More Experiments in the KitchenPosted: April 16, 2007
This past weekend I enjoyed a much-needed time of relaxation. Friday was especially nice — Hubby and I took the day off from work and had a lovely afternoon going out to lunch and dinner with a solid block of shopping in between. It was like a spur-of-the-moment date day! Over the rest of the weekend, I whipped up the following treats. They aren’t exactly healthy or low fat, but I was pleased with the results and enjoyed them quite a bit.
Apple Almond Bars
I came across this recipe on Mary’s blog last week and was immediately drawn to it. The bars are quite rich (due to the cream cheese filling), but they are so delicious with a glass of milk. I particularly liked the flavor from the almond extract. I brought the bars to work today and they were a hit.
Hubby and I tried making meat loaf exactly once last year, and it turned out so horribly that I have been very hesitant to try another one. So I was rather surprised when he suggested that we make meat loaf for dinner this week. I found this Classic Meat Loaf recipe from Simple Recipes. Simply Recipes is one of my favorite sites. We have tried at least six or seven of Elise’s recipes, and they have all turned out wonderfully. The Classic Meat Loaf was no exception. The spicy Italian ground sausage gave it a great kick. We made two mods: (1) omitted the onion because Hubby forgot to buy it, and (2) substituted cilantro for parsley because we love cilantro. This recipe is definitely a keeper, and it’s nice that I am not traumatized by a bad meat loaf anymore.
Thai Iced Tea
This looks like orange juice, doesn’t it? But no, it’s Thai Iced Tea. I came across this recipe through Alicia’s blog a couple of months ago. This was my third time making it so I have been tweaking the recipe each time. I would have no idea whether this is “authentic,” but it tastes pretty good. Here are my notes, in case anyone wants to try making this.
–I had no problem finding the Thai Tea mix at my local large Asian supermarket. The package I bought looks like this.
–1 2/3 cups of water yields 1 1/3 cups of tea.
–1/4 cup of sugar is plenty — I recommend starting from there and adding more as needed.
–You definitely don’t need a whole 12oz can of evaporated milk. We used that 12oz can on two occasions and still had a few ounces of leftovers.
Hope you have a great week!