2013 Best Of — Things I Cooked From the Internet

I have been wanting to write a blog for — a very long time.  The thought of getting my pictures sized correctly, my links functional, etc., kept me from moving forward.  No more!  This is my earnest attempt at blogging, photos and links (though I think they work — try them out!) be what they may.

I love the new year and especially love “top 10” summations that often come with it. (is this just me?)


I didn’t cook this, and it isn’t from the internet, but a husband as sushi chef works out nicely.

First up, what we cooked! We take our eating very seriously around here.  I genuinely love cooking (baking, the verdict is still out) And while I love finding new recipes, I love that you don’t need to strictly follow them to succeed in the kitchen.  Links included are most likely starting points to what we actually ate.  (perhaps more detailed recipes can be future posts?  Let me know what you think)

Here is a round out of the 10 best things I cooked from internet recipes.

10. Chicken Noodle Soup We had this at a friends house and it was so delicious everyone begged me to make it at home.  Huge bonus is it can be made well in advance, stored in the fridge in your pot and put on the stove to reheat as necessary.  One pot fed my family for FOUR meals.  Best week of my life (I jest, but I enjoyed not cooking for a week)

9. Summer Salads. Arugala+fruit+nut+strong cheese = lunch heaven.  (so much better than Cheerios, yes?)

8. Barrio Cafe Guacamole It is best, hands down.  Make it every week while pomegranates are in season.  I like two avocados and one pomegranate per bowl of guacamole.  Don’t smush the avocados — you want them chunky, not mashed into a paste.

7. Pumpkin Crumbcake. Cake, crumbs.  For the cake,I used pumpkin, so easy.  This is Chase’s #1 request.

6. Pork Ragu. It’s so easy, smells so good.

5. Pizza.  TJ crust, olive oil, caramelized onions, gorgonzola, pears, fresh mozzarella, tiny bit of prosciutto (hmm, this isn’t from the internet. My mom told me about a pizza she had at North and this is my recreation)

4. Tortilla Soup This tastes very similar to La Parilla Suiza tortilla soup (may their Phoenix location RIP) I could happily eat this every day.

3. Turkey. Surprising as I don’t even like turkey.  Brined here, rubbed in herb butter, roasted per my turkey-maven mother-in-law’s instructions, 450*, wrapped in foil.  On Thanksgiving the breast skin was torn and I didn’t check it early enough.  While it was delicious to those at the table, I KNEW I COULD DO BETTER.  And it haunted me, until wrongs were made right a few weeks later when we did a Rojas Family Holiday Dinner early Dec.  Pretty much perfection.  For a Turkey.

2. Tortillas Filled with grilled shrimp and mango corn salsa.  Truly nothing better on a summer night.  Rolling out a baking the tortilla can be a drag, so que something up on hulu to pass the time.

1.  Crullers   Oh these were insane.  Downside is is pretty much took 4 adults and a cooperative 5 year old several hours to make these. Upside is they weren’t HARD to make, and a warm doughnut.  YES, please.

What do you think?  Have you tried any of these?  What’s your favorite thing you cooked up in 2013?



6 thoughts on “2013 Best Of — Things I Cooked From the Internet

  1. Jared January 3, 2014 at 12:41 AM Reply

    Great list! One item I loved that didn’t make the cut was garlic noodles from PF Chang’s and and the chocolate lava cakes.

  2. adventuresinsoyland January 3, 2014 at 1:40 AM Reply

    Yes! The lava cakes should have made it for sure!!

  3. Alysa Call January 3, 2014 at 2:41 AM Reply

    I loved the recipes and hearing your voice on the page Katie. Keep up the good work!

    • adventuresinsoyland January 3, 2014 at 8:14 AM Reply

      Thank you, Alysa! I love the cilantro dressing recipe you gave me and eat it all the time! 🙂

  4. Kathleen January 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM Reply

    It’s like being there with you – and yes, that turkey was perfection!

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