Dear hubby celebrates his 50th birthday next week, but the party will be this weekend. Luckily, we're not having it here at the house so I won't feel rushed to "clean." Clean translates into "get the rest of the tree down." Yep, it's still up - though half the ornaments are off.
The menu this week was all Pinterst. If you're looking for a menu or a recipe that's quick, easy and yummy then check out this past week's menu.
I'm a big fan of Snickerdoodle cookies. I almost made this Apple Butter Snickerdoodle recipe for the cookie bake, but passed on it. I made them last week and oh my. Learning my lesson from my last Snickerdoodle adventure, I didn't over smoosh them and I watched the cook time - which for me up at altitude usually means less time than the recipe calls for. They were light and soft. They were good!
While some of us were eating Oatmeal Pancakes, one of us was enjoying these Bacon & Egg Stuff Avocados. They were really easy and I'm told very good. My only problem was we buy large eggs and there was no way I would scoop out enough avocado, and still have avocado left, to not have the eggs overflow. I used the blogger's tip to use muffin tins to hold the avocados, but next time I'll put muffin liners underneath to make clean up easier.
We love a good sandwich for dinner and French Dip is one of our favorites. These Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches were good. The recipe calls for a particular roast, which either because of vernacular or availability, I couldn't find. Add that I cooked it high and for a shorter time (I prefer low and slow), shredding wasn't going to happen. But they were still quite good, I just sliced it really thin. I've got other French Dip recipes to try and others that I have liked better, so this one won't make the rotation again.
If it's not a casserole this time of year, it's something covered in a creamy sauce. Just like this Chicken in Cream Parmesan and Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce. The sauce was killer - I'm not a "mopper" for sauce, but I was totally dragging my dinner roll through the stuff. I think I may have seen someone just pour the sauce directly on his roll. I served it with a side salad, but only because I didn't have the amount of Orzo I thought I had. You definitely need a way to use up all the dreamy sauce.
What was I saying about casseroles? I didn't put this Slow Cooker Cheesy Tortellini in the slow cooker, I did it in a skillet on the stove. Usually when a recipe calls for straight ground beef in an Italian recipe I sub in Italian sausage - I like the additional flavor it provides. I didn't do that with this one and I missed it, so next time sausage it is. I'll also drain one of the cans of tomatoes. Since the sauce isn't a marinara, it was a bit watery for me - I'm sure the intent is that the tortellini will cook in and soak it up. I added double the tortellini (and still too much water), but didn't otherwise adjust the recipe.
Well, if I'm going to accomplish anything, I'd best dig in.