Monday, November 4, 2013

And it was a Frenzy.......

This past weekend, I cooked my butt off. With a group of other Allrecipes Brand Ambassadors and site users, we gave more than 300 recipes on the Allrecipes site a picture.. It was an online mob scene.. a faceless frenzy!

How we all looked after slaving away in our kitchens

It began Friday morning at 12:01am and went until 11:59pm Sunday. This gave everyone a chance to participate in the fun.. and fun it was!

Here are the recipes I did:

Tasty interesting dish... It usually is steamed so has a sort of a firm custard texture

These had a very strong peppermint taste.. too strong for me so after I topped with a glaze, I sprinkled with some chopped up semi sweet chocolate. The texture is very cake-y so unless you like cake like cookies, add some nuts of something to change the texture. The thinner rolled ones were less cake like and I preferred those

Nope, nope, nope. Didn't like at all. The recipe, as written came out to nothing but a bowl of crumbs, I added eggs which gave a good dough, but these are really tasteless and boring. Skip them

I haven't tried these yet as the recipe directions state they need to sit for a week to allow flavors to blend. While I don't think I'll be able to let them sit that long, I am going to let them sit a few days. The black pepper was an interesting addition. I do admit cutting it back a bit as I added some, tasted the batter and found it spicy enough for me

I didn't want to make these into bars since little bites are easier for people to eat so I made them in a mini muffin tin. While these aren't spectacular as made per the recipe, this is a good base recipe for adding things.... which is really needed

I liked these. I did use real rum instead of extract. The flavor was nice and I do think some ground up hazelnuts would be awesome in the cookie dough.

These made a nice light crispy sugar cookie. Nothing superb, but tasty.

I must say I preferred the dough before it was baked. Afterwards, I think the nutmeg had mellowed too much and was not strong enough. If you make them, do not bake until brown as the texture is not as good and bump up the nutmeg

The BEST cookie of the day! The cornmeal gives these a really nice texture and taste. I liked these a lot.  Five stars!

Boy these were a pain in the ass!. I prepped the dough and let it chill for 24 hours. Took it out, and started to cut them... CRUMBLE!!  Argghh. I didn't have time to add anything and rechill so I added an egg and then put the dough in mini muffin cups. When it came out of he oven and was still hot, I made an indentation in the dough for the jam. The cookies are very tasty... not overly sweet. If you make these, add egg or eggs to the dough before you roll so they don't fall apart on you

I though this tasted nice. I think this is better served as a dip for a toasted baguette rather than a chip dip. It's more of a  "make your own mini sandwich" type of dip... but I liked it

Why these are called Canadian and Tea Biscuits was a topic of much discussion  lol. They really are a cheese biscuit and a very nice one too. I plan on serving this with soup.

And here is the soup that will get the tea biscuits.  Lots of nice veggies, a little chicken. I left out the barley since I cannot eat it and tossed in a little sweet potato. I haven't tried this one yet as I always make soup a day in advance to get flavors to marry. Dinner tonight!

I had seen this recipe many times and decided it looked too "boring" to make.  I needed a veggie soup this week so I decided to forge ahead and could always tweak it later. Wow Big surprise. This is delicious as is. I added more shredded zucchini and really enjoyed this soup a lot! Will make again as it is very easy and quick, as promised by the title. A food processor makes quick work of the shredding

I have been wanting to try TVP for quite awhile but never seemed to find the right recipe. I stumbled upon this one and it looked like it was a good way to give this a try. I used fresh spinach and added some red pepper flakes. The texture was good but it needs help in seasoning department. If you make this, add your seasoning and then cook up a tiny piece in a frying pan to check taste. Adjust as needed until you get it right. I made in small loaf pans to freeze leftovers

My last recipe and my dinner last night. I used the last of my bison pepperoni from a previous assignment and really enjoyed this. Quick, Easy and healthy... I used high fiber whole wheat tortillas. YUM. Will add some veggies next time.

So today I am resting and recuperating from the madness (and the fun). The dishes part sucks but the rest of it is terrific.  I have food for the week, my co-workers will be getting a lot of cookies, Allrecipes gets some new pictures to hopefully entice people to make new recipes and I got to spend some time with friends. A win-win situation.
We have a whole Pinterest board of the recipe made so if you are curious, take a peek November 2013 Faceless Frenzy  This is, I think, the fourth time I've participated and each time you learn something new and find a few jewels. I'll definitely do this again... but not tomorrow!


  1. Wow! You did a lot Linda! Great blog post on the frenzy.

  2. You slacker, you! Beautiful job I have gained weight just looking! Now I must go clean slobber off my device.