Sunday, March 13, 2011

Kitchen Experiments

I usually keep a running list of recipes I want to try.  Most weeks I include at least one new recipe in my plans.  Other times I am on a roll and knock several off my list.  I try to experiment on the weekends when I have a bit more time to spend in the kitchen and Ross is here to help watch the little ones.  Here are some of the recipes I have tried recently:

whole wheat noodles - These were pretty thick, but turned out okay.  I was quite proud of myself for trying this out!  Lucy and Julia didn't love them, so I think I need to try again with a different grain.  (soft white wheat?  spelt?)

Tammy's butter spread - This is an easy recipe to whip up.  Having spreadable butter ready in the fridge is nice, but the taste is a bit more watered down than I like.  I'm going to experiment with this some more and tweak the recipe a bit, maybe add less water.

Italian dressing - Success!  I have tried several different homemade Italian dressing recipes and we never really liked them.  This one was a success this week.

fajita seasoning - I can't remember where I found this recipe, I hope I still have it written down!  Instead of buying expensive seasoning packets, I made my own fajita spice mix.  It worked well, and although I didn't do the price breakdown, I think its cheaper.  At least I can now make fajitas without having to have a spice packet on hand.

toasted spelt cereal - I picked up this recipe from some people that sell flour at our farmer's market.  It looked good in theory, but actually was a big flop.  The recipe did not include baking times, and no matter how long I toasted the crumbled cake it refused to crisp up.

kefir- A friend gave me some kefir grains last week.  I'm happy to say that I have kept them alive so far.  We've used kefir in smoothies and for soaking grains.  I tried making ranch dressing with kefir, but it was about the nastiest thing I've ever tasted.

soaking - Ideally, the majority of the grains that we eat would be soaked or sprouted.  I have never actually done this very much, aside from soaked baked oatmeal.  Now that I have an unlimited supply of kefir, I've tried soaking a few things this week.  Even if I don't soak a recipe for the recommended time, some soaking is better than none.  I soaked some cornbread and then later read that cornmeal has to be soaked differently, lol.  Oh well.

I still have a long list of recipes that I want to try!  How about you?  Do you often experiment with new recipes?


  1. I am such an all or nothing person, to my demise. If I get into recipe mode it's all I do for about 2 days planning and making a grocery list. Then I actually get to about half of them because we start eating the ingredients! HEHE And sometime we like a recipe so much we have to make it for friends and family like 5 times to show them the wonderful recipe. (i.e. our recent Pad Thai success story!) LOL

  2. Looks like you've been busy! I like the idea of speadable butter. I think I'll need to try that.

    I'm curious about soaking cornbread differently. The recipe I've used for a long time uses kefir to soak.

  3. Thank you so much for the recipe for the Whole Wheat Pasta. It's my desire to one day make my own!

  4. Yay, kefir! :)

    What do you think was wrong about your ranch dressing? I've been thinking about trying to make some with kefir... hmmm... :)