Friday, December 21, 2018

Slow Cooker Try #2

I just made a recipe in a slow cooker for the second time ever -- I picked it because it was super simple and would make for a nourishing meal that would keep me from eating all of the cookies I was planning on making for Christmas.

But when I tried to make it on Thursday, I couldn't get the jar of salsa verde open (Trader Joe's, you've failed me) and resorted to a frozen vegetarian pad thai I'd picked up on sale at HEB. (Review: Not bad, would buy again, especially for $1.91.)

But what I did learn today from this recipe is that if I were to make it again, I'd make a few tweaks to it: half a dozen garlic cloves, a teaspoon or so of dried oregano (or a few fresh sprigs), and maybe even an onion. Or, perhaps, I just need to get a nice dutch oven and forget about slow cookers so I can toast the aromatics first. Or maybe I need to use a different salsa verde, one with more of a punch and not a boring, basic one.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

It's been a while. And I'm posting without photos, since I may have forgotten to take any of the cake I made yesterday. I feel like such a letdown to myself. However, I feel like I need to thank my friend, because when I asked her what kind of cake she would like for her birthday, she gave me a specific answer: pink lemonade cake.

And because of that, I came across the most DELICIOUS Lemon Cream Cheese frosting. I didn't believe it until I tried it, and well, now I'm sold and want even more excuses to make it. And also to perfect my ability to slice cake layers.

The best part: I didn't need a stand mixer, though my hand mixer was wheezing for a while.