Summer Cooking Roundup

I will be honest: I did not do much real work this summer. I quit my job in May, traveled around Europe for 5 weeks, and then pretty much chilled in Michigan for almost 2 months until I moved to Ann Arbor for law school.

Knowing this would be a low-key summer, I set a goal in advance to tackle some projects and to avoid just sitting around on the couch all the time. One of those projects? Cook, and cook a lot.

In this regard, I think I succeeded. Now, this is not to say all my cooking endeavors themselves were successful – I did a fair amount of messing up recipes and making silly mistakes. I’m still new at this cooking game, and I have a TON to learn.

I’ve been blogging lots of my cooking attempts, but there were a few that didn’t quite make the cut, for whatever reason. So, here’s a look at what else I cooked this summer:

Greek Salad with Chicken and Feta Croquettes

Spaghetti Carbonara

  • Source: Weight Watchers
  • Notes: This was probably my least favorite meal of the summer. I think it was the turkey bacon – not a fan. Also, I’m not sure if I didn’t cook it properly, but the top was pretty flavorful, while the bottom was basically a lump of flavorless noodles.

Greek Chicken with Orzo

  • Source: Weight Watchers cookbook (I couldn’t find a link online)
  • Notes: This was pretty tasty, but my orzo was way overdone. Which leads me to the question – how exactly do you know when orzo is done? It’s beyond me.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

  • Source: Weight Watchers Best-Ever Desserts
  • Notes: I thought these were really tasty, but the recipes for the frosting leaves you with a very chunky, very hard to spread concoction. We had to add some skim milk.

Chicken in Ginger Broth

  • Source: Also from a WW cookbook – I can’t find a link to it online.
  • Notes: This was good, but rather bland. Definitely needed more salt/pepper/seasoning than the recipe originally called for.

Italian Beef Pasta Bake

  • Source: Weight Watchers
  • Notes: This turned out a lot like Hamburger Helper. Probably good, if you like Hamburger Helper. But, I don’t, so that should tell you all you need to know regarding how I felt about this recipe.

And, here’s a recap of the ones I already posted about:

All in all, I’m sort of amazed by how much I actually cooked this summer. For someone who didn’t really cook anything, ever, until I graduated 3 years ago, and who has only cooked sporadically since, I think I covered a lot of ground. I’m a little sad that I don’t have my own kitchen this school year – but I’m certain I’ll be revisiting this whole cooking thing in the future as soon as I can.

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