Wrinkles by Amy Rae

Recipe Review: Roundup

Posted on: December 29, 2011

Because I have no real recipes in my bag o’ tricks, I decided to start collecting them this past summer.  The hoarder in me hopes to pass them down to the boys as they get older.  I think it’s because every time I open one of my grandmother’s cookbooks and see her neat handwriting, my heart jerks a double beat and I’m whisked back through the smells and comforts of her house.

Pinterest and Gawker feed this desire nicely for me.  I love seeing all the pictures of good food and whenever I’m in a rut, I can easily select a new recipe to try out.  Here are some we’ve had recently:

Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken:  ♥ 1/5 hearts

recipe retrieved from here

My husband really liked this one, but I was *not* a fan.  I did like that it was super easy to make, but I was really disappointed with how flat this dish turned out.  There is an initial sweetness to each bite that is soon overpowered by the spiciness of the barbecue sauce.  The bug took a bite and said “Mmm!” which quickly turned into “My tongue is burning!”  Given that I had to get up and make him a PB+J, I was not a happy camper.  And since my husband puts hot sauce on EV-erything, he gets no vote here.


Broccoli Quinoa Casserole:  ♥♥♥♥  4/5 hearts

recipe from here

I *loved* this dish.  It is super-cheesy comfort food that will make it into my permanent go-to recipe book.  Lost one star only because, as my husband says, “It’s just broccoli and mushroom soup.”


Cinnamon French Toast Bake:  ♥♥♥♥♥  5/5 hearts

recipe retrieved from here

This was a fantastic weekend breakfast that stretched across two households.  Instead of baking in a 13×9 dish, I broke the recipe out into (2) 2 qt. dishes.  One for our family, one for my in-laws.  I added pumpkin puree* to the recipe so I wouldn’t feel completely guilty for serving this ooey-gooey sugary goodness to my peeps.

*OBSESSED with adding purees to our meals:  cauliflower to mashed potatoes, pumpkin to french toast, etc.  I’m not foolish enough to think this makes bad foods good for you, but it does add necessary vitamins!


Ugly Pecan Pie:  ♥♥♥♥♥  5/5 hearts

recipe retrieved from here

This was my first attempt at making a pie – any kind of pie – and while it was truly ugly (and a little burnt) – OH MY GAWD it was fantastic.  I used a prepared graham cracker crust (because what does someone use?) and cooked the tar out of it, but this only made this bad boy better in my opinion.

Ever since we ate at the Rocky Mountain Diner in Denver, CO last year, my husband – who doesn’t like pecan pie – has been raving about pecan pie. Theirs was a chocolate pecan pie kind of goodness.  I’ve searched all over for a recipe that was similar but couldn’t find one that came close.

But this was the best restaurant ever.  EVER.   The kind of food that makes you want to slap your mama. I honestly believe that that restaurant couldn’t serve anything that wasn’t fantastically memorable.  I was in Denver less than a week and ate there three times – no lie.  Every bite I ate I was exclaiming or shaking my head.  Sadly, the RMD closed down shortly after we left Denver.  That still makes me sad to know, and we don’t live anywhere near Denver.

While this pecan pie is nowhere near as good as RMD’s, it’s pretty darn good.


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