Thursday, August 13, 2009

Backlogged

~sigh~ The days keep passing by yet I feel like I can't keep up. I have tried a bunch of good recipes, so here's a bunch of photos and links for your viewing pleasure...

A bunch of kale happenned to be in my fridge when I read this post. It didn't take me long to whip up a batch of Celine's kagels (kale bagels)! I used whole wheat flour with ~2T vital wheat gluten for mine, and enjoyed them topped with hummus (in the front) or cheese (in the back) and a thickly sliced heirloom tomato... yum :)




I experimented with adding peaches to my caprese salad! This combination has popped up a few places this summer, so I had to give it a shot. I topped my heriloom tomatoes, local peaches, and fresh mozz with a little balsamic that I reduced with a little honey and a cinnamon stick. This was a nice twist on the traditional salad :)



After my pie failure, I stopped sulking and made a small batch of this Sour Cherry Borscht. This was very unique and I really loved how refreshing it was, especially topped with a bit of greek yogurt! Sour cherries, why isn't your season longer??



I finally got around to trying Ricki's Zucchini Pineapple Muffins (originally Mini Loaves)! I was really intrigued by the use of pureed avocado for some of the fat, and gave up waiting for me to buy some spelt flours-- I used white whole wheat for the light spelt flour and whole wheat for the barley flour. Mine seemed to be a bit dry (probably the change in flours), so I didn't keep them in the pan after 25 min in the oven. They turned out perfectly, and i'm in love! So glad I have more ripe avocado stashed in my freezer :)



Got corn? I did, and whipped up a small batch of Ellie Krieger's Creamy Corn & Veggie Soup. It was enjoyab-ly light, but it didn't knock my socks off. Maybe a bit of work on the seasoning front to give it a little punch?



After seeing some Spicy Roasted Shrimp & Green Beans pop up twice (first by Kalyn and then Esi), I knew this was going into the rotation as soon as I picked up green beans at the farmers market! Even using lime zest instead of lemon, this dish did not disappoint!



Tired yet? I sure am! I got one more for you before I hit the hay... a co-worker had a birthday this week and as her birthday buddy it was my turn to take care of the cake. Her request was a carrot cake, with all the goodies (pineapple, nuts, coconut, raisins). I ended up using Eating Well's recipe for the cake (I reduced the sugar a tad and used egg substitute for 2 of the eggs). This got topped off with some golden raisin cream cheese frosting (using Nufatchel, Smart Balance 50/50 sticks, and 1 1/2c powdered sugar) and some toasted walnuts. She liked it! In fact, it seemed to get rave reviews across the board :) Definitely a keeper!


Alright kids, it's way past my bedtime! Until next time... try some new recipes :)

40 comments:

Erin of Care to Eat said...

WOW! My favorites are the kagels and the carrot cake!
I hope you're doing well :)

Erica said...

Phew! You have been bussssy. I am loving both the bagels and the peaches in the caprese salad. I tried that Ellie recipe too and thought it needed a lot more kick (hello hot sauce!)

lesley said...

Yum-o!! Those tomatoes looks very red, very thick, very juicy, and very good : )

Chocolate-Covered Katie said...

The name Kagels reminds me of kegels... but they STILL sound really yummy!

Lauren said...

You sure have been busy! Everything looks great. I saw the original post for the kagels, and was intimidated due to past homemade bagel failures... maybe I'll give it another go with these bad boys.

I love the idea of adding peaches to caprese! I bet that is an excellent sweet flavor addition.

♥peachkins♥ said...

wonderful food!! I love the bagels!!

5 Star Foodie said...

These are some very creative dishes! Love the kagels and the sour cherry borscht!

Kelly said...

I've been meaning to make those bagels. I have quite the backlog myself.

Elra said...

Actually I like them all, especially that muffins. Sounds very unique using avocado in place of fat.

Dawn said...

WHOA! girl, food porn overload here. I don't know which to eat first.
that hummus & tomato is seriously calling me.
to answer your question my my blog, I used regular old red cherries, not sour ones.

Kerstin said...

Wow, that's like a whole month of posts for me :) The kagels sound interesting and your carrot cake looks fantastic - carrot cake is my favorite!

Diana said...

Oooof, you are speakin my language with that carrot cake, ma'am. I covet!

Maria said...

Look at all of that tasty food! You have been a busy gal!

MacDuff said...

I think Ellie's recipes all need more seasoning, but then I was talking to this trainer who said that women's #1 problem in dieting is that we over-salt. Apparently that makes us retain water, hence feel heavier. But still, you know?

Your recipes look awesome, and I'm intrigued by the melon tart. Sounds good...

And oh yeah - AllClad isn't all it's cracked up to be (literally). I have a $14 pot from a discount store that I actually prefer to everything.

Esi said...

Well you have definitely been eating well!

Joanne said...

so much good food stuffed into one post! I love the idea of kagels and will HAVE to check out the recipe. I have been eating a lot of caprese as well...gotta love the fresh and local tomatoes and mozzarella. And carrot cake. Well. We all know how I feel about THAT.

Pam said...

Wow - lots of good stuff here. You have been eating well...the fritatta is calling my name.

Emily said...

Looks like you've been making some delish recipes! I just looked up the kagel recipe, and I have tons of tomatoes and hummus that would be great together. :-)

Paige@ Running Around Normal said...

Lovely recipes! Looks yummy. I so hear you about not being able to keep up with the days. Can't we just have a few more hours per day?!

Ricki said...

Wow--some seriously delicious dishes you've been having! I'm also intrigued by the kagels and can't wait to try them. And you're absolutely right about the flour switch in the muffins--when you sub regular flour for spelt, you need to reduce the flour by 2 tbsp per cup, or else your baked good will come out too dry. (The spelt-based ones actually sometimes come out too moist!!). Glad you liked them. :)

Kevin said...

Tons of great food. The corn soup looks really good!

Elina said...

Wow, you were busy in that kitchen! Everything looks absolutely incredible. Let see... questions/comments...
1) was making those bagels hard? I made bagels once and it took forever! Buying them seemed definitely easier (although I guess they don't sell kale bagels, so maybe that's why you may want to do that...)
2)I'm definitely intrigued about that sour cherry borscht, especially after you mentioned it to me. Need to find me some sour cherries. Love 'em! :D
3) Would you do anything differently for the muffins next time since they were a bit dry or did you like that they were dry?
4) Ellie's recipe definitely lack in the spice dept sometimes. I love her but sometimes her stuff doesn't knock my socks off.
5) I want that carrot cake NOW. lol :D
Good to see you again this weekend. Let's get together again after my trip to Israel!

foodnfit said...

Those tomatoes look AMAZING!

Juliana said...

You are busy! I can tell by the pictures...The bagels and the frittata look so yummie!

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow, you've been super busy!!! I wish we got to talk to you at the HLS; you were sitting almost next to us, but whenever there was time to talk, I didn't see you. At least we're all in Boston and hopefully can meet up soon!!

Sues

Karine said...

I did not know we know add puree avocado as the fat component of muffins. Such a great idea!:)

biz319 said...

I know what you mean Shannon - too many recipes, not enough time!

Yours turned out really good!

Morgan said...

You post just made me drool! LOL! Thanks for stopping by my digs today and entering the contest. Make sure you swing by Friday to see if you've won! I absolutely LOVE your header!!!

Sagan said...

You are BUSY! These all look so scrumptious.

NoMeatAthlete said...

Wow you are great at actually making the stuff you see on blogs! I think so many people completely intend to make what they see, but then forget/get lazy. Nice job it all looks great!

Bridget said...

Man look at you go!! I want to try EVERYTHING!!! This reminds me how long its been since I've made Any sort of yeast bread, and I am dying to make something! Sadly I don't see much baking happening until I get back from the Honeymoon!

Jess said...

Always amazed at how much cooking you do. I've been revisiting old favorites instead of trying new things.

Rosiecat said...

I think this is one of my favorite posts that you've written! I love the recipe reviews. I clipped and saved a carrot cake recipe from EatingWell, and I'm guessing it's the same one you baked! One of these days, I'll get around to baking it...

Hope your backlog of things to do is clearing up! At least your list didn't get in the way of your kitchen time :-)

Shellyfish said...

I'm feeling behind myself! I love the idea of freezeing ripe avocados! I'd not thought of doing that - brilliant! Those muffins are great!

Shannon said...

elina-

bagels weren't too hard, very rewarding :)

see ricki's comment above about the sub for spelt flour. they came out perfect cutting off the extra time in the pan after baking!

Elra said...

I can tell that you've been busy lately Shannon, luckily that you still able to load these delicious photos. Stay well,
Elra

Christina said...

Don't feel bad at all; almost all of my posts are backlogged, but it's too much work to bake, photograph, edit and post all in the same day. I do try and have them up within the week, preferably within 2 days or even the next morning if it's short since I blog better on somewhat of a schedule.

That sandwich sounds delicious! I love hummus, I need to eat more of it.

Nicole said...

Whoa! Your photos look like they came straight from a gourmet food magazine. Nice job! Add kagels? I've never heard of such a thing but they sound yummy. I hope you are enjoying the rest of your summer.

-Nicole

Sarah said...

cute pup! that pizza looks delish!

Amy said...

Yum to sour cherry borscht! That sounds AMAZING!

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