Last week, I thought it would be a great idea if I created a weekly menu before the week started so I could get ingredients ahead of time and be prepared. So I searched through my cookbooks but decided to find brand new recipes online. I poured through online recipes to find ones I'd like to cook. After I narrowed it down my partner helped decide which recipes they'd like to try. Unfortunately we did this Monday night so no cool recipe for that night.
Tuesday: Creamy Burrito Casserole
This was definitely one of the easiest, most delicious meals I've ever made. I would recommend it to anyone. The ingredients are very easy to come by and inexpensive. Some ground beef, onions, refried beans, sour cream, mushroom soup, tortillas and cheese. Everything you would use in making burritos but with an excellent twist, you combine the ingredients to make a casserole. The result is a warm, scrumptious meal. It would please anyone. I would make just a few alterations such as a can of diced tomatoes. I will definitely be making this again.
Wednesday: Baked Pork Chops
I'm not usually a fan of pork (outside of bacon), particularly pork chops but I thought, why not? I could try it and see if it works. I'm glad I did because it definitely worked. I didn't follow the recipe precisely but I never do. Preparing them is relatively easy, it just takes a bit of time. To accompany the pork chops you can practically make anything. I decided to fry up some small yellow potatoes in some butter and a variety of seasonings. It turned out great! I've never eaten pork chops like that! They're perfectly done and the taste is quite spectacular.
Thursday: Mushroom Cheese Soufflé
I have heard of soufflé but I've never made it before this week. I don't mind any kind of cooking challenge. That being said, this recipe was definitely the most time consuming and difficult to make. Before anything you butter the baking dish and spread parmasan on all the surfaces. Following that you have to create the cheese sauce, which requires constant attention while you fry up the mushrooms. In between you must separate multiple eggs. Luckily I'm fairly good at this. I carefully pass the yolk back and forth while letting the white fall. After the mushrooms are done you puree them and mix it with the cheese sauce. Then you have to deal with the egg whites. I didn't have the cream of tartar they asked for so instead I used a splash of milk. I whisked the egg whites with the milk until I deemed it sufficient. My arm was definitely tired. I don't have an electric whisk, just muscle. You fold the egg whites in the cheese mixture then pour it all together into a dish. Then bake for about an hour. Voilá! It will appear all poofy when finished. I enjoyed it but next time I might tweak a few things, like try it with a variety of cheeses.
Yes, yes, I know, lasagne. It's not exactly "original" but my partner practically begged me to make it. Let's just say they love lasagne. So I agreed. It turned out to be phenomenal. Simple and easy to make. The best part, the layers. Most lasagnes only have two layers of pasta, this had three. It made it a lot more sturdy and each bite was perfectly delicious. I will definitely use this recipe again and maybe next time with a few tweaks such as different meat or adding spinach.
I'm looking forward to picking some more recipes for this week! I'll try to share those too!
I haven't baked anything for dessert in awhile since it usually takes up quite a bit of time but recently my partner mentioned off-hand that I had never used my cake pan. Well, that was it! Obviously I was the perpetrator of this great injustice and knew right there that it had to stop or rather, "start". So I went online like I usually do for a really great recipe and found a few that caught my eye. I conferred with my partner and we both concurred that there can be only one.
Well actually, I think I said I was only making one. They thought I should "BAKE ALL THE CAKES!"
We picked, "Tropical Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting". Sounds delicious, doesn't it? If only I could share a piece with you through the monitor, alas I cannot.
Although the photo of mine is not terrific I can assure you it's truly delicious. It took a long time for me to make since I only have one cake pan and it's larger than the one they mention in the recipe. So instead of a three layer cake I made a two layer cake, baking the layers separately. There were a few other exceptions such as using different pineapple but all in all I think it turned out great! The taste is phenomenal! I'm not just saying that! I would definitely use this recipe again.
Meanwhile my partner and I are forced to eat all this cake. How terrible! I can't wait until the next cake. I'm thinking chocolate.
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