Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What We Ate

Ever since my discovery of other bloggers a couple years ago (yes, I really thought I was alone... silly me) my cookbooks have been sadly neglected. 

There's just an unending supply of recipes out there that I want to try, 

and lest I forget the good ones, it's time for another episode of:
These are some of the recipes we tried (and liked!) from the last couple months.

from Pie Birds, Buttons & Muddy Puddles
photo from Piebirds, Buttons & Muddy Puddles

No exaggeration, I made chicken with that sauce on it three times in two weeks, by just BBQ'ing some simple boneless skinless chicken thighs and basting that sauce on.

My husband declared it the best chicken I'd ever made and my children (as Taylor would put it) rose up and called me blessed. You would not believe the quantities of chicken thighs five males can eat when they are inclined to. 

And the best part is the recipe lasts in the fridge for about two weeks and makes quite a bit (which is how we were able to eat it three times)

Also from Andrea at PieBirds, 

was this recipe for Spicy Honey Chicken with Salad.

Photo from Piebirds, Buttons & Muddy Puddles

I'd be lying if I said everyone in the family loved it as much as me (it IS a salad, after all) but I thoroughly enjoyed myself and was therefore able to tune out any naysayers. 

This next recipe, from Sutton Grace, is one I've been making once a week for the last couple months because I love it so. 

Quinoa with Black Beans
Photo from  Sutton Grace

It incorporates quinoa, which is delicious and extremely nutritious (although it's name is indeed unfortunate... who enjoys saying keen-wah? Not me)
and it's very versatile. The recipe calls for diced chicken, but that is optional. You can leave it out all together or substitute with some other kind of cooked meat you have on hand. Ground beef is also yummy.

I typically make it for lunch and then eat leftovers for a couple days. If you do that, just mix the diced avocados in before you eat. They aren't so pretty after a couple days in the fridge.

My friends recently gave me a big bag of homegrown tomatillos, and I said "oh, thank you!" while internally thinking, "I don't know what to do with these!" 

But that week my friend Selina from Creative Juices Decor serendipitously posted a recipe for 

Chicken Enchiladas Verde using fresh tomatillos 
from Creative Juices Decor
 These really were easy to make and I felt like a rockstar blending up a real jalapeno. 

Peppers in general are frightening to me, but it wasn't so bad.

Plus, they tasted deLISH. I had enough sauce leftover to make a smaller 9x9 pan for the freezer and we just pulled them out and enjoyed them last weekend. Good stuff.

I've also been trying out some new sweet recipes, because dessert is my favorite meal of the day. 

For Jarrod's birthday I made this simple chocolate cake

using this recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything to doctor up a normal cake mix until it was dense, dark, and amazing. Then I finished it off with homemade frosting using the 'dark rich' version of this recipe. 

As much as I've given up processed foods, I am still a sucker for the taste of canned frosting.

First love from childhood and all that.

So I was pleased that this recipe came remarkably close to the "real thing" and I will definitely make it again. No fondant for me, thank ya verra much.

Also for J's birthday, I made these 

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
which were also from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Image via The Girl Who Ate Everything

I will not apologize for posting that picture and making you want to lick your screen. 

I just won't. 

The bars were indeed delicious, but the absolute crowning glory on them was the 

Homemade Buttermilk Caramel Sauce

Via Our Best Bites
Oh. My. Lord. 

My friend Melissa first told me about this recipe months and months ago, and I cannot believe it took me so long to make it. If I could kick my own butt, I would. 

It's like.... a thousand little sugary angels pirouetting on your tongue. 

Heaven on a spoon. 

Your loveliest childhood memories condensed into a condiment. 

It is the best thing I've ever tasted. 

And the best part is, it's really easy! You don't even have to own a candy thermometer (which I don't) 

I made this sauce and we had it on our apple bars, but there was enough left over that for the last week we have been eating it by the spoonful  drizzling it on lattes, spooning it over icecream, smearing it on pancakes, using it to dip granny smith apples,  and occasionally taking the jar out just to lovingly stroke it. 

This stuff is like gold. 

I guarantee you will never ever buy storebought caramel sauce again. 

You're welcome.


If you have any recipes that you stumbled upon lately and really enjoyed, please tell me about them in the comments section. I'm always on the look out for a keeper. 

That's it for this episode of

 See ya next time!


  1. That apple crumble cheesecake was AMAZING! It looks so pretty too.

  2. I just love when the peoples rise and call us blessed. ;)
    Yummy stuff!!

  3. I'm gonna be trying some of these recipes! I have quinoa and black beans already so I think I'll try that tonight...quinoa is a funky name, ha. I have to make an effort every time I say it to pronounce it correctly. : )

  4. you are blessed. Look at all that blog love.
    I always enjoy hearing what other people are trying and enjoying. It was one of these posts of your that got me turned on to Tammy's Recipes :)


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