May 13, 2005

Carnival of the Recipes

I, Boudicca, am the hostess this week of the Carnival of the Recipes. Take a look at the recipes… I read through all of them… plus I perused the blogs. With over 30 entries, we have not only excellent participation, but a wide variety, from breakfast to dessert, from haggis to flourless chocolate cake.

What I do ask is that you forgive me if there are errors. Just let me know if you stumble upon one. There was a server problem for my blog site half way through posting. Luckily, I had been saving and when I realized the server was going down, I quickly copied and pasted what I had written into a word document. I hand coded in the rest of the post. That means…. there WILL be errors.

So take a look, enjoy, and get ideas for meals. If it is possible to gain weight just ‘looking’ at recipes, rest assured I did so tonight.

Slainte! -Bou.

I was afraid at first when I realized my blog daughter Sissy of And What Next... decided to participate. Let's just say that some of her blogging has had to do with her 'kitchen adventures'. But then... she posted this recipe for The Crown of Roses... an alcoholic drink and I knew... all was right with the world. Phew!

Mr. Bingley of The Coalition of the Swilling has a recipe for The Caipirinha He has pictures and a translation of what the name of the drink really means... from Portuguese.

Laurence of This Blog is Full of Crap, has this political recipe. He asked I add a cocktail umbrella. Done.

Breakfast and Breads

OK, I say 'breakfast', but when my husband is out of town, breakfast=dinner. My kids consider it a real treat. "Mom, mom, mom, mom, Dad's out of town, can we have breakfast for dinner?" The answer is always… Yes.

Posted by Green Mountain by Fox Run at A Weight Lifted, we have Orange-Maple flavored French Toast. I gotta love a blog that states up front, "Healthy weight loss blog for women tired of dieting". There is some very interesting stuff over there... sensible, which I like.

From Taleena of Sun Comprehending Glass we have Coffee and Cream Rolls. Holy cow does this look good. She recommends a bread machine or KitchenAid with a dough hook. It just so happens I have a bread machine...

Elisson of Blog d’Elisson , posted a Breakfast Strata. It has sausage, cheese, eggs, bread… What more can you ask for? Plus he says it will feed a small Army or two desperately hungry individuals. I think my three sons qualify as a ‘small Army’. They can seriously put away some food. Bonus: they love sausage, cheese, eggs, bread…

Last week's Carnival Host, Kevin of TechnoGypsy, had a request for a recipe for the tall bread he had pictured during last week's post. This is his Pascha Bread (Lemko version). It sounds not only good, but interesting. He says "it has a very rich and sweet bread inside, so when cut it looks like an egg." Go take a look!

Caltechgirl of Not Exactly Rocket Science has her recipe for Tomato Mozzarella Salad. This is one of her favorite summer recipes as she uses her fresh grown basil from her garden. I like it also because it appears to be so adaptable to any number of people.

Doyle at A Cool Change, posts a recipe for Cucumber Salad. My favorite quote this Carnival is from Doyle, "I’m trying to translate from the measuring system I frequently use: the palm of my hand..." How many times have I done that when I've posted a recipe? Too many...

Tinker of The Secret Life of Shoes provides a recipe for us called Bengal Seafood Salad. This recipe is full of crabmeat and shrimp and is low fat and low calorie. It's a chilled salad, so it sounds like a great summer lunch.


Ozark Lad of Meeting Ozark Lad, has a post for Summer Easy Food. Corn on the cob and potatoes, both done on the grill. 'Tis the season for grilling, although here in South Florida that season is all year round!

Allan of Inside Allan's Mind has two recipes and since 'sides' is first on this post... his sides recipe gets first link. This recipe for Oven Fried Onion Rings is Weight Watcher friendly. Woo hoo!! I gotta love that!

Main Courses

David of Daily Pundit has this recipe for Chicken Casserole. It's crockpot friendly, has a good long slow cook time, and freezes well. Sounds like the kind of recipe we need in our hectic schedule...

Danny of, has the following disclaimer for his 'Get-Thee-Behind-Me Fried Chicken', "(WARNING: This chicken is extremely addictive. The author and inventor of this recipe cannot be held liable for any overeating, weight gain, midnight cravings, etc. that result from eating this chicken.)" Ack! I don't know whether to test my self discipline or scream, 'Run Away! Run Away!!!!

I was torn here... I almost put this under Ethnic. Tell me if when you read this, you don't think HAWAII!! From Blog sister Oddybobo of BoBo Blogger we have Pork and Pineapple Kababs. This is cooked on the grill... which sounds like a GREAT summer dinner to me!

The second post from Allan of Inside Allan's Mind is also Weight Watcher Friendly and is for Chicken Stroganoff. It's a crockpot slow cooker recipe. YEEES! This is a definite hectic soccer night recipe at the house of Bou.

From Les, loyal reader of Daily Pundit, we have this Chicken for the Grill recipe. I'm drooling, folks. This one sounds good... he got me at 'marinade in Sherry for 12-24 hours"!

Chicken for the Grill Use one or two whole chickens, depending on your guest list and the capacity of your grill. Marinate the chicken(s) in sherry for 12-24 hours. The absolute worst sherry you can get seems to work best. Fairbanks is an excellent choice for this.

In a mixing bowl, dice in (not press) 15-20 garlic cloves (don't worry, you can't overdo this). Shred in 20-30 basil leaves with an equal amount of cilantro. Dice a whole Bermuda onion and add to the mixing bowl. Finely dice or shred one papaya and one mango and add to the mix. Stir until the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.

Stuff the birds with the contents of the mixing bowl and then truss the birds. Start your BBQ, with cherry or maple or hickory in the smoker box (mesquite is a non-starter on this one), spit the birds and start cooking. Make sure the smoker box gets replenished as needed.

When the breast of the chickens hits about 145 degrees, apply your BBQ sauce of choice. I've used off the shelf and homemade recipes and found no appreciable difference...given the flavors we've already put into the chicken. When the breast is at 175 or so, the chicken is done, and you have yourself the best damn chicken least in my humble opinion. Enjoy!


I didn't think someone would do it, but leave it to David of Third World County to post a recipe for Haggis! OK, so it's modified... it uses calf body parts and beef. And it's cooked in a crockpot. David, as well as one of his commenters, say it's great. He even posted a Robert Burns poem. Oh, and he included a recipe for mashed turnips and potatoes, which he says is the traditional way to serve Haggis. So... here's the deal... y'all try this and e-mail me and tell me how it is!

Donna B of the Pajama Pundits we have Out of the Ordinary Spicy Tomato and Cheese Pasta. Good Grief, this looks yuumy.... and easy.

Jim of Frazzled Dad has a recipe for Garlic Oil Shrimp which he says is based on a Spanish Tapas. I LOVE shrimp and I LOVE garlic, so this is a must try for me.

My extraordinarily funny blogsister of Army Wife Toddler Mom has a recipe posted for Las Cruces Chicken Enchiladas. She PROMISES these are good. I believe her.

From Christina of Feisty Repartee, we have the first of two recipes, this one for Spanish-Style Orange Roughy. I'm still on my 'search for good fish recipes' kick, so I am adding this to my recipe file. She says it's easy and it looks it.

Merri of Merri Musings provided us Sausage & Spicy Tomato Cream Sauce Pasta. This looks fantastic and she says the leftovers are divine. That’s a bonus in this house since I can’t get Hunhead to eat leftovers… except Italian.

Shawn of Everything and Nothing, posted ”The Three Manicotti”. I clicked it and thought, “As opposed to Six Manicotti?” What she has here is THREE DIFFERENT recipes for Manicotti! Low fat/meatless, full blown meat/cheese, and triple cheese stuffed. Did I say my family loved Italian? Oh yes, my friends, and my boys love what they call ‘Cheese Tubes’. We’re all over one of these… or all of these… but on different nights. Hmm.

BJ of Quite Early One Morning, has for us Simply Good Pizza. Folks, I’m here to tell you, this is a no kidding real pizza recipe… a make the dough from scratch recipe… and BJ has PICTURES! It looks very very good. Did I say it looks very good.

From Counter Top Chronicles we have Lamb Soup and Stuffed Grape Leaves. Mint, feta cheese... grape leaves. This sounds delicious.

Glittering Eye gives us Chicken with Fresh Herbs. This recipe looks quick! He makes the suggestion of having plenty of pita bread on hand for sopping up the juices after dinner! To see why I'm putting it under ethnic... you'll just have to go over and read.

Black Bean Quesadillas is the post supplied to us from Marie of Practigal. She has all the dietary information at the bottom as well as Weight Watcher points. Gotta love that! She also tells us from which cookbook this recipe comes... a recommendation from her.

Punctilious posts a quick and easy recipe for Penne Pasta with Sausage Sauce. Cooking with a Merlot! And it's quick!

ALa of Blonde Sagacity has this BLT Pizza. She says to make more than one. Her recipe is also complete with photos!

David of Working it Out has a recipe for River Cherry Cobbler. He's got some cool stuff going on with this recipe. There's an easy way with Bisquick and a 'make your own cobbler' way. He has an oven method AND a campfire method. I know I have readers here who camp and re-enact, so take note. Very cool recipe.

My very own Blogdaughter, VW of One Happy Dog Speaks, has this recipe for Lemon Squares. I happen to know for a fact that VW is an excellent cook. Just sayin'...

This is the 2nd recipe submitted by Christina of Feisty Repartee and she is truly a woman after my own heart. It is just flat out wrong to post a recipe like this...Flourless Chocolate Cake with Kahlua Sauce. Good Grief!

From Songstress7 of News from the Great Beyond we have Chocolate Filled Aztec cookies. This looks very interesting... it calls for chili powder! Hmm.

Booklore presents for us Strawberry Tart, Tarts, and Pie. Complete with pictures, if you love strawberries, this is the stop. A suggestion to put the strawberry mixture over vanilla ice cream sounds divine.

Amy of Prochein Amy has a recipe for Whip Sandwiches. It's a dessert! Really! She says its something simple to satisfy a sweet tooth and she's right. Simple it is.

And... last... but not least, we have Individual Strawberry Baked Alaska from Deborah at Eat Your History. There are options on how to brown the meringue. Torches are fire and as I said before, I don't do fire in my kitchen! I'll stick with the broiler,!

A special thank you is in order for Beth of She Who Will Be Obeyed, who thought of this Carnival as well as keeps it running. So, thank you, Beth.

Next week's Carnival is hosted by Jordana of Curmudgeonry. Don't forget, the deadline is Midnight Thursday! recipe.carnival (at) gmail (dot) com.

Posted by Boudicca at May 13, 2005 09:17 PM

Looks great, server issues and all!

Posted by: caltechgirl at May 13, 2005 07:53 AM

Yum to all! Thanks!

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at May 13, 2005 08:13 AM

Great job!! Looks like this was a lot of work. A TON of recipies this week. I need to try all that appear to be "slimming". Damn...I want to try this no flour chocolate cake, but my thighs are begging me to stay away from it.

Posted by: ArmyWifeToddlerMom at May 13, 2005 08:24 AM

Thanks! I just saw my ass expand!! I'm going to go work out now! :-P

Posted by: Sissy at May 13, 2005 09:15 AM

I can't believe you actually added that one to the list.

Wow. Note to self: never carnival angry.

Posted by: Laurence Simon at May 13, 2005 10:32 AM

Oh, well done, Bou!


Posted by: Christina at May 13, 2005 11:11 AM

I had the strawberry tarts last night; the post is updated with more pictures accordingly.

I love my digital camera.

Posted by: B. Durbin at May 13, 2005 12:51 PM

Great job, of course. The problem? I will NEVER have time to make ALL of these great dishes! Arrrrggghhhh! (Well, not and find time to have a life apart from food... ob second thought, is that so bad?)

Posted by: David at May 13, 2005 02:15 PM

All of this looks great. I keep reclicking on the entries. I'm trying to decide what I'm doing for dinners this coming week.

Posted by: Boudicca at May 13, 2005 03:04 PM

A milkshake that's actually good for you, low on calories, high 1n potassium (fights muscle cramps) and tastes great!

Place two large ripe-overripe bananas, two cups of 1/2% milk and six medium-large ice cubes in a blender. Blend until the ice is gone and the mixture is frothy!

Posted by: Bob Walton at May 16, 2005 02:18 PM

And dose that include GREEN EGGS AND HAM?

Posted by: lonesome loon at May 22, 2005 03:43 PM

Posted by: Jelly Bean at November 2, 2005 10:47 PM