new wknd recipes from simply recipes.

Last weekend, when I was making my first applesauce, I found Simply Recipes, via Smitten Kitchen and have added it to my favorites. I've poured through the blog - oh, the recipes, the photos, the tips on photos... a beautiful family affair that's so worth sharing for it's friendly conversation, and encyclopedia of go-to recipes.

Over the weekend, we tried two favorites and have decided that we might just have found our perfect date-night-in dinner, especially when college football is involved.
Finally! A pulled pork recipe that I can do; one that doesn't require seven hours of cooking, or a crock pot. A few, good store-bought items complete this simple meal:

+ We eat ours in between Hawaiian bread rolls (as if there's any other way).
+ Cole slaw is bagged shredded green cabbage mixed with a few dollops of bottled miso salad dressing.
+ To slather and finish it off: Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce is our favorite (to be exact: hickory & brown sugar).

We've tried a few different - and similar - recipes for sweet potato fries, and this one is by far our new favorite. I think it's the combination of recommended spices (we added paprika and smoked chipotle powder). We also took the reader suggestions mentioned and pre-heated the baking sheet, used a little less oil and some non-stick baking spray to keep it on the crispier and healthier side.

We also have a haunch this recipe worked so well because of a new, recent purchase (perhaps... olive oil?), which I'll be blogging about later this week.

For dipping, we made our own favorite, which was inspired by a Tyler Florence aioli (for his ultimate crab cakes - dee-lish, btw), a Redondo Beach restaurant and our love for all-things whole grain mustard:
Eddie's favorite chip dip
Yield: about 4 servings

1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup whole grain mustard
1/2 lemon, juiced (give or take, depending on taste and consistency)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine garlic, mayo, mustard and lemon juice in a bowl and mix well. Add kosher salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for at least 30 min. prior to serving.

Note: we also love this dip as a spread for making a plain sandwich feel extra special, as well as an alternative to honey mustard or dijon with honey baked ham.


Karen said...

This looks so delicious. I've subscribed to Simple Recipes and she really has some great recipes. Thanks for the tip and the recipe for Eddie's Favorite Dipping Sauce---yummy.

Jenn said...

Those both look amazing -- especially that dipping sauce. Yum!