Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New recipes

In case you haven’t noticed yet, Cole and I thoroughly enjoy cooking. We like to find new recipes and see how they turn out. Cole is typically more adventurous than I am. However, I’ve been trying to step outside of my comfort zone more.

Early in our marriage, we realized our differences regarding meals, besides the obvious (my pickiness). For instance, I could eat a turkey sandwich with cheese and a side of skinny chips from Jimmy Johns every day for a month and not get tired of it. Cole would hate that; he likes variety. This used to be hard for me because I was the primary meal planner and cook. Lately, though, I’ve been trying to experiment more. One week I went crazy and kind of “made up” two recipes – a white lasagna with ravioli instead of lasagna sheets and chili – that were mostly successful. Last night, I found a recipe online and decided to go for it. Since my palate is limited by my pickiness, it’s sometimes difficult for me to tell if a recipe will taste good or not. But, I found a good one last night. It wasn’t exactly life-changing, but it was still tasty.

I made pork chops with a balsamic-honey glaze. It was so easy and fast! The glaze has balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, olive oil, rosemary, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper. I changed the recipe a bit (based on what a reviewer had suggested) and used center-cut pork chops instead of the tenderloin. I browned them in a little oil, salt, and pepper, and then added the glaze to the skillet. I turned the heat down, put a top on, and let it simmer while I made the sides. We served it with orzo (with parmesan, salt, and pepper) and a roll. It was quite delicious. Cole was very impressed (which is sometimes hard to do!). I was pleased with my find. If you want to do it, the recipe is here.

When I find a recipe online, I like to read the reviews to see what other people thought about the recipe and how they may have changed it to make it better. Many times I read a change that sounds good, so I do it too. Cole and I have an agreement that if something we try to make isn't edible, we'll just go out. So far, we've only had to throw out one meal (a breakfast casserole disaster...don't ask). Some of the things we've made haven't been good necessarily, but they've been edible.

I've been wanting to try a recipe for red velvet cake cookies with cream cheese frosting-ish filling. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to try them yet, but I will. I'll try to take pictures so I can share.


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That sounds delicious!! I would love the recipe for the red velvet cake cookies. You know red velvet is Rob's fav.! I wish i was as adventerous as you are with my cooking. But with Rob trying to eat healthy it's kinda hard sometimes. LOVE YOU:)!