kitchenklutz: knife and onions (knife and onions)
Last week I was down with the seasonal death flu: four days of being bedridden, exhausted, fevered and dizzy. After the first two days of attempting to go for takeout and fast food (and let me tell you, you've not lived until you've spent half an hour trying to shovel your car out of a snowdrift while running a fever of 102), I deliriously inventoried my fridge to see what ingredients I could combine into something that was both tasty and easy to make.

The first things that came to mind were a pound and a quarter or so each of ground turkey and Italian sausage patties I'd bought the week before and not used -- thus, my quest for meatloaf. After Googling for a likely-looking recipe, I adapted it into a "throw in whatever ingredients and spices sound tasty", and the result was surprisingly good. Best of all, it only required about 10 minutes of prep, and then I could leave it to bake for an hour while I coughed and hacked away under the covers.

Easy Sweet-and-Spicy Meatloaf )

This recipe absolutely hit the spot and gave me leftovers for a week of meals. Highly recommended and I'll definitely make it again.
kitchenklutz: spoons and bowls (Default)
This was another recipe that I tried out for the autumnal get-together back in November. It was the first time I'd ever attempted to make a potato salad, and I feel that the end result was reasonably good.

The original recipe came from Penzey's. I was IM'ing with a friend of mine while making it, so there were a number of modifications and changes suggested and I improvised quite a bit.

Spicy Potato Salad )
kitchenklutz: spices in bottles (spice bottles)
A week or so back, work brought a selection of sandwiches and side dishes for lunch -- including a very tasty macaroni salad. Naturally, this led me to go in search of macaroni salad recipes. I made this one this afternoon, taking ideas and ingredients from a handful of recipes online, and overall I'm quite happy with it.

Sweet & Spicy Macaroni Salad )

Easy to make, prepares tons of servings, and extra tasty -- just the thing if you're looking to feed a lot of people for a 4th of July party. Enjoy!
kitchenklutz: spices in bottles (spice bottles)
A few years back, on a trip to the American southwest, I randomly picked up a bottle of Mrs. Dash's Southwest Chipotle mix. It turned out to be a my favorite, near-perfect thing to add to scrambled eggs, chili, and other needing-to-be-spiced-up dishes. Unfortunately, it's not really sold around here -- and though I could get a half-dozen bottles online from Amazon or similar places, it would take me something like a dozen years to use all that spice.

Instead, I started screwing around with making a spice mix of my own, working off of the list of ingredients on the side of the Mrs. Dash's bottle. It took a little experimentation, and a lot of "shake my spice mix in bottle and compare scent to original Mrs. Dash's mix", but I finally got the proportions worked into something I'm fairly happy with.

Southwest Chili Pepper Spice Mix )

It might not be precisely the same as the Mrs. Dash's mix, but it's certainly close enough in appearance, scent, and taste for my purposes. Enjoy!
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
With the overblown failure of an overspicy glazed ham on Christmas, I found myself with an overabundance of leftover and somewhat too spicy ham. I put out a request for soup suggestions to use it in, and got more than a few suggestions for ham and potato soup. A little bit of Google-fu later, I had a printed out recipe. I tweaked it, added a few spices, and came up with the following very tasty recipe.

Savory Ham and Potato Soup )

Savory, thick, and tasty soup -- perfect comfort food for a cold winter's night. I am definitely making it again.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
A while back, hankering for pizza, I'd looked up some various recipes for pizza sauces online and blended a bunch together to make this one -- my nigh-ideal sauce, with tons of flavor, a little heat and some zing.

Spicy Red Pizza Sauce )

This works great on pizza, in calzones (and I'll be posting recipes for those once I perfect a few), or as a dipping sauce for Three Cheese Garlic Bread with Herbs.
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.

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