Chicken with Garlic-Tomato Sauce

ImageSource:  Taste of Home
Changes:  None
Thoughts:  Super easy and delicious. Served over egg noodles!


Baked Falafel and Cucumber Sauce

Source: for the recipes and Cookie + Kate for the method
Changes:  Greek Yogurt in the sauce in place of regular.  Left out the coriander.
Thoughts:  By baking the falafel in cast iron, they were crisp on the outside with less added fat.  The cucumber sauce went very well with the falafel.  Great taste, though the recipe took longer than I thought it would.  In the future, I would use a food processor instead of a blender for the onion, parsley, and garlic.

Roll-Out Sugar Cookies and Frosting


Source: for both cookies and frosting
Changes:  The cookies needed more flour to be rolled out, and I had issues making the frosting the correct consistency.  I added more water, then more sugar, then more water, then more sugar, then more corn syrup (figured I had added enough of the other two ingredients to warrant it) until everything was finally the thick consistency I wanted.
Thoughts:  Other than the issues making the frosting, I really liked both of these recipes.  The frosting was easy to color with food coloring.  The dough for the cookies did not need to be refrigerated and that is always a plus.  I brought these to a cookout and they were devoured.

Homemade Pasta


Source:  David Lebovitz and the KitchenAid manual
Changes:  Used all purpose flour, let rest for only 20 minutes before starting to make the pasta.  Because it was my first time making pasta, and it is a slow process, I had to cook the pasta a little longer as it had dried before I was ready to boil it.
Thoughts:  Fresh pasta is always outstanding! Paired with a zesty tomato sauce.

Vanilla Bean Baked Donuts with Strawberry Frosting


Source: Shugary Sweets
Changes:  Powdered vanilla bean (1 tbsp) in place of the scraped vanilla bean.
Thoughts:  Tasty, but not exactly donut like.  I really like the vanilla bean flavor with the strawberry.  My donut pan is MUCH smaller than theirs. I overfilled my pan as a result and still got 12 donuts.  I would bet it would be close to 18 donuts at the proper size.