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What I Made on the Weekend

I made some good eats on the weekend.  All from Tasty Kitchen.  I just don’t feel the need to branch out from that site because I always find what I need and its (almost) always excellent (there was the one incident with the burnt broccolis).

FridayBanana Bread

Rating by me – 9/10

Rating by the husband – 8/10 – We both think it needed another banana

Saturday – We had a BBQ with the neighbors and I was assigned the appetizer.  Appetizer is generally not my specialty (dessert totally is) but I found a great BBQ appropriate combo –  Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Pita Chips.

I didn’t modify the dip recipe at all from the original found at the link above. 

Pita Chips

  • One bag ot pita bread
  • melted butter
  • Shredded romano or parm cheese

Cut each peice into small triangles and squares.  Pull the layers apart.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cheese.  Bake @ 350 for 7 – 10 mins.  Watch carefully because they go from done to super well done very very quickly.


 Do you see in the top there?  That bit taken out?

The husband “tested” it when I wasn’t looking before we left for the BBQ.  Self control, man.

My rating – 9/10

The husband’s rating 10/10   This was a goooooooood recipe.  The pita chips were a bit bland but they were primarily just a vessel to get dip from bowl to face.

 Sunday –  Butternut Squash and Chorizo Risotto

There is A LOT of stirring when making risotto.  The rice always takes  so long to cook.  But its worth it. 

My rating – 8/10

Husband’s – 8/10

We really liked this one – its recipe card worthy.  I may have added too much Thyme in an effort to get some nice green flecks in a completely orange looking mush. The spicy sausage adds so much to this.  It would be so boring without it.  This was my first time ever cooking with squash.  I hate cutting it.  It was like cutting  a yam – hard. I’m not adept with a knife (almost cut my finger off twice last week) and it was probably painful to watch.  Lots of hacking and squash bits flying everywhere.

(Obviously NOT my picture.)


What did you make this weekend?



My Easter Contribution – 7 Layer Salad

On Sunday we had Easter dinner at my parents’ house.  My mom asked me to make a salad of some sort.  Of course, being someone who loves to test out new things on large groups of people, I headed straight over to Tasty Kitchen to find something I’ve neer made before.   What I found was a nifty little 7 Layer Salad.  I altered the ingredients slightly so click the link above to find the original.


  • One container of shredded Romaine
  • ½ cups Celery, Thinly Sliced
  • ½ cups Radishes, Thinly Sliced
  • 4 whole Green Onions, Thinly Sliced (White And Light Green Parts)
  • 1 cup Frozen Baby Peas, Thawed And Drained
  • 3 whole Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ cups Shredded Cheddar (old)
  • 5 strips Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 whole Roma Tomato, Diced


Preparation Instructions:

In a 9×9 glass dish (2-quart), layer the lettuce, celery, radish, green onions, peas, and eggs in the order given.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the mayo, yogurt, sugar, and vinegar.

Carefully dollop the dressing over the top and spread over the egg layer (a small offset spatula works great here!). Sprinkle with the cheese, then the bacon, then the tomato.

Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours.

Rating – Me: 7.  Husband: 3 (Husband hates tomatoes and peas with a passion).  This was a decent and tasty salad.  I would make it again.