Archive for March, 2009

Cap’n Crunch French Toast

Seriously, really. I really did make this. I saw the recipe on Serious Eats and was intrigued, but when I saw Cap’n Crunch was on sale at the grocery store, I knew that I had to try it. Boy and Girl both had a friend spend the night, so we had extra taste-testers around that […]

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Posted on March 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Breakfast, Favorites

Sopa Seca: Mexican Noodle Casserole

This casserole was easy and pretty tasty. It was a little too spicy for Girl, but the rest of us liked it. I toasted the fideos in the oven (375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, or until evenly golden browned), instead of in a skillet in oil, to simplify cleanup and also cut the […]

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Posted on March 18, 2009 at 9:53 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees

Chicken and White Bean Soup with Herb Swirl, Parmesan Toasts

This soup (from the always-awesome “Family Style” page in Bon Appetit magazine – March 2009 issue) was very tasty, but I’m not sure that the “herb swirl” added much in the way of flavor. In terms of presentation, too, it just seemed to get lost in the soup, so I would recommend either skipping it […]

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Posted on March 18, 2009 at 9:44 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Entrees, Soups

Chunky Banana Bran Muffins

I’ve had a run of bad luck with recipes lately. We tried these Banana Bran Muffins from Barefoot Contessa, but found the molasses flavor too strong and the bran texture overwhelming. If anyone has a bran muffin recipe they’d recommend, please let me know! The muffins were so unpleasant, that I didn’t even keep them […]

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Posted on March 18, 2009 at 9:13 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Breakfast

Crispy Black Beans Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

These tacos (from February 2009 Bon Appetit magazine) were pretty tasty and quite easy. The beans could have used a tiny bit more seasoning, so I would up the amount of cumin, and maybe add some oregano, too, if I make these again. I substituted queso fresco for the feta. All of us liked these […]

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Posted on March 18, 2009 at 7:44 pm by lara · Permalink · 2 Comments
In: Entrees

Alton Brown’s Orange Sherbet

This was SO yummy and quite easy. The recipe is from the same episode as Alton Brown’s “Orange Delicious” and has a pretty similar ingredient list.

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Posted on March 18, 2009 at 7:21 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Favorites

Flaky Blood Orange Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce

I had been looking forward to trying this for weeks. I usually can read over a recipe and quickly imagine what it will taste like and even whether or not we are likely to enjoy it. From the moment I saw this one, I thought it sounded fantastic. We LOVE Cara Cara oranges and, of […]

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Posted on March 18, 2009 at 6:44 pm by lara · Permalink · 2 Comments
In: Desserts

Buttermilk French Toast

This recipe from November 2008 Gourmet magazine was straight-up fabulous. There’s nothing more to say. It was phenomenal. The preparation instructions are VERY specific and include the exact bread-to-soaking liquid ratio, plus exact soaking times. Preparing this french toast and seeing how crusty-delicious it turned out made me realize that I’ve been over-soaking my french […]

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Posted on March 18, 2009 at 6:33 pm by lara · Permalink · One Comment
In: Breakfast, Favorites

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

If you’re from Texas, this is a recipe that you remember eating all your life. It was the sort of thing that you’d eat when you went to visit your grandmother or went to a church potluck. Historically, it was made with some type of cream soup, but there are as many variations of this […]

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Posted on March 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm by lara · Permalink · 2 Comments
In: Entrees

Roasted Banana Bars with Browned Butter-Pecan Frosting

This recipe is from January 2009 Cooking Light magazine. These were absolutely delicious. They were a little more labor-intensive than I’m used to for a simple snack cake recipe, but I think that you might be able to skip the banana roasting step, if you’re in a real hurry. I haven’t tested that theory, but […]

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Posted on March 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm by lara · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: Desserts, Snacks