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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 7 cheers 2017-05-02 01:50:59

    Greek Meatball Pitas

    Got this recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen - Greek Meatballs. Another great meal. Made this meal in March.

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    • joycultivation
      joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-05-14 19:53:05

      @ligemst OMG I loooooove that you are doing this goal and sharing all about this yummy food!!! many of my goals have had a heavy focus on learning how to cook (try new recipes, bring a lunch to work instead of eating out, take cooking classes etc.) - reading your entries is really helpful and inspiring to me!!

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      • ligemst
        ligemst Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-15 12:44:52

        @joycultivation Thank you. It's fun, but sometimes I am delayed or sometimes I just don't feel like taking pictures. But, it's fun to go back and to see the things I've made for my family, which I think sometimes they take for granted.

        You can learn to cook. Patience. I get a lot of my stuff off Pinterest, but often I modify recipes because I've cooked enough to know some things need modification for my family and I to like.

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        • joycultivation
          joycultivation 1 cheers 2017-05-16 01:22:17

          @ligemst I have tried Pinterest too but I feel like it is a gamble. I have been sticking to cookbooks that have been vetted. I am getting better and more confident slowly. It is taking time but luckily I have enthusiastic recipe tasters!!

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          • ligemst
            ligemst Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-16 13:03:59

            @joycultivation That's safe. For years I used cookbooks. I can also tell usually for my family what recipes will work and what won't, but that's from years of cooking. Still, sometimes I do miss the mark and there is the occasional meal I do mess up on or my family doesn't like. Very good you have enthusiastic tasters. :)

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            • joycultivation
              joycultivation 0 cheers 2017-05-16 23:27:47

              @ligemst i think i will stick to cookbooks for now since they are safe. Once i have more experience and judgment i will venture into online recipes but you really do have to know how to be discerning when trying them. I also find that many food blogs are very focused on getting traffic to show ads so the pages are more about food porn than being pragmatic and useful.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-02 01:48:45

    Mexican Style Street Pork

    Got this from the Just A Pinch blog. My husband LOVED this pork. It was so easy. My kids, did too. We paired this with the Mexican Corn Salad, made some homemade refried beans and had us some tostadas. We had this near the end of March.

    Mexican Style Street Pork

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 3 cheers 2017-05-02 01:45:44

    Mexican Corn Salad

    I made this recipe several times. My family loves this corn salad. Got it from Isabel Eats blog. Mexican Corn Salad

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-02 01:42:30

    Irish Boxty

    I made these in early March and they were so yummy. Used my crepe maker to do the potato pancakes. Got this recipe from Closet Cooking. LOVE Kevin's recipes and every time I cook one of his recipes, my family just LOVES the meal. This was no exception. Irish Boxty.

    These are very HEARTY boxties . . . super filling.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-02 01:28:09

    Carne Asada Fries

    Just some pics of what I made last week.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 2 cheers 2017-05-02 01:20:26

    The Best Healthy Sloppy Joes

    I got this recipe off Culinary Hill for Sloppy Joe. Got some fresh, organic Swiss Chard from my dad and I chopped 2 HUGE leaves up to put in this recipe and cooked everything in my Dutch oven, let it simmer for a couple hours. YUMMY.

    Will try to post some pics later, if I can.

    My family loved these sloppy joes which we also put some sharp cheddar cheese with it, a side of baked fries, and watermelon.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-01 19:18:16

    I have this week's menu ready -
    Monday - Healthy Sloppy Joes, Baked Parmesan Garlic Fries, and Watermelon
    Tuesday - Coconut Tropical Chicken with Zucchini Fritters
    Wednesday - Mozzarella & Proscuitto Flatbread & Kale Salad
    Thursday - Thai Asian Salad
    Friday - Leftovers

    Weekends are always up for grabs. I'll share some of the recipes as I make these things.

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  • ligemst
    ligemst Doing 4 cheers 2017-04-27 13:16:32

    Deviled Egg Salad

    Why do they call it deviled egg? Anyway, I got this recipe from the Hello I'm Home blog: Deviled Egg Salad. I think this is the first time I've made something from this blog.

    Here were the differences from what I did and her recipe. I didn't add any white wine vinegar because I didn't have any. I had white wine, but I'm sure that would have created a much different taste. Had other vinegars, but I think that would have messed the taste up more than not adding this ingredient.

    No shallots either, so I chopped up some red onion really fine with my mini Braun food processor. I added fresh chopped dill to this dish and it was a good addition. There was another Deviled Egg Salad recipe I was looking at that used dill in terms of a relish and I know my family does not like relish. Fresh dill was much better than any pickled relish.

    This was good, too. The curry gives it a nice kick. My husband and kids liked this dish, too. I sprinkled with dill sprigs.

    Our table looked so lovely with a large white bowl of juicy Watermelon (with fresh mint from my mint plant), a white square bowl of Deviled Egg Salad, a white round bowl of Bacon & Onion Deviled Egg Salad and a white platter of Mini Croissants & Hawaiian Rolls. Really a very pretty spread.

    Yes, I did take a picture, but I'm really just too lazy to upload the pic.

    I just love adding a little curry to a good chicken salad and now I know it works well with egg salad, too. Just don't add too much otherwise it will taste really curry. My family does not like curry, so it's best to just add a touch of curry. They never knew any better.

    Shhhh. Don't tell them.

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    ligemst Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-27 13:08:00

    Bacon & Green Onion Egg Salad

    Got this recipe from the Will Cook For Smiles blog - Bacon & Green Onion Egg Salad.

    I followed what was put in the salad, but not the quantities. I wanted to use some eggs I had that I got on sale at Safeway that were white eggs. Normally I buy brown eggs. The day before, boiled 32 eggs. Thankfully they were easy to peel because that's a lot of eggs.

    Used 16 of the eggs for this recipe. Also cooked 2 lbs of bacon the day before. Those were the 2 timeliest things I would need to do for this recipe and the other egg salad recipe I made.

    Kids had a half day at school and it was nice to be able to make dinner and have some help from my daughter with the dishes.

    Refrigerated the egg salad for about 3 hrs before dinner. I bought these lovely white serving bowls from WalMart that I'm just really loving. I have quite a few white serving bowls and platters now that I don't need anymore. They always make the food look so elegant and clean.

    Served this in one of the bowls and sprinkled the egg salad with smoked paprika. Lots of bacon in this egg salad, which I was sure my husband would love and he did.

    The kids also liked this salad and it was yummy. I had both mini croissants and Hawaiian rolls that you could put the egg salad in. Then, my daughter cut up a large watermelon I bought. This was a totally "cold" meal, which we normally have hot meals. It was nice to have this picnicky meal for a change.

    This is definitely a "Do Over" dish. Who can resist all the bacon?

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    ligemst Doing 3 cheers 2017-04-25 14:56:46

    Carne Asada Fries

    Okay, I didn't use Tasty's Carne Asada recipe, but the recipe I posted a couple posts ago. Yummy as ever, but I did mostly use Tasty's baked french fry recipe.

    Tasty's Carne Asada Fries

    Used 3 large Russet potatoes and I just eyeballed the quantities. I put the potato slices on 2 cookie sheets to bake in my large Oster Toaster Oven. This can cook a full sized pizza and love this oven, though I wish it had a light in it.

    Rarely use my big oven unless I'm cooking a lot of stuff that need the oven, which is hardly ever. In nearly 2 yrs at this house, I don't think I've even used it a dozen times.

    We use the toaster oven daily. I did bake for nearly an hr at 450° F because I had 2 sheets in the toaster oven. Halfway through, I switched the top tray to the bottom. An hour was too long, so next time maybe 50-55 minutes instead with 2 trays.

    My husband, kids and I scarfed this up. There were no leftovers at all.

    I made guacamole with 7 small avocados and the rest of the stuff we use for that. All that was gone, too. My family really loves my homemade guac.

    We also added sour cream, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro and small slices of green onions. I had 5 thinly sliced steaks that I marinated for 8-9 hrs and then pan fried in a cast iron skillet with bacon fat. The bacon fat just really adds a nice flavor to it.

    I think this is the first time I didn't make too much food and it was the right amount for everyone.

    The fries turned out really good and there was no need to fry this in a lot of grease. The only oil was the olive oil I used to lightly coat the fries for baking. Next time, I will maybe do 4 large Russet potatoes, as I think my family wanted a little more but there were no more fries left.

    Carne Asada Fries
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