Week 41, 42, 43, 44

Can you tell 2011 has been busy for the Baird’s? I haven’t posted anything since January, and still have my Cooking Challenge 2010 to complete. Better late than never right?!
Here’s Week 41 Chili Verde – The only thing I changed was the meat. I’m not a fan of pork so I made it with chicken. No joke, this soup was so good I made it twice in one week. I would have made it again, but I bought all of the anaheim peppers and tomatillos left in Naperville.

Week 42 – Mexican Lasagna – The perfect cheat day cheesy meal. My picture doesn’t look as good as Rachel Ray’s, but it sure did taste good!
Week 43 – Alissa’s Mexican Breakfast Pie – Yes, I made up my own recipe this week and to my surprise it tasted pretty good. I combined eggs, cheese, black beans, a jalapeno, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, and red pepper. I popped it into the oven for about thirty minutes. Then, topped with tomatoes and scallions. So quick and easy!

Week 44 – Seared Mahi Mahi with Zesty Basil Butter This recipe is totally staying in my recipe book. I’m not a huge fan of fish, but I could eat this every week.


Week 40

This week was super crazy! It was so hectic that I made this recipe and didn’t even get to taste this it before running out the door to teach. Dan had to finish cooking, and take the pictures!
This week I made Chicken with Balsamic BBQ Sauce, and roasted veggies on the side. From what I could tell, it looked and smelled good. I did try the BBQ sauce and thought it turned out alright. Although, Dan didn’t think it was all that amazing, so I’m glad I didn’t miss something spectacular.

Week 39

Okay, I’ve missed my deadline, but I’m going to keep cooking until I reach 52 weeks! Early last year I made an African Coconut Curry Soup so when I came across this recipe I knew I had to try it. This week I made Senegalese Peanut Soup with Chicken. This soup wasn’t my favorite, but it sure did fill me up. I don’t think I’ll make this version again, however, I will try making a similar one. Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Week 37

What’s more suiting on Christmas Eve than a Christmas Shepherd’s Pie. This week I tried another down home recipe by Paula Deen. I was so pleased when I opened the oven to find this perfect pie, I couldn’t wait to taste it! I did make one modification to the recipe, but it wasn’t anything too different. Instead of beef I used ground turkey. This recipe will be staying in my holiday recipe pile. Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Week 36

I hate breakfast, but Dan loves eggs so I decided to make a special Christmas Eve breakfast. I found this recipe on some random site and thought I’d give it a go. It was better than I expected. This recipe will be staying in my repertory. Here’s the recipe!

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The Carriage House Breakfast Pie


1/2 pound bacon — diced

1/4 green bell peppers — diced

1/4 red bell peppers — diced

1 small onion — chopped

8 large California Fresh Eggs

1 pound russet potatoes — peeled and grated

2 3/4 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Salt — to taste

(I added a few cloves of garlic)

Preheat oven to 350º. Grease a large quiche dish or 6 to 8 individual ramekins. Sauté bacon, peppers and onion until soft. Drain on paper towels.

Whisk eggs with potatoes, cheese, salt and pepper. Mix in bacon and vegetable mixture. Pour into prepared pan spreading mixture evenly. Bake for 45 minutes, until center is set or knife inserted in center comes out clean. Bake 20-30 minutes for individual ramekins.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Week 35

Recently I visited my brother and nephew in Nashville. While there, I was so taken with the “down home” feel, I just couldn’t resist trying to mimic the southern accent. That trip put me in the mood to try some of Paula Deen’s recipes. This week I tried Baked Spaghetti. As you can imagine southern style cooking does not skimp on the salt, butter, and everything we’re conditioned as “bad” ingredients. But, this recipe really wasn’t that bad! I did, however, make some modification on the type and amount of cheese. Even with my changes, this recipe had a very home like feeling. Dan even said it reminded him of something his Dad use to make. If your looking for some comfort during these cold winter months, this might be the perfect recipe to try. Enjoy!