When I first found Allison’s beautiful Main St. Cuisine blog in January, the first thing I thought to myself was, I wish this were a real restaurant, I’d eat here. Well, this is the next best thing. This past week, I’ve cooked three of her recipes this and had such a good time doing it. Everything was nothing short of delicious. Allison has the best cooking posts, with step by step photographs and directions that I used to make it all turn out so well. I really appreciate those, don’t you?
First up, Enchiladas Florentine:
I’m in! Oh boy, am I ever. These enchiladas. With the spinach. !!! Well, THIS, dish is just amazing. I can barely stand to look at the pictures here or over on Main St. Cuisine because I immediately feel a hunger pain. Hubby was more than impressed saying, “this is the best thing we’ve had in a long time.” And you guys know more than anyone how well we’ve been eating in the past few months, so that’s a pretty big deal coming from him.
Allison encouraged me to put my own spin on the things I cook. I tried Allison, but my lack of confidence was showing. In this case though, I did use ground turkey instead of ground beef, and ancho chile pepper rather than cumin. Cumin and I got a divorce years ago and haven’t talked since. I was SO not sure about the ancho chile pepper, but it worked out SO well!! Enchilada Happiness!
Hubby, devoured these. Almost literally! He had two for dinner Wednesday night and took the leftovers to work for lunch, sharing with his buddies (so he said anyway). I was sad, but I will be making them again soon. Enchilada paradise for sure! See Allison’s post that sold me on these right here.
The next morning I made these:
How about some French Breakfast Muffins? You have to read this Main St. Cuisine post. Truth in blogging is wonderful Like these muffins. I wish you could have been here for the smells as these were baking. I chose them, because it gave me a chance to use my favorite spice:
Do you use Saigon cinnamon? I look for any reason I can to use it. I’m addicted. It has an unbelievable flavor, so much better than “regular” cinnamon (which I like a lot, too). If you haven’t tried, it, give it a shot. I happened to choose the Spice Islands brand, but McCormick’s also has it in their gourmet line, and there are a few more I’ve seen too. It’s simply wonderful. Even if you don’t cook, ever, get some. It’s wonderful sprinkled on French toast, over yogurt, coffee…..I’ve even used it on frozen yogurt and ice cream.
But I digress…
These little darlings are magnificent, not too mention pretty as can be. For me, they’re like French toast meets a cinnamon doughnut, fall in love and get married. And how can you not love THAT? They’re very simple to make too. I didn’t change a thing about this recipe. Yumminess! Read Allison’s original post and recipe here.
Remember the other day when I made the Braised Chicken thighs and said that cooking them felt like therapy for me? Yeah, this recipe for Smothered Pork Chops is another one of those kind of dishes. I loved making them. They weren’t complicated to make, just fun to make. When Allison posted this recipe a month ago, Hubby started pushing for me to make them.
He LOVES pork chops, and was SO happy when I finally made these for him. He said they were perfect. They are. Don’t they look incredible? I love the onion, mushroom and rosemary sauce. That’s what did it for me with this one. Allison’s recipe is so well-explained, which I really appreciated – I don’t cook too many pork chops, so her instructions were no doubt invaluable to the delicious outcome.
I can’t tell you how much fun I had cooking from Main St. Cuisine this week. I have to wonder why I need all these cooking magazines and cookbooks when there are blogs like this out there to learn and eat from. I have learned quite a bit from Allison in these past two months….another reason why I love bloggers and blogging.
Thank you for the delicious food this week Allison!!
What about you? Did you make something from one of your favorite food bloggers recently? What was it and how’d it go?