Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: March 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Asian Turkey Meatballs over Easy Thai Noodles

I’ve mentioned in the past that I love to make stir fry, because it’s something the whole family enjoys.  But I’d fallen into a rut.

Chicken – check
Rice – check
Broccoli & red pepper – check
Teriyaki style sauce – check

The same, the same, the same.

So this time, I decided to blow the redundancy out of the water!  I made noodles (gasp!)  with Ramen (double gasp!) and peanut sauce.  By the way, I’ve always been wary and freaked out about peanut sauce.  I have no idea why though, because I love peanut butter and the sauce was amazing!

I topped those yummy noodles of with an Asian-spiced sesame meatball that Hubs described as “A little eggroll explosion!”  Yeah, he liked it.  A lot.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Steak au Poivre {Peppercorn Steak}

Usually I see delicious recipes online or in magazines.  Then I tweak them to my preferences and share them.

This time was a little different.

Hubs and I were watching Archer and he make a joke about steak au poirve.

Not knowing what steak au poirve even was, I googled it.  And it looked pretty darn good!

So this time I made a recipe because I heard about it on an animated show.  There’s a first time for everything!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Potato Leek Soup: GYCO

Do I have a treat for you today!

It’s time for this month’s Get Your Chef on Challenge!

GYCO Potatoes

It’s been awhile since I participated in this one, if you’ll recall, I was the winner of the chocolate challenge!

This month challenge, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and all things Irish was potatoes!

Since it’s also the season of Lent (and still unseasonably cold) I whipped up a smooth, comforting vegetarian Potato Leek Soup.

The flavors in this soup blend so beautifully that this simple, humble soup becomes a delicious treat!

I do love the versatility of this soup.  If you’re not worried about vegetarianism, go ahead and add bacon…mmmm….bacon.

Or if you’re shooting for vegan, it’s totally easy to omit the butter.

Potato Leek Soup
Adapted from Katherine Martinelli

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt & pepper
½ cup dry white wine
1 qt vegetable broth
1 qt water
2 ½ lb red potatoes, diced
Sour cream (Greek yogurt), chives, hot sauce, and/or bacon, to garnish

Heat the oil and butter in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Add the leeks, onions, celery, and garlic.  Stir to coat and season generously with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are soft; 5-7 minutes.

Add the wine and stir.

Slowly add the broth, water, and potatoes (add additional liquid as needed to cover the potatoes).  Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are very soft.

Remove from heat and blend with an immersion blender to desired smoothness (I left a few chunks for some texture.)

Garnish the soup with sour cream (Greek yogurt), chives, hot sauce, and/or bacon and serve with a side of crusty bread.

Serves 4-6

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Beef Carbonnade: SRC

Hey Secret Recipe Club fans!  It’s that time again!!

This month, I got to whip up a decadent dish from Lea Ann’s blog, Cooking on the Ranch.  Lea Ann is a Denver area blogger who primarily focuses on Southwestern and Authentic Mexican cooking.  So, of course, I managed to find the one Belgian dish on her blog. Haha!  Sorry Lea Ann!  I’ll have to try one of your yummy Mexican dishes next!

I simply could resist this one for several reasons.

1 – Beef + a household of men
2 – It’s still a million below zero here (well, it was at the end of February when I made this), and
3 – There’s Guinness in this meal and it’s St. Patrick’s Day today.

This was seriously ermergerd amazing.  Hubs and I could not stop eating!!  Even Dude and Spud enjoyed the beef, but didn’t care for the noodles (seriously, plain buttered noodles – I won’t even try to understand).

Friday, March 14, 2014

The BEST Cookies EVER!

You know that moment when you find your new favorite cookie?

I mean, all cookies are wonderful, but some make the cut to be the new “go to” cookie.

This one is it.

They’re soft.  They’re chewy.  They’re packed with candy.

To give them a more descriptive name, they’re “Chocolate Chip-M&M-Reese Pieces-Vanilla Pudding Cookies”…

But I think that’s a bit much, don’t you?

In closing, make these cookies…I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Angel Wings Wednesday #5

“How many children do you have?”
“Just the two boys?”
“6 & 3?  Must be time for another!”

These questions are always well intentioned, but I have no idea how to answer.

If I say I just have the two, I feel like I am not honoring my daughter.  Though we never got to know her, she is still a part of our family.

And yet, if I mention her, I feel like I’m begging for sympathy.  And I’m often met with awkward silences or piteous looks.

How do I answer?  What do I say?

I don’t have the answers yet, but in time, hopefully it will be clear.  Hopefully there is a way to include my daughter in my family count without creating an awkward situation.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Slow Cooker Beef Tips

I shared this recipe a couple months ago as a guest post, but here it is again, in case you missed it!

As a busy mom, I love my slow cooker meals!  This is one of my favorites because my kids eat it (yay!) and it reminds me of one of my favorite childhood meals.  Beef tips are sure to please whether served over heart healthy brown rice, egg noodles, or mashed potatoes!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Garden Herb Bread

You know what’s funny?

I seem to bake less bread in the cold winter than I do in the hot summer.

I think it’s because I grill burgers a lot in the summer and like to experiment with bun recipes and in the winter I just eat a ton of bread and go into carb overload, which is not “get into my skinny jeans” friendly.

Side note: I hate having to lose weight.  Boo.

Even so, I decided to make this gorgeous (and delicious) garden herb bread the other day.  What can I say?  I needed a carb overload!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Angel Wings Wednesday #4

“I am content; that is a blessing greater than riches; and he to whom that is given need ask no more.” 
 Henry Fielding

This Sunday, March 9, would have been Sarah’s due date.

I had originally thought that this week out be a “trigger” week for me, since I should have been having my baby.

But instead, I’m in a surprisingly good place.

I think the feeling of peace is twofold. Well, three, the grace of God most definitely plays a huge role.  I’m thankful each and every day that I have my faith to carry me through this tragedy.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Roaring 20's Party

When my husband & I turned 30 last year (have I mentioned before that our birthdays are only 5 days apart?), we threw ourselves a combined Murder Mystery party.

I started out by buying the Murder at the Juice Joint party, and set out to inviting friends and assigning characters.

To help with the 1920’s vibe, we brought our modified 1940’s era typewriter and some antique books into the room.  And the ever talented Hubs built a phonograph iPod dock, just for the party (it’s now a permanent fixture in my living room – I just love it!)  We also downloaded a bunch of ragtime and jazz music onto the iPod to serve as background music for the evening.

As guests arrived (in character and in costume), they had their mug shot taken by the art deco back drop (made out of tissue paper circles) and were handed an envelope with a list of their initial party objectives.



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