July 1, 2012 in 52weeksofcooking, Good


Week 13: Russian – Beef Stroganoff

I’ve made stroganoff before, but it’s been a very long time.  My purpose this week was to try a new stroganoff recipe that I could possibly add to our regular dinner rotation. I decided to go with this recipe from Tyler Florence.

I thought that the mushrooms could have cooked a little longer, but I really hate the texture of mushrooms in general.  The more they cook down, the less squishy they are.  Adam liked it a bit, but it wasn’t fantastic.

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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in 52weeksofcooking


Week 12: Cheese – Queso Blanco Dip

I love cheese.  I remember a certain encounter retreat that our church had several years back.  There was a young man from Cameroon with us who commented on the meals we prepared for the retreat, saying that Americans seem to put cheese on everything.  Appropriately, we passed a billboard on the way home that said, “Ah, the power of cheese.”

So for cheese week, I decided to prepare this Queso Blanco Dip recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.

It was easy and quite tasty. I don’t usually like American cheese, but there is enough good stuff in this dip to make up for it.

Rankings: Heck if we know!  I made this a LOOOOOOONG time ago!

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Posted by on June 29, 2012 in 52weeksofcooking, Good


52 Weeks of Cooking – Week 11: Breakfast – Cinnamon Baked French Toast

So.  You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in quite some time.  I blame first my third trimester of pregnancy.  Second, I blame having a newborn.  And third I blame my own forgetfulness.  I’ve decided that trying to do 52 weeks of cooking AND baking is too much for me, so I will only be doing the cooking challenges from here on out.

I have still been cooking the theme weeks (though perhaps not on the actual week they’re supposed to be cooked), and I have a lot of back posts to get through.  I will try to publish one post per day until I get caught up.


This is the Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Baked French Toast.  It’s been so long since I cooked this that I don’t remember it much.  I do remember that it was quite easy to prepare.  If you want to have an easy breakfast on a Saturday morning, prepare this the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  Pop it in the oven in the morning for a no-fuss treat!

Hubby’s ranking: He doesn’t remember it…too long ago!

My ranking: I didn’t actually eat it…I had some morning sickness going on!

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Posted by on June 28, 2012 in 52weeksofcooking, Good


52 Weeks of Cooking – Week 10: Book or Movie Inspired – Gourmet Spinach Soup

I was really excited about this week’s challenge until I realized that all the recipes I wanted to try from books I read would require a trip WAY out of town for ingredients.  Lamb stew with dried plums?  No lamb.  Treacle tart?  No treacle or golden syrup. I went through so many internet searches I got tired of it and decided to make things easier on myself.  In my days of buying paperback mysteries, I found a series by Diane Mott Davidson featuring a caterer who is also an amateur sleuth.  I’ve only read one of these books (Dying for Chocolate) so I decided to go with two of the recipes in that book (one for cooking, one for baking).  Then I couldn’t find the book.  I still can’t find the book.

Luckily, another blogger has made some of the recipes from this book recently, so I was able to find the recipes online.  This one is Goldilocks’ Gourmet Spinach Soup.  I did modify the recipe slightly.  For some reason, scallions give me headaches, so I substituted half a white onion for the scallion in the recipe and I didn’t add any extra onion at the end.

I also made a delicious loaf of bread!

Kind of looks like a dog bone, doesn’t it?  Plus you can see flour and spinach sprinkling my cabinets, which is awesome.  This is a bread called Everything Loaf that was absolutely delicious.  It’s not book-inspired or anything; I just thought it would go well with the soup.  And it did.  So there.  Despite the awful presentation (my bread braids need work) this was one of the tastiest homemade loaves I’ve ever made.  I did not use caraway seed in the topping, and I added dried minced garlic.

My rating: 6 out of 10 for the soup.  I don’t really like mushrooms, and I think some additional cream cheese wouldn’t be amiss.

Hubby’s rating: 8 out of 10.  He would have liked more cheese as well.

Difficulty rating: 3 out of 10.  You have to chop and cook the spinach yourself, but this recipe is pretty easy.

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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in 52weeksofcooking