May Menu ~ 2013

You may have noticed that I took a little sabbatical from blogging. I didn’t know I was going to take a break but it was obvious that I needed one. It’s also pretty obvious that I didn’t cook nearly as much of my April menu as I intended and I usually try to make those recipes up the next month, but alas, I probably won’t get to those any time soon. But I do have a whole menu of new and exciting recipes to share, and I appreciate all you wonderful readers and fellow bloggers for coming back to see what I’m cooking ūüôā

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Recipes I’m cooking that I’ve shared before:

Zucchini Noodles,  Cilantro Lime Rice,  Spinach Tomato Feta Frittata,  Cheeseburger Salad,  Black Bean & Steak Taquitos

Recipes I’m working on this month:

Quinoa, Black Bean & Corn Burritos

Fish Cakes with Cilantro-Lime Dip

Mushroom & Peas Pulao

Chicken Enchilada Pasta Bake

Skinny Cheeseburger Casserole

Southwest Chicken & Corn Chowder

Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken

White Bean Turkey Chili

Marinated London Broil

Cajun Chicken Fritters with Cajun Aioli

Bourbon BBQ Sliders with Garlic Aioli

Southwest Chicken Wraps

Honey-Lime Chicken Kabobs

Shredded Beef Tacos with Lime Cabbage & Queso

Chopped Thai Chicken Salad

Chipotle Steak Burritos

Crispy GF Sweet & Sour Chicken

Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

 Sides & Other:

Thai Dragon Noodles

Turkey Bacon & Cheddar Potato Cakes

Four Bean Salad

Parmesan & Chive Quinoa Patties

Deviled Potato Salad

Breakfast Enchilada Bake

Desserts:

Gooey Butter Bars with Fresh Strawberries

Mini Apple Tarte Tatin

Strawberry Tart with Basil Cream

Vanilla-Coconut Rice Pudding

Chocolate Banana Pudding Pie

Lemon Cake with Raspberries and Yogurt Frosting

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Strawberry-Peach Jam

Since our move¬†a few¬†weeks ago we’ve been given lots of fresh veggies and fruit. It is always such a blessing, but figuring out what to do with it all before it goes bad can be challenging. In this case I had peaches and strawberries and no idea what to do with them. So I tried something I’d never done before: make jam.

Now, to be honest it wasn’t intended to be a jam, and it isn’t thick like a jam. But it is wonderfully sweet and tasty and very jam-like. Does that make sense? I know I could have gotten¬†creative and made all sorts of things, like cobblers, crisps, syrups, compotes, etc.¬†{I did make Sangria!}¬†But I was feeling crunched and a bit hungry for something that would go really well in a pastry sort of way.

Strawberry-Peach Jam

7 fresh peaches, skinned and pitted

1 pint strawberries, wash and remove tops

Puree both using blender or other kitchen device

Place in pot, add 1/4 cup organic sugar and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer/low boil until sugars are dissolved. Cool and put into jars.

This made just under 2 pints.

If you have more peaches I would recommend¬†adding them in. The strawberries have a dominating flavor, and while the jam was still very good and I could taste the peaches, I wouldn’t have minded more. I doubt I would have needed to add any additional sugar. The peaches were especially ripe and juicy and sweet.

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Look for my next post today: Strawberry-Peach Pancakes!

Valentine’s Day Recipes ♥

Valentine’s Day is¬†almost here¬†and I have been seeing so many great blogs¬†and websites featuring V-Day recipes. Who would have thought of some of these great ideas? Well, these bloggers did and I aim to share ūüôā

~Raspberry Sweeties!~

by 4 Little Fergusons

Little Cream Cheese Puff Bites

by Foodie Foodie Two Shoes

 

Black Cauldron Chocolate Imperial Stout Cake

by Sumptuous Spoonfuls

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Cream Cheese Filling

by Jamie Cooks It Up!

Can you say “YUM”!?

Now that dessert is out of the way how about some main dishes?

For Breakfast….

~Strawberry Crepes~

@¬†Caprice’s Kitchen

Image borrowed from fortheloveofcooking.net

¬†I haven’t made these in a long time (it’s high time I did!) but they are SO GOOD! My mom made these for me many times as a special breakfast for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Christmas mornings, etc. This is her recipe ūüôā

¬†Lunch (or Brunch)…

 Cheese Souffle

recipe and image from Taste of Home

 Spinach and Strawberry Salad

recipe and image from WholeFoods Market

And Dinner…

 Valentine Pizza

by Allrecipes.com

 V-Day Menu

Here’s an entire menu from appetizer, main dish, sides, to dessert. Courtesy of The Food Network.

How about some great craft ideas??

Candy Heart Wreath 

Paper Heart Decorations 

by designplusyou

Free Printable Tags and Labels 

from Hello, Good Gravy!

There are so many awesome recipes and craft ideas out there that this blog could go on FOREVER! But it’s not hard to Google and see for yourself ūüôā Have fun searching for that perfect recipe or idea and¬†I hope you have a fantastic and love-filled¬†Valentine’s Day!

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