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on January 5, 2017
If you are looking for more ideas for dinner there are lots of good recipes in this cookbook. I tried three recipes so far with mixed results. The Easy Cuban Picadillo was pretty easy to make and I served it over rice. It was simply a ground beef recipe with tomato sauce, olives, raisins, green pepper and onion. Then I tried the Corn Chowder. That was trickier as I had to adapt the recipe quite a bit. I left out the salt and thyme and added in 1/4 cup butter blended with 1/4 cup flour to give the soup some thickness. I didn't like the idea of just eating milk with salt. I also added four teaspoons of chicken base. Then it turned out OK. I thought I might add another teaspoon of chicken base next time.
But the real reason you should get this book is because it has an amazing recipe for Aloha Burgers. These are burgers with Swiss cheese, bacon, onion and pineapple with teriyaki sauce. The only thing is you have to fry the bacon before you start everything else. I'd also recommend you fry the onions right at the same time or right after the bacon. Timing is essential in this recipe as you have to get everything hot at the same time. So you are grilling pineapple at the same time as you are frying the hamburgers. I put everything on the hamburgers and put them under the broiler just for a few minutes to melt the cheese. This recipe is so good I could handle eating Aloha Burgers once a week.
Now some of the things that might be important for a new cook is to realize say when a recipe calls for chopped walnuts that you have to give yourself extra time to chop them. Or when it says bacon, you have to fry that first. And it seems the time those jobs take are not calculated into the total time. So my advice it to really read the ingredients list first and do whatever needs to be done first and set it aside. I would have written some of the recipes differently if I'd been testing them. The Corn Chowder took about twice the amount of time due to having to dice all the potatoes.
Some of the other recipes that look good include:
Mushroom Swiss Mac and Cheese
Sweet Potato Fries
Tortilla Vegetable Chicken Soup
So lots of recipes to try. I'll report back on anything else that is tasty.
~The Rebecca Review