I’m realizing that I haven’t been posting my cooking experiments for this week. There haven’t been any big winners, but one does stand out. Last night I made a Broccoli Casserole with Rice and Cheese from About.com. It was the first recipe I found that didn’t use canned soup. I did change it up, of course, but using one pound of fresh broccoli florets and 1 1/2 cups of fresh chopped mushrooms. I cooked the broccoli for just a couple of minutes and sautéed the mushrooms with the onions in 4 TBSP of flour. I added 1/4 cup flour and 1 1/2 cups of milk. Used Velveeta for 1 1/2 cups of the cheese, with a little grated cheddar on top, but no bread crumbs. And I used brown rice. I will make it the same way again with the addition of a little ground mustard to give it a little zip. Mary Ann even liked it and she doesn’t like rice.
Another experiment this week was Honey Spice Drumsticks from allrecipes. I basically followed this recipe, except I sub some ground adobe for some of the cumin. They have a kick but not too hot. Mary Ann really liked them. I’m not a big fan of drumsticks, but this was by far the best way to fix them that I’ve found to date. I just poured everything over the drummies in a glass dish and baked them in a 300 degree oven for a couple of hours, turning them a couple of times.
One recipe that I won’t try again is the Corn-Fish Chowder from myrecipes. I thought it sounded like a good idea, and it was a bit better the second time around after I tweaked it a bit, but not good enough to make again.
I still have a stack of recipes that I want to try next week, including grilled salmon, carrot cake muffins, blueberry oat bars, German potato salad, and peanut butter oatmeal cookies. I did make a pasta salad on Sunday from a recipe that I cut out of a magazine a long time ago. Still good. Think I’ll go make another bowl full for tonight to serve with the leftover broccoli and rice, and the leftover cornbread from lunch. I didn’t have enough cornmeal, so I had to sub in some whole wheat flour. Looks a little strange, but tastes great!
Pasta salad, here I come!