2016 - Week 5 Cooking Results

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

This was the win for the week.  While the combination could've been better, the idea of doing it this way instead of tuna or eggs or chicken, is a good one.  I'm looking forward to putting my own spin on this. 

Easy Hawaiian Shoyu Chicken

Quick and nice.  Maybe a bit to sweet, though judging by the ingredients, it was probably the point.

Curried Potato Quesadillas

Pretty good, maybe a bit more something, but pretty good.

Black Bean Soup with Sweet Potatoes


Pork Burgers

Little bit of farm pork from Knoxville, little salt, and pepper.  Some time in the pan, ensconced in some Wild Yeast Bakery sourdough bun.  Topped with a little Milton Creamery Prairie Breeze, and various other toppings.  I will never grow tired of this.

2016 - Week 4 Cooking Results

Sriracha chicken and Edamame Sandwiches (I'm only vaguely following this)

I used a rotisserie chicken, and didn't use as much of the edamame that it called for, even so, I found them distracting from the dish as a whole, it made it just kind of odd.  Maybe the edamame was to big?  So you bite, chew and oh there's another soy bean.  Maybe if it was something smaller, like petite peas or something it wouldn't be entirely distracting.  Taste wise, good call.  mildly spicy (also added some Sambal Oelek).  Good stuffs, after you get past the soybeans.

Hoisin Pork with Napa Cabbage

Blue Gate says they have Napa Cabbage, I'm like of course I need to make something with Napa Cabbage. So this was it.  It turned out pretty well, I had to make a special trip to find an acceptable Hoisin sauce.  

Spanish Style Chickpea Quesaddillas

Very quick, a little different, and still quite good.

Bangers and Roast potatoes

These were non-standard sausages.  I did not like the texture or the flavor of the spices.  Kind of ruined it for me.

Soboro Beef

Very simple, yet had a surprising depth of flavor.  Good stuffs.

2016 - Week 3 Cooking Results

Pasta e Fagioli

The warning in the recipe is right, this does not hold well, for the purpose of being a soup.  However, it basically turns into a rice dish the next day, which is perfectly fine.  Yes it felt as if the rice was a bit overdone, but for leftovers, can you expect anything else?  Good dish and a nice use of the parmesan rind (which I noticed I had over a pound of).

Creamy Pasta with Smoked Bacon and Peas

So this clearly needs to have some further thought put in it.  It says 10 slices of smoked bacon of pancetta.  Here's the problem, not all slices are the same.  Are they paper thin, like you'd get on a add bacon request at most places?  I stopped at 5 because I thought it was getting a bit much (almost an entire pound of thick cut bacon).  And when I say, that might be too much bacon, it's probably too much.

Still turned out pretty good.  Maybe more peas?

Spicy Carrot Sandwiches

I can almost do this without even glancing at the recipe...  I almost forgot the caraway seeds, but I knew something was missing, so I looked.  Good things.

Sriracha chicken and Edamame Sandwiches (I'm only vaguely following this)


Buttermilk Pancakes

The whole point of this was to sample the Great River Maple bourbon barrel aged syrup.  I don't think I used enough (was afraid of using to much), but you could definitely smell an extra vanilla smell straight off.  I'm going to wait to make pancakes again before a decision is rendered, but preliminarily, it was pretty good.

2016 - Week 2 Cooking Results

Spicy Carrot Fried Rice (more leftover rice)

This was not as filling or as spicy as I thought it might be.  I was actually kind of disappointed in it.  It was fine, it's relatively good for you, but maybe with some chicken on there?  I dunno.

Salami Americano, Tomatoes and Parmesan Pasta

Usage of ingredients in the house.  Finished off the last of the Salami Americano that I bought.  It was pretty good, though I could've cut the salami a bit smaller and had a bit more.  Maybe added some onion too.

Glazed Meatloaf

I modified this a bit, since I was, surprisingly, out of ground pork (even with a freezer stuffed frozen local meat).  So Italian sausage, FTW.  On Friday, when I was thinking about making this, I don't know if I was more excited to have the meatloaf with mashed potatoes (which I under salted) or meatloaf sandwiches...  This did come together very well and I was pleased with the results (other then the mashed potatoes).  And it did make quite good sandwiches.

Spiced Lamb Burger

Followed the directions, except for the grilling part, then diverted a bit, because of the side I wanted to serve.  So i turned out cutting the thick pitas in half and had the meat end up being cooked on the stove top. And instead of being burgers, they were kind of loose meat.  Anyways, flavor profile was good.

Cuban Style Black Beans and Rice (Saturday)

I started cooking dinner around 3...ok maybe a bit later (had trouble finishing off the game I was playing).  Lots of pauses (enough for me to run take a shower, thanks lazy Saturday).  Good things.  It was worth the timing and effort and we had it as our main.