Saturday, January 9, 2010

New on the Menu

I've been having that "I'm tired of all my recipes" experience lately, so I've been searching for new ones and experimenting on my family. They are pretty honest about telling me if a recipe should become part of our "What's for Supper" list or if it should be tossed.

Probably everyone's favorite new addition is Marci's Tortellini Chowder. I'm telling you, this is absolutely fantastic. I crave it. In fact, I want some right now, and I just finished eating. (An added benefit of this recipe is that, if you have a child who doesn't eat soup, you can just give him a bowl of the tortellini.) Do yourself a favor and make it this week!

Pioneer Woman's Ranch Style Chicken was a huge hit this week. I put these on hoagies, and everyone loved them. This is getting added to The List.

I made the Mexican Lasagna from Pioneer Woman tonight. It was well received but not gushed over, and this makes a huge casserole, even though I halved the recipe. Or maybe even thirded it, or however you would say that. Anyway, it made a very full 9 X 9 pan, which is way too much for a family of 5 that doesn't do well eating leftovers.*

I also made Taco Soup from Tasty Kitchen, Pioneer Woman's cooking site. Three of us loved it, although I'd replace the hominy with white corn next time and the ground beef with ground turkey (Jesse doesn't eat red meat) next time around.

I have a few more new recipes to try in the upcoming week, along with a couple of old favorites, like Indian Chicken and lentils. This week we'll be trying Tomato Chipotle Soup, Arroz con Pollo Soup, and Greek Pasta Bake. I hope my family still loves me after all this new recipe frenzy.

In other kitchen news, Randy replaced our leaky kitchen faucet with a shiny new one!

What's happening in your kitchens this week? Got any fabulous recipes to share? There are bazillions of ideas at Menu Plan Monday each week.

*A note on leftovers: I alone in our family absolutely love leftovers; however, I seldom eat them for lunch because our suppers are nearly always our big calorie meal. Unfortunately, I am in my 40s. 'Nuff said about that.


  1. I'm glad you like my soup :) I've got a tortellini stir fry recipe I'll post on my blog. It's yummy and super easy.

  2. Thank you for this! I never know what to cook. Really. So many good looking recipes here.

  3. Ohhh I love to get new recipes to try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I did try one of Jillians recipes this week which was just ok...the big news is, with the cold weather and staying home, I cooked all week...I am not sure that has ever happened! We are now rich from not eating out! (ok I took them to chick fil a yesterday for lunch...but that was to get out of the house!)

  5. Not much going on in our kitchen... other than being overtaken by bits of snow falling off of boots. Yes! I said snow! We had some Thursday, and there's still a tiny bit left on the north sides of things. -- LOL!

    Thanks for leaving me a comment on my WP blog! :)

  6. All of it sounds yummy. I am hosting an art giveaway that you might find interesting. Stop by when you have a chance and take a look.

  7. Oh dear. I should not have come here. We're on our new year's resolution diet (got to lose the baby jiggle!) and I did great my first week. Now it's the second and I really miss cooking something besides broiled fish and salad and steamed vegetables...

  8. Some of these look amazing! I can't wait to give the tortellini recipe a try.

    (BTW, the last recipe I tried from your blog was the truffle cookies with the peppermint hershey kiss and they were a HUGE hit here!)

    I've been on a recipe kick this week too! What's up? Cold weather? New semester? I don't know, but I can't seem to stop menu planning. Today I started working on a file to organize my growing stash of "to try" recipes. I hope to post on that later in the week.

    Keep us posted on what passes muster this week at your house. I'm always more confident to try something new if someone else's kids can validate it first! Ha!


  9. They all sound delicious, thanks for sharing the links.

  10. I've been having the menu struggle myself! So thank you (and my family will thank you). I plan to devour the Pioneer Woman Cooks blog!


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