Shhhh!

tunacasseroleI posted about my no-fail recipe for Tuna Casserole almost 4 1/2 years ago. Audrey STILL asks or it every couple of weeks. Of course I make every time since it’s one of the few things Miss Picky will eat. In our latest efforts to get her to gain a little weight while eating better at the same time, I secretly substituted one of the cans of cream of mushroom soup for pureed cauliflower (a tip from the plant-based diet cookbook Forks Over Knives). The result? She gobbled it right up! Score one for sneaky ingredients!

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Pinterest SUCCESS!

Because of the ease and quickness of posting directly to Facebook & Instagram, I haven’t been posting new things very often. The recipe from dinner tonight will make up for all that. At first I was skeptical  because usually when I bake something that’s supposed to be deep fried it turns out mediocre at best. I found the recipe on Pinterest which led me to therecipecritic.com. Even Audrey ate it! You should make it, too. Or let me know when you want to come over for dinner and I’ll make it for you.

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Let Her Eat Cake!

But beware if you let her cut her own piece, because this is what you’ll be left with:

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This is chocolate zucchini cake made from a recipe is from my boss’ mother. Audrey resisted trying it for 2 days after I made it for the first time. Then she tried it and realized I wasn’t lying when I told her how good it was. I think this is the 3rd one I’ve made. I brought one on our family vacation and it was devoured (by 6 children) in no time flat.

 

Salmon-Cilantro Burgers

We had a big post-parade meal for lunch of BBQ beef sandwiches, pasta salad, chips & cherry cobbler. I thought it might be nice to go a little lighter with dinner (and had thawed salmon that needed to be cooked). I minced up a package of salmon filets and mixed in some breadcrumbs, cilantro, green onions, a jalapeno pepper (shh – Mike didn’t know about this), some lime juice, salt & pepper. Made some patties and cooked ’em up! Then I put them on a bun with some lettuce, cucumber, and mayonnaise with a little more fresh, chopped cilantro and lime juice mixed in. Mike took one bite and said, “Did you take a picture of this?” And so a blog post was born!

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Roasted Veg Goodness

I tried kohlrabi for the first time last summer when I received it in my CSA box of veggies from Bass Farms. I sliced it up and tossed it with olive oil, salt & pepper and  ate it raw. I loved it! Kohlrabi is in season again so I wanted to try a recipe where it was cooked. I found on Pinterest someone wrote that it tasted like broccoli stems. The side for dinner tonight with our eMeal recipe was supposed to be roasted broccoli but after reading on Pinterest that kohlrabi tasted like broccoli stems, I had the bright idea to roast it WITH the broccoli! I sliced it up, tossed it with olive oil, salt & pepper and baked it at 400-degrees for 15 minutes. Delicious!

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Holy Guacamole!

Mike, Audrey and I FINALLY went to NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids yesterday. It’s been open for a while and I decided we had to go check it out once and for all. There are two halves to it the market: one side with permanent food vendors (Mexican food, cupcakes, spices, ice cream, coffee, baked goods, and lots and lots of yummy stuff) and the other side with temporary vendors (food & craft) that can rent a spot for just that weekend. Our first stop was Iowa Soul Food Market’s spot (run by the same couple that owns Sweetiepie’s Chicken & Fish Fry with the BEST fried chicken and hush puppies) we tried chicken & waffles for the first time. The fluffy waffle, salty fried chicken & sweet maple syrup made for an interesting and delicious combination! Sorry there’s no picture of it. It disappeared right before I realized that I should have taken a picture of it!

We also tried cupcakes from That Cupcake Place. They were really dense, didn’t have butter cream frosting and just weren’t very good. Maybe I’m just a cupcake snob now, but if I’m paying more than $2 for a cupcake, I expect it to be better than something I could make myself.

20130421_131944Now on to our 3rd stop: the absolute best guacamole I’ve ever had in my entire life. I am NOT kidding. We purchased it from one of the temporary vendors. It’s called “Tim’s Holy Guacamole.” He had samples of lots of salsas (mostly), a ranch/salsa dip and guacamole. I saw that guacamole and headed straight for it. Then I had another sample, and another sample. It was so good I couldn’t stop sampling! The secret ingredient? BLUE CHEESE! Of course there’s the usual cilantro, tomatoes, onions, some spices and even bacon which I’ve put in my guacamole before. Tim handed me my purchased container of guacamole and said it also made a good spread on sandwiches. I believe I said under the influence of his most-excellent guacamole, “Forget that. I’m eating it straight from the container with a spoon.”

Hooray for Mustard!

I made these cheeseburgers for dinner a few weeks ago and forgot to write a post about them. I know you’re really sad about my neglectfulness.  The amazing thing about this cheeseburger was that Audrey ate an entire one! I mixed in a little bit of Dijon mustard with the meat before grilling them. Maybe that was the reason she loved it so much. I’ll never know since I didn’t tell her there was mustard in it!

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