06 September 2014

Weekend Cooking: Three Winning Dinners

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A few weeks ago I won a wonderful giveaway from my friend @florinda_3rs. It was a three-month subscription to a magazine service and app called Next Issue. Naturally, the first thing I did was gain access to a whole bunch of cooking magazines.

This past week, I used the app to find dinner ideas. I tried three new recipes and all were winners. By the way, in case you're curious, Next Issue includes a number of magazines that feature food and cooking, such as Saveur, Bon Appetit, Better Homes & Gardens, and Country Life.

Rather than type out the recipes, I thought it'd be simpler to share the magazine's photos, my thoughts and tweaks for each dish, and the links to the recipes on the magazines' websites. That way you can print out a copy of whatever looks good to you or pin it to your Pinterest boards.

The Eating Well recipe was for Baked Vegetable Soup, which is started on the stovetop but finished in the oven. What I liked about the method was that I didn't have to watch the liquid level or stir the soup. Instead, I put it in the oven and forgot about it for an hour. Nice. The only thing I did differently was to use a single bag of artichoke hearts and to add two Hungarian wax peppers, which I wanted to use up. The recipe doesn't call for a lot of seasoning, so I added dried basil and some thyme.

From Southern Living I made Beef Kabobs with Broccoli Slaw and Peanut Sauce. As some of you may know, I have a slight peanut allergy, so I made this one with Sunbutter, a peanut butter substitute. The recipe suggests two kinds of beef, and I picked the rib eye steak. I made the recipe pretty much exactly as it was written, and we both loved the flavors and how easy and fast it was to put together.

Finally, I made the Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos from Cooking Light. There were quite a few steps to this recipe (and dishes to wash!), but the result was well worth it. My pork tenderloin was a bit bigger than the one called for, so I used more chips and more cheese (so much for the "light"!). I didn't make the topping, instead I scattered jalapenos and onions on top of the beans and underneath the cheese and served the nachos with diced avocado in lime juice and chopped fresh tomatoes. There were plenty of leftovers, so we had this two nights in a row.


jama 9/6/14, 6:30 AM  

The recipes look yummy. Pinned all of them. :)

TP 9/6/14, 6:45 AM  

You reminded me how much I love looking through magazines for recipes! And yours look so yummy. The app, NextIssue, looks promising, but $10/mth is a little pricey.

Tanya Patrice

Tina 9/6/14, 6:45 AM  

I like Cookimg Light and am well familiar with Southern Living but have not seen Eating Well. Sounds like you scored big with that app.

Anonymous,  9/6/14, 8:21 AM  

Oh my all three recipe look yummy. Especially that vegetable soup!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 9/6/14, 8:58 AM  

Those beef kabobs look delicious! I love the Asian influence...I might give those a try.

Katherine P 9/6/14, 9:16 AM  

I hadn't heard of Next Issue but it sounds fun. I'd definitely have hit up the cooking magazines as well. Southern Living is generally pretty reliable and I've used Cooking Light a time or 2 but I don't think I've ever come across Eating Well. I'm curious if all the recipes have the lack of seasoning though. Thanks for sharing! I'll have to look for the Next Issue app.

(Diane) bookchickdi 9/6/14, 10:19 AM  

I was just looking at the Pork and Pinto Bean Nachos recipe yesterday. I will definitely try it now.

Jackie McGuinness 9/6/14, 10:59 AM  

I've wondered about the Next Issue app and whether it was worth paying for.
I can't keep up with the blogs I follow not sure if I need any more reading.

Have to check out the soup in the oven.

Anonymous,  9/6/14, 1:17 PM  

I own one of the Eating Well cookbooks. I didn't even realize they were a magazine until after I bought the book. So many great and healthy ideas.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 9/6/14, 6:57 PM  

This is making me so hungry! Now that it's finally cooling off I can start really cooking again. When it's hot, I just throw stuff on the grill or have salad.

JoAnn 9/7/14, 8:28 AM  

I really like the idea of NextIssue, but it seems a little expensive...

shelleyrae @ book'd out 9/7/14, 10:00 AM  

Sounds like it was the perfect gift for you., I'm glad you found three great new dishes.

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity 9/9/14, 1:46 PM  

The soup looks so tempting!! It's still too hot here, but I think tomorrow is our last day in the 90s and then we might even have some lows in the 60s at night. LOL! Just as everyone is starting to post their fall colors. ;) I do find that I have to add more seasoning to soups than recipes call for. And I'm not sure I have a pot that I can start on the stove and put in the oven. Maybe for Christmas...

Julie P. 9/11/14, 2:53 PM  

I would love those nachos from Cooking Light. Unfortunately, no one else in my family would touch them!

Julie P. 9/11/14, 2:53 PM  

I would love those nachos from Cooking Light. Unfortunately, no one else in my family would touch them!

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