Martha Mondays: Baked Apple Wedges

October 3, 2011

I’ve got my life back together! The cookbook was submitted today and I am breathing again! I not only made today’s project, but I started a batch of sauerkraut, as per the recipe in Oct Living, so I’ll be reporting on that in a few days once it ferments. I’ll also be once again posting lots more here, and over at the NoPotCooking blog.

Now, as for today’s project, baked apple wedges, (chosen by Sassy Suppers) what did everyone think? I have to give this one a thumbs down. I don’t quite understand what it was supposed to be really. You bake apple quarters but you don’t bake them long enough for them to get really soft. I also did not understand why the recipe said to sprinkle brown sugar on the baking sheet. All it did was make a sticky mess that was hard to clean up! I did like the oats, brown sugar, ginger, nutmeg, and almonds, but would enjoy it much more on an apple crisp.

Martha Mondays: Chicken Fried Rice

September 19, 2011

Today’s project, Chicken Fried Rice, was chosen by SteakNPotatoes Kinda Gurl. I make fried rice a lot and I was mightily confused by the 1/2 cup of chicken broth in this. It turned it all wet and mushy and I had to really cook it down to get it to be less than soup.  I also felt there was just too much chicken for my tastes.

I usually toss in tons of veggies when I make fried rice – peas, carrots, sprouts and sometimes I chop up some cabbage. I usually make mine without meat, but do use egg in it.

Desi posted her link as a comment back on the assignment post for this project, so scroll back to find it.

I have to admit I am itching to try the sauerkraut recipe in October Living. Anyone else?

Martha Mondays: Fruit Roll Ups

September 12, 2011

I chose today’s project, fruit roll ups from September Living (recipe posted here). I used strawberries. I had a little trouble getting this to bake enough. I kept taking it out and checking it and ended up baking an extra hour to get most of it to that fruit leather consistency. The center still was not done and I ended up just tossing the middle part.

To be honest, I’ve never tried a fruit roll up in my life so I had DudeMartha be the tester on this one. DudeMartha has had them, but not in my house! I never bought these for my kids since I treated them like candy.  He’s had them elsewhere of course though. He did not like that there were some seeds (I guess my fine sieve is not fine enough) but other than that he thought it was ok.

If I had little kids who begged me for fruit roll ups, I could see making this, so that I would know exactly what was in it and be able to control the sugar. If you want to try it without sugar, my friend Kristin Gough did a recipe on her blog, MyKidsEatSquid with a recipe for that. You’ll also note her recipe has a very long baking time – 10+ hours which seems to be what is needed!

Martha Mondays: Greek Chicken

September 5, 2011

Ana at Sweet Almond Tree chose today’s project, Greek Chicken Cutlets.  Pru is going to be annoyed with me, but I changed the recipe a bit. I made mine in parchment paper. Same flavors, just a slightly different method. Here’s my version:

1/2 cup cooked couscous

1 chicken breast

1/4 cup packed baby spinach leaves

2 slices tomato

salt and pepper

1/8 teaspoon Greek seasoning

1/8 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 cup feta cheese

Preheat oven to 400 and prepare parchment paper. Place the couscous on the paper in roughly the shape of the chicken breast. Place the breast on top and place the spinach over that, then the tomatoes. Season with salt, pepper, Greek seasoning and onion powder and crumble the feta cheese over it. Add some olives if you like (I don’t). Fold the parchment and bake for about 35 minutes.

Baked Risotto

August 29, 2011

I’ll bet most people would scratch their heads at the idea of risotto you don’t have to stir, but I actually recently came up with a recipe similar to today’s project, Baked Risotto, chosen by Tiny Skillet, for the cookbook I am currently writing: The Muffin Tin Cookbook. It will be out in Jan from Adams Media and is filled with all sorts of fun and different things you can make in muffin tins (and actually the photo shoot for the book is actually happening today!). One thing I came up with for the book was risotto in muffin tins! So I knew it was possible, but wanted to try Martha’s version.

I did not like the taste of the wine in this recipe at all. I let it burn off, but just didn’t care for the flavor. I don’t usually add wine to my risotto, so that’s probably why.

Other than that, it was pretty good. A tiny bit gummy, which is the result of not stirring it, but, it’s a reasonable trade off for the ease of this recipe.

And of course, you know me, I added a bit more cheese than was suggested:)

Martha Mondays: Almon Blackberry Squares

August 8, 2011

Perfecting Pru chose this week’s project, Almond Blackberry Squares.  This recipe was easy (or it would have been if I hadn’t burned the almonds first time around — the phone rang and I couldn’t get back in time!). I made half a batch in an 8×8 pan. I am not a blackberry fan – I like the flavor but just hate all the seeds. Everyone else in the family likes them though. This got a thumbs up all around. It was easy to make. I didn’t have a single orange in the house, so I put a few drops of orange extract over the berries instead of zest which worked out quite well. This would be good with raspberries too I think, or even a combo of both.

We’re taking a break from Martha Mondays for the next couple of weeks.  I am hoping to get back to regular posting this fall!

Martha Mondays: Turtles

July 18, 2011

SteakNPotatoKindaGurl chose turtles for today’s project. I was amazed at how easy this recipe is. It literally took 10 minutes. Pretty amazing – and no bowls either. It’s all done in the oven. Mine turned out nicely. I thought the caramel was a little hard to chew – maybe it got cooked too much in the oven, but other than that they were good. I immediately got them out of the house though and send them to Mr. MarthaAndMe’s office.

Martha Mondays: Melon with Honeyed Yogurt

June 27, 2011

Thanks to Ana at Sweet Almond Tree for making this week’s pick, Melon with Honeyed Yogurt. We had this last night. I thought it was pretty good. I’ve never served yogurt with melon, but it was very refreshing. Mr. MarthaAndMe did not enjoy it since he does not like yogurt and cannot be persuaded that it really is good. Definitely a nice way to dress up melon to serve it.

There’s no Martha Mondays next week since it is July 4th! I hope everyone has a great holiday!

Martha Mondays: Strawberry Shortcake

June 13, 2011

Perfecting Pru chose this. Loved this! I halved the recipe and mine baked in far less the time indicated, but it was very good. And that’s saying a lot because I like my mom’s shortcake, which is more like a shortbread. I served this with some whipped cream. Very yummy! The shortcake was crunchy on top and soft in the middle. Delicious! Local strawberries are coming this week. I may have to make this again!

Martha Mondays: Honeydew Cream Pistachio Popsicles

June 6, 2011

Sassy Suppers chose this week’s project, which was timely due to the heat wave we’ve had! The project was Honeydew Cream Pistachio Popsicles.  I had popsicle forms years ago when my kiddos were little, but no longer have one, so I just made these in little bowls – kind of a popsicle without the stick. They were easy to make. I just dumped everything in the food processor (except the pistachios). I made the mistake of using salted pistachios which was not good in this! I thought they were interesting, but I didn’t care for them much. Somehow the melon and cream tasted weird to me. Mr. MarthaAndMe liked this, which is weird since he has recently declared he does not like any melon other than watermelon. The kids would not taste it!

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