I am an American who moved from Dallas to Iceland to marry a native Icelander, retire and become his KITCHEN QUEEN. We love to entertain, so I will eventually have an eclectic collection of recipes. When I pick recipes to share, I am after quality, not quantity. Recipes appeal to me if they feature an ingredient, cooking method or cuisine I favor AND are good options for entertaining family and friends. I want all of them to be special and not 1 among of many just like them. BUT I am definitely not a "food snob" and believe that every convenience food has a place in my kitchen.
If cooking for just 2 of us, I will target simple, easy-fixes that are flexible and mostly make-ahead - BUT I also like challenging myself. I enjoy baking and taking food photos. I am devoted to the MORE IS BETTER PRINCIPLE and apply it liberally to bacon, butter and garlic. My favorite ingredients include avocado, bacon, butter, Cinnamon Red Hot Candies, coffee, fresh mint when available, garlic, lemon curd, mango, oats, prosciutto, pumpkin and rhubarb.
FYI - I have tried and found special all the recipes in my "Favorite Go-To Recipes" Cookbook. I also have several cookbooks that titled "Recipe Radar" where I've stored untried recipes that appeal to me and I hope to make as time and occasions permit. Most of the remainder of my cookbooks are devoted to my own recipes and I try to update my cookbooks on a regular basis. Today is 7/28/18 & I am just about done reorganizing all of them. Thanks in advance for your interest in my recipes and I hope they live up to your expectations.
I can have ingredient issues here in Iceland and my DH is medically low or no added salt-restricted post kidney transplant. Either situation may require me to alter a recipe, but I will do my best to be true to your recipes and fair in my reviews. There are reasons my reviews highly rate most recipes I make. I choose them for their appeal factors mentioned above, am drawn to "hidden gems" & love posting photos to them. --- EDITED TO ADD that I am glad to report that some ingredient issues have improved since a COSTCO store opened here, but supplies can be occasionally erratic.
Made as written for Billboard Tag - I introduced my now DH & a grp of Icelanders to the Thanksgiving meal when they were in the US for spec training. After I came to Iceland to marry Siggi, we agreed to share the tradition annually as a 4-family grp. The date can vary, but the event is always hosted by us & we had extras this yr. To be sure we had enough turkey for the meal & leftovers for all, I cooked an extra turkey breast in my crock-pot & oven-roasted 4 skin-on legs using your recipe. The legs were clearly the best, very tender & flavorful. The skinless breast was unusually dry, tended to crumble w/slicing & had a strong lemon flavor (my pers view as no one complained & Siggi didn't agree w/me). The gravy was great! Your recipe will be used again for basting skin-on oven-roasted turkey or chicken & I'm confident the result will be excellent. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us. :-)
Made for Billboard Tag as written except that I subbed a generous amt of lemon pepper for the salt as DH is salt-restricted after a kidney transplant. 50% of our dinner meals are fish & sole fillets are among our faves, so I was pleased to find your recipe & very happy w/the excellent results. Thx for sharing this easy-fix recipe certain to be repeated often. :-)
Made a full recipe as written for Billboard Tag except for leaving out the salt as DH is salt-restricted post kidney transplant. Then I halved the yield to use it in 2 ways -- Savory to baste marinated grilled chicken & sweet as coffee-flavored icing by adding powdered sugar to frost banana muffins. I esp liked the latter & favor a lemon flavor for fish, so will prob use it mostly for poultry meats. Thx for sharing this multi-use recipe w/us. :-)
Banana bread is highly-favored around our house & the truly shocking thing about this banana bread is how it's such an easy fix. It's an ingredient-friendly, 1-bowl quick-fix. Made as written using the baking powder option, it was delicious but I didn't notice any real textural chg. We enjoyed it last nite for dessert & today w/our morning coffee. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us.
Made as written for the Billboard Tag Game, mainly since we love both main ingredients & I had a bit of the orange sauce I to use from your roast duck recipe. It's an easy-fix & well-flavored, but we found it a bit on the "too sweet" side, so I'll reduce the honey to 1 tbsp for its encore. It was served w/lasagna, garlic bread & cucumber salad. A plated pic will post later today. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us.
I shared things in common w/other reviewers when I made this recipe essentially as written. I used frozen blueberries dusted w/flour plus was drawn to the use of cream cheese & enjoyed the batter "silkiness" - But I also had differences. My batter was stiff (vs loose) & I didn't use a glaze as my DH loves blueberry muffins, but prefers them plain. My yield was likely spot-on as I opted to make 12 std-size & 8 jumbo-sized muffins using a conversion method I found on-line (See pic). All that said, they were great & I'm glad I resisted my early temptation to halve the recipe. Thx for sharing this lovely recipe w/us. :-)
This recipe needs a 10 Star button! My DH was out-of-town for 3 dys & I wanted to cook something special for his return home, so I chose your recipe. I served it w/buttered broccoli & wild rice. He was so impressed & it was instantly added to my "Go-To Favorite Recipe Cookbook". It deserved better pics, so I hope you're not too disappointed. Thx for sharing this keeper w/us. I expect it will be made often. :-)
Made for the Pick Me Tag Game & served last night as part of a starter course to dinner & games nite guests, I made 2 minor chgs. I used red bell pepper because that's what DH bought & I subbed leek & dry chives for the green onions rarely found here in Iceland. Comments were favorable - DH adored it & our 2 guests liked it a lot, but I felt the ingredient amts were a bit off target. IMO the 1 cup cocktail sauce & 2 cups cheese made those flavors dominate the shrimp flavor I wanted to be stronger. I will make this again, halve those ingredients & then adjust to taste pref by gradually adding more as I feel the need. I may even try using a bit of Old Bay Seas I favor using w/shrimp. Thx for sharing this recipe w/us. (A pic will post later today) :-)
Broccoli salads are a fave for us. We entertain often & are esp fond of make-ahead recipes that turn a salad & veggie into 1 dish. Broccoli salads are full of flavor & texture that improves by Day 2. That said, your recipe ticks all my boxes. I did reduce the amt of mayo, plumped the raisins in water, used roasted unsalted cashews (DH is salt-restricted post transplant) & added black olives. Served to dinner party & games night guests, I was happy to share your recipe at their request. Thx for sharing your recipe w/us. :-)