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Jul. 29th, 2013

Daring Bakers Challenge- Eeny, Miney, Moe...

In a "celebration" of past Daring Baker and Daring Cook challenges, Lisa challenged all of us to search through the Daring Kitchen archives and pick any one we'd like! The REAL challenge was picking which delicious recipe(s) to try!

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Since we could choose whichever recipe from past Daring Bakers AND Daring Cooks Challenges that we wanted, I chose to revisit the Cannelloni Challenge from June 2012.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Challenge the first time around and did again this time as well. I even made up extra and froze it in a way that all I need to do it drop it in a baking dish and toss it in the oven for a quick, easy and filling dinner.

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The only difference between this time around and the first time, was that I made the cannelloni smaller, more 'mini cannelloni' if you will. That got me enough for 3 baking dishes full, two of which were flash frozen, then wrapped very thoroughly for future use.

It was fun revisiting a past Challenge. I need to do that more often.}:P

The original Challenge and recipes are here.

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Jun. 28th, 2013

Daring Bakers Challenge- Pie

Rachael from pizzarossa was our lovely June 2013 Daring Bakers’ host and she had us whipping up delicious pies in our kitchens! Cream pies, fruit pies, chocolate pies, even crack pies! There’s nothing like pie!

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Mmm, pie...

I did two for this Challenge- one, our usual Blueberry Crostada because Mark practically begged for it, and the other the chocolate caramel tart. Both were very delicious.}:P

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Jun. 17th, 2013

Daring Cooks Challenge- Meatballs

The June Daring Cooks’ challenge sure kept us rolling – meatballs, that is! Shelley from C Mom Cook and Ruth from The Crafts of Mommyhood challenged us to try meatballs from around the world and to create our own meatball meal celebrating a culture or cuisine of our own choice.

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Meatballs! Yum. We really like meatballs, generally have them one of two ways here- with spaghetti- usually baked spaghetti- or in a Tagine with couscous. My mom makes awesome sweet and sour meatballs.

So for this Challenge, I did Moroccan spiced Meatballs with Couscous and vegetables, in my tagine.

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May. 15th, 2013

Daring Cooks Challenge- En Croute

Our lovely Monkey Queen of Don’t Make Me Call My Flying Monkeys, was our May Daring Cooks’ hostess and she challenged us to dive into the world of en Croute! We were encouraged to make Beef Wellington, Stuffed Mushroom en Croute and to bring our kids into the challenge by encouraging them to create their own en Croute recipes!

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Yes, we've done an en croute style challenge before- 4 years ago. Back then, I made a Salmon En Croute for Mark, and a Tilapia En Croute for me. This time around, I went with the ol' stand by - Beef Wellington, since we'd never made it before.


Apr. 15th, 2013

Daring Cooks Challenge- Chicken Ballotine

For the April Daring Cooks Challenge, Lisa from Parsley, Sage and Sweet has challenged us to debone a whole chicken, using this video by Jacques Pepin as our guide; then stuff it, tie it and roast it, to create a Chicken Ballotine.

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This was an interesting and fun Challenge. Very tasty too. And not as difficult as it sounds really. I watched the video twice through the day I made the Challenge. Then, I had Mark on hand to pause it as needed and had the whole chicken deboned in under 15 minutes. Not too shabby for a first try, eh?

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Mar. 29th, 2013

Daring Bakers Challenge- Hidden Veggies

Ruth from Makey-Cakey was our March 2013 Daring Bakers’ challenge host. She encouraged us all to get experimental in the kitchen and sneak some hidden veggies into our baking, with surprising and delicious results!

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For this Challenge, I made 2 different things- cake and muffins. I didn't go all out on this Challenge like I could have. But well, it's just the two of us and there's only so much baked goods we should and need to eat.}:)

We're strange people who actually like to have veggies with dinner, every night. Tonight in fact, we're having grilled zucchini.}:P

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First up is the Banana-Spinach Muffins, from the recipe provided by the Challenge host. Mark thoroughly loved them. He says you can't taste the spinach. I refuse to eat them. Cause I made them so I know there's spinach in them.}:P

I tweaked the recipe- added an extra half of a banana and 1/4 cup of Amaranth Flour to add a hint of nuttiness. He said it reminded him of honey wheat bread with bananas added. I'll take his word for it.

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Next was a Carrot-Zucchini Cake with Raisins and Pineapple and Pineapple Cream Cheese Icing- Torte/Flan style ( Pampered Chef Torte cake pans, they used to call them Flan cake pans years ago.}:P). This is a staple here. With the exception of adding shredded Zucchini, I usually tweak a boxed mix- This time it was a Duncan Hines Decadent Classic Carrot cake mix- with pineapple, and substitute the water with pineapple juice. It tends to create a more flavorful, moister cake. The Zucchini, while sort of evident in the flecks of green, was not noticeable in taste.

That actually makes 2 of the torte style cakes, so one went to work with Mark. He texted me that it was gone in under an hour and no one he talked to that had eaten a piece, realised there was zucchini in it.

Overall, a fun Challenge!

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Mar. 15th, 2013

Daring Cooks Challenge- Homemade Cheeses

Sawsan from chef in disguise was our March 2013 Daring Cooks hostess! Sawsan challenges us to make our own homemade cheeses! She gave us a variety of choices to make, all of them easily accomplished and delicious!

Daring Cooks Challenge- Homemade Cheeses

Well, suffice it to say, that finding non-UHT Goat's milk or even sheep's milk here, is impossible. I really wanted to try my hand at homemade Feta too. Bummer. Never did get any rennet either.}:/

So, instead I settled for a cheese I'd not made before or had either. Labneh, yogurt based cheese. It reminded us of cream cheese, only more tangy. It was great on crackers, on bagels, on the crispy flatbread from the Daring Bakers Challenge, on pretty near everything we put it on, or even on its own.

And because Photobucket is currently being stupid with throwing up a beta site that has so many issues to work out, you get only one measly photo. Sorry. Blame Photobucket.


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