Week 50 Cooking Results

Chopped Steak Sandwiches (p109 Fine Cooking December/January 2010)

This was quite good, even though I couldn't ge the tips that it asked for, but it still turned out great. I really enjoyed this.

Oven-Baked Chicken Chimichangas (RC Cook's Country December/January 2010)

This was pretty good. I don't know about the trade off between fried and baked, but the insides were pretty good. I couldn't find cilantro, to go in them, so it didn't turn exactly right, but good none the less.

Skillet Carbonara Casserole (p17 Cook's Country December/January 2010)

This was pretty good, quick to make, but I was also baking cookies at the time, so it made for a very crowded kitchen. But it turned out well and given my recent past with hot pans in the oven, I didn't burn myself.

Honey Glazed Applewood Smoked Berkshire Pork, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Peas with Shallot and Mint (p24 Cook's Illustrated November/December 2009)

I wasn't totally satisfied with the peas, I think I used too much lemon juice and cooked them too long. I was a bit distracted through. The garlic taste of the mashed potatoes was a bit too strong, I probably should've sautéed them in the butter first, before I soaked them in the warmed milk and butter. But even so, it was still good, it was just a bit too strong. The ham turned out very well and that with two bottles of Boom Boom! Syrah, I think I had a a happy Dave, Chris and Holy, and Shannon.

Quicker Hoppin John (p19 Cook's Country December/January 2010)

I was thinking that I'd have enough ham left for another use, being that it was a decent sized ham, so lucky for me, this was right in there. This had quite the down home feel to it. Good, hearty, and relatively cheap for the amount of servings that it'll provide. Though I probably upped the average serving cost, buy using the ham I did...But I'll be eating this for a few days I think...since it made lots.