Newsflash: I’m not much of a cook. My first blog was all about my lack of domesticated capabilities. Making “meals” just hadn’t ever been something I did. Probably because Dan and I had different work schedules for the first half of our relationship. I was almost always cooking for myself — and spiral-shaped mac and cheese was so much easier to make than anything else.
Now that we’re on the same work schedule, I’m doing more cooking. Some weeks I’ll make up to four Pinterest recipes; some weeks it’s closer to two; some weeks it’s zero. Old habits die hard, I guess. But most weeks are in the two- to three-recipe range.
I’ll try to share each of the recipes I make and a quick review of them. Well, as quick as possible for someone as long-winded as me could manage. For an even quicker review of all of the recipes I’ve made, you can visit my Pinterest board, Food I’ve Actually Made. I typically forget how I felt about a recipe if I don’t make a note of it somewhere, so I started doing that on Pinterest. Since most of my recipes are made at night, it’s hard to take quality photos. I recommend visiting the websites where I found the recipes for drool-worthy photos!
John Legend’s Mac & Cheese: http://www.marthastewart.com/348566/john-legends-macaroni-and-cheese. I love nearly all forms of macaroni and cheese. Baking it always makes me feel like I’m slightly more sophisticated. This recipe was decent. I cut the recipe in half, so maybe that’s why it didn’t turn out quite as amazingly as I expected. There is a crap-ton of cheese in this recipe — since I halved the recipe, I used less than instructed, but I cut a little more too (if I think it’s too much cheese, that has to mean something!). I’ll consider trying it again…
Crock Pot Grape Jelly & BBQ Meatballs: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/bbq-meatballs/. These were delicious and probably the easiest recipe ever. Three ingredients; no chopping, slicing or dicing; one crock pot = one happy Lindsey. There really isn’t anything else to say.
Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake: http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2014/04/loaded-chicken-alfredo-gnocchi-bake/#_a5y_p=3159743. I had really high hopes for this. It has tons of my favorite things: gnocchi, Alfredo sauce, bacon and cheese. But I hated it. Like to the point where I couldn’t even finish the small serving I dished onto my plate. It had to be the chicken I used — the last bit of a rotisserie chicken. Or maybe my Alfredo sauce was the wrong flavor. I can’t really explain how all of those awesome ingredients wouldn’t be at the top of my list for favorite foods.
I also made banana bread, but I’ve written about that before. I pretty much make banana bread every week because I convince myself on grocery runs that I will start loving bananas and will eat all of them before they go rotten. This never happens, so I always have a few that need to be baked. You’d think I’d be creative and vow to make a new banana bread recipe every week, but wow, that sounds like a lot of work. I’ll try to make a new recipe every month…that’s about as much as I can attempt.
Whew, just thinking about switching up my banana bread recipe — along with all that cooking — is making me tired. Tired enough to sit in my super comfy La-Z-Boy recliner 🙂 I’ll write more about this outfit in the next few weeks.