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10-01-2008, 06:20 AM
I didn't see this thread started anywhere so here goes. Happy October.

September reviews

NYT 9/03-Posted by Bobmark-Spicy Fried Corn w/Bacon and Chipoltes
Pioneer Woman Cooks.com-Pioneer Woman Migas

Very Good
BA 9/99-Clbb-Chipolte Beef Chili with limecrema
Mark Bittman-CLBB-Apple Crisp
Pioneer Womancooks-Penne a la Betsy
La Vida En Buenos Aires Blog-Apple Cake

RR 30 min meals-Sausage , Onion and Pepper Stoup
Foodgasm Blog-Roasted Haricot Verts and Fennel
Cooking Light-Gorgonzola Potato Gratin(I'm sorry I forgot to note who posted)

So/So-Not a repeater
Kitchen Sink Blog-Corn Chowder
Baking Bites Blog-Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bun Bread

Not for us
CL 7/-5 Couscous with Summer Squash and Herbs
The Recipes of Wrath-Sweet and Sour Chicken

I hope next month has a few more excellent reviews. Sept had lots of tried and true recipes using all the wonderful local produce.

10-01-2008, 10:05 AM
Ah, the "Hits and Miss" thread, I was looking for you!

Did a lot of cooking this month, but I can't say I made a lot of new recipes, but here goes:

Sauteed cabbage with ham over quinoa - Cookthink.com
Celeriac and Sweet Potato Soup with Ginger - Chocolate and Zucchini
Mixed Seafood Salad (my own creation)

Very Good - will make again
Corn soup with avocado cream Sunday Suppers at Lucques posted by Sararwelch
Boston Baked Beans - Vegetarian version http://www.culinarycafe.com/
Southwest frittata with peppers, onions, and andouille sausage (my own creation)
Toby's Mussels Chowder - FoodNation With Bobby FlayEpisode: Puget Sound - foodnetwork.com

Not for Me/Cook's Error
Audrey's Yogurt Cake - On Rue Tatin - Overshot the oven temp by 25 degrees (even though I undershot the time by 5 minutes as I do on all first time cake recipes). However, the cake did not have the rising power I'm used to in my cake recipes.

Lavish crackers - The Bread Baker's Apprentice - did not roll them thin enough in the middle and too thin on the outer edges -- burnt on the edges and the middles were a tad soft.

Smokey Shane Burgers
Mom's potato salad
Pork chops in port wine cream sauce over whole wheat penne
Rosemary Raisin Bread
Arugula Pesto
Shrimp Romesco

10-01-2008, 11:29 AM
Not a lot of new things for us this month since September was crazy-busy with travel and just life in general. I'm looking forward to doing some fall cooking in October, even though it's going to be 88 degrees today. . .


Peach Gelato – Gourmet (posted by tholbrook)

Very Good
Baked Couscous with Summer Squash and Herbs – CL (posted by Julie)
Barley Risotto with Caramelized Leeks and Mushrooms – CL
Eggplant soufflé – Deborah Madison (VCFE)

Eggplant with Tomato-Mint Sauce and Goat Cheese – epicurious
Olive Oil Salt Bread – Mark Bittman (HTCEV, posted by Bob)
Labor Day Spaghetti – Deborah Madison (Vegetarian Suppers)

So-so/not likely to repeat
Imperial Orange Tofu – The Whole Foods Cookbook

Mixed Bean Chili with Tofu – Modified from CL
Lindrusso’s Marinara
Eggplant Hummus – epicurious
Farmer’s Tomato Pie – CLBB
Zucchini Bread – Williams-Sonoma Bread
Banana Bread with Flaxseed and Walnuts – Modified from Martha Stewart
Apple Cake with Toffee Topping – CLBB, posted by Clover

10-01-2008, 01:03 PM
Crumb-Topped Thin Mint Muffins - Joe's Blog
Cajun Shrimp Casserole - Southern Living, 10/05
Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese - CL 9/08
Sushi Rice - Alton Brown
California Roll - Sushi: 40 Delightful Japanese Dishes for All Occasions
Crash Hot Potatoes - Pioneer Woman
Mozzarella Grilled Cheese - Tyler's Ultimate on Food Network
Black and White Angel Food Cake - CL 4/07
Melancauli Baby - CLBB
Eggplant Tartines with Hummus and Arugula - Gourmet, 9/08
Potato Salad 101 - CL 7/02

Very Good, Would Make Again
Sunny's Avenue J Pizza - Cooking for Real on Food Network (heavily modified)
Red Snapper with Spicy Citrus Salsa and Spinach - MSL 1/07 - Need to try again, I messed mine up but DH said it was very yummy...
Cornmeal Waffles with Spicy Chili - Paula Deen (made with veggie chili)
Pot Sticker Salad with Snap Peas - Real Simple, 8/08
Tomato Florentine Soup - CL 3/05
White Bean-Chard Soup with Rosemary Croutons - CL 11/06
Soft and Chewy Sugar Cookies - Cook's Illustrated
Peanut Butter Berry-wich - Epicurious
Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage - Real Simple, 1/07
Edamame Lo Mein - EW, April/May 2006

Good, But Would Not Make Again
Phyllo Knishes - CL, 11/06
Cheesy Polenta Casserole - CLBB (RebelYell18)
Teriyaki Beets - CLBB/From Asparagus to Zucchini
Baklava with Wildflower Honey - CL 10/05
Cumin-Scented Samosas with Mint Raita - CL 6/08
Sweet Pea and Potato Pasta - Real Simple, 5/08
Jalapeno Cheeseburgers with Bacon and Grilled Onions - Vegetarianified with Boca Burgers and fake bacon.... - BA 7/05

Not For Us
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes - Joe's Blog
Farro, Avocado, Cucumber, and Cherry Tomato Salad - CL 7/08

Sweet Potato Ravioli with Lemon Sage Brown Butter Sauce - CL, 10/07
Mango and Black Bean Salad - CL 3/08
Swiss-Style Cheese Bake - CLBB

10-01-2008, 02:12 PM
No excellents this month. :(

Very Good

Seasoned Sunflower Seeds (clipped from a magazine ages ago and didn't record which mag it was from)
Golden Vanilla Pound Cake (KAF Baker's Banter blog)
Ziti with Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, and Gorgonzola Sauce (CL 09/08)
Three-Cheese Macaroni and Cheese (CL 09/08)
Banana Muffins II (Joy of Cooking)


Mango-Melon Sorbet (CLBB - mrswaz)
Tomatican (Moosewood Restaurant Cooks At Home)

Cook's Error

Triple-Layer Peanut Butter Brownies (Kraft)

Tried and True

Dirt (Masterman cookbook)

10-01-2008, 04:37 PM
OK, so this is the first time I have ever kept track of my cooking for a month and my first time to post to one of these threads!:) Had some work travel so not a super impressive list but OK. No disasters, lots of T & T's though! Super sorry if I left off an acknowledgement, I tried to be careful but will have to try harder next time!

T & T's
Orange Mandarin Chicken, CL
NY Times Choc Chip Cookies, CLBB;KValley
Lemon Coconut Sorbet, CLBB; zackaboo
Harvest Grain Pancakes, my recipe
Eggplant Lasagna, CL
Lemon Fettuccini x 2, joe healthyinmin
Unbelievable Chicken, CLBB ??? forgot who posted this sorry! i think Robyn suggested it.
New York cheesecake, allrecipes.com, mary Harman
Toffee Choco chips cookies (me)
Chicken Marsala, CL
Chicken and Mushroom Crepes, CL
Asian Coleslaw, allrecipes.com w/ modifications
Sesame Chicken, Health 2007
Spinach Couscous w/ parmesan my recipe
Spinach Mushroom Enchiladas, my recipe
Granola, CL w/ modifications

New Favorites, Excellent to good

Beer Bread, Cuisinart owner’s manual
Pumpkin Walnut bread; Ca owner’s manual
Old Fashioned Sesame Wheat Bread; The bread Lover’s Bread Machine cookbook, Beth Hensperger;
Three Cheese Pizza Bianca, CL new; pizza dough
Ricotta Chive Bread; The bread Lover’s Bread Machine cookbook, Beth Hensperger
Mushroom Ricotta Tart, Dneilson CLBB
Parmesan Nut Bread;The bread Lover’s Bread Machine cookbook, Beth Hensperger
Chicken Florentine Casserole, Big book Casseroles, posted on CLBB by???
Sour Cream Rye, The bread Lover’s Bread Machine cookbook, Beth Hensperger; This was MOST excellent!!
Energy bars w/ modifications; Ellie Krieger
Thyme Roasted Chicken, cooks.com

10-01-2008, 04:56 PM
---------- FIVE STARS ----------

Max's Deli Turtle Tarts (Chocolatier - Oct 95, pg 61) Swoon-worthy!
Bread Pudding with Spiced Rum Sauce (BA Oct 2001) milk portion part Half&Half and bananas instead of golden raisins. OMG Good
Linguine with Chicken and Walnut Sauce (BA Oct 95, pg 140)HIT OF THE MONTH
Arroz Con Elote X2 (Rice With Sweet Corn) Gourmet Oct 1997
Drive Your Neighbors Nuts Chicken Rub (TerryTX - posted by Canice) EAsy & Excellent!
Cheddar-Bacon Drop Biscuits (CL Oct 08) YUM-Scone-like. see 9-21 SGOTW -review + photo
Pumpkin Apple Bread (Rebecca's Gourmet Bakery - Gourmet Oct 93) see SGOTW for review
Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup (Bon Appetit - July 99) AWESOME! made w/ garden tomatoes
Chocolate Ice Cream w/ Bitter-Orange Sauce (Gourmet - Sept 1994) w/ changes - so creamy!
Homemade Mayonnaise (NYT Natural Foods Ckbk - Jean Hewitt) BEST I've ever made.
Honey Ice Cream (Ultimate Ice Cream Book - pg 67) subbing Grade B maple syrup
Plum Crisp (Gourmet, Sept 97) Cooking with Plums section in mag.
Eggplant Manicotti w/ Ricotta, Asiago + Spinach Filling (BA Sept 2001) This is totally satisfying.
Uncooked Jam With Agar x2 (Preserving Summer's Bounty-Rodale) Fresh tasting - Excellent!
Pork w/Poblano Chili, Grapes and Cracked Pepper (BA Sept 2000)
Caraway Rye Bread (Betty Crocker's Best Bread Machine Ckbk)
(BA July 99) over garlicky mashed sweet potatoes
Maple Walnut Cake - EW December 2006 (turned into pear upside cake and baked in cast iron skillet)
Nicoise Orzo Salad (Gourmet - July 94) 3rd hit from the Gourmet July 94 Grain & Pasta Salads Section in that issue
Wheat Berry & Barley Salad w/ Smoked Mozzerella (Gourmet, July 94) 3/4 c. each spelt + rye berries
Mozzarella-Stuffed Grilled Portobellos with Balsamic Marinade (epicurious.com)posted by pharmarepgirl
Pork Medallions w/ Curry-Honey Glaze (Food & Wine - Sept. 96) GREAT w/ chicken legs too
Peanut Banana Biscuits w/ Honey Glaze X2 (BA Sept 94) tried baking soda + buttermilk 2nd time
Peaches Baked w/ Amaretto and Almond Frangipane (Regan Daley-In the Sweet Kitchen)
Roasted Cinnamon Ice Cream (Regan Daley-In the Sweet Kitchen) EXCELLENT!!
Wine Fruit Gelatin (Dessert: The Grand Finale (poach stone fruits first - this made it alot better)
Southwestern Pasta Salad (posted by CL BB ande) added cumin & a splash of a. c vinegar
---------- FOUR STARS ----------
Moroccan Lamb (Jan Hill - 1991 Sizzlin' Lamb Barbecue Contest )
Swiss Breakfast Parfait (As Good As Gold) Easy Peasey
Peanut Butter Cranberry Go-Bars (Sunset Oct 2008 posted by KValley) excellent lunch box treat, 2nd time spread with tempered chocolate (prefer w/ chocolate)
Cinnamon Sour - Cream Biscuits (Allrecipes) tender - Plum Scones are better.
Nectarines, Plums & Blueberries in Lemony Ginger Anise Syrup - Gourmet-Sept 97)
Bacon & Swiss Burgers (Weber's Real Grilling - Purviance) didn't taste the bacon much though
Plum Almond Scones (Simply Scones- Weiner/Albright) pg 60,3 stars 1st try, 4 stars 2nd try
Spaghetti with Italian Sausage and Mixed Greens (BA June 98) used sprouted grain pasta.
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice (posted by lizzieb75 --CL, APR 2003 - sauteed veggies 1st)
Corn Scones (Simply Scones -Albright/Weiner) subbing yogurt w/ soda for part of leavening
Layered Greek Dip (BH&G - posted by RecipeGirl)
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes-www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000281.html Swanson
Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes (Gourmet | February 2008) were thin though - I like high fluffies
Moroccan Chicken (BA Sept 97)
Banana Chocolate Bread Pudding (inspired by Regan Daley's quince bread pudding recipe)
Oatmeal Biscuit Cakes w/ Whiskeyed Peaches & Sweet Cream (Daley - In the Sweet Kitchen)
---------- THREE STARS ----------
White Bread 101 (KAF) cooked fresh potatoes in the water amt and cooled. Major flop. Made to work w/ instant
Noodles with Eggplant-Sausage Sauce (BA May 98) eh - lemon zest? no like
Peach Khoresh (Persian Cooking for a Healthy Kitchen, pg 135) too much lime juice in recipe
Wheat Berry Waldorf Salad (Gourmet Oct 95) mediocre - strong in orange, no oil
Spanish Chicken Soup (Gourmet Oct 97, p 330 [Cafe Rouge, Berkeley, CA]) too many peppers!!
Pork Chops with Gingered Plum Sauce (Sept 97) no plans to repeat - just ok
Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad (Weber's Real Grilling) pg 271ok, needs major tweaking
Peach Barbecue Sauce (Sept Gourmet -Blackberry Farm). No pungency, no zing - mediocre
Pork and Mango Skewers (Weber's Real Grilling) pg 140 (won't repeat)
Herbed Whole-Oat Salad (Gourmet-July 94) nothing special. Adding 1 tsp garlic helped.
Fruit Jello (Great Good Desserts naturally- Costigan) weeping fruit, recipe included a starch :(
Grilled Halibut w/ Indian Spices & Yellow Tomatoes (Tanis - A Platter of Figs & Other Recipes)
Peach and Lime Jam (Food & Wine, July 94) undecided as to a future repeat.
Tangy Ginger Dressing (BA Sept 94) eh, won't repeat
Antoinette Dugord's Duck w/ Prunes (French Farmhouse Cookbook) pg 144 (I suck at duck!)
---------- TRIED AND TRUE ----------
Island Pork Tenderloin (Gourmet cookbook, pg 479) reduce sugar by half. Great Stuff!
Roasted Beets w/ Arugula, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries (something like that - by Giada D)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (Big, Soft, Chewy Cookies -Jill van Cleave) with tweaks
Rosemary Chicken Sandwiches - Cooking Light, APRIL 2005
Cheddar Corn Chowder, (Barefoot Contessa - Ina Garten - I always add 3 cloves garlic to half recipe)
Overnight Oatmeal (Alton Brown)made in rice cooker
Earthbound Farm's Famous Maple Almond Granola (Food to Live By - Goodman)
Caesar Salad (my recipe) using a Caesar Salad Pasta Dressing recipe
Light Oat Bread X4 (Allrecipes.com - contributed by Sue Lister) boil water, add to oats. Cool..
Poached Nectarines and Plums w/ cinnamon syrup reduction and whipped cream
Our Best Salad with Glazed Pecans, Pears and Gorgonzola-Delicious Living
Asian Sesame Salad X2 (Gourmet July 93) over spinach, jicama, carrot, bean sprouts, edamame
Marinated Pork Tenderloin (can't recall the source -had been frozen in its' marinade + thawed)
Asian Grilled Pork Tenderloin (www.volcanicnectar.com/recipes) sub honey
Our Favorite Homemade Chocolate Pudding (Eating Well)
Blackberry Crisp (Saveur - Issue 86)
Pan Bagnat w/ Tuna, Tomatoes and Olives (Picnics - Deseran) reduced evoo by 4 Tbsp


10-01-2008, 05:44 PM
Butternut Squash Bisque (The Soup Bible)
Chicken Breasts with Chive and Mustard Sauce (Nightly Specials 2004)
Seafood Chowder (Barefoot Contessa Parties)
Crispy Oven-Baked Vegetables (CSA recipe)
Spicy Pork and Cashew Stir-Fry with Snow Peas and Red Pepper (Gourmet 2/07)
Halibut with Swiss Chard and Ginger-Cream Sauce (BA 4/95)
Big Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (CI 1/97)
Praline Pumpkin Pie (Stop and Smell the Rosemary)

Very Good
Cheeseburger Pizza (Joe's blog)
Mmm-Mmm Better Brownies (AR)
Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Lemon, Herbs, and Garlic (Gourmet 7/99)
Sour Cream Potatoes (TOH Aug/Sep 2007)
Thick-Cut Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Maple-Mustard Sauce (CI 10/06)
Veggie Mac 'n' Cheese (TOH)
Sherry Sour Cream Chicken (AR)
Curried Chicken Salad with Raisins and Honey (CI 7/97)

Chicken Florentine Casserole (The Big Book of Casseroles - posted by nylucy4)
Spiced Pepper Steak (about.com)

Spicy Maple Baked Beans (AR)
Broccoli Chowder with Corn and Bacon (Everyday Food)
Roasted Rosemary Pork with Asparagus (Stop and Smell the Rosemary)

Not for Us
Rice Noodles with Cilantro, Mint and Peanuts (BA 4/96)

Blue Cheese Coleslaw (AR)
Colonial Brown Bread (AR)
Baked Ziti III (AR)

karen w
10-01-2008, 05:56 PM
I'm not sure I should post my list right after Dolores's list, but here goes anyway. Although it is long(alot of harvesting from the garden/freezing), it is not near the caliber of recipes that Dolores churns out each month. I am impressed, Doloroes!;) I'll give myself just a slight pat on the back anyway just for keeping track this month for a change!:rolleyes: Here goes:

TRIED AND TRUES Alot of them!

-Chicken noodle soup-Cook's Illustrated Light
-Spaghetti and Turkey Pesto Meatball Soup-Me
-Creamy Vegetable Chowder-Moosewood
-Salmon Baked in Foil-Giada DeLaurentiis
-Spaghetti Pie-CL
-Eggplant in Tomato Mint Sauce with Goat Cheese-Epicurious
-Tuscan Bean Stew-Cook's Illustrated
-Summer Vegetable Stew with Romesco Sauce and Braised Peppers-CL
-Southern Banana Nut Muffin-PB website
-Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and Banana Muffins-PB website
-Banana Bran Muffins-EW
-Dijon Chicken Stew with Potatoes and Kale-CL
-Pineapple Banana Bran Muffins-I think Bobmark originally posted/my changes added
-Chocolate Chip(Banana) Muffins with Flax-BB/My changes
-Mom's meatloaf-Ellie Krieger
-Lasagna with Sausage and Kale(and Chard)-Everyday Food
-Tomato Basil soup-CL
-White Bean, Kale, and Roasted Vegetable Soup-Epicurious
-White Bean, Roasted Garlic, Sausage, Kale soup-CL/my changes
-Butternut squash soup with kale-Bobmark


-Blondies-Cook's Illustrated
-Whole Wheat Lasagna with Squash and Kale-KValley hit of the month
-Oven Fried Fish with Sweet Tangy Tartar Sauce-cook's Illustrated

Very Good
-Brownies-KAF Whole Grain Book made with applesauce for half the butter and still SO SO rich(for my tastebuds, anyway) but in a good way:)
-Dill Refrigerator Pickles-Epicurious
-Caponata-Cook's Illustrated
-Tortellini with Tomatoes, Pancetta, and Chard-Me
-BBQ Beans with Chicken sausages and collard greens-EW
-Tilapia Corn Chowder-EW(much better than I expected)
-Barley and Lentil Soup with Chard-Epicurious
-Chcocolate Pumpkin Bundt Cake-EW
-Muhammara-Ellie Krieger
-Crunchy Dijon Chicken-Cook's Country
-Tomato Gratin-EW
-Balsamic vinaigrette-Cook's Illustrated Light
-Artichoke Basil Hummus-Me
-Chipotle Cheddar Chard-EW
-Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter and Peach Muffins-PB Boy blog(I think) I made a second batch using bananas instead of peaches and liked that one even better. . .and it finally used up all the bananas lurking in my freezer!:p

Goodbut not likely to make again

-Crash Potatoes-BB (DH and DS#1 liked them; DD, DS#2 and I did not) May try again as I may have overcooked them a bit
-Remy's Ratatoille-Thomas Keller's rendition(very good but alot of work for a side so may not make again)
-Magic Bars-Cook's Illustrated-made for a party and good, but we are not huge coconut fans here.

Not For Us
-Baked Macaroni and cheese-HTCEV (kids wanted a gooey mac and cheese and this was not it; too bland for DH and I even after doctoring a bit with hot sauce and worcestershire.)

That's all,

10-01-2008, 07:58 PM
Roasted Cinnamon Ice Cream (Regan Daley-In the Sweet Kitchen)Dolores, this one caught my eye - any chance of you sharing the recipe? :)

Excellent to Very Good
Arepas (CL June 2008)
Arepas with Savory Topping (CL June 2008)
Avocado Salsa (Guasacaca) (CL June 2008)
Baba Ganjouh (epicurious)
Creamy Lemon Squares (blog: HealthyinMN)
Espresso Cheesecake Brownies (blog: HealthyinMN)
Garlic-Rubbed Flank Steak (CL August 2008)
Mocha Chip Gelato (Gourmet, January 2001)
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna (Gourmet May 2007)
Sautéed Plantains (Plátanos Fritos) (CL June 2008)
Simple Black Beans (Caraotas Negras) (CL June 2008)
Southwestern Caesar Salad with Chipotle Dressing (recipesandentertaining.com)
The Best Fudge Brownies Ever (King Arthur Flour)
Toffee Almond Sandies (blog: HealthyinMN)

Good to Very Good (would repeat)
Barbecue-Flavored Onion Rings (CL April 2008)
Black Bean-Tomato Soup with Cilantro-Lime Cream (CL September 2008)
Butternut Squash and Noodles with Coconut, Lime and Cilantro Sauce (Bon Appétit, May 1998)
Chilled Tomato-Tarragon Soup with Croutons (Bon Appétit, June 2008)
Potato Salad with Peas (CL May 1997)
Spicy Jalapeño Corn Bread (CL September 2008)
Three Bean Salad with Almonds and Pecorino (CL July 2007)
Venezuelan White Rice (Arroz Blanco Venezolano) (CL June 2008)

Good to Okay (probably would not repeat)
Broccoli Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing (Eating Well, September/October 2007)
Herbed Zucchini Soup (Eating Well, August/September 2005)
Kaleidoscope Tomato Salad With Balsamic-Olive Vinaigrette (CL July 2001)

Blueberry-Ricotta Pancakes (Eating Well, August/September 2006)
Pimiento Cheese Bisque (Sundays at Moosewood)
Smoky Corn & Black Bean Pizza (Eating Well, June / July 2006)

10-01-2008, 08:17 PM
Here is our list...


Apricot Cheesecake French Toast - Canadian Living
Breakfast Pizza - BH&G
Browned Butter Oat 'N' Toffee Grahams - BH&G
Caramel Apple Cupcakes - Woman's Day
Chicken and Ham Wild Rice Soup - Land O Lakes
Chicken-Fried Steak and Gravy - Eating Well
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Drops - Baking From My Home To Yours
Cinnamon Sticks - KAF
Cranberry Pretzel Cashew Bars - Land O Lakes
Double-Cheese and Prosciutto Calzones - Bon Appétit
Maple Walnut Thumbprint Cookies - Land O Lakes
Open-Faced Chicken and Muenster Sandwiches with Apricot-Dijon Spread - CL
Pistachio Shortbread - Bon Appétit
Steak Frites with Shallot Pan Reduction - CL
Venison, Sausage and Black Bean Chili - CL
Tomato Polenta Pizza - BH&G

Very Good

Angel Hair Pasta with Red Pepper Pesto and Basil - Food and Wine
Beef and Polenta Bake - Canadian Living
Broccoli Chowder with Corn and Bacon - Everyday Food
Bruschetta Chicken Bake - Kraft
Chicken Breasts with Spinach, Pears and Blue Cheese - Whole Foods
Cuban Black-Bean Stew with Rice - Everyday Food
Four Cheese Baked Penne - Ellie Krieger
Millet and Sausage Stuffed Peppers - Canadian Living
Nutella Biscotti - Baking Bites
Parmesan Spinach Cakes - Eating Well
Pear and Prosciutto "Carpaccio" - Everyday Food
Penne with Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes and Gorgonzola Sauce - CL
Pistachio Biscotti - CL
Poppy Seed Waffles - Eating Well
Sizzling Shrimp with Corn Relish - CL
Spinach, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pizza - CL
Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting - CL


Black-Eyed Pea Cakes with Adobo Cream - CL
Moo Shu Vegetables - Eating Well

10-01-2008, 08:52 PM
Hits and Misses September


Grilled Pizzas w/ Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomatoes—The Oregonian Food Day—Used sheep milk ricotta salata instead of regular ricotta.
Rich Chocolate Zucchini Bread—Olive Oil Baking

Very Good

Zucchini Bread—Olive Oil Baking—Used applesauce instead of yogurt. Needs nuts.

Good, will make again

Creamy Poppyseed Dressing (http://www.recipetips.com/recipe-cards/t--2041/creamy-poppy-seed-dressing.asp)—www.recipetips.com—Not as good as that made by Lighthouse, but cheaper and doesn’t require a trip to the store.

Ok, probably won’t make again

Multi-grain Waffles (http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/lf_hl_eatingwell/recipe/0,,FOOD_30878_100466,00.html)—EW—Good flavor, but not crispy, even when almost burnt.
Lighter Sesame Chicken (http://community.cookinglight.com/showthread.php?p=1308123&highlight=lighter+sesame+chicken#post1308123)—CLBB/DelanL

10-01-2008, 10:26 PM
Here is our list...


Maple Walnut Thumbprint Cookies - Land O Lakes...

I just saw this magazine yeterday afternoon but decided I nnot to buy it (trying to cut down) but I saw this recipe and was about to post asking if anyone who had the magazine might copy it here...went to your blog and thank you! I just love maple cookies and these looked divine!

10-01-2008, 10:55 PM
i finally got back on track in the kitchen this month!

5 Stars
Steak with Parmesan Butter, Balsamic Glaze, and Arugula - Bon Appétit October 2008
Eggs in a Basket
Perfect Potato Salad - Jamie Oliver, Jamie at Home (Hyperion 2008)[from notes of the show by CLBB PamN]

4 Stars
Chicken and Penne with Basil Sauce - Fitness March 2007
Irresistible Chocolate Chip Cookies - Real Simple August 2007
Jerk Chicken with Rice, Black Beans, and Pineapple - Real Simple February 2008
Panko-Crusted Pork Chops with Creamy Herb Dressing - Cooking Light October 2008
Mahogany Broiled Chicken with Smoky Lime Sweet Potatoes and Cilantro Chimichurri - Food Network Challenge - 46th National Chicken Cooking Contest and Camilla Saulsbury, Bloomington, Indiana, 1st Place
Caramelized Onion-Stuffed Baked Potato - Cooking Light March 2005
Bourbon Fudge Brownies - Cooking Light March 2003

3 Stars
Lentil Soup with Porcini Mushrooms
Tequila Pork Chops - Sunset February 1999

Pot Roast - Mom
Babaganoush - Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger
Falafel - Justbraise.com
Balsamic Marinated Pork Tenderloin
Devilish Sesame Chicken with Green Beans and Scallion Rice - Every Day with Rachael Ray August 2008
Fillet O'Fu - Alton Brown
Farro Salad
Skewered Sirloin with Lime Cumin Sour Cream - McCormick

10-02-2008, 05:21 AM
Excellent, will definitely make again
Chicken-Fried Steak & Gravy, EW Oct 08
Curried Scallop Apple Salad, EW Oct 08, used bottled Maple Fig Dressing in place of cider vinegar; added sliced fresh figs to salad
Pad Thai, http://chezpim.typepad.com/blogs/2007/01/pad_thai_for_be.html
Peach Almond Vanilla Smoothie, The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight by Pam Anderson
Pomodori Al Forno, Bon Appetit Sep 08
Rustic Wild Mushroom and Potato Pizza Provencal, Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes A Day, added caramelized onions to the pizza
Ziti with Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, & Gorgonzola Sauce, CL Sep 08

Very Good
Anasazi Bean and Cabbage Soup, http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com
Dan Dan Mian (Chinese Pork Sesame Noodles) , closetcooking.blogspot.com, used ground turkey instead of pork
Garlic-Rosemary Mushrooms, eatingwell.com
Moroccan Green Bean Tangine, The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper by L. Kasper, good flavors but rest of family didn't like it
Roasted Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, CL Jan 01
Shrimp, Broccoli, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes with Pasta, CL Oct 05
Toasted Walnut and Creamy White Bean Pitas, ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover's Road Map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Getting Really Healthy, used olive oil (didn't have walnut oil)

Just Okay, Probably Won’t Make Again
Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake, EW May/Jun 08
Penne with Middle Eastern Eggplant Sauce, Noodle Express by McCauley
Three Bean Salad, EW Jul/Aug 98
White Bean and Black Olive Soup, CL Mar 03, possibly cook's error, but couldn't get the beans to soften even after 7 hours of cooking time

Sheila in MD
10-02-2008, 06:12 AM
Balsamic vinaigrette-Cook's Illustrated Light

Would love to see this recipe if you get a chance...thanks in advance!

Sheila in MD

10-02-2008, 06:32 AM
Zucchini Pie - Real Simple
Drunken Cheesy Bread - Real Simple
Swedish Corn Bread - Bon Appetit

Very Good
Morning Glory Muffins - CL
Chipotle Macaroni and Cheese - CL
Brown Sugared Bacon - CLBB dorothyntototoo

Beef Fried Rice - WW Core Board
Veggie Burgers - a friend's recipe
Three-Melon Mozzarella Salad - Real Simple
Spice-Crusted Tofu - EW
Seafood Lasagna - CL

Not for Us
Baked Zucchini Chips - WW Recipe Review Board
Orange-Pecan French Toast Casserole - CL
Lemon Pound Cake with Cherry Compote - CL

Tried and True
Coconut Rice - CLBB RebeccaT
Braised Cranberry-Barbecue Beef - CL
Outrageous Brownies - Ina Garten
Vanilla Pudding - me
Spaghetti Pie - family recipe
Thai Ground Beef - CL

erin elizabeth
10-02-2008, 06:37 AM
Andrea--could you give a short review of Broccoli Chowder with Corn and Bacon (Everyday Food)? I tore it out of the magazine to try, but you didn't rate it too highly.

Not too many new recipes this month, but I did buy a house so I am letting it be OK. And I am letting myself off for the rest of the year, too, as I move and settle in :rolleyes: :D

Good, Make Again

9/11 Pork Ragu with Pasta Family Circle 11/1/07 Really liked this—tasted like spaghetti. Used bone-in ribs, maybe try real Italian seasoning, reversed browning (ribs first, then veggies).

Good, No Need to Make Again

9/30 Cornbread No Chaser Alton Brown OK—liked method and maybe try that again (grind in food processor and then soak in milk). Too salty, no sugar in recipe. Better with jam than with soup.

9/27 Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting CL 10/06 Eh. Dry, even though I pulled them out at right time. Not very chocolatey even though I added mini-chips. Frosting was fine.

9/23 Won Ton Soup CL 1/00 Good, but an off taste from the vinegar I think. And something missing.

9/7 Peach Upside-Down Cake Hungry for Comfort Good, but a little heavy. Did not sift the flour before measuring. Could make again if circumstances called for it.

10-02-2008, 11:37 AM
Dolores, this one caught my eye - any chance of you sharing the recipe? :)

You have quite a few there that sounds scrumptious! Anxious to give some of those a try.

I can't help thinking how good life is when we are privileged creating some of the dishes posted in these threads.

What abundance we have compared to the plight of many right now.

Here's the thread w/ recipe and photo (scroll to last recipe):


10-02-2008, 06:32 PM
Here is my list for the month.

Tomato Bread Pudding Gourmet 7/08
Cameo Cake with White Chocolate Frosting Stop and Smell the Rosemary
Stacked Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde and Cheese BA 6/07
Curried Chicken Salad with Spiced Chickpeas and Raita Gourmet 8/08
Tomato Risotto Gourmet 7/08

Barley "Tabbouleh" with Chicken CL 8/01
Grits Casserole with White Beans and Rosemary CL 6/02
Balsamic Roasted Vegetables BA 8/08
Stir-Fried Beef and Broccoli with Oyster Sauce New Best Recipe

Lattice-Topped Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie clbb rebeccaT ba 4/97
Creamy Chicken with Biscuits FED
Golden Summer Soup Moosewood Daily Special
Vegetarian Chili CL 11/98
Cornflake-Crusted Halibut with Chile-Cilantro Aioli CL 3/04
Mom's Banana Bread CL Complete
Sweet Corn Muffins CL 1/07

10-04-2008, 01:16 PM
I'm pretty late to the party, but here's my list:

Zucchini Bread, The Big Book of Breakfast
Chocolate Zucchini Bread, Trim and Terrific
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes, Healthy Cooking Apr/May 2008
Veggie Burgers, Secrets of Lactose-Free Cooking
Salty Oatmeal Cookies, KAF Cookie Companion
Butterscotch-Granola Chippers, KAF Cookie Companion
Makeover Chicken Fettucine Alfredo, Healthy Cooking Oct/Nov 2008
Vegetarian Chili, WW Make it in Minutes
Zucchini Strata, 500 Treasured Country Recipes
Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches, 1001 More Lowfat Favorites
Barbecue Beans and Rice, The Meatless Gourmet: Easy Lowfat Favorites
Chili Hominy Casserole, The Meatless Gourmet: Easy Lowfat Favorites
Cranberry Cashew Jumbles, LOL Harvest Baking
Apple Pie Bars with Oatmeal Crumb Topping, More From Magnolia Bakery
Pinto Popover, The Meatless Gourmet: Easy Lowfat Favorites

Very Good:
Chicken Cordon Bleu Wrap, BH&G Annual 2000
Ravioli with Peas, BH&G Annual 2000
Zucchini Banana Bars, CLBB (Heart Healthy Living)
Tortellini and Eggplant Casserole, Trim and Terrific
Oh-So-Good Oatmeal, Healthy Cooking Oct/Nov 2008
Beans with Tortillas, Secrets of Lactose-Free Cooking
Rice and Zucchini Soup, The Big Book of Vegetarian
Sweet 'n' Sour Mixed Vegetable Salad, The Meatless Gourmet: Easy Lowfat Favorites
Stir-Fried Tempeh with Zucchini, The Big Book of Vegetarian
One-Pot Pasta, The Meatless Gourmet: Easy Lowfat Favorites
Basil, Corn, and Bean Salad, The Meatless Gourmet: Easy Lowfat Favorites
Late-Summer Vegetable Soup, EF 9/08

Spinach and Plum Tomato Pizza, Skinny Pizzas
Aegean Eggplant with Lentils, VT 10/07
Garden Vegetable and Herb Frittata, The Big Book of Breakfast
Squash Rockefeller, Trim and Terrific
Reed's Fried-Egg Sandwich, The Big Book of Breakfast
Flavorful Mashed Potatoes, Healthy Cooking Oct/Nov 2008
Tortilla Sandwiches, The Peanut Butter Cookbook
Tomatoes with Horseradish Sauce, Quick Cooking Jan/Feb 2005
Herbed Tomato Soup, Light & Tasty Feb/Mar 2008
Bow Ties with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Cooking for 2, Summer 2005
Pasta with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil, The Meatless Gourmet: Easy Lowfat Favorites
Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil, The Big Book of Vegetarian
Roasted Eggplant with Pasta, 1001 More Lowfat Favorites
Mushroom Gazpacho Salad, The Meatless Gourmet: Easy Lowfat Favorites
Mozzarella Vegetable Casserole, The Meatless Gourmet: Easy Lowfat Favorites
Savory Eggplant Pasta Topping, The Meatless Gourmet: Easy Lowfat Favorites
Granola Candy, Betty Crocker's Best of Healthy and Hearty Cooking
Scandinavian Dill Potato Muffins, Joy of Muffins

Just Okay:
Pasta-Vegetable Salad, The Diabetes Snack Munch Nibble Nosh Book
Thin Crust Create-a-Pizza, Betty Crocker Best of Healthy and Hearty Cooking
Pasta Primavera, Secrets of Lactose-Free Cooking

10-04-2008, 08:12 PM
I'm pretty late to the party, but here's my list:

And I'm even later!

Here's mine:

Cheese Enchiladas with Easy Mole Sauce – Vegetarian Times - hit of the month!
Pilaf with Currants and Cumin – Lighter, Quicker, Better
Escarole and Orzo Soup with Turkey Parmesan Meatballs – BA, 2/03
The Best (No Kidding) Buttermilk Pancakes – Recipezaar
Crispy Cornmeal-Bacon Waffles – Epicurious
Garlic-Rosemary Roast Chicken – The New Best Recipe

Very good – repeaters
Baked Fish – Arielle’s Recipes
Easy Popovers – CL Complete
Chewy Oatmeal Cookies – KAFWGB
Sean’s Falafel and Cucumber Sauce – Allrecipes – CLBB-sunberst
Green Beans with Honey-Cashew Sauce - found several places online; original source unclear
Butternut Squash Gratin with Rosemary Breadcrumbs – BA, 11/00
Moist and Majestic New Year’s Honey Cake – Marcy Goldman’s A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking

Good to just so-so, not likely to repeat
Bacon, Tomato and Red Onion Spaghetti - ? –
Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Chicken – Recipezaar
Caribbean Beans and Rice – The Sisters’ Café
Apple Clafouti - ? –
Exquisite Pizza Sauce - CLBB

Not for us
Apple Turkey Picadillo – Eating Well
Apricot Granola – Mastercook software
Light Ranch Dressing – Eating Well Diabetes Cookbook
Peanutty Noodles – CL – WAY too vinegary

10-05-2008, 10:38 AM
I'm pretty late to the party, but here's my list:

[Apple Pie Bars with Oatmeal Crumb Topping, More From Magnolia Bakery

Can you share this recipe?:)

10-06-2008, 08:44 AM
Can you share this recipe?:)

I found the recipe (http://books.google.com/books?id=EGErTyImlCAC&pg=PA36&lpg=PA36&dq=Apple+Pie+Bars+with+Oatmeal+Crumb+Topping&source=web&ots=psKO-aVyDl&sig=neVziPLixamQXWXelOjTriYoYyI&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result)through google books (ahh...I just love google books):

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup rolled oats (not quick cooking), plus 3 tablespoons (for sprinkling)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces
One 21-ounce can apple pie filling
1 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and flour until crumbly and well combined. Transfer the mixture to an ungreased 13 X 9 baking pan, using your hands, pat the crust firmly and evenly into the pan.

Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely, about 45 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, oats and cinnamon.

Using a pastry blender, cut the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Then, using your hands, toss until all the ingredients are well combined. Set aside.

When the crust is cool, gently and evenly spread the apple filling over the crust, leaving a 1/4-inch edge all around.

Sprinkle the crumb topping over the filling, then sprinkle the additional 3 tablespoons of rolled oats over the crumb topping.

Bake for 45 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Combine the sugar and water, and beat until smooth. Cover until ready to use.

When the bars are completely cool, drizzle the glaze decoratively over the crumb topping. Allow the glaze to set for 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving.

10-06-2008, 11:22 AM
Thanks Cinnamon_Queen:)

10-10-2008, 09:47 AM
Here are mine...better late than never!

September 2008

Blueberry Cobbler- Real Simple July? 08
White Bean Enchiladas CL 11/00
Black Bean Soup- Dave Leiberman
Hamburger Barley Soup- Vollstedt’s Big Book of Soups

Very Good
Barley and Kielbasa Soup- Real Simple
White Bean and Peppers Soup- ?
Boulangerie Beans and Potatoes (with leeks) – Mark Bittman (HTCEV)
Broccoli Chowder- Joe’s blog
Grilled Pork w/Avocado Tzatziki Sauce
Pork Tenderloin with Honey Lime Marinade
Island Rice

Not For Us
Spinach and Shallot Chicken- Real Simple
Smoky Shrimp and Polenta- CL 09/08
Penne a la Betsy- Pioneer Woman Cooks

Prosciutto Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp with Basil- Silver Palate Good Times
Spicy and Sweet Chicken Salad- CL
Green Salad with Lime Cumin Vinaigrette- I add lots of stuff to it for substance

10-10-2008, 09:57 AM
Thanks for finding and posting that recipe cinnamon_queen! :)