Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Ok, when I made this recipe I got inspired and started to take video of the different stages of making the cookies. Then YouTube took forever to upload the videos. I saved some of the early video shots to a place on my computer where I can't find them. So, I just put on here the last two stages of the process.
Some lessons learned on this recipe are that I would use a food processor to chop up the chickpeas. I think it would make it easier to mix. I have a Kitchen Aide stand mixer so I have a powerful mixer, but I just think they would incorporate better if they were whipped up in the food processor first.
The first video is of me taking out the cookies so you can see the finished product. Please remember that I was doing this video at 10 o'clock at night, so I was pretty tired. The next video is of our taste tester eating one of the cookies.
This recipe makes cookies that have a moist texture. They aren't quite as moist as a muffin, but definitley moister than other chocolate chip cookies. If you've had Famous Amos Chocolate Chip cookies, these are definitley not as hard and crunchy as those.
Our final family vote for this recipe was 4 Cheerios. They aren't the worst best chocolate chip cookies, but they aren't half bad either.
My next review is going to be of the Quesadilla recipe. That one will probably be posted over the weekend, or Monday at the latest. Of course barring any technical difficulties.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
This week I have been busy baking bread. Thanks to Kim for sharing her bread starter. The smells of homemade, delicious bread have been wafting through the air. My husband will soon start to fuss that I am going to make him fat. LOL But, I have been sharing it with family, so that has helped.
Please check back because I do plan on posting another recipe review soon.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Here is our Chief Taste Tester in our kitchen lab with Sample 1.
As I mentioned in my previous post, we are using our highly scientific Cheerios scaling system for rating recipes. And this recipe rates a 5. We loved this banana bread recipe. My husband was circling the bread like a hungry shark as soon as it came out of the oven. And, Sawyer loved the bread so much he ate two pieces in one sitting. I will definitley make this recipe again. It made the house smell good to have it baking.
I think when I make this again, I will add golden raisins and coconut to the batter. I've added those to pumpkin bread recipes I've made in the past and it really adds to the flavor of the bread.
If any of you have this cookbook and would like to write a review, please email me. I'd love to add your thoughts, especially for any upcoming recipes I will review.
The next review will be of the chicken nuggets recipe.
Until next time, here is a great food quote I found:
As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. ~Buddy Hackett
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Our Scientific Scaling System
Another addition I thought would be helpful to the reviews, is a scaling system. And, since our Chief Taste Tester's favorite thing is Cheerios, we will be using a 5 Cheerio scale. 5 Cheerios means that it is a fabulous recipe, easy to make, we loved the flavor and we would highly recommend. 4 Cheerios is that it tasted great, was easy to make, tasted fine. 3 Cheerios is middle of the road, not quite sure what to make of it. May need to make it again, the jury is still out. 2 Cheerios is it was edible. 1 Cheerio, well that means that a picky one year old wasn't pleased and pushed it away. And our Boston Terrier, Zoe, might eat it. Might. She can be a little princess.
Recipe Review #2 Meatloaf
Ok, I have to admit that I very, very loosely followed this recipe. Instead of using celery, I used a green pepper. I didn't cook the onion and other ingredients in a skillet. I'm more of a mix and dump meatloaf maker. I also omitted the milk because I thought it would be too much liquid and I added one egg to my recipe. I find it helps with helping the meatloaf bind together. I also didn't have Italian bread crums and just used plain. I like the idea of pureed carrots in this so I did do that. You really can't taste them at all. For those of you who have never used ground turkey, this is the best way to try it for the first time. To me, meatloaf is more of a tomato taste anyway. So if you are leary of whether you'll like ground turkey, the other ingredients are more the star of the show. Give it a try.
Our chief taste tester loved this recipe. What I like about this recipe is that I am able to get carrots, green pepper, and onion into him in one sitting. I think you could probably sneek in some other kind of veggie in this too. I think I'll have to play with this recipe to see what else I could add to it.
So, we recommend this recipe and we give it 4 out of 5 Cheerios.
Recipe Review #2 - Pancakes (with sweet potato)
When I cooked the sweet potatoes for this, I opted to roast them in the oven. One day earlier this week, I washed them and had them in aluminum foil and set them on top of my oven before I went to bed. When I got up the next morning, I put the oven on and stuck them in the oven for 40-50 minutes at 400 degrees. Then I left them out to cool and I just scooped out the centers and put that in my food processor.
A side note: In the cookbook Jessica recommends taking one day to get all your purees ready. I think I would do that too, this week I've fighting this sinus infection so it has been touch and go. I've had to rest up and do things when I've felt like it. Also, if you do that you can have some in the fridge ready to go, or freeze them. I have a Food Saver I got last Christmas and it is awesome for freezing stuff. I've done a few baggies of puree in my Food Saver. It really does cut down on freezer burn. (Or as I told my sister the other day through my sinus fog, frost bite for your food). You could also do purees in a blender if you don't have a food processor.
Ok, back to the review. To make this recipe is so easy. You use store bought pancake mix. I use Wal Mart brand, you only have to add water to it. Easy, easy. So, you just add your sweet potatoe puree to the mix and you can use either cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice. I used cinnamon, but would like to try it again with the pumpkin pie spice.
One tip I would recommend is slowly heat your pan. I think I heated mine too quickly and the first two didn't want to cook in the middle. I guess with the cinnamon, they brown quickly on the outside, so it is a tad harder to tell how they are cooking.
Once I got mine cooked, it was time for the taste test. I first gave our Chief Taste Tester a bite without any syrup and he gobbled it up. Then I did give him a little syrup. As you can see below, we got a clean plate result from the kitchen lab. I also ate this and really enjoyed these pancakes. I will definitley make them again.
We really liked this recipe a lot. It is a simple way to add some veggies in and it also has great taste. So, we give it 5 Cheerios.
Be sure to check back next week. I hope to post another review soon. Until then, start to eat great in 08'.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
"I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it," he said before planting some endangered Himalayan oaks in the school grounds."
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
One of my favorite things they've had in recent months have been the little board books. They are the perfect length for reading at bed time, or to let my little guy just thumb through. He likes to sit and flip through the pages. Those little cardboard books are so great for him to flip through because he can't tear them up. Yet.
I must say I've seen some cute things now that they've replaced all their dollar spot items and they now have out the Valentine's Day things. My husband was so sweet and surprised me with a number of the scrapbooking things. I am hoping that I can make a few Valentine's before Valentine's Day actually gets here. The fun papers, glitter glue and brads will be so fun to work with.
I've decided that the span from January to March is too grey and depressing, so at some point in the future when my son gets older, I am going to do a Valentine's party. There are too many cute things out not to celebrate. Of course I say this now until I start planning on having a bunch of sugared up, wild kids in my house. Maybe the days aren't so grey. LOL
I hope to make one of the recipes from Deceptively Delicious sometime this week and I'll give a review.
Toodles for now!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Well, my child has entered that wonderful stage where it is becoming more difficult to feed him. He is snubbing his nose up at Stage 3 baby food, so it has now become more of a challenge to find things he can eat. He has been good at eating a variety of things, he has never been picky thank goodness. I was mostly using the baby food to make sure he got his veggies in. The biggest hurdle has been to find things he can chew since he still doesn't have a lot of teeth. I want us to keep on track since he has been such a good eater.
I remembered seeing Jerry Seinfeld's wife on tv a few months ago with a new cookbook she had out that helped her with getting her kids to eat vegetables. She incorporated different purees into recipes. I thought it would be great to get a copy of this cookbook. Thursday night I remembered that someone in my MOPS group is a nutritionist, so I gave her a call to ask if she had this book. The reviews I was reading on Amazon were a little confusing. Sure enough she had the book and brought it to our Friday meeting. While I was looking at it, another mom in our group came over and was excited to see the book. She has it too and she had actually made a number of recipes in it. She gave a very favorable review of the Peanut Butter muffins, and a number of the pasta dishes. Her kids were very receptive to the recipes and liked them. That sold it for me.
Friday afternoon my husband and I went out looking for the book while we were running errands. Someone had mentioned Target had the cook book, but then my husband suggested we check out Sam's Club. Eureka! They had it and for the best price in town, $15.13. You can't beat that. Gotta love getting some use out of that Sam's Club membership.
So, I wanted to share this find with all of you. I hope to make some of the recipes soon and I'll post a review of them here on the blog.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Also, please forgive the amateur video and the dorky commentary. I don't know why I keep saying that everything is out to greet people. Duh. LOL I took this video New Year's Eve before we had family over, so I was pretty tired. And no, I had no alcohol to drink. That is my story and I'm sticking to it.
Hope you enjoy the light show.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I wanted to let y'all know that Bath & Body Works is having an awesome sale. They are calling it the Perfect Pampering Sale. Sounds good to me. I'm always up for some pampering. Those wallflower air freshners and the refills for them are 5 bucks until January 6th. I got the Velvet Tube Rose. This is one of my new favorite scents. It isn't too overpowering. I highly recommend it. My sister gave me the body butter and the bubble bath for Christmas. I also have the spray.
They are also introducing a new scent called Enchanted Orchid. They have cute little bottles of the lotion and body splash spray by the registers. It is only $1 a bottle. They make great little gifts to give to someone unexpectedly. Wish somone a Happy New Year. Give one to a new mom. Treat yourself. I love these little bottles when I travel. They are a great size.
They also have some of their glycerin soaps on sale for $1. And, I believe the antibacterial soaps are 3 for $10.
So, that is my plug, my shout out for the Bath & Body Works. They rock.
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