kitchenklutz: spices in bottles (spice bottles)
Following through on my resolution to try at least one new recipe every week, I stumbled over an old printed recipe for garlic naan. That inspired me to pull out my copy of Bay Books' The Essential Asian Cookbook, looking for Indian recipes. Thus, being not too immediately hungry, I decided to try out both the naan and a recipe for Madras curry.

Madras Curry )

Naan )

This is finishing up cooking as we speak, although the naan still has a while to go -- I haven't even divided up the dough yet. The curry smells great, though, and I'm anticipating it'll be very tasty given all the spices that went into it.

ETA: The curry turned out quite good, though nowhere near as spicy as I was expecting. I had it with rice, and with the naan on the side. The naan was surprisingly tasty, considering it was my first time trying to cook it. It's very straightforward to fry up. I actually realized only after I'd mixed up the dough that it indicates "Portions: 14" -- so I made three pieces of naan and kept the rest on the tray to refrigerate. I can quickly fry up more naan each morning or night, given a little melted butter.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
The other day, I came across this recipe on the Livejournal cooking comm, and decided to try it out in the not-too-distant future. It turned out really well.

Taco Stuffed Crescent Rolls )

Overall, impressively tasty for how little effort it took to make it. I definitely plan to make this again in the future.

Moreover, I feel pretty sure that the technique could be adapted easily to make a kind of pepperoni-pizza crescent roll snack as well, using my spicy red pizza sauce as a base. I'll probably be trying that out soon.
kitchenklutz: knife and onions (knife and onions)
For the last month and a half -- call it work busy-ness, call it Thanksgiving burnout, call it flu season -- I've been singularly unmotivated to try out or post new recipes. Thankfully, I think that period of culinary blah has finally begun to move on.

So, I'll begin anew with Emeril's Spicy Meatloaf )

Overall, I was very favorably impressed by this recipe. The meatloaf is solid and flavorful, and the varied hot spices and veggies in it were enough to make my brow break out in sweat. Incredibly tasty, and with quite a few reasonably-sized servings -- I'll definitely be making this again. Overall prep time was about 30 - 45 minutes, and then the additional cook time of nearly an hour, means one needs a decent span of time to get everything together... but it's certainly worth it, in my opinion.
kitchenklutz: spoons and bowls (Default)
In wandering the grocery store recently in search of recipe ingredients, I came across the aisle with all the packets of premade spice mixes. You know -- instant beef stroganoff, chili mix, and (naturally) sloppy joe mix. I remembered how much I'd like the sloppy joes my mom made when I was a kid -- I haven't had any in years, I think -- and decided then and there to try and research a recipe for them.

It turns out there are more than just a few out there. But none of this "buy a spice packet" stuff for me. And nothing that starts out with the ingredient "2 cups ketchup". *shudder* No, I was determined to make it pretty much from scratch as much as I could. All things considered, it turned out pretty well, and surprisingly tasty.

Sloppy Joes (with Picture) )

Tasty, messy, and sweet with just a touch of heat. Great comfort food, and easy to prepare.

Crossposted from Kitchenklutz.
kitchenklutz: knife and onions (knife and onions)
An old favorite recipe of mine is Mongolian beef, gotten from a friend on LiveJournal. I also found a recipe for Mongolian hoisin sauce in my new Martin Yan's China cookbook, so I decided to try making my old recipe with this new sauce.



Mongolian Beef (with Choice of Sauces) )

Regardless of which sauce you choose, this is an absolutely savory recipe with some spicy bite. (Personally, I prefer the oyster-bean sauce over Yan's Mongolian hoisin sauce recipe. This is mostly because 1/3 cup of hoisin sauce is the bulk of an 8-oz. bottle from the market -- and at $3.29/bottle, I'd rather use small quantites of varied sauces and make my condiments last.)

You can serve this with rice, with noodles, or just by itself as a snack -- incredibly tasty.

Crossposted from Kitchenklutz.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
I originally stumbled across this in my search for a good lasagna recipe (which I'll eventually post as well), but the sauce is good enough that it serves nicely with pasta or cheesy garlic bread.

Meaty Red Sauce. )

I'll update this post with pictures the next time I make the recipe.

Crossposted from Kitchenklutz.

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