Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: March 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

PS I Love You - a #FoodnFlix Round Up of Recipes


Welcome to this month's Food n Flix Round up!  Participants watched the Rom-com,  PS I Love You!  Thanks for joining in the fun!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Sand Dollar Snickerdoodles

This year, as my family prepared for Easter, I read my kids The Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter by Chris Auer.

The Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for EasterThe Legend of the Sand Dollar: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter by Chris Auer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A delightful Easter story to share with children of all ages. I love that it uses a sand dollar to tell the story of Christ's birth, death, & resurrection.

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This picture book follows a young girl and her cousin who discover that the unique etchings on sand dollars can be used to help tell the story of Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection.

It is a wonderful story to share with children of all ages!

After reading, we decided to make our own cookie sand dollars!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

April Fools Pizza Bundt Cake

April Fools is just around the corner and I always love to have something fun up my sleeve for dinner!  In the past, I’ve done Meatloaf Cupcakes, Meatloaf “Carrot Cake” and Nilla Wafer Hamburgers.

The kids are starting to suspect everything on April Fools, so I pulled out all the stops (and even bought a bundt pan) to make this pizza bundt cake!

I started with my Chicago Style Pizza Crust and stuffed it full of our favorite toppings!

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Cheddar Broccoli Soup

It’s very nearly the end of Lent and I have yet to share any of our meatless meals.  My family is Catholic so my meat-loving family abstains from meat on Fridays during Lent. This is especially challenging since Spud and I do not eat fish or seafood.  Therefore, Lent is a really creative cooking time for me! 

This year, I changed things up a bit and asked the kids what they would like me to make on Fridays.  Cheese and pasta showed up a lot, but I was willing to roll with it as long as it wasn’t mac & cheese every week.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Stew


It’s Sunday Funday and we’re cooking with chiles!

Chiles aren’t an ingredient I cook with very often in the wintertime. In the summer, I grow my own jalapeños, so I’ll toss them into dishes, but they can be iffy to get this time of year up in the north.

So I put my thinking cap on and took an inventory of what needed to be used up in the refrigerator before it went bad -half a brick of cream cheese, an avocado, and 1 ½ cups of chicken broth-...a conundrum.  

Next I started looking around the freezer and pantry - a big can of tomatoes in the pantry and a chipotle pepper and corn in the freezer.  Then suddenly a soup started to come together in my mind - and with that pepper, it would be perfect for Sunday Funday!

Friday, March 19, 2021

Corned Beef & Gouda Sandwich

 It’s time for Food n Flix and this time it was my pick with PS I Love You!

If you read my invitation post, you might remember that I went into this totally blind.  I googled good movies for March and this one popped up since (according to Google) it took place in Ireland.

I found out it was also a book and since it had ”love” in the title, I picked the book for a February book club and the movie for a March movie (spreading them out so participants had time for both)

And that’s how I read the book (blindsided by the sad nature of the book) and immediately followed it up with the film adaptation.

And since I went from book to movie (you can see my book review in this post for Boozy Blue Raspberry Lemonade) I can’t help but compare the two as I write about the movie.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Leprechaun Pancakes

 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My kiddos are getting older (both are double digits now and one is a teen - how did that  happen?!?)  but I still like to make fun themed meals sometimes!

I had leftover buttermilk hanging around after making homemade butter, which I needed for puff pastry, which I needed for Bouchée à la Reine (Vol-au-Vent).  Naturally, I decided to make pancakes with the buttermilk.  And since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, little leprechaun pancakes seemed like a must.  

Because pancakes are basically sugar bread, I always like to balance that meal with plenty of healthy options.  In this meal, it took the form of spinach hats for the leprechauns and fruit & veggie rainbows (with cauliflower and hashbrown clouds!)

If you’re looking for different ideas, you can check out an earlier version of these here.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Pie

Apples and cinnamon.  Can it get any better?  Especially on Pi Day?  I’ve wanted to make this particular pie for a while now.

A couple years ago, my mother in law and I made one of these together, but it was one of those things where we got to their house at 11 at night the evening before Thanksgiving.  My mother in law had made the following already and we completed the crust in a sleep-deprived state.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Parmesan-Garlic Pita Chips

It’s Sunday Funday and our theme is Chips!  This broad theme can include recipes made with chips or recipes for chips themselves.

I decided to make Pita Chips!

I started off with homemade pita rounds.  I’ve used this Whole Wheat Pita recipe in the past, but today I used this recipe.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Bouchée à la Reine (Vol-au-Vent)

It’s the 10th which means we’re traveling the world today with the Eat the World Recipe Challenge!  This month, we’re heading to Luxembourg!

Luxembourg is a small European country bordered by Germany, Belgium and France.  This is important, because the cuisine in this country is very influenced by its neighbors!

Case in point, today’s recipe, Bouchée à la Reine (Vol-au-Vent) in classically French, but very popular in Luxembourg.

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Super Nacho Taco Salad

 It’s Sunday Funday and this week features healthy salads!

I love this theme, because I eat a lot of salads.  I nearly always have a side salad at lunch and oftentimes (especially when I’m packing lunch for work), I’ll take a main dish salad.  I’ll typically use whatever protein I have on hand (leftovers from dinner meals) and add toppings that complement the protein.

I always like when I have leftover taco meat, because then I can make taco salads!  

Once I have my protein, I start building the rest of my salad based on what I have on hand.

If I’m taking this salad to work, I’ll crunch chips on top like croutons.  But if I’m home, like I was this day, I’ll treat myself a little and melt cheese on my chips for a little nacho topping - it’s kinda like upside down nachos - with more lettuce and less nachos!

Stay Healthy With Salads from other bloggers!
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad from Palatable Pastime
Chicken and Mandarin Orange Salad from A Day in the Life on the Farm/
Golden Apple & Potato Salad from Sneha's Recipe
Irish Cheddar Honey Mustard Broccoli Salad from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Japanese Potato Salad from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Kale Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Lettuce, Pear and Grapefruit Salad from Cook With Renu
Red Cabbage, Apple, Mandarin Salad from Food Lust People Love
Snap Peas and Avocado Salad from Mayuri's Jikoni
Sesame Chicken Salad from Making Miracles
Super Nacho Taco Salad from Amy's Cooking Adventures

Super Nacho Taco Salad

2-3 cups lettuce of choice (I used spinach)

¼ cup taco meat

2 tablespoons corn

2 tablespoon olives

¼ cup cheddar jack cheese

8-10 tortilla chips

1-2 tablespoons sour cream

1-2 tablespoons salsa

Place the lettuce on a plate.  Add all the toppings.  If bringing to work, crunch the chips over the top.  If enjoying at home, melt the cheese onto the chips and place on top of the salad.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Yoshi Cake

 Last month, I was asked to make a Yoshi themed cake for a friend’s son’s birthday!

Monday, March 1, 2021

Boozy Blue Raspberry Lemonade & a Food n' Flix Invite

Happy March!

This month, I have the pleasure of hosting our Food n’ Flix movie and this is your invitation to join in the fun!

This month’s pick is PS I Love You. 

To join in the fun, do the following:

  1. Watch PS I Love You 

  2. Get inspired by food from the movie (there isn’t much - sorry!  Feel free to get inspired by New York or Ireland!)

  3. Make some tasty food and post the recipe to your blog or Instagram (tag @foodnflix).  Be sure to link back to Food n’ Flix and this post.

  4. Then email amyscookingadventures(@)gmail(.)com and heather(@)foodnflixclub(.)com.  Please include:

    1. “Food n’ Flix Submission” as the subject

    2. Blog Name

    3. Recipe Title

    4. Recipe Photo

So here’s a bit more of my decision making process this month…

I was trying to think of a good movie to choose, and when I couldn’t think of one, I took a shot in the dark.  I decided to look for movies that take place in Ireland since this month it’s St. Patrick’s Day!

As I researched, I came across PS I Love You, which the internet said took place in Ireland (spoiler alert, only a small part is in Ireland) plus it was inspired by a book (which does take place in Ireland).  I always love a good book-movie comparison, so I chose the movie without reading any synopses at all!

Imagine my shock when I realized that the premise (below taken from Rotten Tomatoes):

“When Gerry (Gerard Butler), the husband of Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank), dies from an illness, she loses the love of her life. Knowing how hard Holly will take his death, Gerry plans ahead. Beginning on her 30th birthday, she receives the first in a series of letters written by him, designed to ease her grief and encourage her to move forward to a new life.”

Woah - all the feels!



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