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(Review by Denise)
This is totally a cheater’s review. I didn’t even make this! But wait, before you run off…. I did eat it. I watched a bit of it being made. And I smelled it cooking all day. You see we visited some friends in another state over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and I offered to make this recipe for the blog and split the grocery bill. I should’ve known! My sneaky friend wouldn’t let me fork over a dime and she pretty much did all the cooking before I even had my first cup of coffee. (Thanks, Caralee!) Luckily the Pinterest recipe grades I hand out are based on taste alone.
St. Patrick’s Day at Caralee’s abode was the perfect day for stew: cold and rainy! Her man had a fire going in the fireplace, and that classic, rich stew scent paired with the scent of the beer really whet my appetite. Caralee even made an Irish soda bread and two loaves of wheat to go with it. (She’s like that. She makes bread on a whim.) I was pretty surprised that the Guinness scent never diminished during the cooking process. It had me concerned that maybe the alcohol didn’t cook off (which would taste pretty weird)–but nope.
Verdict? Pass. But hear this: it was a mild pass. On a rainy, cold day paired with warm, homemade bread–it hit the spot. But there was consensus that it needed more flavor. I just said, “It tastes like any Irish food I’ve ever had: warm, filling, and hardly any flavor.” If you like stew, are feeling particularly cold, or possibly work in a coal mine or other classic career that demands a meat-and-potatoes dinner…head on over to The Sweets Life and check out the recipe here.
(Review by Marci)
The thought of a casserole makes me think of large pans of sloppy tuna, noodles and mayonnaise. My throat immediately closes and I start scheming ways to get out of eating. In my book, there are just some things that are wrong; stealing, lying, murder, and warm tuna. Bleh! I have already mentioned that I am not a master chef, so how was I to know that casserole does not have to be made out of tuna? You can use things like chicken! Broccoli! Crackers! Wait. What? Crackers? Mind= blown. Check out this recipe from my new favorite food blog, Get Off Your Butt and Bake.
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Doesn’t that just look mouth-watering?! This meal was easy to prepare and was packed with flavor. The crackers give it a crunchy, salty taste which means that the kids didn’t complain that there was broccoli in it! I left out the poppy seeds because I didn’t have any on hand. This also reheats like a champ. Mm-mm…so good. I am now drooling, so I guess that means I give this recipe a passing grade!
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It is still winter weather up here in Washington State. Of course, if you ask anyone who has lived here for more than two years, this is actually spring weather! Coming from spending 10 years soaking up the sun in Arizona, I say if I still have to wear gloves and a hat or snow is still in the forecast, it is winter. Last year “winter” lasted until July! So, with the cold still seeping into my bones, I was in the mood for some hearty comfort food. When I saw the photo of Kayotic Kitchen
‘s Country Club Chicken on Pinterest, I bundled up the kids and headed to the store for the ingredients. (Side Note: If you have ever gone grocery shopping with kids, you already know that I forgot half the items on my list.) Check out the recipe here
This meal took every ounce of my cooking abilities. Kay has some beautiful photos of the steps involved, and there are a lot! Luckily, since I forgot the mushrooms and apples, I got to skip those steps. It still took the full 90 minutes to make. The one thing that made me a little nervous was that you don’t drain the bacon grease. It becomes the base for the sauce. While this made for a delicious, mouth-watering dish, I couldn’t help but apologize to my heart and waistline for what I was about to do to them
Verdict: Pass (with a side of guilt). This was A.MAZ.ING! Mine did not look nearly as pretty as Kay’s photos and the kids were a little wary when they saw it, but we all loved it. My dad came over for dinner that night and kept exclaiming, “This is SO good!” My stomach was not very happy with me the next day, but I still ate the leftovers for lunch. Next time I would like to try it with all the ingredients; I wonder how it will affect the flavor. Overall, a great cold-weather comfort food!