Monthly Archives: April 2006

Back Seat

This blog may be taking the back seat for awhile.  I have been directed by my doctor to rest as much as possible the remainer of my pregnancy.  This means cooking at my house will be the bare minium for awhile.  No new meals and nothing that takes too much time.  It is going to be pretty basic and boring at my house until after I've had the baby and have had time to recover from the c-section.  


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Orange Chicken

This is the first time I have made this. The recipe is from America’s Test Kitchen. I did make the sauce a little differently then the recipe, simply because I didn’t have everything in the house at the time. It still was good. I’m not sure if my husband will like it. I’ll find out when he comes home from work.

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Chili Parmesan Chicken

I combined two recipes to make the chicken. I thought it was okay, but my husband said he really liked it. If I were to make it again I would probably make it a little differently. I made homemade mash potatoes and heated up some frozen veggies to go along with the chicken.

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Freezer Meals #3 (For Another Family)

My husband’s friend had a baby this week. They came home from the hospital yesterday. The baby was breech so she ended up having a c-section. I had asked my husband what I should make for them. He suggested I make a big pan of stuffed shells. Now I know how my own family complains about eating the same thing for several days in a row. A big pan of shells would take awhile for the two of them to finish. Hopefully other people will also bring them food, just to make things a little easier for her. So I decided I would make several small meals for them. I bought some square cake size pans for the meals. I made 2 pans of beef and rice enchiladas using 1 lb of ground beef, 2 pans of stuffed shells, and kofta from a little over 1 lb of ground beef. I also made some cucumber mint yogurt sauce to go along with the kofta. I labeled and wrote the baking directions on the foil I used to cover each pan. This way they will have several meals that can be put in the freezer for later and can have something a little different each day. I hope they like what I made.

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4 Minute Spicy Garlic Shrimp

Here is the link for the 4 Minute Spicy Garlic Shrimp recipe. I made this for my husband a few nights ago, he liked it. When I make this again I will be making it spicierthough.

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Freezer Meals #2

This weekend I worked on a few more freezer meals. I made some stuffed shells and have plenty in the freezer. I posted the recipe earlier, here is the link. They are really easy to make.

I also made some individual size pizzas. I used made them with several different toppings. My kids really like these and they are healthier then the frozen pizzas and delivery, not to mention less expensive. The ones in the picture have ground beef and green olives.

This is the recipe I used for the pizza crusts.

Refrigerator Dough
2 pkg yeast
½ cup warm water
¾ cup butter
1 cup boiling water
1 cup cold water
¾ cup sugar
2 t. salt
2 eggs
6-8 cups flour

Mix all ingredients together. Place dough in an oiled air tight container. No kneading or rising- refriderate up to 7 days in fridge. To use let rise 2 hours. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.

I let the dough rise for 2 hours and then made the pizzas. I also used this dough to make fried bread, which my husband and kids like with honey, I prefer a little powdered sugar sprinkled on top. It is similar to zalabiah which my husband had growing up in Yemen. He really likes it. To make the fried bread it is not necessary to let the dough rise. Sometimes I will put it in a warmed oven for 15-30 minutes to warm the dough up. I have also made cinnamon rolls with this recipe in the past.

I will be trying out another refrigerator dough recipe sometime this week, I just need to buy some more flour. I’ll let you know how that turns out.

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Cucumber Salad

I made this today for lunch to go with the Beef Sausage Cheeseballs. I really like this salad. I’ve made a few variations of it in the past. I also think the longer it sits in the fridge the better it tastes.

The basic recipe is:
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1 cup water
1 cup vinegar
4-6 teaspoons sugar (some people prefer more)
salt and pepper to taste

Mix it all up in a bowl and let sit in the fridge.

Variations (I have used multiple variations at once in the past):

  • add chopped tomatoes
  • use thinly sliced purple/red onion instead of yellow
  • shredded purple cabbage
  • use red wine vinegar instead of plain vinegar
  • Today I totally left the onions out, my oldest son doesn’t like onions. A little later I added some tomato to the mix. I have posted pictures with and without the tomato.

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