I wish I had more for you today than just food, but I don't. I do have a lot of food though. Food that's quick and won't heat your kitchen and will get you back to scrapbooking or card making in no time.
I said last week that I'd be plucking recipes from Pinterest this week. My requirement was that I wanted recipes that didn't heat up my kitchen, anymore than it already was. And so I did. I picked more than I needed, so half my menu for next week is planned too. Love that.
- Fresh Cherry Scone Recipe - I'm a sucker for anything with cherries in the ingredient list. So when I had cherries that needed using and a sweet tooth that needed soothing, I went with this for a quick weekend morning addition. I got to mixing and found the batter was way. . .WAY. . .to wet for a scone; it was more like a cake batter. I ended up adding at least a half a cup (probably closer to a full cup) more flour to the batter, and it was still wetter than I'd like when I finally just threw it in the oven. The recipe also has a "what?" moment when you get to the salt. . . I believe it should read "1/2 tsp," as two teaspoons would be too much. I added turbinado sugar to the top, too. In the end they were good; light and moist. I'll make the recipe again, add more flour (and do so before adding the cherries so my batter is blue) and enjoy.
- No Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars - And no-bake they were. I probably could have done the stove-top part in the microwave, but it didn't take long and I set them up early enough in the day to not worry about being too hot. These were delish. . .totally addictive.
- Lemony Tortellini Bacon Salad - I picked this for a dinner, but worried it might not be enough for a dinner for us six. I would have made some type of bread, but it was too hot. I did double the recipe, but not the recipe for the dressing - turned out there was plenty of dressing and plenty to feed us. It was really good - creamy with a bite of lemon and, hello, bacon. I served it on lettuce and we even had leftovers, probably enough for a lunch.
- Coconut Cloud Martini - If it's gonna feel like the tropics, but you're land-locked, you might as well sip on something that is tropical. I mixed this up for hubby and I the other night. It was very good. . .I will add more cream of coconut and a little less alcohol next time; I can't drink that much alcohol anymore. #gettinold. I also didn't take the time to garnish, but with this one, the toasted coconut will be worth it!
- Butter Dip Biscuits - I'm always looking for a quick biscuit. This one with butter, lots of butter, sounded interesting. It was fast to pull together, and even though it used the oven, it was only on for a few minutes. The biscuits were light and slightly chewy (in a good way.) These would be awesome for breakfast sandwiches or with jam.
- Bourbon Brat Skewers - Another winner; hubby was on board when I said "bourbon." The kids even ate the veggies, since the grilling and the glaze made them sweet. We (everyone but hubby) don't eat mushrooms, so I did grape tomatoes I had on hand. I also used smoked kielbasa instead of the Johnsonville brats.
- Chicken Pasta Salad - This one had me worried with the amount of apple cider vinegar. I mixed it up early in the day - doubled the recipe since I was cooking for the in-laws - and by the time we ate it, it had mellowed. I'd tasted it right after mixing and the vinegar was a bit much for me. If I had to serve right away, I'd cut down the vinegar.
Here's to hoping I can get something done over the weekend. I need to - my sanity needs it.