Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Great Experiment: Part Two

You may remember that I made a deliberate choice to leave all my recipes in Niger.  Instead of trusting in my tried and true recipes, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to branch out and try new recipes that I have been pinning in the last year or so.  You can read all about the first five recipes I tried right here.  But now it's time to reveal my latest adventures in the kitchen.

First up, is Cheesy Baked Ziti found at The Recipe Critic.
Yummo!  I followed the recipe as is and it was delicious.  I've made a version of this in Niger but the sausage and pepperoni mix added a different sort of flavouring.  I highly recommend this one.

Next up is this recipe for Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup found at Random Thoughts and Thrills
Now admittedly, this soup probably didn't have a chance of success in my book because I happen to love my Mom's Tomato Soup recipe but I tried it because it looked deliciously cheesy.  I was not impressed.  However, my brother (not sure that he realizes he is a guinea pig) raved about this soup.  He thought it was hearty and filling so there you have it.  You can make it and decide for yourself.

Moving on to The Pioneer Woman and her Pepperoni Pizza Burgers.
I followed the recipe on these except for the fact that I did not use the mix of sausage and hamburger.  These were good but I think my favorite part was the toasted bun for my burger.  A toasted bun for a burger is a great idea for all future burgers but instead of toasting it in the frying pan, I would toast it in my toaster oven.  One less dish to wash!

This past Sunday I dropped a dozen eggs on the floor and nine of them broke so I was looking for a way to use lots of eggs which led me to make crepes.  The joy of eating crepes was kind of killed when we discovered mold in the syrup we had been eating.  Yuck!  Needless to say there were leftover crepes so I decided to try this Mushroom Ham Crepe Casserole

I followed the whole recipe except for making the actual crepes since that had already been done. I also substitued cheddar for the gruyere cheese. I was skeptical about the nutmeg/mustard combination but it turned out yummy.  The best part about this recipe is that all the ingredients are available in Niger.
Wow!  After posting all these recipes it would appear that I am totally obsessed with cheese which is not entirely untrue.  I do love it! 
Well there you have it - Round Two is complete.  Hope you find something delicious and new to try today.


  1. what a fun idea. you are braver than i, says she that brought back her recipe box and favorite cookbook...

    1. Well, this probably wouldn't be fun if I had 4 to 5 pairs of hungry eyes staring at me every day wondering what I was going to fix. There are lots of leftovers in this house. :)


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