Today is my sister’s 24th birthday. She is a very good cook and always on the lookout for good recipes. So, this recipe roundup is in her honor. Happy Birthday, Laura! Pinteresters, you can find all these recipes on my keepers board.
Beef & Barley Stew with Mushrooms from Simply Recipes was excellent, just what you’d expect from Elise, who is really good with everyday and comfort recipes – elevating them to foodie levels without going overboard. I will certainly make this again.
Cilantro Lime Rice from Skinny Taste was a great side for Homesick Texan’s Slightly Fancy King Ranch Chicken (with a corn and black bean salad as well.) It tastes the way I remember Chipotle’s rice tasting, but I haven’t eaten there in ages.
I may be the last person on earth to try Momofuku’s Crack Pie (via the LA Times). It was delicious. And a hit when I brought it to a potluck.
For variety, I also brought this Nutella Crack Pie adaptation from ShowFood Chef. The voting was split, no clear winner between the two versions. The good news is, the original recipes are for two pies, so it is super simple to make both at the same time. One crust recipe, halved the filling recipes, and I didn’t even wash the bowl between the original and nutella versions (I had scraped it well to get it all in the pie!)
Taziki’s Friday Pasta may be last (alphabetically) but it is certainly not the least. Thank you to the Birmingham News for obtaining this recipe and Taziki’s for sharing. We were craving Friday Pasta something fierce: greens, pasta tossed in vinagrette, grilled chicken, tomatoes, basil and feta. Here’s a picture Michael tweeted of his plate. We were not disappointed.