I sought a theme for today's Carnival of the Recipes. At first, I thought it was Father's Day weekend, but no such luck. I didn't think I could make much of the fact that it was Headache Awareness Week and International Accordion Awareness Month. Though I did fleetingly wonder if the two were somehow related.
I did get some secondary gain from hosting this week's Carnival: Through the Carnival mailbox, I was offered an opportunity to partner with the richest man in Russia, and had the opportunity of being given a large portion of his $45 million fortune merely for sending them a small part of mine. If you don't hear from me, I'll be on my yacht. I was offered an position shipping unnamed items and earning $30 per shipment, in my spare time. I could have had a position as a fashion retailer, and finally was offered something called "Rash Guard". Alas, none of those people sent any recipes, so that's the last you'll hear about them.
As I was going through the submitted recipes, I frequently made mental notes that I thought the food sounded delicious. Then I thought I'd have a very short career at this unless I found some other adjectives. Let's see, "yummy", "scrumptious". That's about as far as I got. I Googled TM synonyms for delicious, and will try to incorporate some into the post. It's amazing how few of those listed actually mean "delicious". A couple of favorites: ambrosial and nectareous, after the food and drink of the Greek gods.
One offering was from Dr. Joel Fuhrman, who submitted breakfast, lunch and dinner. This delicious recipe for "Flax/oatmeal Bars" is from his book "Disease Proof Your Child". In addition to the flax and oatmeal, these contain dried apples, raisins, dates and cashew or peanut butter. Might be a good way to disease proof my inner child as well.
Adam from Men In Aprons sent us "Left Over Grilled Chicken Omelette". MIA is a nice looking site and the omelette, which features left over chicken thighs marinated in chipotle-lime sauce sounds scrumptious.
Trouble over Dubious Wonder cooked up some stick-to-the-ribs Biscuits and Gravy. Sausage gravy, to be specific, using hot sausage. She says it's the best you'll ever taste, and I think that may be right. She also links to her biscuit recipe, which is in a post with garlic jalapeno cheese grits. Looks like a threefer of luscious Southern cooking.
Kevin at Seriously Good--(don't be afraid, as your ingredients will know, and misbehave)not only offers his personal chef services (Kevin's Cucina, in Knoxville, Tennessee), he created these succulent Bacon/Parmesan Pork Burgers. In addition, he developed these Whole Wheat Buns to put them on, and includes that recipe as well. These would be equally at home on the dinner table, of course.
Dr. Fuhrman sent us these, um, tasty nutrient-packed Lettuce Tasty Rolls. With chili powder, herbs, vegetables and almond paste and tomato paste, these pack a lot of flavor in a healthy lettuce package.
Genie at The Inadvertent Gardener sends us "Chick-a Chick-a Boom Boom" which might fool you into thinking it is a chicken dish. In truth, it is "chick" as in "chick peas" and she offers a delectable version of hummus. Commenters mentioned that there was no tahini in her hummus. She answered that that is one of the best things about her recipe, as most require a small amount of tahini, which comes in large, expensive jars. I have one such in my refrigerator.
Soup and Chili:
The Best Pumpkin Soup in the World! (I can't find any adjectives to match that) is humbly offered by Amanda at Aussie Wife. She got the recipe from a lady at work, and promised to mention that it is aka "Belinda's Pumpkin Soup Recipe". It features a nice mix of the pungent and sweet. Sounds yummy. Maybe it is the best in the world!
El Capitan at Baboon Pirates takes this opportunity to get something off his chest. That is, his opinion of the dimwits who put beans, ground beef and tomatoes into chili. Trust me. He takes no prisoners. His Chili for Real Texans uses beef chunks and three types of chile peppers. He suggests a side of Rolaids. I think a side of cold beer would be appropriate, as well. My late husband made a version of chili similar to El Capitan's, and similarly sneered at sissified versions. I have to admit the result is mouth (and eye)-watering.
Judith at Kesher Talk brings us two recipes with currants. The first is Lamb Shoulder Chops, which she marinates with currants, Kalamata olives, pine nuts, mint and rosemary. Broiling the chops finishes this elegant dish.
Her second dish, Savory Pears uses any leftover marinade to poach pear chunks. Depending on how you season them, they can be served with the chops, or as a dessert item with ice cream or rice pudding. Nectareous!
Vegetable Lasagna is Dr. Joel Fuhrman's enticing, low fat, and healthy version of an old favorite, incorporating tofu, soy cheese and whole wheat noodles.And it gives us a use for the tahini we didn't use in the hummus.
mmmmm. Pizza. Dr. Bob from The Doctor is In makes this toothsome Homemade Pizza and Red Sauce. Sausage, too. His sauce is a puttanesca that would be equally at home over angel hair pasta. He makes the crust and sauce from scratch. Lots of pictures. One of his commenters adds a small amount of blue cheese to the cheese mix and says it's good, too. I'll have to make this pizza.
My friend, Shawn Lea at Everything and Nothing submitted Swiss Enchiladas. Heavenly. Chiles, chicken, salsa and lots of melted Swiss cheese. (Disclosure: I like melted cheese so much, I would probably eat cardboard if it had melted Swiss on it.) All I have to say about this recipe is that there is no way it will feed six people. Especially if one of them is me. Three, maybe. Yum.
We learn two quick and easy ways to make Pork Loin Chops Two Ways from NerdMom at Nerd Family. The first recipe involves marinating the chops, then baking them. For the second, they are coated with bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and cooked in a skillet. Not only are they quick and savory, but she informs us that there is a $5.00 off Passport coupon at Costco from June 19 to 25. That's an extra incentive to try these recipes.
Deputy Headmistress at The Common Room shares her piquant recipe for Creole Hamburger Pie. It's from a cookbook with a special history. More than that, she shares her feelings about this treasured cookbook, evoking strong emotions. Her tears weren't because of the onions...
From Right Wing Nation, we get a plethora of savory German foods. Starting with sauerbraten (I make a version without the ginger snaps. But enough recipes include them that I probably should try it sometime. This recipe looks like the place to start.) That is followed by Kartoffelklossen (a type of potato dumpling), Rotkohl (Red cabbage. Yum.), Sausages and Sauerkraut, and German Potato Salad. Sublime, indeed.
At A Weight Lifted, Marsha posted a recipe for Green Beans with Red Bell Peppers, Pine Nuts and Fresh Basil. So healthy. So appetizing. Looks beautiful, too.
Bill of Recipes Recipe brings us Plantain Fritters, which uses a great double frying technique, as well as a sapid French Potato Salad, which is served warm or cold. It is dressed in a vinaigrette with a little Dijon mustard. No mayonnaise, so it's perfect for a picnic.
And on to Dessert:
Keewee of Keewee's Corner made these ambrosial Keewee's Cookies, made with butter and oatmeal, brown sugar, coconut and chocolate chips. She says it makes a really big batch. They wouldn't make such a big batch at my house. I'd probably eat half the dough while making them (one for you, one for me. One for you...).
Laura shares these tempting Flat-and-Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies in her blog Laura Rebecca's Kitchen. She made them to make her house smell good when she had prospective buyers coming by. I too have heard that the smell of baked goods can help sell a house. I hope it worked. I've heard that you can get a nice aroma rubbing a little vanilla on a lightbult, and then leaving it on. Of course, I prefer her way.
Meandering's Michelle tries to revisit friends and relatives from the past by reproducing an old favorite: Grandma's Bread Pudding. Childhood, evoked by the smell of cinnamon. And succulent bread pudding.
Jeez. I feel guilty just reading these recipes.
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Carnival #96 will be hosted at World Famous Recipes. Please submit your recipes to email@example.com, the earlier the better. The cutoff is noon Saturday, CST. If you would like to host a future Carnival of the Recipes, please send an email to the same address, and include the word "host" in the subject line.
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Addendum (6/11/06 at 2:08 PM). Comment from Dubious Wonder indicating I had missed her recipe. I can't find her submission, but am sure it's out there somewhere. So I edited the original post, added hers, and also included one from Right Wing Nation. Appreciate your indulgence. R