Friday, June 8, 2012

June Recipe Update...

Well, the time has come to recap another month of recipes.  Here we go!

Penne Rosa with Chicken - I apparently had a moment of amnesia when I picked this recipe and actually decided to go with the whole wheat pasta they recommended.  I WANT to like whole wheat pasta...I keep trying it over and over again in all sorts of different dishes...I just don't like it though.  I don't think it picks up flavors as well, and it just seems bland no matter what I do.  That said, I may still try this again sometime, only with regular pasta.  Substituting the swiss chard for spinach worked out swimmingly though, and I will keep that in mind if my sister's in town again.

Santa Fe Enchilada Bake - This was really good and hearty.  I would consider making it with beef sometime as well.  My only sticking point is the corn tortillas...I might try it with flour tortillas next time...for some reason I have a bit of a texture issue with corn tortillas, and while it wasn't SUPER noticeable, it bothered me every once in a while.  I'll give it another try with some new variations though sometime.

Tortellini with Walnut & Mascarpone Sauce - This was the big winner for the month.  Ohmigosh was it ever delicious.  I will DEFINITELY be making it again.  I feel like it'd be a good go-to dish for when company is over too.  We'll see :)

Creamy Chicken Casserole - This was good.  The potatoes were DELICIOUS, and I will definitely be making them again, possibly on their own.  The chicken wraps were alright, but not super impressive.  Worth a shot to try again, but not at the top of my list.

Ham, Sauerkraut, and Apple Rolls - These were good too.  At least I did learn this month that I DO like sauerkraut, at least in this particular situation.  As with the creamy chicken casserole though, it was nothing to write home about necessarily.  And the potatoes weren't nearly as flavorful in this preparation.  I probably won't be making this again, but I AM glad I tried it.

Pain au Chocolat - Oh my lord...was this ever amazing.  It was totally worth four days of prep.  My sister and I kept a couple at the house, and I took the rest to work, and they were all gone when I came back on Monday, so they must've thought they were alright too.  I'll only be keeping these in mind for special occasions or when I'm feeling particularly domestic though, because 1) they simply must be terrible for you, and 2) it's a lot of work.  lol :) 

Next up, the July menu plan...  :)

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