Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I amended this drink mixer recipe for Sangria.

With amendments:
1 jug of sangria
About 250 ml diet sprite.
200 ml lemonade
orange juice to taste
2 tbsp. sugar
cut in cubes melons
canned crushed pineapple with juice
slices of oranges, limes, lemon
diced apples
cut in cubes strawberries

It doesn't need the ice if served cold -- just gets watery!!!

Cranberry Berry Apple Pie

I used Pioneer Woman's Pie Crust with 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour since I ran out of flour. It turned out very good. However, when divided in 3, the recipe barely makes enough for the pie plate -- don't expect high edges or a thick crust.

I thought cranberries would be only as tart as rhubarb but I was wrong. For the filling I used 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice, 3/4 c. sugar, 3 tbsp. flour, along with 6 c of the fruits. A little less than 1 c. of this was chopped cranberries.

The crumb topping was an amendment to the crumb topping under the Betty Crocker recipe for Rhubarb Pie. I used 3/4 c. sugar, 1/2 c. white whole wheat flour, 1 tsp cinnamon, sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, some chopped walnuts, a little less than 1/2 c. quick oats, and 5 tbsp of butter. This was quite good.

25 min with foil around the edges, 25 min with foil removed. Was a couple minutes too long---top got a little brown.

Pioneer Woman Big Steak Salad Review

This was probably the only recipe of Pioneer Woman's I would not make again.

The marinade for the steaks was not very strong once cooked. The taste of the dressing/marinade was delicious, but you definitely need to drizzle more on the steak after it is cooked.

We used ribeye. This is not my favorite type of steak. I think I would rather have the cheap sirloin kind.

While the dressing was delicious, it didn't really go with the toppings on the salad. It was more of an Asian style dressing -- the candied pecans (I used walnuts) were especially out of place. I also reaffirmed I do not like bleu cheese. I had to use just the white bit without any blue streaks.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Chicken Marsala

Combo of these two recipes is amazing. Used 14 c. baby portabella relative to less than 3 lbs chicken breasts (weighed uncooked). Still wanted more mushrooms/sauce relative to chicken. Used about 2/3 of the required chicken broth, and used a bit of cooking sherry as in the Allrecipes version.