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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

she jumps out of the recipe rut and into the frying pan

You could say I've been in something of a cooking rut. With three teens going three different directions, a dog (because there's always a dog, isn't there?), five chickens including three new young chickens introduced to the coop (creating a pecking order situation that has brought out my fierce, Inner Mother Hen), and one sorely neglected beta fish named Molly, I haven't had much time to think cook let alone experiment with new recipes.

Mention a new dish and I cringe at the thought of reading a recipe (heaving sigh), shopping for extra ingredients (deep groan), more time in the kitchen to get the recipe right (loud argh).

But, amazing for my track record, I tried two new recipes in the past week.

It started with fresh shrimp on sale at the grocery store and fresh tortillas in my cart.  Not having made shrimp tacos in recent memory (I know, and I call myself a Texan?), I went searching and found a recipe that included Lime Cilantro Sauce here at Life's Ambrosia.

Now, usually I skip a new recipe's sauce because I'm lazy but this one sounded way too good to miss. And it was. Really tangy.  Amazing on the spicy shrimp. Out of sour cream, I substituted with plain yogurt - still amazing. Add chopped avacados?  Lawd have mercy.

The second recipe venture started with wilting strawberries in the fridge. The idea of another banana berry smoothie sent me to the edge and then to the internet in search of something different.

Thanks to Cookies on Friday, I came up with this wonderful Fresh Strawberry and Cream Cheese Bread.  Adding walnuts and ground flax seed changed the look considerably but everyone loved it, including four girls at my daughters' sleepover.

So two new recipe successes in one week.  Pretty pleased with myself.  My family's palate is pretty pleased, too.

How about you? Tried any new recipes lately?

10 comments:

smalltownme said...

Those sound delicious. I haven't tried anything new since my apple period.

Aunt Snow said...

Those shrimp tacos look fantastic.

I just made a Bundt cake.

Magpie said...

Mmm. I made a nice loaf of whole wheat/oatmeal bread over the weekend.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

We sound like we have the exact same approach to cooking these days!

Friday is a baking day and I'm going to be making what the internet assures me are THE best molasses cookies ever.

ADoC said...

Mmmm, share the recipes, please! I'm stuck in a zucchini or banana bread rut.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I'm impressed at anyone willing to experiment in the kitchen. Let's see...I made a quiche with all vegetables and my carnivorous husband ate it ALL.

Susan said...

Since I now working evenings I am always trying to come up with something I can make early in the day to take my dinner to work and my husband can have when he gets home. Something besides pasta, that is, because he is tired of pasta (really? someone can get tired of pasta?) Anyway, fritatta and quiche work really well and the latest one I made had arugula, prosciutto and fresh mozzarella. It was great and held over well for the next day.

Pseudo said...

I'm hungry right now...

Kathleen Scott said...

Way cool. I'm going to try the shrimp recipe when we get back from the holidays, thanks!

Hope your holidays are happy.

Jason, as himself said...

You had me at Lime Cilantro sauce! It sounds like something I could just drink, by itself.