RockStar Review Wednesday…The Cleaner Plate Club!

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Or not so much….I have tried multiple recipes from this book, and every single one has been an epic fail! I tried the slow cooker oatmeal and it was more like liquid vomit meal, nasty! I would very much not ever, ever, ever suggest this book! In fact I am debating how it even got published 😦 
Normally I would write a review and then include a yummy recipe as my closer from the book but since I don’t actually like any of the recipes I will be including a yummy recipe not from the book!
It is massively cold in Colorado today (as in fucking snowing BRRRR BRRR BRRRR) I am not going outside, not driving to school, not doing anything. Okay well I need to feed the kids and fold laundry and shit, but what is better than cookies in snow? Nothing you say!? I agree, so try these out they are tdf yummay
from foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Waxed paper

Directions

In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

Rock Star Review Wednesday! The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue

I wrote this review and recipe last night planning on doing a quick send button and having it up and running this morning and I am really glad I didn’t. Today was the equivalent of an emotional cleanse and anxiety hell. 
I started the day with Brett peeing on the floor, then my bed, then the couch; now little dude I get that you are sick but for fucks sake you are FOUR YEARS OLD! You have been potty trained for 2 years and yes that porcelain whole in the bathroom is for you to pee in, thank you! So, off with the sheets and on the with crazy day…Jayden was apparently doing everything in his 6 year old super power to make us late to school…like screaming MOM I LEFT MY BACKPACK as we pull up to the school, for realz dude, so we turn around grab the bag (‘cus I prepared for this, and what!) off to school, on time thank you very much! Off to the park for a few before heading to hippie hell erm Boulder for Bretts allergy appointment. Park goes well, we are getting in the car and I smell it…poop, okay well lots of changing and then we off and only 4 minutes late to the doctor! Get to the Doctor and meet my mother in law there, she takes Emmy and I take Brett…2 hours later Brett is sadly still allergic to eggs, but hey we get a consolation prize…a NEW EPI PEN! What!? Ya, that’s fucking awesome :rollseyes: and a trip to get Brett’s blood drawn! Woo Hoo! Well, we did get an awesome lunch treat from Grandma, and Halloween costumes!! It really wasn’t a bad day…it would have been perfect had I not had to park my Dodge Ram into a smart car sized parking space…for some reason Boulder doesn’t quite get that they may be green but some of us live in farm country!










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So, this book isn’t actually what I would consider Rock Star it’s like Rock Star quality in Emo glasses…just not quite there 😦 There are bits and pieces I absolutely love…like the sneaky Purees…L.O.V.E those! The recipes are actually really, really yummy after I tweaked them, any recipes that calls for a ‘make ahead’ use an ice cube amount (I froze mine so it would be erm…lazier…to measure)


Make Aheads we will be using in our house
Purple Puree

Orange Puree

White Puree
Strawberry Puree
Cherry Puree
Flour Blend


As Promised…


Spring Rolls with Lemongrass Dipping Sauce and Cucumber Salad
Adapted from Cook Yourself Thin
Makes 6 rolls


LemonGrass Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
12 cup honey
1 stalk lemon grass
2 garlic cloves minced


In a small stainless steel saucepan over medium heat, combine vinegar and honey. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, remove from heat and add garlic and let steep until cooled. Add minced lemongrass right before serving


Cucumber Salad
1 English Cuc
1 tbsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar


In a small separate bowl, whisk together the sesame oil and vinegar, season to taste with salt. Drizzle the dressing over the sliced cucumbers and toss, refrigerate until ready to serve


Spring Rolls
1 tbsp sesame seed oil
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 pound shrimp
1 tbsp soy sauce


Over medium heat, place the sesame oil, minced garlic and shrimp into a pan, cook until the shrimp are pink and not too firm, and reduce. Add soy sauce and cook another minute let cool and set aside


For assembly
6 piece lettuce (I used Bib)
2 oz red bell pepper sliced julienne
1/2 large carrot 
2 cups curried rice noodles (recipe tomorrow)
2 oz snap peas, julienne


Place some red pepper strips, shredded carrots, curry noodles, snap peas, three or four shrimp and a drizzle of lemon grass dipping sauce on each lettuce piece, pick up, eat and enjoy