- Cheesy Hash Brown Chili. Good, but not repeatable. Next!
- David Garrard’s Buffalo Chicken Dip. The favorite of the month, and even made twice in one week. Reviewed here.
- Mocha Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies. Good. Nice hit from the caffeine. Interesting sandy texture on the outside of the cookie. Review coming soon.
- Deep Woods Salad Dressing. This recipe came from Serena, Food and Stories. Easy and packed with flavor. I served it on a salad at Madeline’s birthday party. Review and recipe coming soon.
- Sour Cream White Cupcakes. This one is from the new Cupcake Doctor cookbook. I tried one without the frosting and nearly threw away the whole batch. Luckily, once it had frosting on it, all was right with the world.
- Roast Ham with Marmalade Mess Marinade. This is another one from Serena, Food and Stories. Loved it.
- Chocolate Chip Dream Bars. These are OMG good. If you haven’t made this one yet, you’re missing out. Favorite #2 of the month.
- Veggie Bites. How to make good vegetables bad for you. Review coming soon.
- Hershey Kiss Good Fortunes. A fun sweet treat. Review here.
- Tuna Cakes. Easy and you likely have the ingredients on hand. A few days later, I warmed one up, and put it in between pumpernickel bread with melted cheddar and spicy mustard. So good.
- Roasted Mushrooms and Asparagus. Super simple. Loved this. Review coming soon.
- Go Green Stew for Eli. Nick and Madeline made a stew for Eli. He inhaled it so fast, we’re thinking he liked it, but we stopped short of taste-testing it ourselves. He was definitely looking for more the next day.
- German Chocolate Cupcake. The failure of the month. You won’t be hearing about this one.
- Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies. Favorite #3 for the month. You won’t think they’re anything special. Until you make them. Bet you can’t eat just one….
Lenten Meals: Tuna Cakes
“What’s for dinner tonight?” Nick asked as I started pulling the ingredients out to start cooking.
“Ick. I’ll have leftovers.”
“No. You’ll try the Tuna Cakes. If you don’t like them, then you can find something else on your own.”
He ended up making himself a PB&J. He had already made up his mind that he wouldn’t like them before he even half-heartedly took a bite, and earned himself a lecture as a result. He has to try one bite, which he knows, but with an open mind. And he didn’t with these on Friday night, which is why he was left to his own devices. Madeline picked up the slack though, eating half of one like a champ.
During Lent, we’re not supposed to eat meat on Fridays. I always find it hard to reprogram myself for this every year. Invariably, I’m mid-bite of lunch before I realize, shoot, I’m not supposed to be eating this. This past Friday was no exception. Of course I can easily plan a day’s menu with no meat; for me, it’s remembering to plan ahead and not just eat on the fly. That’s when I forget.
So when I saw this recipe for Tuna Cakes in a recent issue of Kraft’s Food & Family, I figured it would be perfect for dinner. Well, for those of us that tried it anyway. A few simple ingredients that you just might have on hand already gets shaped into tasty little tuna cakes that are perfect for a light lunch or dinner. I served them with a little bit of mayonnaise and spicy mustard mixed together as a dipping sauce. I bet these would be great in a sandwich with a little melted cheese. Lent or not.