Showing posts from February, 2012

Recipe #9 - Oatmeal Carmelitas

These little bars are quite delicious but almost too sweet.  Very sugary.  Tony enjoyed them a lot.  I enjoyed them as well, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend this dessert if you're trying to cut back on sugar and sweets.  It would be a great take along item to a party or other event where you need to share.  Recipe taken from Pillsbury Bake-Off from May of 2005.  For this recipe, go to:

Recipe #8 - Cheese-Topped Taco Pie

This meal was so delicious!  Tony said this was his favorite so far.  It's easy and yummy!  If you have a big family, you might need to make 2.  This recipe was taken from Pillsbury Bake-Off from May of 2005.  I think I could have eaten half the pie; is that bad?  Here's the link to the recipe:

Recipe A - Colorful Vegetable Stroganoff

This recipe is labeled with an A because my husband made the recipe entirely by himself while I was running an errand last night.  I won't count it as part of my 22 recipe quota.  I have to say that this meal was quite delicious.  It has no meat in it, but the recipe book did indicate that adding chicken would be a nice touch.  It was delicious vegetarian-style, but I believe it would be quite yummy with chicken as well.  Bonus for us was that both of our older children ate it with no complaints.  Yippee!!  This will certainly go on the repeat list.  Fresh carrots and broccoli contribute to the "colorful" part of the recipe.  Very good!  Would be wonderful with a salad or cheesy garlic bread.  Taken from Pillsbury Pasta from October of 1996.  If you're interested in learning more or getting the recipe for this delicious linguine dish, please let me know!

Recipe #7 - Spinach Pesto Manicotti

Tony did most of the work on this meal as well.  It was pretty good, except for the fact that some of the manicotti noodles broke open when they were being filled.  The flavor was quite good and the nice thing is that you can choose your favorite pasta sauce to go over the manicotti.  This recipe came from Pillsbury Pasta from October of 1996.  Check it out:

Recipe #6 - Pepper Biscuit Pull-Apart

D-e-e-licious!  Yum!  A great start or accent to any Italian pasta dish and so simple to make.  These biscuits have olive oil, green pepper, red pepper, mozzarella, parmesan, and just the right combination of spices.  I made mine on my Pampered Chef pizza stone - perfect!!  Give them a try!  I found this recipe in Pillsbury Bake-Off from May of 2005 again.  It really is full of yumminess!!  Is that a word? Here's the link:

Recipe #5 - Spanish Rice Salad

Pillsbury Bake-Off from May of 2005 is where this delicious side came from.  I did the majority of the work on this one, except the chopping.  ;-)  We enjoyed this side immensely - the combination of rice, onion, pepper, mexicorn, spices, along with the "dressing" was very tasty.  It made a wonderful addition/accent to the pizza we had this evening.  Another great recipe we will add to the repeat list! Here's the link:

Recipe #4 - Chicken Fajita Pizza

I will admit that my wonderful husband did the vast majority of the work on this if not all.  He did a fantastic job and the pizza was delicious.  I would highly recommend this homemade pizza.  The chicken is seasoned well while cooking and red pepper and onion are then added to the pan.  Very delicious!  Not a big hit with our 3-year-old, and our 16-month-old only ate some pieces of chicken we picked off for him.  We will still add this great recipe to our repeat list.  I found this yummy meal in Pillsbury Bake-Off from May of 2005.  Definitely worth the time.  Can I say that even though I really didn't do the work? Here's the link:

Recipe #3 - Traditional English Bread-and-Butter Pudding

Yes, this is our first Take Home Chef recipe.  We attempted it and it is one of the yummiest desserts ever.  Did I mention that it's totally naughty too?  You gotta love Curtis Stone's desserts.  They look great on the show, and I'm looking forward to trying more of them in person.  When we made the sauce of milk, heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla, we knew it was going to be yum, yum, yummy.  For the recipe, go to: .  Tomorrow, we will be making #4.  Thanks for checking out the latest happenings in "Life as a Peculiar Treasure."  Blessings!! Note: The above photo was taken the second time we had this dessert (March 4th).  I made the dessert entirely by myself the second time.  Delicious!!

Recipe #2 - Linguine with Pork and Garden Vegetables

Tonight's meal was made by my handsome husband and myself.  We did things to prepare this meal that do not normally happen in our house.  We chopped vegetables, we used garlic cloves, we even sliced pork (well T did anyway).  Oh, did I mention the refigerated pasta we used?  Yummy!  I am not a huge pork fan but T is.  It was pretty tasty, especially the fresh veggies and the aforementioned pasta.  It was really fun cooking with my favorite man and best friend.  This recipe was taken from Pillsbury Pasta from October of 1996.  Thanks, Mom, for the book! Here's the link:

Recipe #1 - Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Squares

My first recipe is a dessert, of course!  If you know me, that shouldn't surprise you.  The cookbook I'm starting with first is Pillsbury Bake-Off from May of 2005.  This dessert has 4 ingredients.  I thought I'd start with simpler recipes and work my way up to the more challenging ones.  I must say they were quite yummy, but I'm guessing they'll be better after they have a chance to chill.  The ingredients: creamy peanut butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, refrigerated chocolate chip cooke dough.  Naughtiness - pure and simple.  Sugar, sugar, and more sugar.  I suggest a tall glass of milk.  Want more details, let me know! Here's the link:

My Food Challenge Starts Today

Food challenge?  Yes, I've been watching a lot of Take Home Chef recently and have decided that I need to be a better cook.  I use the term loosely.  I do enjoy making home-cooked meals - some are not that great, but they're still made by me at home.  I have decided to challenge myself to make 22 or more new (never made before) recipes in the next 60 days.  All recipes count - lunch, breakfast, dinner, dessert, etc.  The whole idea is to cook, bake, or make new things for myself and my family.  Tonight, I kicked off my Food Challenge.  I will tell you all about it shortly.  So, I need to make 21 or more new recipes by April 13, 2012.  Anyone else want to join in the fun?  Looking forward to sharing my cooking adventures with all of you!!