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Archive for May, 2012

Chicken and sausage jambalaya

Not my first choice for a meal, but I was surprised at how much I liked it! It made me want to cook rice more often. It took the rice 40+ minutes to bake. We had to leave for an appointment so that ended up setting dinner back about 2 and 1/2 hours. But it was still good! I really wanted to add some cheese but I knew that wasn’t authentic. It already was screwed because I omitted the green peppers and celery, just because I don’t really like them. I did stir some sour cream into my portion.

I used Emeril’s famous seasoning recipe to season the chicken, veggies, and sauce.






Creme brûlée cupcake

The cupcake was so fluffy and tasty! All egg whites, no eggs. It uses the reverse creaming method, which makes the batter have the best texture. Cross between a regular cupcake and angel food cake. I used chilled creme brûlée spooned on top of the cupcake as the frosting. I baked the creme in a baking dish, then chilled. I used a big spoon to scoop out the creme brûlée and placed it upside down on the cupcake. I used the raw sugar and my new torch to brûlée the top. The creme brûlée as frosting idea came from the Cupcake Project blog.




Cornmeal buttermilk pancakes

These were yummy! The cornmeal is a nice touch. I could even add a little more next time. The ratio is half cornmeal, half flour. They were a good complement to Jacob’s favorite crockpot ribs. Pioneer Woman has a version that is pretty similar.


Chicken artichoke white lasagna

I made a half batch of a normal chicken lasagna, but used a loaf pan. It should have made three servings but Jacob and I accidentally finished it. It was really hard to decide how to layer everything. Honestly, I was not that impressed. The layers were way thin. The parts were definitely better than the sum. Our lasagna only used about half of everything I made (chicken artichoke mixed with a little béchamel, cottage cheese egg layer, cheese, and lasagna noodles.) The leftovers will be made into a panini, which I think will be much better! I baked the leftover cottage cheese mix in a small ramekin.

My layers:




Cottage cheese

Chicken artichoke



Cottage cheese mix

Shredded mozz/provolone

Chicken artichoke mixed with béchamel







Peanut butter cup ice cream

I needed to cut down the recipe for the ice cream because a full recipe is just too much for Jacob and me. I made 1/3 of the recipe. It was nice not having to worry about making a custard. I made a chocolate fudge swirl sauce, and I stirred in chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups. It would be cool to get the mini pb cups, they are so cute!



Steakhouse mushroom burgers

A nice variation on a burger! Heavy because of the sauce but at least the burger was 1/2 meat 1/2 mushroom!


Buttermilk sandwich bread/rolls

Lovely fluffy light texture, great taste. The loaf sliced perfectly. Will make, again and again and again! One whole recipe makes a loaf and several rolls.