Candied orange peel is one of my favorite treats, yet for some reason I’ve only made it once since I was a little girl. When I saw beautiful, seasonal Royal Mandarins at my local grocery store, I knew I had to candy their gorgeous peels. This is such a simple recipe, and also creates orange simple syrup and orange sugar, three recipes in one!My mother is a very smart woman. From a very young age she taught me that cooking and food were a lot of fun. I realize that sometimes this caused her more work than it was worth. For instance, at age two I put a plastic Cool Whip (yes, we did eat Cool Whip growing up) container in the broiler before we went off to a church event. Imagine how traumatized I was when we came home to a house full of black, oily smoke and a screeching fire alarm. I was certain that an ancient dragon had turned our little home into his fiery den and was bellowing a warning to stay away. I think it took a few weeks, but my excitement for cooking was renewed, this time with an element of caution.
Lemonade is a drink with endless possibilities. After the great success of my strawberry lemonade, I’ve been daydreaming about different medleys like blueberries, or cherries, or even pineapple. Unfortunately I don’t have any of those growing in my own backyard but I do have plenty of herbs, and lavender seemed the perfect choice to start with.
I was asked to try making a Safeway holiday recipe of my choice this weekend. I decided to try out three of their recipes! I love our local Safeway, and not just because my husband used to work there 😉 (Yesterday was his last day! Woo-hoo!) Although I’m getting reimbursed for my ingredients for these three posts, I am only doing this because I shop at Safeway and Eric and I both enjoyed these dishes. Check out Gingerbread Cookies and Fudge Ring.
The first thing I made was the Marinated Shrimp with Lemon Dill Sauce. Part of why I picked it was that the photo on the site didn’t look that appetizing and I felt a challenge to do better! I discovered the key is to not have so much sauce on the shrimp for the photo, and that toothpicks are really tough to make look attractive. Anyway, we ended up liking it better with less sauce anyway (and it’s better for you!) so next time I make these (and there WILL be a next time) I’ll halve the sauce or use more shrimp.
A Cornish Game Hen is a perfect option for a Thanksgiving Dinner for two, it’s a lot more affordable and faster to cook than a turkey. This recipe is based on one from . “Memorable Recipes” by Renee Behnke. I was so excited to see a great deal on Cornish Game Hens at our local grocery store. It was two hens for $6! They’re just the right size to have half a hen be a very filling main dish for each of us. It’s great to shop the sales and what’s in season, a guaranteed way to save some money in your food budget.
This was the first Daring Cooks Challenge I participated in and boy was it a doozy! We were supposed to use skate for the fish, but skate is bad news for sustainable seafood, as were cod and flounder, the other two suggestions. I asked Casson Trenor what I should substitute and he suggested sanddabs, lobster or turbot. My local fishmonger unfortunately didn’t have sanddabs or turbot, and the lobster was too pricey. But they had sole, which is less of a risk than skate. Here’s what our host Sketchy said about the challenge: