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Recipe:  Skillet Tamale Pie from The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2013, (page 54; affiliate link)

ATK Skillet Tamale Pie

  • when did we make this? Tuesday, February 7, 2017 for dinner.
  • did we change anything?  I left out the cilantro, because neither Husband nor I like it.
  • what did we like?  The flavor is SO GOOD, and the recipe is SO EASY.  Truly a week-night meal.  I texted my brother after just a few bites to tell him that it was a must-try recipe!
  • what didn’t we like?  Nothing!
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)? Absolutely.  It is going into regular rotation!

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Recipe:  Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream from The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2013, (page 655; affiliate link)

(I forgot to take a photo!)

  • when did we make this? January 2017 to celebrate Husband’s birthday with his family
  • did we change anything?  The store was out of heavy cream, so instead of using milk + heavy cream, we substituted the appropriate amount of half-and-half.  We also used vanilla extract rather than a vanilla bean (using a substitution on the bottle).  Husband also made a double batch because we were sharing 🙂
  • what did we like?  Husband made this recipe, and he was extremely pleased with the consistency of the resulting hardened ice cream (other recipes we’ve tried have come out much harder). Husband and the kids really liked the flavor.
  • what didn’t we like?  I personally thought that it was a bit too sweet (and I usually like sweet things).
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)? From my perspective, I would probably choose another recipe.  But Husband was so pleased with the consistency– perhaps we will try it again, and tweak the sugar content (or add other flavors?) to see if it improves the flavor to my taste.

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Recipe:  Buttermilk Waffles from The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2013, (page 320; affiliate link)

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  • when did we make this? Sunday, January 8, 2017 for lunch after church.  I got a waffle maker for Christmas!!!!
  • did we change anything?  Nope.
  • what did we like?  The waffle batter was easy to make and uses ingredients that I always have on hand.
  • what didn’t we like?  Well, it only made 3 waffles 😉  This is perfectly clear from the recipe directions, but they were so tasty– we wanted more!  The recipe does require several bowls (including my stand mixer to whip the egg white), which makes me less likely to make it on a weekly basis.  But really, it’s not difficult.
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)?  We will absolutely make this again in the future (I’m lobbying for a weekend tradition ;-)), and I don’t think I’ll need to make any changes… except maybe doubling? 🙂

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I’m trying to renew our challenge from 2013 to make at least one new recipe from our two newer cookbooks each month.  I’m not doing very well on making new recipes every month, but we are occasionally delving into the cookbooks for new meals!  There’s a category on the blog for these posts called “recipe review 2016.”

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Recipe: Potato Frittata with Feta and Scallions from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (affiliate link; pages 39-41)

SK potato and feta frittata

SK potato and feta frittata

  • when did we make this? Sunday, June 5, 2016 for supper.
  • did we change anything? Nope.
  • what did we like?  This is a really delicious combination of flavors.  I don’t think I would have thought of putting bacon, feta, and potato together, but it is fantastic.
  • what didn’t we like?  Nothing!  It isn’t quite as eggy as I was expecting for a frittata, but it didn’t bother me 🙂
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)?  Yes.  Especially if we are looking for an excellent brunch dish!

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It’s been a while since I posted a recipe review!  Husband and I still do a lot of cooking, but for whatever reasons, we’ve not made too many new recipes from these cookbooks in the past few months.  We have been going back and re-making favorites from the books, though!  In February, we tried this new one, and then we also made the ATK Pot Roast recipe (twice!!  it’s that good, we had to share it a couple weeks later with friends).  I forgot both times to take photos of the Pot Roast, because I was so excited about eating it 😉   But back to the recipe a hand…

Recipe:  Weeknight Bolognese from The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2013, (page 259; affiliate link)

ATK weeknight bolognese

  • when did we make this? Friday, February 26, 2016 for supper.
  • did we change anything?  Nope.
  • what did we like?  This is truly a weeknight recipe!
  • what didn’t we like?  It’s worth it for the flavor, but it’s not my normal routine to buy the ground meat mixture called for in the recipe.  However, it’s such a good recipe that I probably should make it a freezer staple to have on hand!
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)?  Absolutely.  And I would serve it with a plainer pasta than the tricolor rotini that I chose.  I wanted the sauce’s flavor to be the star, and the spinach pasta competed.

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I’m renewing our challenge from 2013 to make at least one new recipe from our two newer cookbooks each month.  There’s a category on the blog for these posts called “recipe review 2016.”

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Recipe:  Mustard Milanese with Salad from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (affiliate link; pages 169-170)

SK Mustard Milanese with Salad

SK Mustard Milanese with Salad

  • when did we make this? Thursday, January 7, 2016 for supper.
  • did we change anything? I used only one clove of garlic in the mustard dredge.  Also, I couldn’t find just plain arugula (bummer, since I LOVE arugula), so I used a spring greens mix that included arugula instead, and I left out the fennel, because I don’t like it.
  • what did we like?  The chicken was crispy and delicious, and it stayed moist.
  • what didn’t we like?  The salad dressing was very, very sharp.  So sharp that we added a teaspoon of sugar before dressing the salad.  It was still so sharp that when I had a bit more of the salad, I added even more sugar to take away some of the intensity.
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)?  If we make it again (the chicken was delicious…), I will change the dressing to make it a lot less harsh.

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I’m catching up on our challenge from 2013 and 2014 to make at least one new recipe from some of our newer cookbooks each month.  There’s a category on the blog for these posts called “recipe review 2015.”

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ATK Key Lime Bars

Cozy evening. ATK key lime bars while watching TV and enjoying the glow of the Christmas tree :)

Cozy evening. ATK key lime bars while watching TV and enjoying the glow of the Christmas tree 🙂

Recipe:  Key Lime Bars from The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2013, (page 590-591; affiliate link)

  • when did we make this? Saturday, December 5 for consumption on December 6 and following!
  • did we change anything?  Nope.  (We might have reduced the amount of zest, but I can’t exactly remember).
  • what did we like?  The recipe is straightforward, and the results are amazing!
  • what didn’t we like?  Nothing.
  • will we make it again (any changes in the future)?  For sure!  In fact, we did make it again already for a family Christmas gathering.  And even though a certain Husband forgot to pre-bake the bottom crust (hee), they still turned out amazingly well!

 

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