Thursday, August 19, 2010

So Many Recipes, So Little Time

Like many out there, I am a seeker and collector of recipes. I spend hours online and going through my cookbooks looking for new dishes I want to try. It is an endless search that I love.

However, since it is just Dan and me, I often talk myself out of making many of the recipes I find because if I were to cook them all, it would simply be WAY more food than the two of us could eat. I tell myself that once we have a couple ravenous kids in tow with appetites to spare that I will be able to get away with trying many of the recipes that have caught my eye (especially the higher calorie specialties that I certainly don't need laying around the house these days).

With that said, there are a few recipes I have found lately that I think I am going to have to try soon. Very soon. They just look too delicious not to.

I found this recipe on the Smitten Kitchen website, but it is originally The Pioneer Woman's recipe from her cookbook. I grew up with a Dad who makes the lightest, tastiest and most delicious pancakes ever, so I am bit hard to please, but there is something about these that are calling my name.

This is basically as simple as it gets - heavy cream and salt in a food processor - but I dig it. I remember once going on a trip with my Girl Scout troop to one of those "see how people lived back in the day" type of places and we all got to have a go on the butter churn. I imagined that I was churning my own butter on a prairie surrounded by sheep and wheat. Yes - I really did imagine that. Maybe sometimes I still do :) Anyway, I think this looks fun to try and could perhaps be much cheaper since I swear butter is a tad on the spendy side lately.

Chicken Pot Pie

Here in Oregon, come October, the rain starts to make a regular appearance. As soon as that happens, I am making this. I am very much into eating seasonally and chicken pot pie is just asking to be made on a cold, rainy night.

Now, this one is a bit of a cheat because I actually had a dish similar to this last night at a co-worker's house. I cannot even tell you how fresh and wonderful it is. This dish is officially added to my regular rotation of summer salads. All of the flavors complement each other supremely. The recipe above is from Paula Deen, and she uses red wine vinegar. The gal who made the version I had last night used lime juice - I am sure either works wonderfully.

Oh I have listed four. There are so many more. So, so many. Perhaps I should just get these under my belt before I continue on :)

A few trips to the gym may have to happen as well...


  1. I agree. I am a collector of recipes too, but I'm not married so I usually end up saving and trying the recipes when I go back home.

    All these look really good.

    If you like cheesecake, here is one I made recently which was a big hit:

  2. Oh, I love you... ahum... I love those sour cream pancakes. Thanks for linking the recipe.

  3. I'm obsessed with trying new recipes. Thank you for these!! I will add them to my collection.

  4. The Watermelon Salad with Mint Leaves looks amazing; I'm definitely going to give it a go :)

  5. Mmmmmmm. Pancakes sounds so good right now!


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