This was an interesting recipe, but once I knew the cottage cheese/sour cream combo was meant to stand in for fromage blanc, it made more sense. I used tart cherries on the crust instead of raisins. We liked it, though I felt there was a slight graininess to the texture that was ever-so-slightly off-putting. Didn’t stop me from eating it, though! I think one of the big things I’ve loved about cooking from the book is that recipe for sweet tart dough. Easy, versatile, yummy.
I went through the book again to identify make-up recipes I want to make and which ones seemed like easy recipes to put together. These make-ups were all in the super-easy category, so it looks far more impressive than it is.
Salmon with Basil Tapenade
Lovely dish, though I forgot the sauce in the fridge when I served it. Not my favorite dish, but serviceable and fairly quick to put together.
Cola and Jam Spareribs
I was reading other people’s posts about these after I’d stuck them in the oven. I fall in the “not so great” camp. It was sweet and just meh. Granted, we’d just had smoked ribs during our Easter visit with my parents and those were some fabulous ribs. I don’t think anything could really compare and these didn’t come close.
I made these with canned corn, with zero added sugar, because that’s what I had on hand. We enjoyed it a lot, probably more than the spareribs we served them with. Love how easy they are to make and how they can be elevated to a nice appetizer or used as a fun-to-a-2-year-old side dish.
Salmon with tomatoes ‘en papillote’
I bought a lot of salmon so I made a single serving of this dish for me to eat for lunch. My husband doesn’t like fresh tomatoes (other than salsa or pico), and dishes like this aren’t great for him either. He peered over at my plate of cooked salmon and said it was gorgeous and he’d “have tried some.” Oh well. This, too, was a nice, quick dish to put together that is perfect for a weeknight…or lunch!
Shrimp with Double Carrots
I didn’t want to mess with trying to find monkfish. I’ve never even seen it around here, and the dish otherwise is fairly easy to make and get ingredients for. So, shrimp it was! I made my own carrot juice with my vitamix. I was concerned because the juice broke in the pan, but all worked out in the end. Ummm, how can I not like shrimp with bacon? It was great. I will say I was impressed with the carrots: I’m not a fan of cooked carrots, though I’ll eat them–I don’t even like roasted carrots–but these were perfect!
I gave away most of the cheesecake to a friend and her family, and we were feeling a bit peckish after dinner one weekend night, so I whipped this together. Didn’t even get a photo of it. We enjoyed it and my favorite way to serve it is sliced in half crosswise with some jam spread in the middle. Yum!
Other than that, I’m about halfway done with this term so I’m starting to feel the pull of summer and all the grand plans I have that will never come to fruition. 🙂
Happy May Day, everyone! I do contend this should be a holiday in the US. It’s a long haul from President’s Day to Memorial Day and May Day is the perfect time for us to have a day off of work. And to celebrate spring. Alas, it’s not to be.