I've tried some new recipes lately that I wanted to share with you:
I personally am not a fan of cream cheese, but I needed some of the plain low-fat stuff for a fruit salad I was making. I wasn't sure what to do with the rest, and it occurred to me that I could probably mix my own flavored cream cheese for my husband to enjoy on bagels. A quick Internet search (what a handy tool!) revealed this; I just substituted jam for actual berries. My husband really liked it, so it was a successful experiment.
My friend Jody has been bestowing us with a fair amount of zucchini. I made a couple loaves of bread, but wasn't sure how to use more until she gave me this fabulous cake recipe. I have to say that I am not usually a chocolate cake person, but this was yummy, especially a la mode. (My alterations: I omitted the orange peel and nuts, and did not make the glaze, though I'm sure it's delicious.)
It's also the time of year to enjoy one of my favorite pairs: Roma tomatoes and red onion. Click here and here for my favorite dishes with this combination.
Last winter, I asked for suggestions on what to do with dried lentils. I finally tried a dish based on Tracy's recipe for mazidra, and scooped it into a tortilla like a taco. Delicious, and so good for you!
Now I need to ask for some more suggestions. I confess that when a recipe calls for crushed garlic, I use the kind from a JAR! I know you purists are shuddering right now, but I had to be truthful. A friend just gave me a clove of garlic from her garden, and I really want to maximize this "opportunity." I don't know if I'll convert, I just want to make the most of what I've been given. =) So, what are your best recipes that call for garlic? I'm eager to hear. (Reminder: I don't eat red meat. Ever. That I will not be converted on!)