Saturday, August 30, 2008

Day 31 - Recipes 55, 56, a bonus, and a thank you!

Is August really over? What a quick month! I baked/cooked my way through it! I was joking to Monica yesterday that I am going to bake my way through this deployment. Heck... if the next 11 months go as quickly as this month did, Nathan will be home in no time!

Can you believe I made 56 NEW recipes in one month? I am in complete shock by the number. It has been a great month. Out of 56 recipes, there was only one complete bomb. And at least 75% of the rest will be made again. That is awesome success, no?

Thank you to all who have read this blog over the last month. It brightened my day every time I saw a new comment posted. Don't fret... just because August is over doesn't mean I am going anywhere. I am still going to continue this blog and will be posting at least 3-4 times a week.

September holds for me 3 "Daring Baker" challenges (2 past challenges and September's), 5 "Tuesday's with Dorie", 1 "Cookie Carnival" recipe, and the continuing pursuit of delicious new recipes. So please stop by often and leave a comment to let me know you were here! :)

Now, on to today's recipes.....

For breakfast I made Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from Recipe Girl. I made it into muffins instead of a loaf. These were outstanding!!! I really enjoyed these muffins and will definately be making them again. Wonderful recipe!!!

Dinner was also a hit! I had a recipe for Crock Pot Ribs in one of my folders. I'm not 100% sure where the recipe came from, but it may have been from BabyCenter's Cooking for your Family board. These ribs were amazing! The meat literally fell off the bone! So good! I know it is odd to cook ribs in the crock pot, but Nathan is the one who usually cooks the ribs, so I had to improvise. There is no question about whether or not I will make these again or not. I will even make them for Nathan when he comes home.

I served the ribs with a quick and easy dinner biscuit that has been my go-to fast recipe for a while now. I love making them when I don't have time to get a yeast roll thrown together. I believe it is a copycat recipe for Popeye's biscuits. They are so tender and flaky and are great served with honey.

What a yummy day!!!!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1¼ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
¾ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1½ cups mashed bananas
1 cup milk
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 9x5-inch loaf pans (or muffin tins.)

In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugars, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In another bowl, combine mashed bananas, milk, peanut butter, vanilla and egg. Add to flour mixture, stirring until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 50 to 55 minutes (give it a check at 40 minutes), or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

Yield: 2 loaves


Crock-Pot Ribs

8 bone-in country style pork ribs or 2 1/2 pounds bone-in beef ribs

1 cup ketchup

1 cup BBQ sauce

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup worcestershire sauce

1 TBSP balsamic vinegar

1 TBSP molasses

1 garlic clove, minced

2 TBSP dried minced onion

1 tsp cajun seasoning

1 tsp ground mustard

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

Place ribs in crock-pot. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over ribs. Cover and cook on low 6-7 hours or until meat is tender.


Quick and Easy Dinner Biscuits

4 cups Bisquick

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup club soda

1/2 cup butter, melted

Mix first 3 ingredients together. Pour onto floured surface and pat to 1/2" thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter. Pour half of butter into bottom of 9x13 pan. Place biscuits in pan and pour remaining butter on top. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.


The McBride Family said...

I would like to post MY personal thank you of this month since I got to enjoy most of these foods! YUM!! Keep it up I am so glad you started this blog! I can't wait to make the ribs sometime!! You rock!!

Brad and Erica said...

Can I add my thank you as well? I don't know that I enjoyed as many of these recipes as Monica, but I got my fair share, and they were all fantastic! I made the mushroom/zucchini/chicken stir fry stuff (I don't remember what it was actually called) yesterday and it was great. Thanks! Also, thanks for your note on facebook. I figured out the problem with the comments on my blog -- I explained it in a new post. Keep the recipes coming and let's hang out next week!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you have made a lot this month! Nice job on all the recipes.

Katie said...

56 recipes in a month? Wow, you are a busy cook! I really like your blog :)

Hippie Vegan Me said...

Can I just say that I have had a great time watching you go! You have such a talent and I can't wait to come taste some of your fare! :D

Great job sis!

Millers! said...

WOW! I look everyday, I will be trying most of the dinners and since I dont enjoy baking, I will only try a few of the yummy desserts...but I am so excited about your blog!!!!

~Valerie said...

Our whole family loved the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread....I made them into 24 muffins instead and will definitely be making these again. It's a keeper :D

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