New Recipe Compile

Oh, man.  I've been slacking on updates, but I'm really, really proud of myself!  I've been cooking up a freakin' storm!  Here's the recipe rundown:

1. Portage Parmentier**
2. Alfredo Sauce***
3. Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce
4. Lasagna Roll-ups*
5. Red Cabbage Salad with Feta and Mint**
7. Tilapia Fish Tacos (2 versions... we've been taste testing!)***
8. Dandelion Jelly***
9. Momofoku Soba Noodles with Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce**
10. GP's No-Fry Fries*
11. GP's Best Stir-Fried Chicken
12. Pho
13. Scalloped Potato and Herb Tart***
14. Spaghetti al limone
15. Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce**

There are a few more, but I haven't been so good at writing down the recipes.  There are also one or two complete failures that I'd rather forget.  Ha!  Here's what the marking above mean.

* ="kid approved"
** = Mama's new fav!

Here are the things I've learned so far:

1.  My fish-hating kids LOVE tilapia.  Who knew?
2.  Homemade fries beat the frozen stuff by a mile.  They are also waaaay cheaper... especially if you can grow your own!
3.  My family is trying more new foods with less fight (if you have toddlers, I don't need to tell you what a miracle this is.)
4.  Dr. Oz is apparently a big fan of a varied diet (tidbit provided by his #1 fan... my mom!)
5.  I'm incorporating a wider range of veggies than before.
6.  We are actually more hungry for seasonally appropriate things.  I think this is because my monthly mag's are suppling plenty of seasonal inspiration!  No time for out-of-season tomatoes.
7.  The family is a big fan of gruyere cheese.

Overall, it's been an awesome way to keep the family guessing.  While it's been a challenge, and we've eaten a few late dinners due to "miscalculations in preparation time", I'd say we've still come out on top.  There are even a few new recipes in regular rotation!  I also discovered that I may never, ever in a million freakin' years buy tartar sauce again.  Honestly, that one single recipe changed my life.  Coming from a "fish and chips" kind of town, you really have to get a good tartar sauce recipe, and this one is a keeper.

In any event, I will publish links as I dig them up.  I'll also add to the list so check back for updated information.  This week I'll be making stuffed pasta shells (traditional cheese stuffing, but I'll work in some spinach from the garden... yum!)  so I'll let you know how that goes.

xoxo, k

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