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Menu Planning: July 13-19

Can I get a big ol’ high five?!

Yes, folks, that’s right–this week I wrapped up the main recipe testing for What to Feed Your Raiding Party!!! Basically, I have 1 or 2 recipes I want to play with a bit more, to make that much better, and 4 drinks to design (1 punch and 3 individual drinks).

Not only that, I also finished the script for Fellowship of the Grill (oh, yes, I went there) while sitting in the waiting room for my gastro appointment today and started on the script for the last comic story (not counting the epilogue). Soon–so very soon!–I’ll actually start working on pages of art for the book. Eeee!

Here’s the pictures from the last bit of testing:

Baked Apples a la Mode
Baked Apples (served a la Mode)

Stuffed with brown sugar, butter and dried cranberries and baked until delicious.

Coconut Corn Chowder
Coconut Corn Chowder

Studded with vegetables and completely vegan, this “chowder” uses both a light roux as well as the thickness of coconut milk for it’s creamy texture.

Cheddar-Chive Buttermilk Biscuits
Cheddar-Chive Buttermilk Biscuits

These buttery, tangy biscuits are so simple to prepare and so very tasty. They go great with soups and stews and somewhat resemble a certain biscuit by a certain seafood chain.

Seafood Lasagna
Seafood Lasagna

I borrowed the idea of individual lasagnas with woven noodles from an episode of Giada at Home but the scallop, shrimp and crab filling is all my own. It would also work perfectly fine in a single casserole for larger groups.

Brownies
Brownies

What’s better than a no-fail, dense and fudgy brownie recipe? One that will work with all sort of variations–swap out the chocolate chips for butterscotch ones, swirl in some sweetened cream cheese, add nuts or just top with an rich and tasty frosting.

Rosemary Cheddar Bread
Rosemary Cheddar Bread

For those who want to try their hand as a yeast bread I’m including a fairly simple (yet always tasty!) Italian bread studded with shredded cheddar and fresh rosemary. Makes your whole kitchen smell like a bakery!

Want more? Today over on Nibbles ‘n Bites I talked about our experiment with Pineapple Can Game Hens–like Beer Can Chicken only so not. Also, it’s not too late to start your own batch of Limoncello and play along with me over at Sips & Shots.

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