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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 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 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 Baking – Week 10: Book or Movie Inspired – Strawberries and Cream Pie

Here’s the second of the recipes I’ve chosen from Diane Mott Davidson’s Dying for Chocolate.  She calls it a Strawberry Super Pie, but my title is a bit more descriptive.  Once again I took the recipe from Life Happening and Fun on the Farm because I couldn’t find the book.

The crust is a nut shortbread, and instead of just pecans, I used a toasted almond and pecan mixture that I had leftover from making baklava.  The filling is cream cheese and whipped cream mixture that is very light tasting and goes well with the sweet strawberry topping.  I took this pie to our Wednesday night church meeting at Les and April’s house, and it was gone very quickly!

My rating: 6 out of 10.  I’m not a big strawberry fan, and this would have been much better if the strawberries were in season.  The cream cheese mixture was difficult to fold with the whipped cream, so I think I’ll “lighten” it with some of the whipped cream first next time.  Also, the whole strawberries were a bit tart, so I’ll halve them next time.

Hubby’s rating: 7.5 out of 10.  He thought the texture of the crust was funky (no one else did, so maybe he’s just weird)  He also thought the whole strawberries were a bit too tart.  So not his favorite dessert, but he did like it.

Difficulty rating: 6 out of 10.  This has multiple steps that could be messed up, from cooking the strawberry goo to whipping the cream.  Experienced cooks will find it no problem, but beginners could have a difficult time.

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Posted by on March 11, 2012 in 52weeksofbaking, Good


52 Weeks of Baking – Week 7: Love-inspired – Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

What do Hostess cupcakes have to do with love, you ask?  Well….I love them.  And my belly baby has been craving them, and I love my belly baby.  And…that’s it.  These were pretty tasty!

I used a recipe from one of my new favorite blogs, Bake at 350.  Of course, mine don’t look nearly as pretty as hers do.  She wrote cool messages with the icing and everything.  I tried to do just a regular Hostess swirl on mine and that didn’t work out, so I just put a little blob on the top of each cupcake.  Mission accomplished.  Next time I’ll just leave the white icing off, as it doesn’t add much to the final product when you suck at cake decorating.

My rating:  6 out of 10.  (I’ve expanded the range from 5 to 10 as 5 seemed too confining.)

Hubby’s rating: 7 out of 10

Difficulty rating: 8 out 10 if you want them to be beautiful, unlike mine.  4 out of 10 if you don’t care that they look like cow pies.

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in 52weeksofbaking, Good


52 Weeks of Baking – Week 6: Elegant – Pots de Creme

Before anyone asks, no, these are not baked.  I completely forgot that this was supposed to be baking or I equated baking with desserts or something.  But if you want a really elegant dessert with very little effort, gives these a shot!

I used this recipe that I found along time ago from The Pioneer Woman’s blog.  If you have a blender at home and a few hours to kill waiting for these things to chill, this recipe is super-easy and tastes pretty good.  That is, it tastes pretty good if you like coffee.  Some of the commenters on the website say that you can’t taste the coffee, but either their taste buds are dead or I brewed the coffee WAY too strong.

Hubby’s rating: Hubby unavailable for comment at the moment; I’ll update this when he lets me know.

My rating: 2 out of 5.  I don’t like coffee.

Difficulty rating: 1 out of 5.  Maybe lower. This recipe is just ridiculously easy for what you get!

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Posted by on February 15, 2012 in 52weeksofbaking, Good