• Pinteresting Food

    Date: 2013.08.18 | Category: Food, Home | Tags:

    We are notorious for getting stuck in the habit of eating the same dishes over and over again because we know what goes in them and they are easy to make. But I’ve gotten tired of those same things, so with the help of Pinterest, I’ve been branching out. So far, every recipe has been pretty good, though some need a bit of an adjustment the next time I make them.

    Here’s a quick review of what we’ve tried lately:

    Ranch Chicken Enchiladas
    http://therecipecritic.com/2012/12/ranch-chicken-enchiladas/

    Difficulty level: Easy
    Rating: 3 stars out of 5

    We both agreed that this was a “make again” recipe and the insides of the enchiladas were tasty.

    What needs to be improved:
    More veggies. Next time we’ll add bellpeppers and onions to the inside. Maybe beans too.
    Less ranch. The ranch on the inside is perfect. The ranch on the outside was too much. We’ll use sour cream instead next time.

    BBQ Pot Roast Over Cheddar Ranch Grits
    http://www.plainchicken.com/2012/05/bbq-pot-roast-over-cheddar-ranch-grits.html

    Difficulty level: Easy
    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Again with the ranch, I know – but we agreed that this is a mostly make again recipe.

    What needs to be improved:
    Again, less ranch in the grits. Mark thinks we should sub mashed potatoes for the grits and it would be drastically improved.

    The biggest surprise about this dish is that the grits, pot roast and sauce really do need to be served together. The flavors individually are mediocre, but together they are really good!

    Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
    http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/06/02/cookies-and-cream-cupcakes/

    Difficulty: Medium
    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    There is nothing that can improve these amazing cupcakes. Just make sure not to over bake them and dry them out. The frosting even tastes like the center of an Oreo…

    Hasselback Potatoes
    http://www.seasaltwithfood.com/2009/05/hasselback-potatoes.html

    Difficulty: Super Easy
    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Again, not much can be done to improve a potato with olive oil, butter and salt. Though we did omit the garlic. They made for easy dinner sides one night.

    Slow Cooker Beef Stew
    http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/slow-cooker-recipe-classic-beef-stew-10000000614077/index.html

    Difficulty: Medium
    Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

    We had this for dinner tonight and it rocked. It’s a bit reminiscent of Italian food, surprisingly, but we’re ok with that at our house.

    What needs to be improved:
    Cut the potatoes thinner and add a bit more salt.

    Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato Basil Sauce
    http://www.gabbiskitchen.com/chicken-with-sun-dried-tomato-basil-sauce.html

    Difficulty: Medium
    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    My husband, surprisingly, loved this dish, even more than I did. But I made the huge mistake ofbuying large sun dried tomatoes when I really needed to buy some already chopped up. They are impossible to cut up dry, so I waited until they were re-hydrated and it was a mess.

    What needs to be improved:
    More salt – maybe we’re just salt hounds? It needed something to give it a little more kick… maybe some red pepper. But Sarah and Mark gave it two thumbs up, so we’ll make it again!