Freckles in April: Recipes We've Loved Lately

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Recipes We've Loved Lately

I haven't posted a recipe on this here little blog in a long while but we've still had some really delicious things lately. Here are a few of the recipes we've loved over the past few months:

Chicken and Gnocci Soup (Olive Garden knock-off) - This soup is one of the few things I really like at Olive Garden and I was thrilled to run across this recipe. It was so delicious that I almost had the leftovers for breakfast the next day (I managed to wait until lunch). However, the recipe calls for 1 quart of half-and-half which is kind of a crazy large amount. A pint was plenty for my purposes.

Lentil Soup - I'm not actually sure I've ever had lentils before this soup. But it was delicious and hearty and wonderful. Also, we ate off of it for days. You could probably halve the recipe and be fine (unless you have ten children, in which case I would make a full batch).

Strawberry Heart Oreos - these were super cute and quite delicious. I'd really like to try a from-scratch version though. Boxed stuff always tastes chemical-y to me now that we don't eat it very often.

Cinnamon Brown Butter Breakfast Puffs - Oh man these were good. I made them for the joy school kids when it was my week to teach and they hoovered them. Aaron and I were happy to eat the few that were left.

Slow Cooker Shredded Beef - I misread the recipe the first time and added one can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce instead of one chipotle pepper in adobo sauce. Aaron LOVED it. I could barely eat it unless it was wrapped in a tortilla with plenty of guac, lettuce and cheese. I scaled back the peppers a bit the next time and it was so so good. I've gone back to this recipe a few times.

Green Bean and Shallot Ravioli Salad - I LOVE this recipe. Aaron isn't quite as fond of it but he also doesn't love filled pasta (...weirdo) or lemon so that's his loss. Last time I made homemade ravioli with homemade ricotta and ohhh sweet mercy it was good.

Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup (Zupas knock-off) - this was fine the first time around but the next day I added a bit more cheddar and a bunch of steamed, chopped broccoli to the leftover soup and it was so so good.

Buttermilk drop biscuits - I've started making these almost every time we have soup. They are ridiculously good AND super easy.

Creamy White Chili - I'm not a chili person and no one in our house is particularly fond of beans so it speaks volumes about this recipe to say that we love it (although, I do halve the beans).

Alfredo - For some reason our go-to alfredo sauce has been..not good lately. It was reliable for years and suddenly it never turns out so I went hunting for a new one. This is the easiest recipe ever but there aren't really words for how ridiculously delicious it is. I figured with so few ingredients I should spring for higher quality parmesan and we were not disappointed. We had it twice in one week.

Cream Puff Squares - Holy crap I love these. On Easter Sunday I felt so ill from all the junk I ate that I swore Monday would be all vegetables and healthy stuff. And then I woke up Monday morning and fell face first into the pan of cream puff squares in the fridge. I am weak.


  1. I have made several of these! Those buttermilk drop biscuits are always my last minute bread with dinner choice, and that white chili is one of my very favorites. In fact, Mel has never let me down.

  2. Ooh, thanks for all the good ideas and inspiration to try some new recipes - definitely going to do that shredded beef. I've been on the lookout for good recipes that work with my husband's unpredictable work end times, and crock pot ones are handy!

  3. Thank you for this!! I was just about to email you and ask for some of your favorite healthy recipes. I'll have to go through some of these.

  4. I've been waiting for one of these posts! I love when you post about food. :)

  5. I am always looking for good recipes. Thanks for posting these!!

  6. This post just makes me laugh. I wish I lived right next door to you.

    Also, I love love love that white bean chili (I make mine in the crockpot because I am mega-lazy).

  7. I think blogger ate my comment.

    Anyway...I've been desperate for some new recipes. I've printed some of these all out and plan to make them. (I'll return and report.)


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