1. Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe
    This was good the first time I made it, but it also somehow ended up having *way* too much spice and not enough lemon. I made it again last night with a couple of tweaks and it ended up being delicious.
  2. Chrissy's Mac and Cheese with Cheesy Garlic Bread Crumbs
    Y'all- I have tasted heaven and it is this mac and cheese with its creamy, oozy goodness.
  3. Roasted Mushrooms
    Confession: I was making roasted mushrooms like this before I saw them in Cravings. That said, however, these were still scrumptious enough that I ended up bypassing the steak* in favor of filling up on them and the potatoes below. (*- this is a picture of someone else's plate hence the steak.)
  4. Pepper's Scalloped Potatoes
    The brilliant Nora Ephron once said, "I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them." These are those kind of potatoes; the kind you crave when you're falling in love, out of love, or simply need something to help comfort you on a meh sort of day. In fact, these were *so* good that I, a non-eater of leftovers, was reaching for them one late night/early morning while contemplating a few life decisions.
  5. Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon
    I might have to bless my own heart a few times after I admit this, but I, Kayla, am not a fan of potato salad. I know, I know- how can a girl born and raised in the South not love such a staple of Southern cuisine? Answer: I don't know. But since it's not one of my food loves, I don't eat it. However, I did try this one after I made it for Easter dinner and while I didn't put a serving on my plate, it was good enough to make me consider it.
  6. (I just wanted to add that my potato salad looks *nothing* like the one in the book. This is because I used Russets instead of red potatoes because it's what I had on hand.)
  7. Sesame Chicken Noodles
    The hardest part of this meal was tracking down the tahini and chili oil to make it with. I'm serious, and it's because of its simplicity to prepare that makes me love it. Well, that and the fact that it doesn't have to be served hot and it's one of those meals that can be easily tweaked should I decide to follow through and go vegetarian again.
  8. Skillet-Charred Fish Taco
    How can I put this nicely: this one wasn't a love for me. Honestly, it wasn't even really a like. Maybe it's because I had a cold or because I'm just not a fish taco girl, but whatever it is, I ended up eating a bowl of cereal instead that evening.
  9. Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal
    Another quirk about me is that I'm not a breakfast person; never have been, never will be. Well, that is unless I can convince someone to make me this dish every morning. If I could do that then I might would become a breakfast fan.
  10. Creamy Parmesan Skillet Eggs
    I think a piece of the reason why I'm not a breakfast person is because I'm not a huge fan of eggs. I mean, I'll eat them if I *have* to, but they're not exactly my faves. Still, I set aside my eggy feelings to make this dish and it was....a disaster. And honestly, that might even be too nice of a description for it. *sigh* (I'd already trashed the burnt remains before I thought to take a picture. 😬) [Edited to add that the reason this was a disaster was a cook error, not a recipe one.]
  11. Armadillo Cheesy Garlic Bread
    Yet another one of my food quirks is that I'm not a bread-eater. Unless, of course, that bread is covered in melted cheese, and then I'm a *huge* fan of it. As for this one, I'll probably spend the next year or so running it off but it was *so* worth every delectable bite.
  12. The next round of dishes I plan to try:
  13. Grilled Garlic-Soy Shrimp
  14. Sweet and Salty Coconut Rice
  15. Pad Grapow Chicken (Basil Chicken)
  16. Dad's Fried Fish Sandwich with Coleslaw and Tarter Sauce
  17. Chipotle-Honey Chicken with Mango-Avocado Salsa
  18. Pot Pie Soup with Crust Crackers
  19. Baked Pasta alla Norma with Mozzarella Bombs