Wow! Those cupcakes look amazing, and the porkchop breading sounds delicious. I pinned the garbanzo bean salad recipe too...
I've made a couple of things over the past few days. The first is this great Irish recipe called "Butterbeans, chorizo, and cider."
It turned out a lot like chili and was fantastic!! I went by the recipe but made a few adjustments. I left out the sage and used regular paprika, 'cause that's all I had
. I also used Soyrizo instead of chorizo, since I'm doing my best to go vegetarian (this was my first time using Soyrizo and it was GREAT--couldn't tell a difference!). I also left out the black pudding, used only 1/2 a bottle of cider, used some liquid vegetable broth instead of a bouillon cube, and used canned white beans (drained and rinsed) instead of butterbeans.
Overall this was a great meal and I'll totally make it again. It would go great with some crusty bread (I made more of the fried goat cheese because I'm addicted to it now). I made about four meals out of this and it tasted great every time and it was QUICK to make. I kept the leftover cider and added a bit each time I re-heated it and it was great. I hope to cook with cider more often--it's my favorite drink and I think it added a great taste to this dish.
Tonight I made these cheese crackers
to go with the last bit of chili.
These were good, but I think I still prefer Cheezits! The dough was easy and quick to make, but rolling out the dough was terrible. I can't believe the muscles that our foremothers must have had to do all that rolling. It would probably help if I had a real rolling pin instead of using a wine bottle, too
These puffed up and got nice and crispy in the oven and smelled great, but being used to the cheesy, cheesy taste of Cheezits, I found myself wanting more cheese! I added more than the recipe said, but I still think it could use more. The picture here shows the crackers I made from half of the dough--I have the rest for another day. Overall these were good but I don't think I'll make them again...the taste didn't outweigh the convenience of just buying delicious Cheezits at the store
. Also the whole wheat flour was expensive...