Steak isn't always on our dinner menu, but when it is, it had better be good! While small children (at least mine) usually turn their noses up at food that needs to be chewed for more than 0.5 seconds, that doesn't diminish the fact that sometimes your body just craves some red meat.
Trying new recipes is something I do when I'm feeling brave... even though when my husband sees "NEW" circled near a menu item, he cringes (too bad! She who does the cooking makes the executive menu decisions!) This week, there are three new items on the menu... OH, THE HORROR!
Regardless, last night I made these Asian Steak Bites... courtesy of Pinterest, BTW. I know, flank steak isn't cheap, but it's goooood. Marinating was quick and easy, and from pan preheat to done, the cooking only took less than 15 minutes. I'll take that kind of ease any day of the week.
Only because the word "Asian" was in the name did I assume that this meat should be served with rice... but I'm sure noodles or any starchy goodness would pair nicely. My oldest son loved it, my youngest son chewed his first piece for about 10 minutes until it lost its color and texture, but my husband and I LOVED it. It was simply fantastic. Easy and delicious... and that's why I'm recommending it to you. The hardest part was trying to find chili paste at my local grocery store!
I know you're wondering... was it spicy? No. My oldest who thinks ketchup and regular pizza sauce are spicy noticed a slight twinge of after-heat, but it wasn't enough for him to down multiple glasses of milk... so, it's not really spicy.
Enjoy, my carnivore friends!
Asian Steak Bites
Recipe courtesy of Barefeet in the Kitchen
Looking to multitask holiday cookie making with involving and entertaining the kids? This recipe is the perfect project to accomplish both in less than 30 minutes! With only 4 main ingredients and very simple instructions, the kids can help measure, stir, and decorate without compromising adult sanity.
Grandma's No-Bake Drop Cookies
I make this recipe every Christmas for a few reasons:
** In loving memory of my Grandma Nina - the best baker I've ever known! **
The holidays mean many things to many people, but most can agree that it means slaving away in the kitchen (alone) as you talk angrily to yourself and grow rampant gray hairs while trying to create those memories that you hope your children will someday treasure and appreciate.
In my case, I do try to make time to bake at least the classics: cut-out sugar cookies, chocolate kringles, and some Rice Krispy-marshmallow-almond-bark-nut thing my grandma used to make that is always a hit. Why do I put myself through the torture of cut-out cookie making? Because, of course, frosted sugar cookies are my absolute favorite!
Sugar, coated in sugar, dressed in sugar? Yes PLEASE! Luckily for me, a few years back my good friend Nadine shared with me her recipe for perfect cookies and frosting, and this recipe is the one I'm sharing with you.
Please forgive my poor decorating, as I do believe that the overall taste forgives the sloppy ornamental workmanship... no one should spend all day decorating with special tools unless he or she is building a case for a future insanity plea!
Oh, and one special note to ambitious mothers looking for a "fun" baking project with the kids... you know who you are - the ones who only envision laughter and memories, not freak-outs and total anarchy... depending on the ages of your children, you could very well end up doing most of the work yourself. (if you're looking for a kid-friendly cookie recipe - try my Chocolate Sugar Cookies).
However, if you get ambitious and have several hours to yourself - I promise, these cookies are WORTH IT!
** Makes aproximately 100 cookies
I love a good recipe that provides flavor and elegance without breaking the bank or taking too much of my precious time. This recipe is just that... and if you plan just right, you can make it twice to optimize usage of the ingredients.
For sides with this dish, I like to serve a green (broccoli or asparagus) for color and a light starch (like rice) to offset the heaviness of the cream sauce. The recipe itself takes much less time to make than I anticipated, and that gives me time to work on sides and presentation!
Chicken Breast in Caper-Cream Sauce Recipe
If you make this dish twice in 2 weeks, you can use up all of the whipping cream and the capers!
As matriarch of this family, and a big proponent of holiday traditions, this year I have decreed that our family will eat pound cake on Christmas. Why? I don't know; because I can and because my husband likes pound cake so it is inevitable that my boys will blindly follow suit.
Every family should have their own "unique" traditions for the holidays - that's what make them special! Not one who likes to blend in to a crowd, I wanted a non-traditional dessert to become our family's yearly finale... and so it is... 5 Flavor Pound Cake (bestowed upon me by a good friend's mother - an amazing baker).
Recipes are meant to be shared, and food is meant to be enjoyed so give this dessert a try for your next family gathering. I promise there will be smiling faces and few leftovers!
5 Flavor Pound Cake
#poundcake #recipe #traditions
When I make breads or anything, for that matter, than I can put into the freezer for later, I make double or triple batches... GO BIG, OR GO HOME! Plus, I'm the type who just likes to do it, make the mess, and get it over with.
I love a good sweet bread slathered with butter - who doesn't? And even though I despise the taste of coffee, I actually love this date bread recipe, but I NEVER add nuts to my breads. Why? Eating a nut in some bread or in a cookie or in a brownie is like a bad surprise party in your mouth... or the unwanted guest at a party that no one felt comfortable telling not to come... you know what I mean... "Oh my goodness, this bread is SOOOO amazing... oh wait, is that a nut? Well, it was good... sure wish someone hadn't invited that nut to the party!"
Baking around the holidays gives me the chance to gift homemade items, and who doesn't love some good homemade baked goods to soften the waistline toward the end of the year?
Date Bread (nuts optional)*
*keep in mind that I triple this recipe when I make it - you'll need 8 or 9 mini loaf pans for that undertaking.
Trust me, you and your gift-receiving friends will LOVE this baked-with-love treat!
You know, in the summer, there are NEVER enough pasta salad recipes to get you through the grilling, picnic, and bring-a-dish-to-share events... am I right? I find myself constantly on Pinterest searching for more ways to spice up my summer side dishes; I mean, how many different salads are in your repertoire to serve with burgers, hot dogs, and chicken on the grill?
Summertime calls for cold salads, not a steady IV drip of heavy, starchy potatoes dredged in butter (even though I do love those). Luckily for me, my mom makes a salad that my husband has positively commented on twice, and so I finally got the recipe and made it. The problem was... neither the original recipe (or my mom's variation) were super specific so I made my own version... and it tasted goooooood!
Cyndi's Bacon Ranch Summer Pasta Salad
Now, would I ever steer you wrong when it comes to feeding your family? Every one of my recipes has been tested on the guinea pigs that live under my roof, and this one was a BIG hit. Spice up your summer with this new summer pasta salad recipe!
#SummerSalads #PastaSalad #grillingsides
You know, when a recipe has the word "easy" in it, one assumes it will, in fact, be easy, but don't believe everything you read! Strawberry shortcake is one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE desserts, especially in the summer. A long, LONG time ago when I was in high school, I had the most amazing strawberry shortcake at Six Flags in Texas.
Rarely is a dessert ever so good that it lingers in the unrequited memory of my taste buds for so long, but I have craved that very dessert for almost 17 years. One evening as I was searching on Pinterest for a strawberry shortcake photo that resembled what I was looking for, I stumbled upon this "Easy Strawberry Shortcake" recipe from Real Simple.
The problem was, I was too lazy to make the effort... it looked like a lot of work, and frankly, I don't spend most of my in-kitchen time baking... I'm usually just trying to get the family fed with home-cooked meals, not trying to win any pastry chef awards. Finally, an opportunity arose wherein I simply had to rise to the occasion - a guest for dinner... and so I did the unthinkable... I tried a new recipe on a dinner guest!
I'd never even made my own whipped cream before, but it was dessert, and it's not like we were going to starve. Well, in hindsight, maybe we should have skipped dinner and went right for dessert because that dessert was enormous, heavy, rich, and truly amazing! No one was able to finish their portions, but I am so relieved to finally have the recipe I have been searching for for so long...
So, when your husband is grilling dinner, take a stab at making this dessert for your family... just remember to be very hungry when you eat it, or you'll be in full-on food regret mode afterwards!
Pain-in-the-Ass-But-So-Worth-It Strawberry Shortcake
*ALTERNATE to unsweetened cream and strawberry ice cream: Sweetened Whipped Cream
(I found that the ice cream and the whipped cream together was just too much so next time, I'll ditch the ice cream and just make this sweetened whipped cream)
#Strawberryshortcake #bestrecipe #baking #entertaining #Recipeoftheday
First of all, you know a recipe is good when it is requested multiple times by the same person... AND... that person reminds you to bring that dessert regardless of whether or not you remembered to bring your husband! Yes, this pound cake is to die for, if you like really, really, REALLY sweet cakes. With a total of four cups of sugars... it's pretty much like an instant case of diabetes.
My friend was so excited to eat some of it that she cut the first piece for herself and started eating it before realizing that she never offered anyone else a piece... now that's a good recipe. Yes, the caramel sauce pools in the middle, testing your will power to resist the urge to stick your face in it, but please do resist, as it is very sticky, and you'd probably end up with people licking your face.
Try it - you'll like it!
Brown Sugar Caramel Pound Cake
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Here's the deal: not every mom works from home like I do and can start dinner at 4:00 for a 5:00 "feeding" of the family. Regardless of my in-home situation, I still look for simple, easy, and tasty dishes I can bang out quickly for my family... dishes that are still made from scratch but don't take an hour to complete.
Thank you Pinterest for another great find. When I saw "lemon" in the title of this recipe and saw that it called for 2-3 Tbsp of lemon juice, I made a face (much like a sucking-on-a-lemon face)... lemon isn't my favorite. However, I was willing to give it a shot, and in my "old age" I have come to realize that too much onion in a recipe has negative gastroenterological side effects... so I was excited for that. Despite the large onion in this recipe, you actually couldn't taste it... odd.
Even though I'm always leery of a new recipe from anywhere, the entire family loved it, and it will become a frequently-used dinner recipe in our house!
Creamy Lemon One Pot Pasta
(adapted from this recipe from diethood.com)
You'll love it, and now I'm going to look for more "one pot" wonders to get me through the week!
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Cyndi M. Frick
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