It’s time for another edition of food from other blogs, and also another giveaway!!
We’ll start off with the giveaway, since there is a lot of food, and it might take awhile!!
I have been trying to come up with something good for a giveaway for a few weeks now. I thought of giving away another magazine subscription, or picking out some of my favorite kitchen utensils. But then today I started thinking about what I want my cookbook of the month to be for April, and I decided that I want a new cookbook. But here’s the thing – I have quite a few on my wish list, but I want to hear what your favorite cookbook is. But there’s a catch – you can’t name a cookbook that I already own. (You can check out my cookbooks here.) At the end of the contest – which will be next Tuesday, March 25th – I will go through the list, and choose next month’s cookbook of the month from that list. The person who “chose” my cookbook of the month will receive a prize that is still to be determined. Another random winner will be chosen from the comments, and that winner will receive a copy of the April cookbook of the month. Sound complicated? It’s not – just give me a suggestion of a cookbook that I need to add to my collection. You can only win if you give a cookbook suggestion, and only if I don’t already own it. Got it?
Now here goes with the food, and there’s quite a bit of it!!
The first is Grandma Capune’s Banana Cookies from Vanilla Garlic. I was a sucker for that old recipe card, and I had some bananas to use up. What’s better than cookies to use them up with?? Mine aren’t as puffy as Garrett’s, but I’m sure they were equally as good!
The next recipe comes from one of my favorite blogs, Other People’s Food. I often feel like Katie, because without the recipes from other people, I would be lost! This Mexican-Style Penne with Chicken was easy and full of flavor. This recipe made Katie a convert to chicken thighs, which I’m glad to hear because I am also a chicken thigh fan!
When I saw this Super Simple Pumpkin Coffee Cake over at Megans Cooking, I knew I would be making it. It is made from a boxed coffee cake mix, but I will gladly admit that I am a lover of this particular brand of coffee cake mix – Krusteaz. I had all of the ingredients in my pantry already, and whipped this up for a Sunday breakfast.
I have been a dip addict lately. And when my husband and I decided to throw our own little Superbowl party with just the two of us, we made lots of dips. This Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Hummus from Picky Palate was one of the dips on our table. Jenny is like my celebrity blogging friend – she is a cooking contest queen, and I recently saw her on an episode of The Ultimate Recipe Showdown on the Food Network.
The next dip, this White Bean Dip from Gourmet Girl, satisfied a munchies attack for my husband and I one Sunday afternoon. This recipe is so great, because not only is it tasty, but it’s fast, and I always have everything on hand! In fact, just typing about it now is making me crave some more!
These are the cookies that have been making rounds around the food blogging world. They originally come to us as Lemon Sugar Cookies over at Pinch My Salt. Then I saw Patricia make a lime version. And then the lime version popped up again at eat me, delicious. I had every intention to make the lime version, but when I saw some Meyer lemons at the store, I couldn’t pass them up because it is very rare to see them here. And these cookies were a perfect way to use the Meyer lemons!
Awhile back, I got really into coupons. I was a coupon clipping queen. But I now realize that I had no idea what I was doing. Maybe I did save some money, but I ended up with a pantry full of items that I don’t usually use!! Among those items is about 15 cans of cream-of-something soups. I actually used to use them quite often, but over the past year, my cooking habits have changed a bit and I don’t really care for them anymore. But when I saw this Old-School King Ranch Chicken Casserole on Homesick Texan, I saved it to try to use up some of those cans. And I have to admit – both my husband and I really loved this dish!! I did sub flour tortillas for the corn tortillas, and I used a can of cream of mushroom and a can of some sort of cheesy kind of soup that I can’t remember now. She also has a “Fancy-Pants” version that doesn’t use the canned soup, if you would rather try that version.
And last, but certainly not least, are these Orange Bars from Quirky Cupcake. I was actually sitting at work, trying to think of what to make for a co-worker’s last day, and then I saw Laurie’s blog post. Hers are Blood Orange Bars, but unfortunately, the store I stopped at didn’t have any blood oranges. I knew where I could find some, but my husband was with me, and he doesn’t have the patience to go to multiple stores!! (But I guess I don’t usually, either!) These were a complete hit at work, and not a crumb remained.
That’s all for this month, but don’t forget to enter a comment with the cookbook I just need to own!!