|Small shells with peas, on my kitchen cart|
- Stroganoff Pie – super rich and yummy, we discovered it was better with some veggies added (peas and spinach were our choices – side dishes we just smashed into the pie) to cut the heaviness of the beef and cream cheese. This recipe would be great for a potluck or having people over – one 8×8 pie fed us for nearly 3 straight days!
- Wild Rice Stuffed Peppers – these are delicious and I have to honestly state that with a lot of filling left over after putting the peppers in the oven I couldn’t stop eating – which meant I was too full for a pepper when they were ready. But mmmmm. Oh, and I am cheap about wild rice so I bought a box of Uncle Ben’s brown & wild rice and made it up without the seasoning packet – worked like a charm.
- Vietnamese-Style Banh Mi Burgers – I am a banh mi addict and these, I have to say, are pretty fabulous. I tend to go overboard with the veggies on mine but the burger held up to it. My one switcheroo is using sri racha instead of Tabasco – it feels more authentic to me and I prefer the taste.
- White Pizza with Shrimp on Naan – supremely simple, I made this after my weekly grocery store run when I’m wiped and want something quick & easy, and it fit the bill perfectly. I used asiago parmesan naan bread (from Target, of all places!) and it was delish.
- Small Shells with Peas – easy to prepare and perfect comfort food (which was just what the Dr. ordered for a morning-sickness ridden day). I didn’t expect that the meal would end up almost stew-like, but it was marvelous.
- Kentucky Butter Cake – this recipe kept showing up in my Facebook ads and I finally had to try it. It is almost unbearably rich – next time I would omit the sauce and just make it as a plain bundt. My cake wouldn’t come out and we ended up eating it in handfuls plucked straight from the upside-down pan – which feels decadent and naughty and is awfully fun (for adults and 4 1/2 year olds alike).
Let me know if you cook any of these yummies up – I’d love to hear your thoughts and adaptations and all your good ideas! And please leave comments for the marvelous men & women who came up with the recipes… what gifts!
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