This week I made -
Chef of the MonthChristy Jordan's Come Home to Supper -
There really wasn't much to these burgers but oh my they were good. I topped them with some sharp cheddar and bacon and it was seriously good.
For the Tornado's birthday dinner I made the Four Cheese Macaroni and was really impressed with it. My brother-in-law who is not a mac & cheese fan got seconds and then asked for the recipe.
Also, from the Tornado's birthday dinner was Christy Jordan's #5 BBQ Sauce from her Southern Plate book. This sauce was good and involves dumping ingredients into a pot and letting it simmer. I really liked that it didn't scream doctored up ketchup like so many barbecue sauces do. The flavor was a little more complex and tasted delicious on chicken. My only problem was that it was a little thinner than I like but maybe a little more time simmering would thicken it up.
Tuesday we spent New Year's Eve at Chuck-e-Cheese because we know how to party. This is a tradition we had when the older kids were little and it was always a lot of fun. The Tornado saw a commercial for it on Disney Jr. and has been bugging us ever since. So New Year's Eve we loaded up and went with 1 newly 4 year old and 4 teenagers (Emma brought her boyfriend). As usual the mouse delivered and we all had a lot of fun. The Tornado is already pushing to go again.
The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. I modified it by leaving out all the peppers and using bacon instead of a ham hock. Have you ever tried to find a ham hock on December 31st? It's not happening, at least not here in the South. I normally don't like black eyed peas of any sort but I thought these were pretty good. J prefers canned. There's not much I can do for him. I also make ham and fired potatoes. No greens though because we don't like them. Since I think they're traditionally supposed to bring money in the new year this may explain some things about our finances.
Thursday we had lunch at Smashburger at 2:30. My cheeseburger and sweet potato fries were fantastic and pretty much eliminated the need for dinner. Luckily, no one else wanted any either.
Honey Rolls from the Pastry Affair - these rolls made an appearance on New Year's Day. I've made them several times before and they're really good. They are Ringo's absolute favorite and he'd had a rough New Year's Eve. My only problem with these rolls is that I tend to make them too big so when they're browned on top there is still a little ribbon of uncooked dough in the middle. If I made them like she does they'd be perfect.