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What’s For Dinner?

Long time, no post! This past week I didn’t really make anything new or exciting (just stuck to our favorites.) Not so great for the blog, but I didn’t have to worry that there would be any dinner-fails along the way.

Tonight I decided to try one of the Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces (mostly because I happened to have one that I got cheap) and because we haven’t had pork roast in a while. The sauces was the BBQ Apple Bourbon variety. What’s not to like there? So, I threw the pork and sauce in the crock pot and went out to enjoy my Saturday (the weather was quite lovely today!) figuring I would come home to a fabulous dinner, without much effort on my part.

As you can see, it looks pretty tasty. Unfortunately, looks can be deceiving.

Verdict: Fail

This was really bad. It somehow managed to be both bland and awful at the same time. (Don’t ask me how to explain, just trust me on this.) Probably one of my least favorite things since I started.

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What’s For Dinner?

In a word: FAILURE

So, I had this brilliant idea that I was going to have a German themed dinner. The main part of the meal was going to be pork schnitzel.

The scene of the crime:

Yep. It was bad. The problems arose when I was attempting to pan fry them, when that started to go horribly awry I thought maybe if I threw them in the oven I could salvage it, but in the end it was too late to save them.

We had chicken nuggets for dinner. My dreams of a German themed dinner went kaput.

Verdict: Oh, the humanity!

It was bad. I won’t be trying it again for a while, I may be a tad scarred on schnitzel front for the foreseeable future.

 

 

What’s For Dinner?

This is my second What’s For Dinner? post and I like the idea of sharing dinner ideas. Tonight I made cube steaks with onion rings. I love steak, but I haven’t mastered the art of cooking it. That happens to be one of the reasons I love cube steaks. So easy to cook and they still give you that steak dinner type of feel. Plus, they are cheap!

Now, I know somewhere there is someone breading their own onion rings, but I’m so not that girl. Especially when these Alexia onion rings are so darn good.

On the cube steak I used the McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak spice blend. I love it! Such a great blend and it gives the meat a nice little kick. (I probably would’ve never bought this blend because I never grill, but it was a coupon freebie so I decided to give a try. I will definitely buy it again.)

What did you have for dinner tonight?

Bacon Cheddar Pork Chops

I get so tired of eating pork chops the same way, so when I came across this recipe I was super excited to try it out. Since I didn’t change the recipe at all I will just direct you to Mrs. Happy Homemaker.

Verdict: Fail

I’m not exactly sure where I went wrong here. They were edible, but not great. I’m thinking my pork chops were a bit too thin perhaps. My bacon also got overdone and ended  up a bit hard. Not sure if I’ll try it again. Since the prep involves dredging the raw pork chops, it’s pretty high stress for someone as scared of raw meat as I am and I’m not sure I’m willing to go there again. I  should note that the pork chops on the blog this recipe came from look amazing and my fail should in no way reflect on the original recipe.

What’s For Dinner?

So, today instead of making one of the dozens of recipes on my must-make list I opted to try one of the Recipe Makers from Kraft. You get a marinade and a sauce in the box.

So, you add the marinade at the start of cooking. Let me say that after catching the scent of the marinade I almost pitched the whole thing because it was pretty awful to smell.

But, I had bought it so I pressed on, hoping that I wasn’t about to ruin a perfectly good roast. So, I threw in the marinade and let it cook for 10ish hours. The smell never did improve, so when I got to the last half hour of cooking or so, I was understandably nervous about the outcome. Was I going to have to get fast food after all of my cooking efforts? (Okay, so the crockpot did most of the effort, but still…)

So I scooped out the marinade and added the finishing sauce. Thankfully, the finishing sauce smelled AMAZING! Things were looking up. After making my sides I ended up with this plate (which did look pretty tasty, if I do say so myself.)

Verdict: Win

Despite the questionable smell of the marinade, the roast came out tasting delicious. The finishing sauce was amazing and the meat ended up tasting as if I had smoked it. Yummy!

Trying out this whole blogging thing…

Hi, all! I’m Jenny. I just started cooking in August of  2013. What you need to know about me is that prior to August I had never cooked anything that involved a stove or oven. Yep. I’m that person. The one that could only work two appliances successfully: the toaster and the microwave.

One thing I’ve learned since I started is that cooking is freaking scary. Raw meat, knives, burning heat… it’s the stuff nightmares are made of. I consider a meal a success if I survive making it and nobody dies after eating it.

I decided to blog about my journey into the word of cooking because I figured there might be other people like me out there. People with the desire to cook, but a bit of anxiety about it as well. I plan to share recipes I’ve tried and whether they were successes or failures and any injuries sustained in the making of the dish. Come with me as I traverse the treacherous world of cooking.