Recipe Challenge

Aileen learns to make a new recipe every week. Most recipes are ones she’s been meaning to make for years, but never got around to. Join in by making the one Aileen makes, or dig in to your own personal catalog of aspirational recipes.

Frozen Foods From Trader Joes

Ever peer into the frozen food case at all those boxes of food and think, “I wonder if that is any good?” And then you keep going because it’s expensive or you feel guilty? I do it all the time at Trader Joe’s but no more! To go along with making a bunch of box mix bakery goods, I am going to pick up, heat up and consume all the frozen foods I have been eyeing in the frozen food section at Trader Joe’s.  Read more

Blondies Box Mix

I’ve had a BRILLIANT idea. I was at Trader Joe’s buying ingredients to make a cake from scratch for the recipe challenge and I saw, below where I was trying to figure out if I could use agave syrup instead of corn syrup, three shelves of box mixes. There were scones and cakes and quick breads. I shoved the ingredients for the cake back onto the shelf and picked out 7 box mixes I thought I would enjoy making and then eating. When I am done making all the box mixes I will decide which ones were good and which ones were meh and then I will pick a winner! Read more

Margaritas

Some recipe challenges are easier than others. Making a cake from scratch is good because at the end, there is cake. But the kitchen is a disaster and I have to wash a bunch of dishes and I’ve burned my mouth because I didn’t wait long enough to let the cake cool. Making dinner items is good but dinner is dinner. And then there is getting to make really good margaritas at 11:30AM on a Tuesday and calling it work. Read more

Not This Week: Part Two

It’s highly unlikely I’m going to get anything made this week. We went to a conference last week and yesterday I realized I failed to register Six for his next jujitsu class and so I feel tired and upset with myself. Some people go into the kitchen and cook to feel better. I go into the kitchen to get chips and then I watch TV or read to feel better. Read more

Turkey Noodle Thing

I’m going back to booze and cakes. These last 3 recipes have been a bit of a bust. The ground turkey noodle thing is really a homemade hamburger helper. It’s good and I will include the recipe but I’m out. Read more

Meatballs

I made meatballs, mashed potatoes and cooked carrots. It was a very adult meal, served on a plate and all in their own little piles. This made me realize that most of what I eat is all mashed up in a bowl together. See Bowl of Goodness or all of the pasta dishes I make. Read more

Easier Tomato Soup

Tomato soup might be the perfect food. It tastes good with grilled cheese, you can put hot sauce in it and you can drink it out of a mug when you run out of clean spoons and bowls (which happens around here more than I would like to admit). Read more

Carrot Cake

I am going to an Easter Brunch, like an adult. I was originally planning to sleep for as long as possible then eat cereal then go to a bunch of movies then go home and go back to bed. Read more

Bowl of Goodness

This is a variation on a recipe from the Whole Foods app. The app used to let you put in an ingredient you had in your kitchen and it would offer recipes you could make. The original version of this recipe was called mighty bowl of goodness, let me go see if it still exists somewhere in the internet. It does! And it was called Mighty Bowl of Goodness. I can’t believe I remembered the name! Looking back on it I realize that I never even came close to making it the way it was prescribed. One, I hate kale. Two, I have no idea what Bragg Liquid Aminos are. They sound expensive. Read more

Spicy Tomato Sausage Linguine

I made this spicy tomato sausage linguine from ingredients I found in my house and a recipe I found in a notebook. I had some of the stuff the recipe called for and the rest of it I sort of made up as I went along. I took some pretty basic notes and then remade it a few weeks later and it was still good! Read more