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September’s Pinterest-ing Meals – Week Three

2012 September 23
by Becky

Food has been pretty darn interesting and fun around the Voboril house this month (see here and here)! The hardest part of my Pinterest-ing Meals challenge? Choosing which delicious-looking pin on my Yum, Yum-Kiddos, and Yum-Sweets boards to make each week. Ready for three more yum-tastic recipes?

Read about my challenge here, but in a nutshell, I’m rectifying my pinning-and-not-doing situation and hoping it will help get me out of the dinner rut we’re in, making the same things over and over again. We need to shake it up! 

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Here are three Pinterest-ing recipes I tried this week:

“Texas Trash”
recipe by Life As A Loft House blog

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While to some this dip may look like a scrumptious-no-brainer, I was a little skeptical. I’m not really a big cream cheese person and, I don’t know…this just seemed a little blah. But hey, that’s what this challenge is all about! Trying something I may not usually try. Of course, it was awesome. We couldn’t decide on dinner one night…we just needed something easy and had chips on the brain. I halved the recipe since it was just the two of us, and even then we couldn’t finish it all. Served up with some corn tortilla chips it was completely addictive…we couldn’t stop eating it.

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Not posting many photos because capturing a good shot of refried beans and melted cheese = not easy.

So if you need a dip for a party—especially a football/tailgate gathering!—this is worth a go. Really easy and doesn’t use many ingredients. Just pop it in the oven when you arrive at your shindig!

White Chicken Enchiladas
recipe by Joyful Momma’s Kitchen blog

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We were clearly in a cheesy mood this week! I’m not sad to say my old enchilada recipes have gone through the shredder…this one is tough to beat. I don’t know how I keep getting so lucky, but there is very little about this recipe I would change. Again, it seemed kind of, well, simple. Not that I’m a “fancy” cook by any means, but the short ingredient list didn’t call out to me. But the Hubs requested Mexican and I threw caution to the wind. I only needed about three ingredients to make this dish. 

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The recipe calls for 2 cups of shredded chicken, so I poached two boneless breasts. This and some cheese is all you need for the filling. The magic of this dish is in the “sauce”. Started with a classic roux, the sauce gets most of its flavor from one little can of green chilis—I was SO tempted to add more seasoning. More flavor is built by the chicken stock and monterey jack cheese—I bought a block just for this recipe, where I’d usually just use what I had on hand.

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After 22 minutes in the oven, I followed instructions and threw on the broiler for another three minutes to get the top all golden brown. With some Mexican rice (via the microwave) and a few tortilla chips, this was a lick-the-plate good dinner.

Changes? None, really. I’d maybe leave the dish in the oven a little longer (I like my food extra hot) and while I thought there was way too much sauce, I was glad to have it for leftovers the next night.

Caramel Apple Cider Cookies
recipe by The Girl Who Ate Everything blog

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Since I can’t resist anything apple and caramel now that fall is in the air, I HAD to make these cookies. Again, I was doubting the recipe. (This was apparently my “week of doubt”) I didn’t believe the apple cider flavor would come out enough, thought they may taste fake from the cider mix or be too stiff from the caramel. But no, they are perfect. PERFECT I TELL YOU!!! And they were fun to make with The Peanut.

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Yes, there are raw eggs in this batter. No, I’m not worried because I’ve been eating cookie dough since I was his age and I’ve lived to tell the stories. 

As soon as I pulled out the step stool, Ethan shouted “Dough! Dough!” knowing we’d be breaking out the Kitchenaid and mixing us up something yummy. So smart.

There weren’t very many ingredients to worry about…the only tough one being a box of Alpine Apple Cider Mix, which I easily found at Safeway (and saw it at Target too!). All 10 packets of mix went right into the bowl with the butter and sugar. The only thing I changed was the caramel—Trader Joe’s just happened to have their Fleur de Sel Caramels featured in the checkout line last week and I knew they’d work in these cookies. Love me some salted caramel!

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These cookies are the perfect amount of sweet, fruity, and spice…meaning you can eat them by the fistful. The caramel makes them just the right texture of chewy and soft. Therefore I’ve been sure to take a few wherever I go–to the Kids Club director at the gym, friends at the park—to get rid of them.

I made them big, but next time I may make small ones to sandwich vanilla ice cream between. How awesome would THAT be?!

I have one more week to go in my challenge so stay tuned! My goal for next week is to make a couple non-meat, healthy-ish recipes…but it will include at least one sweet treat. And please, tell me if you’ve tried any of these or others from your Pinterest boards. Clearly there are some real gems out there!! I’d love to hear about ’em. 

5 Responses leave one →
  1. September 23, 2012

    I saw the idea of you trying recipes from pinterest what an AWESOME idea!! I get a lot of my recipes from pinterest and have only found one that was really awful. I started a cooking blog and would love if you would come and check out some of my recipes. I also saw you posted the texan trash dip and I just made that last Sunday. I made a pizza dip today and I posted to pinterest you should try it =) Thanks for your time!
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    • Becky permalink*
      September 23, 2012

      Thanks!! So glad you are having good luck with pinterest recipes too. I’ll stop by and check out your dip for sure!

  2. Grandpa Joe permalink
    September 24, 2012

    I must stop reading your recipe Blog on an empty stomach.
    Gotta go now.
    I’m starving.

  3. Sandy Schon permalink
    September 24, 2012

    How about some recipes with low fat and no sugar. Now that’s a challenge to “shake up.”

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