Herbed Roasted Potatoes-- Learned a lot of tricks for getting them super crispy and was thrilled with how well it came out.
Molasses stack cake-- This didn't turn out well at all, very soggy and mushy. I'm not sure whether I screwed up the recipe or if the recipe itself wasn't right. Might try a different version and some tweaks later this fall.
Sweet and spicy grilled corn-- I loved this sauce for roasting/grilling corn, and managed to make a less spicy version for the rest of my family too.
Homemade dutch baby-- My girlfriend and I learned how to make these for a kitchen date, and I couldn't believe how easy it is. Definitely a weekend staple now.
Sparkling blueberry ginger iced tea-- This one wound up being less of a recipe and more of just tinkering, but I was very happy with how it came out.
Sheet pan garlic butter shrimp-- I never attempted doing shrimp on the stovetop bc I didn't want them underdone or overdone, so it was great to find a sheet pan recipe that seems to work every time.
Greek yogurt blueberry muffins-- Needed to use up a huge tub of Greek yogurt and this was a really good way to do it. I'm definitely keeping greek yogurt in my muffin recipes from here on out, and this recipe had some super helpful tips on muffin basics.
Sunshine salad dressing-- Loved this easy honey mustard dressing, I've been using it as a marinade as well as on salads.
Sheet pan shake & bake pork chops-- This turned out to be a really simple copycat and I loved being able to do veggie sides on the same pan. First time learning how to cook pork chops!
Ginger garlic chicken ramen-- I wound up tinkering with this recipe a lot to get the broth base right and swapping out veggies, but it felt good to be able to do that.
Cappuccino cookies-- I actually ended up tinkering a few recipes together for this one, something I'm getting more comfortable doing, to get the right amount of coffee taste and not just a bland chocolate-ish cookie.
Stuffed Acorn Squash-- This one was more labor intensive, but totally worth it-- warm and comforting with a sausage and apple stuffing I'm also stealing for other dishes.
Cabbage, sausage, and potato soup-- A big change from the kind of food I usually make, but I loved it. Very easy dump everything in the slow cooker recipe.
Apple crisp-- This is another one of those classics that I just never learned because I didn't grow up with it. I loved how easy this is to do, and looking forward to fall so I can warm my kitchen up with them all the time.
Rice cooker pancake-- I almost never post my own food pics because they rarely turn out nice, but I am this time because I was soooo amazed that this worked. Making these all the time now.
Lemon & dill orzo with spring vegetables-- Loved this one, super easy and bright and flavorful. Made this one a new staple.
Honey-poached oranges-- Not a bad recipe, but not my taste at all.
Chamomile Lemon Shortbread-- I'm stoked to finally be getting the hang of shortbread. This one taught me how to do the fancy cutout squares, and also how to blend tea into the recipe, which should be fun to experiment with.
Butternut squash risotto-- Risotto is one of the dishes I really wanted to conquer for feeling like a "real" cook and I got it right this time! Not as difficult as I thought it would be, just time consuming.
Rainbow grapes-- This was fun to try and a good snack alternative to candy. Kind of like if jolly ranchers were an arctic fruit.
Welsh cakes-- These were a complete whim after I saw a picture of them on Tumblr, but they came out surprisingly well. A fun little random recipe.
Creamy roasted mushroom soup-- A new fall fave. The perfect cozy autumn recipe for weekends with lots of time to stir and simmer.
Glazed apple crumb muffins-- I didn't care for these at all. Del ate the entire batch in two days. Guess that's a draw.
Thai peanut chicken-- This was a really easy slow cooker dump recipe, although it needed a few tweaks. Been looking for something like this for a bit.
Grasshopper pie-- This was out of my mom's recipe box. It came out fine but the taste was super retro, in a way-- lots of sweetened condensed milk and heavy liqueurs.
Mediterranean pasta salad-- This went right into our summer rotation, and the red wine/lemon vinaigrette turned out great on a lot of things.
Slow-cooker corn chowder-- This came out amazing, not too complicated but hearty and rich and perfect for that end of summer, beginning of fall period. My girlfriend says I am not allowed to refer to bacon as "meat bay leaves" even if that is how they are used.
Chilled cucumber soup-- Really easy, super light and refreshing. More filling than I expected what's basically a veggie smoothie to be.
Shrimp scampi-- Way simpler than I expected. I'm really glad I took this summer to get over my paranoia about cooking shrimp.
Banana split icebox cake-- Perfect for my summer sweet tooth, although it took up a lot of room in the fridge. This held up surprisingly well over a few days, too.
Honey garlic shrimp-- This marinade was simple and s o o good, just as good on the veggies as the shrimp. I'm gonna try it on chicken next/
Hawaiian pineapple coconut cookies-- My July cookie. These were okay, but I want to play with adding more juice or crushed fruit to really give it a tropical flavor. They mainly just tasted like coconut macaroons.
Coconut lime popsicles-- Super easy, but all my zest wound up at the bottoms. Not sure how to fix that.
Watermelon salad with feta and cucumber-- Simple and super refreshing, with a quick homemade lime dressing. I love how the creamy/salty/sweet combo.
Nutella S'mores fudge-- This was very simple and not bad, but missing something to keep it from just tasting like pure chocolate. I'm thinking some vanilla or something next time. Still great to know I can make a homemade dessert this summer without going anywhere near my oven.
Creamy pasta salad-- This was very simple and tasted just like childhood church potlucks, which is what I was going for.
White chocolate strawberry cookies-- These were incredible and so sweet and summery, and a lot less difficult than I was worried about.
Tropical pineapple coconut rice-- I loved this recipe, but I made a lot of changes to the seasonings so it was less savory and more sweet, almost edging into dessert territory. The texture with the crushed pineapple was kind of hard to get right, too.
Parmesan Zucchini & Corn Salad-- I need to tinker with this one, the seasoning blend wasn't super my thing. But I'm definitely doing more summer salads like this one basically.