Friday, February 26, 2016

Cookbook Six--Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs

Here is Number Six:

I love this cookbook.  It has one of my favorite recipes Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup from Le Cellier, which is high on my lists of favorite restaurants.  

It is amazing how much this tastes like the restaurants.  It is a hit with all four of us.  I made the Bourbon Steak Marinade, although I am the only one in my family that really likes steak.  I thought it turned out well, but I forgot to take a picture.  

This is the Breakfast Pizza from Chef Mickey's.  It was surprisingly good, since I am not a big fan of eggs.  It has cups and cups of cheese, so that probably overpowered the egg taste.  

We all like couscous, so I made this Toasted Couscous from Jiko--in the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I love the Animal Kingdom Lodge and the restaurants there.  We stayed at the Lodge once and it was very nice.  The couscous is toasted in the pan before you add water.  I have never done this before.  It did elevate the flavor. 

The last recipe was from one of the Disneyland Resorts.  It was the Granola from Storytellers Cafe in the Grand California Hotel.  

I have made many variations of granola. I had high hopes for this one, but the final product leaves more of an oily flavor than I like.  

This is a fun cookbook.  I have also made the Grapefruit Cake from The Brown Derby from this book.  I love that cake and the Cheddar Soup recipes enough that I'm pretty loyal to this book.  

Happy Cooking! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Happenings of Winter

I have an unexpected day home.  One of my daughters is a bit under the weather.  I am tending to her and watching the film that we have had for weeks from Netflix.  Sometimes we are on task and get our money's worth from Netflix, others movies sit for way too long.

I have been cooking from my challenge.  The Derby Vegetables proved to be so good that I made them again with another recipe from another cookbook.  More on that when I review that book, I have enjoyed my challenge.  It is proving to be indeed challenging and stretching me beyond my usual recipes.

It has been a rainy and dreary winter in Alabama.  A few bursts of cold, but mostly not too bad.  I've drank a lot of tea.  I have had the fireplace burning quite a bit, because I like the glow.  The gas fireplaces in this house is much easier to tend to than the wood burning one of our other home.

The next month will be full of travel and adventures for my family.  I am sure I will try many more recipes as well.

Travel.  Cooking.  Adventures.

All my favorites.


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cookbook Five--Trinity Baptist Church Weekday Preschool Cookbook

Cookbook four was fun.  It is a book I have had since Delaney was a baby.  Our church was selling the cookbook as a fundraiser for the Preschool.  I didn't yet have kids in the preschool.  I never imagined I would later teach there for ten years.  The book was full of recipes from friends and a few unexpected people had recipes, like the family we bought our home from in 2014.  I had to cook one of their recipes so that the house could smell like it did 15 years ago (that was Josh's joke).  

My game plan, it evolved several times, but these were the ones I made this week.  The Super Salad was delicious and it make me reconnect to Sue, who contributed the recipe. She told me she has been making this recipe for more than 40 years.   We were coworkers for ten years and she is a great lady. 

Garlic Chicken on a Stick was a recipe that Delaney.  She saw my process of post it notes and writing my list of possible selections and added a few.  This one is easy, but very delicious.  I recommend trying this if you have this cookbook.  If you are interested, send me a message and I will pass it along. We had no leftovers.

Parmesan Baked Potatoes were another quick prep, although they bake for awhile in the oven.  Another former coworker contributed this recipe.  I have a weakness for potatoes like some people love chocolate.  My friends from college made me a pot of mashed potatoes one year instead of a cake for my birthday.  It has been 20 years, and I think I would probably still choose potatoes over cake.  

Spaghetti Pie Pizza Style isn't something I would typically make for my family.  We eat lasagna and other pasta dishes, but spaghetti isn't a meal I have ever prepared.  I had all the ingredients on had and since it gave me a bit of a laugh that we had never met this family before we bought their home, yet now we are often in the same place and our lives overlap in funny ways.  It was also very good.  I would make it again.  

 Happy Valentine's Day!  Ha!  Well, I made a version on these cookies for Josh our first Valentine's Day together 19 years ago.  We had only dated two months, so I wasn't sure what to give him.  I baked him cookies in my little apartment upstairs in the Baptist Student Center.  My supervisor from the library, Ms. Spears gave me that recipe.  This one is very similar, so I decided it was a great way to celebrate this year as well.

It was fun to rediscover some recipes and try new ones from a book I have had for so many years.  It's a keeper. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cookbook Number Four--Cooking With Mickey Volume II

 It is no secret, we are Disney fans.  I have had many delicious meals at Disney World and Disneyland.  I saw this book at a Thrift Store a few years ago.  I can't find a publication date, but it is probably from the 90's.  Many of the restaurants have new names and menus.  I didn't have as many Disney memories from the 80's and 90's as my husband, but he can tell me where each restaurant was and the current name.

I have heard about Tortellini Soup from Tony's Town Square for many years.  Josh remembers it being wonderful.  He asked if this book at the recipe for it--we were in luck.  Page 38, Chicken Tortellini Soup lived up the his childhood memories. 

I had some bananas ripe for banana bread, so I tried the recipe from Monorail Cafe at Disneyland Hotel.  It was a good basic banana bread.  It made two loaves so I shared a loaf with a friend, who just so happens to be at Disney World as I type this.  

Sopa Azteca from San Angel Inn Restaurante in Epcot was a surprise hit.  It seems pretty basic, but it really was a quick, satisfying dinner.  Josh commented that I should make it again--that is always a good sign. 

The next recipe is from one of my favorite Disney places, The Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios.  Although this book is old enough it references it as MCM Studios.  This was the Fettuccine Derby.  I thought the sauce was delicious.  I would probably leave the chicken out next time.  I have another recipe from this restaurant prepped for later this week, Derby Vegetables.  I will update with how they turn out.  I have made the Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake and will make it again soon.  That Brown Derby serves some great food. 

I will warn you, the next photo is not lovely to look at.  It is not a beautiful dish, Cottage Pie from Rose and Crown Pub in Epcot.  Back in 1997, Josh and I spent one day at Epcot on Spring Break before we drove further South to Key West.  While in Epcot, we ate at Rose and Crown Pub.  Neither of us ordered Cottage Pie,  I remember eating the Ploughman's Lunch and Josh had Fish and Chips. 

It wasn't lovely to look at.  I was a bit disappointed when I pulled it out of the oven.  I had little hope for it.  I took a bite, not expecting much.  It was great.  I had to get another serving and even my pickiest eater ate it without grumbling.  

This book was a surprise winner.  I discovered some recipes likely to to be made again and I have a list of others I want to try.  Perhaps I need to get my hands on Volume I.  Josh is lucky that Tortellini Soup didn't make the first book.  


Oh Derby Vegetables, where have you been all my life?  I loved these.  The whole family did, although one picked out the red pepper, one picked out the mushrooms--but I loved it all.  It was a combination of vegetables that I hadn't thought of before.