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Some Top Notch Dishes

Since I started this project in January of last year I haven’t made any recipes that I’ve ever made before…so this means everything I make to eat is a trial. I of course try to share everything I make with as many other mouths as possible to get an accurate star rating (my roommate and best friends benefit the most from this). Here are a few of the other recipes that have been stand outs the last couple months that I’d like to suggest you give a try. So far this year I’ve tried over 100 recipes. I’ve got some ambitions this summer to do some canning, so hopefully I can find the time to do it.

Rhubarb and Blackberry Snack Cake (4 Stars)

I’ve really become a lover of rhubarb the past few years. Now is a good time to make this dessert. It’s not too sweet and full of flavor with the sweet/tart of the rhubarb and blackberries and the fluffy combo of the cake. Would be great for a brunch, afternoon tea or as a light finish to a healthy spring/summer meal.

Pot of Beans with Escarole and Crostini (5 Stars)

This is a wonderful vegetarian and cheap dish. Slow cooking the dry beans in a crock-pot strait from the bag (no soaking) and the addition of garlic, onion and chile give it a great boost. Served with escarole sautéed in garlic and olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, and a final touch of crostini. I made this with Hilary down in DC and I have to admit that I actually made this again just for me. It is the only item I’ve repeated in the past year and a half, but since Hilary ended up doing most of the work I had to try it for myself.

Potato Leek Chowder (5 Stars)

I got this recipe from a community submitted cookbook. It is SOOO yummy, I was really excited to eat the leftovers.

Simply sauté 1 cup diced leeks, 2 T. butter, and ½ cup chopped celery. Add 13 oz. chicken broth, 2 cups raw cubed potatoes, 1 t. salt and ground pepper. Cover and boil 20 minutes or until tender. Add 1 cup cream, 1 ½ cup milk, and 1 T. chopped parsley. Run through a blender or use an immersion blender.

Halibut in Chard Leaves with Lemon-Thyme Butter (5 Stars) served with Roasted Brussel Sprouts (4 Stars)

I made this for a friend’s birthday. Very filling but great compliment to each other, just go light on the sprouts on the plate. I also make garlic knots and he made a salad to accompany the meal, so we were plenty full. The halibut prepared this way would also be really yummy with some mashed potatoes.

Yellow-Lentil Soup with Cilantro Chutney (5 Stars)

I’ve been trying to find some really yummy vegetarian dishes that are filling. I really enjoyed this recipe a lot. It is all sorts of yumminess in your mouth. Definitely give this a try. It would be great with fresh bread or even with a salad if you’re looking for more in the meal. I was plenty full with a good sized bowl full of the soup. This is also great for a healthy light dinner option.

Grilled Tilapia with Cherry Salsa (5 Stars)

I feed the missionaries every month and we currently have an Elder in the Harlem ward from Fiji. His first dinner with us we served spaghetti and I remembered how foreign all of the food in Bolivia was for me. I promised the Elder that I would make some fish and yuca for him. He loved this recipe and yuca was a perfect compliment. Tilapia is such an easy fish to work with and you can get it at a great price at Costco. The spice rub is a great add and perfect contrast to the sweet and spicy of the cherry salsa. I thought this recipe was also very unique, I’ve never had or seen anything like it in a restaurant.


2 Comments (Leave a Reply)

  1. Amber Robinson (June 27, 2011)

    The Cherry Salsa was amazing! Very unique and flavorful. It was also delicious on chicken, and even for dipping crackers or chips!

  2. Kimber (July 21, 2011)

    Yum! I am always on the hunt for good tilapia recipes! I go through one of those bags from Costco every week or two :-) Farmed tilapia is one of the most sustainable ways to enjoy fish, too. I’m definitely going to give this a try! Much love from DC!



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