Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020

Grilled Steak Tacos (Honeymoon Tacos)

*Disclosure: I received a product to sample from ­­­­­Book Blends.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Today, I’m sharing the second of 3 posts sponsored by Book Blends.


Last month, I shared my recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Muffins, featuring Game of Scones, a black onyx cocoa powder inspired by the book series, Game of Thrones.


Today’s recipe features Where the Mild Zings are, a mild chili powder inspired by the classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are.


For the recipe, I decided to remake my steak tacos, or as I call them, honeymoon tacos and the mild chili powder was exactly what this recipe remake needed!



Friday, October 16, 2020

Monstrous Monster Cookies


Monster cookies are great any time of the year, but they’re especially fun at Halloween, and especially if candy eyeballs come into play!

Monday, October 12, 2020

Feet Loaf


Well, well, well...look who got her Food n Flix movie in early! Woohoo! 

This month’s theme was hosted by Simply Inspired Meals.  She allowed a lot of free reign choosing a general topic of “Halloween movies”.  I was glad she didn’t pick anything terrifying - this allowed me, the chicken, to choose a non scary movie as my inspiration.  Non scary Halloween movies are few and far between, if I’m being perfectly honest.  And most of them are kids movies.  I thought about doing “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, but wanted to challenge myself with a movie I hadn’t seen.  I ended up choosing the latest Addams Family animated movie.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Khao Piak Sen (Lao Chicken Noodle Soup)


It’s time for this month’s Eat the World Recipe challenge and we’re heading to Laos!


The flavors in the recipes from Laos sounded amazing, and with the turn in the weather, I was immediately drawn to a Lao version of chicken noodle soup!


The spices brought extra dimension to the chicken noodle soup we know and love.  It was a wonderful change of pace!


Check out all the wonderful Laotian dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld.

  Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us!
 Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Khao Nom Kok (Lao Coconut Cakes) 
Pandemonium Noshery: Laotian Party Noodles - Kua Mee 
Making Miracles: Lao Grilled Chicken 
Sneha’s Recipe Sai Gog Khao Jee 
Sugarlovespices: Laotian Sweet and Sour Tofu 
A Day in the Life on the Farm: Pork Larb 

Monday, September 28, 2020

French Silk Chocolate Pie


Ever make a fancy pie for no reason at all?

I made this one for our little family on a random day because we were bored in quarantine.  Plus, it coincided perfectly with this month’s Food ‘n Flix and Lit Happens book club: Chocolat by Joanne Harris.  

Chocolat (Chocolat, #1)Chocolat by Joanne Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great story! The magical realism in the book is expertly done, allowing the reader to suspend belief just enough to make the story plausible.

The story is told using several devices, such as alternate perspectives and flashbacks and the story slowly unfolds as each character bring their own flaws, triumphs and prejudices to the table.

View all my reviews

Both book and movie picks are being hosted by Heather at Food ‘n Flix.  The movie was chosen to mark the 10 year anniversary of Food ‘n Flix and was the very first movie chosen by the club.  At the club’s 5th anniversary, I watched the movie and made both Tequila Spiked Chocolate Dipped Jalapeño Peppers as well as Mexican Hot Chocolate with Ice Cream.


I loved the movie 5 years ago, finding it sweet and charming.  This time around, I read the book first and then rewatched the movie.  And wow!  The book has such great character development!  Added to that, the reader really gets to know the characters and their motivations and roles in the town. There is a hint of magic realism that is interwoven perfectly in the story, allowing the reader to suspend belief and believe it’s real.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Muffins #BlendsBash

 *Disclosure: I received a product to sample from ­­­­Book Blends: Spices for Book Lovers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 


About a month ago, Judy from the Book Club Cookbook contacted me wondering if I wanted to participate in this year’s #BlendsBash!  The concept was simple, sample some of their fabulous spice blends and share a recipe.

I’ve always loved book blends.  The spice blends are your typical kitchen spices with a fun book, tv, or song twist! Plus, the spices are high-quality and delicious!

For my first post, I sampled Game of Scones, a Book Blend inspired by the popular book series, Game of Thrones.  What is it?  Black Onyx Cocoa Powder!  I love the tag line!


I love it! I’ve read the Game of Thrones book and was enthralled with them and I am equally in love with this cocoa powder!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Dutch Farmer’s Cheese Soup (Boerenkaas Soep)









It’s time to travel the world, foodie-style with the Eat the World Recipe challenge hosted by Evelyn at CulturEatz.

This month, we’re traveling to the Netherlands. I’m embarrassed to admit that I didn’t realize that the Netherlands was the country and Holland was a province - I thought it was the other way around! Oops! But that’s why this group is so great - I get to learn about new countries (and their food) each month!



As I started looking for recipes, I found a ton of inspiration and really had to work to narrow down my choices! Eventually, I landed on a soup - we’re having unseasonably cold weather and a soup sounded just perfect!



The soup itself was super tasty - with cauliflower being an interesting ingredient that we all loved. We enjoy roasted cauliflower frequently, but never thought to put it in soup (other than the occasional blended cauliflower in a Skinny Baked Potato Soup (so the cauliflower does not take a prominent role)).



I didn’t realize, until I started cooking, that this was a vegetarian soup (other than the chicken broth, but that’s easily swapped out for a vegetarian option). I am making a mental note to make this tasty soup for Lent this year (It’s always great to have something I know the whole family will eat and enjoy!) However, for a heartier dish, I think it would also be delicious with some shredded chicken added in.



I was surprised as I read the recipe to see that the cheese was not mixed into the soup, but instead broiled onto toasts. The more authentic recipe enjoyed in the Netherlands uses boerenkaas cheese, an artisan type of gouda. Since that is not available here, I used gouda for the first time and loved it (gouda will end up on my shopping list a lot more often now).



Check out all the wonderful Dutch dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld.



Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us!



Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Memories of Holland, Dutch Traditions, and Sailboat Speculaas

Pandemonium Noshery: Mosterdsoep - Dutch Mustard Soup

Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Dutch Farmer’s Cheese Soup (Boerenkaas Soep)

Sugarlovespices: Dutch Apple Tart, Hollandse Appeltaart

Making Miracles: Hutspot met Gehaktballen (Dutch Mashed Potatoes and Carrots with Meatballs)

Sneha’s Recipe: A Small Batch Bitterballen

Chef Mireille: Ontbijtkoek - Dutch Spice Cake

Kitchen Frau: Boerenkool Stamppot (Dutch Mashed Potatoes and Kale with Sausage and Pears)

A Day in the Life on the Farm: Hachee










Dutch Farmer’s Cheese Soup (Boerenkaas Soep)

Adapted from SBS



Soup

3 tablespoons butter

1 onion, diced

3 large carrots (about ½ pound), peeled & sliced

1 ½ pounds potatoes, diced

1 small head cauliflower (about 1 ½ pounds), cut into florets

8 cups chicken broth

2 bay leaves

Salt & pepper



Cheese Toast

1 baguette, cut into rounds

Butter

Gouda cheese, sliced



Heat the butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions and carrots and cook until the onions are starting to soften, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the potatoes, cauliflower, chicken broth and bay leaves. Season with salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.

Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

Meanwhile, butter the baguette slices on both sides with butter. Place under a broiler until lightly toasted. Flip, top with gouda, and broil for another few minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Ladle soup into bowls and top with cheese toasts to serve.

Amy Eats the World in...

Cuba: Ropa Vieja (Slow Cooker Beef)

Ireland: Cheesy Potato Soup with Irish Ale

Thailand: Chicken Satay
Kenya: Crunchy N’Dizi (Peanut Crusted Bananas)
Sweden: Rodbetssallad med Getost (Grated Beet Salad with Goat Cheese)
New Zealand: Kiwi Burge
France: Fougasse (Provencal Flatbread)
Argentina: Chimichurri Sauce
Mexico (Halloween Special): Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead Bread)
India: Spiced Golden Mil
Poland: Chrusciki (Angel Wing Cookies)
Ethiopia: Buticha (Hummus)
England: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Leaky Cauldron-Style Mini Cottage Pie 
Georgia: Lobiani (Bean-Stuffed Bread)
Mexico: Crispy Pork Carnitas
Cambodia: Loc Lac (Shredded Beef with Lime)
Israel: Chicken Albondigas (Chicken Meatballs)
Finland: Sima (Lemonade) 
Puerto Rico: Arroz con Tocino  (Rice with Bacon)
Egypt: Ghorayebah Cookies
Ukraine: Scuffles (Rohalyky) Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
Soul Food (United States): Oven-Baked Ribs with Cola BBQ Sauce 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Geode Cake




Let’s talk cake!

I made this Geode Cake for myself for my 37th birthday, because I’ve always wanted to try a Geode cake and never really had the opportunity!

Oftentimes, I “share” a birthday cake with Hubs, enjoying leftover cake (his birthday is a few days before mine), but since I made him a Mini Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake, there were no leftovers and the opportunity was there to make myself something fabulous!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Hot Cheese Puff Canapes

This month’s book does double duty.  It is the Cook the Books Club pick, as well as the Lit Happens pick!

Cook the Books Club, generally picks a food centric book and then those choosing to join in post a recipe inspired by the book.

Lit Happens is very casual.  Done entirely on facebook, this one is done more book club style, with online discussion questions (and books are not necessarily food centric).

The book for both clubs was Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown.  Recipe for a Perfect Wife follows two women from two different decades, Alice from contemporary times, and Nellie from the 1950s.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Shemai (Sweet Vermicelli Pudding)




It’s time for the Eat the World Recipe Challenge and we are headed to Bangladesh!

As I started looking at recipes for this challenge, I immediately got nervous. I say a lot of curries. I saw cinnamon in main dishes. All the things that make my family turn up their noses at a dish.

I searched, and searched, and searched. I found a dessert that was a short of chickpea fudge that fascinated me, but then I realized that the chickpeas from the recipe were not the readily available US chickpeas.

Then I found this vermicelli pudding. Originally I thought it was a dessert (and served it as such) and then reread the recipe and realized that it may actually be a breakfast dish.

It was nearing that deadline and then I got slammed with a crazy busy week and came screeching in at the last second. As I read the recipe again and cross checked it against others, I realized that I may have bought the wrong kind of vermicelli…

I definitely didn’t have the exact kind cited in the recipe, but I got what I thought was closest. But was I supposed to have wheat vermicelli or rice? The vermicelli I bought was rice and it did not become pudding-like as described in the recipes (would wheat have made the difference? Did I make a different mistake?)

Despite what looks (according to internet pictures) to be a vast difference in consistency, the pudding was delicious. It was almost a bit too sweet (I think more nuts would balance it well). 


Check out all the wonderful Bangladeshi dishes prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us! 

Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Fulkopir Chop (Bangladeshi Cauliflower Fritters)
Pandemonium Noshery: Zafrani Pulao
Sneha’s Recipe: Goalondo Chicken Curry With Bella Chara Porota
Palatable Pastime: Jhal Muri (Spicy Puffed Rice Street Snack)
Making Miracles: Bangladeshi Chicken Korma
Kitchen Frau: Chingri Masala (Bangladeshi Prawn Curry)
Amy’s Cooking Adventures: Shemai (Sweet Vermicelli Pudding)
A Day in the LIfe on the Farm: Yogurt and Cilantro Marinated Chicken



Shemai (Sweet Vermicelli Pudding)

Adapted from CKBK

 

2 ½ cups milk (I used 2%)

½ cup sugar

1 bay leaf

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground cardamom

½ tablespoon butter

4 ounces (120 grams) rice vermicelli, crushed

1 tablespoon pistachios, chopped


Place the milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir in the sugar, bay leaf, cinnamon, and cardamom. Gently cook for 5 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved and milk is infused with the spices. Do not boil.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until the butter begins to brown. Add the vermicelli and cook until lightly golden, stirring constantly.

Add the toasted vermicelli into the milk mixture and cook on medium heat until the vermicelli is softened and milk is absorbed.

Shemai can be served warm or chilled. Serve topped with chopped pistachios and a dusting of cinnamon.

Amy Eats the World in...

Cuba: Ropa Vieja (Slow Cooker Beef)

Ireland: Cheesy Potato Soup with Irish Ale

Thailand: Chicken Satay
Kenya: Crunchy N’Dizi (Peanut Crusted Bananas)
Sweden: Rodbetssallad med Getost (Grated Beet Salad with Goat Cheese)
New Zealand: Kiwi Burge
France: Fougasse (Provencal Flatbread)
Argentina: Chimichurri Sauce
Mexico (Halloween Special): Pan de Muerto (Day of the Dead Bread)
India: Spiced Golden Mil
Poland: Chrusciki (Angel Wing Cookies)
Ethiopia: Buticha (Hummus)
England: Wizarding World of Harry Potter Leaky Cauldron-Style Mini Cottage Pie 
Georgia: Lobiani (Bean-Stuffed Bread)
Mexico: Crispy Pork Carnitas
Cambodia: Loc Lac (Shredded Beef with Lime)
Israel: Chicken Albondigas (Chicken Meatballs)
Finland: Sima (Lemonade) 
Puerto Rico: Arroz con Tocino  (Rice with Bacon)
Egypt: Ghorayebah Cookies
Ukraine: Scuffles (Rohalyky) Cinnamon Crescent Rolls
Soul Food (United States): Oven-Baked Ribs with Cola BBQ Sauce 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Harry Potter Wedding Cake

Where are my Harry Potter fans??

July 31st (yesterday) is always a fun day for Potter fans, since July 31st is Harry’s birthday!

So what better day than to share this fun Harry Potter themed cake?


To make things even better, Tina from Squirrel Head Manor is hosting this month's Food n Flix and she chose Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Caprese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms


It’s time again for Food n Flix - the online club where participants watch the selected movie and whip up something delicious!

This month’s movie was Coyote Ugly, hosted by Kimberly at Coffee and Casseroles.

The movie Coyote Ugly is inspired by the actual bar/saloon by the same name.  As always, there are similarities and differences between the movie and real life.  The movie follows a small town girl as she moves to New York to follow her dreams to become a songwriter.  Her dreams aren’t as easy to follow as she thought, so she ends up working at the Coyote Ugly Bar where each night is a party, including line dances on the bar.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Patriotic Cauliflower and Beet Salad

*Disclosure: I received an advanced reader copy of All Stirred Up, courtesy of The Book Club Cook Book, Pegasus Books, and Laura Kumin.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


This month, I got the opportunity to read an advance copy for the book All Stirred Up by Laura Kumin.

All Stirred Up provide a comprehensive history of the women's suffrage movement from the late 1800’s to the 1920s.  Plus, the end of each chapter includes recipes!  The recipes come from suffragists cookbooks and are accompanied by modern adaptations!


 I have to say, I learned a lot I did not previously know about the suffrage movement.  For instance, I did not know that cookbooks were commonly used to get the suffragist message to a wider audience.  The suffragists had a number of other fascinating methods of getting their message across as well.


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Peking-Style Pork



This month’s Cook the Books Club pick was Kitchen Chinese.  Kitchen Chinese is a novel that follows Isabelle (Iz) as her personal and professional life hit a dead end in the United States, where Isabelle is a first generation American born to Chinese parents.


In response to the loss of her job and romantic relationship, Iz decides to move to Beijing to rediscover her roots and to reconnect with her older sister who has also returned to Beijing.

Through her well-connected sister, Iz gets a job as a restaurant critic at an Expat magazine.  It’s at this point that the book becomes a foodie’s dream, as Iz eats her way through Beijing!

The rest of the story follows Iz’s personal life as she navigates life in Beijing looking like everyone else, but unfamiliar with the language and customs while also navigating her relationship with her sister and attempts at romance.  This book got 3 ½ stars from me.

So how about the food?  The very first recipe mentioned in the book is Peking Duck and the main character loves it so much that I almost wanted to make it - but having never prepared duck (or even knowing where to acquire a duck for that matter), I quickly passed it by.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Super Soft Sugar Cookies (Small Batch)

This recipe originally appeared on my other blog, but since I'm no longer updating it, I'm merging the recipes here for all to enjoy!


Over the summer, my parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary!  And they were in town to see the kids play their summer sports, so I wanted to make them something a little special to celebrate!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Cucumber Pomegranate Mule

When Hubs and I went out for our anniversary last month, the restaurant had 2 signature cocktails: a cucumber mule, and a pomegranate rosemary mule.  Only I misread the menu and thought it was a cucumber pomegranate rosemary mule.  Once corrected, I ordered the pomegranate, but couldn’t get my misinterpreted idea out of my head.

So, I infused my own Cucumber-Rosemary Vodka and created my signature cocktail.  And it was everything I’d hoped it would be!  The fruity pomegranate, mixed with the fresh cucumber earthy rosemary is the perfect summer drink!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes



These fun Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes were made for my son’s Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet this year!

The theme was “Scouts are Cool” and there was a whole sundae bar set up for the kids (and parents!)

Friday, July 10, 2020

Oven-Baked Ribs with Cola BBQ Sauce

It’s the 10th, which means it’s time for this month’s Eat the World Recipe challenge!

This month’s challenge takes us to the USA!  But since the USA is so large and diverse, the theme was narrowed down to Soul Food.  Soul Food in the USA typically refers to foods and cooking techniques used by people of African American heritage in the Southern United States.

One of the best soul food recipes I came across was BBQ Ribs.  In the past, I’ve only eaten bone-in ribs at restaurants.  But that tender meat, falling off the bones, drenched in BBQ sauce was amazing.  When I saw this challenge and then found a couple racks of ribs at the grocery store, I knew it was time to make these myself!

The recipe below is intense.  The flavors build and build as these ribs cook, with a dry rub, a baste/marinade, and a homemade BBQ sauce.  It is incredibly time consuming as well, but well worth the effort.  The ribs were bursting with flavor and melted in our mouths.  While the ribs likely won’t be on a regular rotation (so time consuming!) I know I’ll make these again, the next time we’re craving ribs!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Cucumber Rosemary Infused Vodka

 


Walk down the aisle at the liquor store and there are an abundance of flavored liqueurs and vodkas.

I recently learned about cucumber vodka, but then had trouble finding it locally, so I decided to make my own! After all, I’ve dabbled with infused vodkas in the past, making both lemon and strawberry infused vodkas!

Friday, July 3, 2020

4th of July Flag Cookies

This post originally appeared on my other blog in 2014.  Since I'm no longer keeping it up, I'm migrating all of my favorites over here!


Happy July!!

Can’t you believe it’s almost the 4th?

This year, I decided to make some easy flag cookies! (See my inspiration here and here)

To make these I split a batch of sugar cookie dough in 3 parts, one (for the red) slightly bigger than the others.  One part was left alone and the others were tinted red and blue with gel food coloring.

After that, I rolled the red and white dough thin, cut them in strips with a pizza cutter and started stacking!  After the long and short red and white strips were stacked, I rolled the blue into a long log and used a knife to cut it into a square shape and place it.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Chocolate Lava Cake


It’s time for this month’s Food n Flix!  Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla gave us a bit of free reign this month by choosing a broad theme of any movie filmed or set in Hawaii.  She had a virtual vacation all lined up for us!

I had a much more difficult time with this theme than I thought I would.  First, I looked up movies fitting the theme and made a short list.  I wanted to watch something I hadn’t seen before.  Then, nothing, read NOTHING was available on any of the 3 streaming serves I have access to.  AHHHHHH!!!!  And the library is still closed (but is opening for curbside pickup next month - woot woot!)

I know the movie 50 First Dates pretty well, so I almost just went from memory, but it didn’t feel like it was in the spirit of the challenge.

In the end, I picked the Disney Pixar short: Lava.

All of the Pixar shorts are fabulous, but Lava is my favorite.  

Anyway, the problem is, there is no food to speak of in Lava.

None.  Zilch.

It’s a love story about volcanoes.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

S'mores Campfire Cake

I used to have a second blog, but since I'm not keeping it up anymore, I'm slowly migrating my favorite recipes over to this blog!  


I saw this idea for a campfire cake a while ago and I knew I had to make it happen!

My boys had a Cub Scout potluck and I knew it was the perfect opportunity to make the cake!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

 

To me, brunch is usually all about the carbs and protein. Duchess Potatoes, Corned Beef Hash, Egg Bakes...the possibilities are endless.

Though, sometimes the sweet tooth wins out.  Rainbow Sprinkle Cinnamon Rolls, Caramel Rolls, Muffins...again, the list goes on.

Then sometimes the sweet tooth really asserts itself and dessert happens at brunch, like that one time we had pie for breakfast with Hubs’ family.

So why not cheesecake?

I made this for Hubs’ birthday, but I was working a 12 hour shift that day, so you eat cheesecake when you eat cheesecake, ya know?

Printfriendly

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...