Monday, June 27, 2011

So Midwestern, So in the Kitchen: June

I am in favor of eating dessert before a meal.

I am also in favor of eating dessert before and after a meal.

Today, I am in favor of blogging my desserts before I blog my meals. Even though the desserts don't have anything to do with my resolution.

Left: Chocolate Caramel Coconut Cupcake
Right: Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made the cupcakes for Lucy's birthday and they were a tremendous hit. Totally rich, a fun surprise in the middle and they're a little like a Girl Scout cookie. Fabulous.

Just last Monday night, I made the dough for the Oatmeal Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies, decided that I was too tired to stay up to bake them, and baked up a sheet of them the next morning, instead. The Coach was over that night and he demolished what was left of them. I think it's safe to assume that these cookies will always remind me of him. So this better end up okay, because I'm going to be especially pissed if he ruins these cookies for me.

Left: Quinoa Salad
Right: Mexican Quinoa with Black Beans and Avocado
I'm obsessed with the Quinoa Salad. Like, I made it for myself, and then I made it when I went to Mom and Dad's for dinner. And then I made it the next week for a work potluck. My first work potluck! The work potluck that I was nervous about because I didn't want to bring something that was out of place (quinoa was a risky choice, right?) or not absolutely awesome. My new coworkers needed to know that I know my way around a kitchen and this salad did not disappoint.

I made the Mexican Quinoa recipe the next week and, honestly, it was just too much quinoa and black beans in a short period of time. It was a fine recipe; I need to make it again when I've had a bit more variety to my diet.

Left: Monday Night Stir Fry
Middle: Cilantro Rice
Right: Brown Rice Bowl with Shrimp, Snow Peas and Avocado

I learned something about myself in June: I don't love soy sauce. Or maybe I just like it in smaller quantities than most recipes call for, because the soy sauce in the stir fry and the rice bowl were a little much for me.

I also learned that the Cilantro Rice recipe did not live up to my high expectations. It was passed along from a coworker at my old 'brary well over a year ago and I meant to make it and meant to make it and finally got around to it this month and - surprise, surprise - it was disappointing. It just sort of tasted like mushy green rice soaked in a lot of chicken broth. Which was pretty much exactly what it was.

I have no idea what cookbook this recipe came from and I feel guilty about not having the proper source. If the recipe was good, I would totally type it up and share anyway.

The Brown Rice Bowl came from an old issue of Everyday Food that I dug up. I thought it was pretty decent. Avocados make anything pretty decent. Shrimp makes everything pretty decent, too. I had to substitute snap peas for snow peas because the snow peas at the store looked terribly pathetic. This recipe uses a lot of staples from my pantry, so it will undoubtedly be revisited in the future.

And the stir fry was a winner, too. The soy sauce was a little much for me, yes, but that can be adjusted in the future. I substituted tofu for chicken because I do things like that sometimes. And maybe I had tofu sitting around that needed to be used? I can't remember. It was the first recipe I made in June.

So, if you've been wondering more about what I've been eating the last month than you've been wondering about what's going on with me and The Coach, your question has been answered. And if you're still wondering about The Coach, scroll down and feast your eyes on my boy talk babblefest.


Anonymous said...

OMG, those coconut cupcakes look amazeballs!

A said...

They totally are. MAKE THEM.

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