Pick My Project! – 01

What should I cook? It’s a question I ask basically every week before I do this blog. I try to come up with something interesting and enjoyable, as well as being easy and affordable.

But occasionally I have a tough time thinking of what to prepare. And so I’m going to offer three possible options to you guys and have you pick! I’ll do this periodically, and for this first go-around your choices are as follows:

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Chili – I make a mean chili. In fact, my recipe for such was the basis for me starting up this blog. I’ll show you step-by-step how to duplicate my efforts!

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Lasagna – Yes, Garfield’s favorite! I make a decent lasagna, if I do say so myself. It’s something that’s very tasty, and far easier to cook than you might expect. Down side: doing it right is pricey!

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Pavlova – My pavlovas have become quite famous in my little circle of family and friends. This is a high-reward, medium-effort dessert that will really astound anyone you serve it to.

(all pictures swiped from their respective Wikipedia articles)

So there you are. Please comment either here, or on the Facebook post for this article. I’ll announce the winner on June 21, and make the dish on the 25th! Whatever two dishes don’t make it this time get put onto the list, along with a new one, next time!

So please vote for your choice, and put me to work for you!

Experiment 002 – Steak Fajitas

Well, here we are. Sorry I haven’t posted anything in the last couple of weeks. Life has been busy. But I’m back now, and I’ve come with a new experiment! Yes, I went all Mexican-ish, and tried to make steak fajitas!

Note the word “tried”. The fact that we don’t have a picture of the finished product should be a warning sign here.

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Though maybe not this particular sign.

You will need:

1 average-sized steak for each person

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 onion

Paprika

Chili powder

Cayenne pepper

Cumin

Garlic

Tortillas

A pan

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours

Let’s begin!

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Recipe 006 – Frickadillies

So this week we’re doing a fun recipe that my great-grandmother used to make. Yes, it’s that classic food with the silly name; frickadillies! They are similar to, but different from, a popular European dish, and are really just wonderful when made right.

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Yes, I do need to work on presentation, thank you!

You will need:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
2 eggs
2 slices of bread – cubed
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1 can cream mushroom soup
1/2 can water
1/2 cup flour
2 mixing bowls
1 9 x 13 baking pan

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Recipe 005 – Pot Roast

So let’s say you just found out that tomorrow you need to make a delicious dinner that serves six people and, oh, you’ve got work tomorrow, so how will you have time for this?

Don’t worry. I’m here.

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Yes, it’s time to make a pot roast, and man, you’ll be surprised at how easy this is!

You will need:

Beef. Boneless, choice, chuck roast is what I picked up when it was on sale.

Potatoes. As many as you like!

Two carrots

Green beans

Corn

Onion

Bay leaves

A crock pot

Let’s get to it!

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Recipe 004 – Deviled Eggs and Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

You say have a party about to happen, and you don’t know what to make for it. Don’t worry; I gotcha.

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[insert stupid egg pun here]

There are two party dishes which, if you make them right, everyone will love, and thankfully they’re very easy to make! So it is that today we’re going to learn  how ot make deviled eggs and bacon-wrapped chicken!

You will need:

Deviled eggs:

Eggs. How many depends on how many people you want to serve. Assume about two eggs per person, and round up to the nearest half-dozen.

Mayonnaise

Mustard (standard yellow or Dijon)

Salt

Pepper

Dill weed

Paprika

A hand mixer

Bacon-wrapped chicken:

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Approximately one for every three or four people.

Bacon. One 16oz package for every ten people.

One can of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning

1 pound of brown sugar

Toothpicks

Baking sheet

Cooling rack

Aluminum foil

Let us begin.

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