Google Amy's Cooking Adventures: 2020

Monday, February 24, 2020

Lavash Bread



It’s Cook the Books Club time and we’re back with another food-centric novel!

I like reading memoirs because they stretch me as a reader, but they are almost never my personal book of choice, so I’m always excited when a foodie novel comes my way!

Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran is an interesting concept.  It follows 3 Iranian sisters who have fled Iran and are attempting to start a new life (and café) in Ireland.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Everything Bagel Mix



It’s time for this month’s Food ‘n Flix pick…well…sort of.

This month’s movie was Nina’s Heavenly Delights hosted by Heather at All Roads Lead to the Kitchen.

Based on the title and the cover art, I was skeptical (I also had to check the rating, because, yikes (turns out it’s PG-13)).  I read the synopsis and I was still not enthusiastic.  Then I realized that the movie wasn’t available at the library or on any streaming service and I was done.  Then my friend Cam mentioned having the same problem.  She got around it by watching trailers and clips on Youtube.  That I could do.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Rich Chocolate Cake & Circuit Board Cake




Last month was Dude's 12th birthday. TWELVE you guys!

When I asked him what he wanted for a birthday cake this year, the requested chocolate cake with chocolate frosting (my favorite, too!)

But that wasn't the real question.

The real question was how do you want your cake decorated?

Then, the big guy broke his mama's bear's heart a tiny bit saying, "it doesn't need to look like anything, just the chocolate."

Waaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!

My baby is big!!!!

Well, I couldn't leave well enough alone and I still wanted to make him a special cake, even if he wouldn't request it himself.

Dude love electronics in any way, shape or form, so I decided to make a cake that looked like a circuit board (honestly, you should see my basement right now, he takes everything apart, there are motherboards everywhere!) 


Then I decided to take it just one step further.  I knew I wanted to pipe along the edges, but instead of a regular pattern, I used a series of dots and dashes to write "Happy Birthday" in binary!

Monday, February 10, 2020

T’Bit (Iraqi Slow Cooked Chicken & Brown Rice)


It's time for this month's Eat the World recipe challenge and this month, we're heading to Iraq!

Oh boy, I thought, this will be a tough one.

My family, while pretty adventurous eaters, are not big fans of a middle eastern spice profile.  I could have given myself a break and made some sort of bread, but I felt it wasn't really in the spirit of the challenge.

Eventually, I found a recipe for T'bit - a slow cooked chicken and rice and hoped, that even though there were some unfamiliar spices, it would be acceptable.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, & Rice Casserole



How about a nice, comforting casserole for a chilly February day?  Because despite what that groundhog predicted, we’re in one heck of a cold snap in my area!

This is a recipe that I’ve been trying to perfect for years.  There have been so many versions!  And none of them blog-worthy until now!

I vaguely remember something like this recipe from my childhood, but never managed to get the recipe from my mom. So, I set out to make it myself and was just never successful.

Each and every time, the cheese was the problem.  The issue, I finally realized, was that I was trying to stir the cheese in last.  That is, I was leaving the rice just a bit liquidy (but still cooked through), then stirring the shredded cheese in.  The first few bites would be fine, but the dish would quickly congeal.  Still delicious, but unsightly.

Finally, I realized that I needed to make a roux and a cheese sauce first.  Ding, ding, ding!  We have a winner!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Manduguk (Korean Dumpling Soup)



Remember that time my New Years Resolution was to blog at least once a week?  Well, here I am, with loads of recipes to share and two weeks of crickets around here.  Oops.

I blame Netflix.  Hubs and I have been binge-watching Stranger Things and it is not conducive to writing!

Anyway, a couple weeks ago (yes weeks), the boys were at a hockey rink campout (they got to watch the local college hockey team, then camp out in the arena), so I took the opportunity to watch this month’s Food n Flix pick, Always Be My Maybe, hosted by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla.



The movie is a quirky romance.  There’s snooty Sasha, clueless Marcus, and a super weird (yet hilarious) cameo by Keanu Reeves.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Butter Mints



Let’s chat books and this month’s Cook the Books Club pick!  Debra over at Eliot’s Eats chose this month’s book, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.


The story follows Victoria, a girl who has just aged out of the foster care system.  As she begins to navigate life on her own, she often expresses herself in the language of flowers; a means of covertly expressing flirtations through flowers (each flower having a specific meaning).   However, because of her past experiences, Victoria does not use the language of flowers in flirtation, but to express her distrust and hatred instead.

I was riveted by the story and fascinated by the language of flowers.  Just before the end, the book was particularly upsetting, but (I’m being purposefully vague to avoid spoilers), it is because the situation is deeply personal to me and upsets me easily.  Despite this, I very much enjoyed the story and can recommend it to others.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Trini Macaroni Pie




It’s time for this month’s #EatTheWorld challenge hosted by Evelyn from CulturEatz.  This month, we’re seeking warmed climates and heading toward Trinidad and Tobago!  Trinidad and Tobago is a Caribbean island off the coast of Venezuela.

When I started researching recipes from Trinidad and Tobago, I noticed that there seemed to be a lot of influences from all over the world. 

The most surprising “Trini” recipe I found was macaroni pie!  I just knew I needed to see more.

As I refined the search to Trini macaroni pie, I found out that there are TONS of variations on macaroni pie.  Some were incredibly simple (pasta, eggs, milk & cheese), while other were more complex (spices, herbs, veggies, and even one sweet version including brown sugar!)

Since I was trying to get my mac and cheese skeptics to eat this, I kept mine on the simpler side, with a nice spice profile but no herbs or veggies.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Jule Kag Cinnamon Rolls


Yesterday, I shared a recipe for Jule Kag, after finding out that it was a much loved recipe in my husband's family (on his mom's side).

I shared the recipe for this light, tasty sweet bread, but only hinted at the variation!

A little footnote on the bottom of the recipe noted that one loaf of Jule Kag (the recipe makes 3) could be rolled out and make in to cinnamon rolls.'

Well, that's all I needed!  I love cinnamon rollsRainbow Sprinkle Cinnamon Rolls, Twisted Star Cinnamon Rolls, Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls and so many more!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Jule Kag (Danish Christmas Bread)


Over Christmas break, we packed our bags, boarded a plane, and flew a few states over to milder weather to visit Hubs' family.

As I was chatting with my mother-in-law (MIL) and grandmother-in-law (her mom, let's call her GGP) one afternoon, we started talking about bread (anyone who's been around here much knows I love baking bread!) . GGP was telling us that she is not much of a bread baker, but had fond memories of her mother's recipe for Jule Kag. 

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