Donuts, Poutine, Truffles, and a Homemade Scarf.

My cheat treat this week was poutine, something I had on my mind and it was long overdue for achieving satisfaction.  I did it at home, because St. Louis has no clue what poutine even is.  I couldn’t find any cheese curds, so I just used mozzarella.  For make-shift poutine at home- I did pretty darn good.  It was really yummy, and the Artist even liked it too.

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The next morning we planned on grabbing donuts at World’s Fair Donuts-ok, so I had 2 cheat treats lol-on our way to the free admission of the Botanical Gardens.  We are cursed for this.  We have to get there before noon to get the free admission on Saturdays, and something always happens.  Sometimes there is traffic or an accident and we are stuck, etc. but this time, we got lost.  The road we were supposed to take was not a through road, therefore we couldn’t turn where we were supposed to.  Obviously, we got lost and drove around for like 2 hours.  We got there just after noon, and they wouldn’t let us in unless we paid.  So we got donuts afterwards and went grocery shopping instead.  World’s Fair Donuts are amazing, and so cheap.  A buttermilk cake donut is just 56 cents.  And boy are they ever tasty.

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There are no words to describe this.  You must try it to fully grasp what I am trying to tell you.  I could eat an endless amount of these and never get sick of them.  So good.

Hopefully next time we make it to the gardens on time.  I want to go again now that it is fall because of all the beautiful fall colours and nice weather.  And by nice, I do not mean scorching hot.  And by nice, I do not mean lung burning cold.  By nice, I mean a light jacket or sweater is all that is needed because the breeze is fresh and the sun is out- and we are far enough away from it now in November that it doesn’t feel scorching.

This nice weather makes me actually want to spend time in the kitchen, and not have to slave over a hot stove and oven sweating like a maniac- like during the summer.  So I made some healthy treats that taste amazing.  These little truffle bites are made with chick peas.  The Artist says they taste “healthy” but I think they taste the same as my non-healthy ones.  I posted about the non-healthy version previously….chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel truffles (or balls, or whatever you want to call them).  These ones consist of chick peas, organic natural unsalted peanut butter, a few pieces of chopped dates, and pretzels, blended together in the food processor.  It is sort of crumbly, but you can form balls in your hands and I rolled a few in dark chocolate, a few I left as-is, and a few I rolled in crushed peanuts.  I keep them in the freezer and eat them frozen- for some reason I like to eat frozen things.  Cheesecake, brownies, chocolate bars, fruit chunks, cookies, etc. etc.  I think it started with my impatience for not wanting to wait for them to unthaw, and now I prefer them frozen.

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On another note, I recently finished up another knitting project.  I have been doing this one forever- like over a year haha.  Like I said in my last post, I don’t get addicted to projects with smaller needles and yarn- and this one is both.  I made a scarf, with alternating knitting stitch stripes and stockinette stitch stripes.  It is attached at the ends, so you put your head through the whole, versus wrapping it around.

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The Artist is so sweet, today he made the bed for me.  And the other day he “forced” me to buy a $1 pair of Christmas socks, because he knows how much I love festive items, especially socks.  And this pair, for some reason, are my absolute most favourite, and he could tell instantly that they were perfect.  He also talked with me about future plans, where to live after he is done school, goals, career moves, etc. and we stayed up until the wee hours of the morning having an amazing heart-to-heart laying in bed in the dark.  Snuggling of course.  It was a really great talk.  He knows me inside and out, and there is nothing we wouldn’t do for my happiness.  And I for him.  This morning I made hime his coffee before I left, and placed a little love note on top of the coffee make so he would see it right away.  He says when he makes coffee, and when he does, it tastes like swill.  Swill, or hot brown water.  But the funny thing is, I don’t even drink coffee.  We came to the conclusion that when something is made for you by someone else with love, it makes a difference in the taste ❤  The other day he made me smile, and warmed my heart to the core.  He is so funny, and I love discovering his antics after the fact.  I come in and sit down on the couch beside him, and told him that his shirt is on inside out.  He hadn’t realized this and had been walking around all day like that.  “Thankfully”, he said, he “didn’t go out in public”.  My heart=warmed instantly.  He was more then likely focused on his painting and other works that he didn’t realize.  He sees the world in a way that no one else does- every shadow, shape, and colour is interesting.  Flaws are not undesired, but rather, beautiful and tell a story.  From his perspective, noticing his shirt on backwards, or being bothered to switch it, wasn’t important.  The world has too much else to offer.

Sometimes, we don’t need to “do” or “say” something, all we need to do is embrace one another.  These extended hugs communicate everything between us when words don’t have the right, or enough, meaning.

Take a moment out of the day and hug your wife, husband, partner, or significant other, and pause for a moment.  Embrace with your heart.  Draw a gentle circles on his/her back with your hand, or cradle their face.  Tell your partner how much you love them, how you feel.  Give gentle, tender kisses.  Maybe whisper words in their ear so it tickles a little, maybe even causes some giggling.  Touch your noses together, in an eskimo kiss.  Take a moment from the hectic, crazy, wild adventures of the day to really be 110% present with your partner during this embrace.  You may not even need words, because your hearts will say everything.  I can’t think of a better way to recharge.  Life is precious, and the little moments can really make a difference in helping to enjoy every moment of it, and treasure it.  You will be surprised how intimate this can be, and how it can really help connect you when your brain is running a mile a minute.

Happiness is contagious.

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Movies, Food, and Love

The Artist and I had 4 glorious nights in a row of evening movie dates and good food at home.  He is really busy for about half the week with class and stuff, and then the weekends are filled with painting and doing other related things, and we also do our errands and shopping, and fitting in something fun together.  Evening 1 consisted of Halloween and Halloween II with candy, chips, and chocolate.  Evening 2 consisted of National Treasure and homemade chicken wings with raw veggies.  Evening 3 consisted of National Treasure 2 and homemade thin crust pizza and a side salad.  And evening 4, consisted of baked chicken and orzo with mediterranean inspired flavours, and a side salad, while watching The Office, an episode we were craving to see.  We snuggled under a big comforter on the couch and only had our side table lamp on- which gives the best soft lighting.  Perfect for together time.

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Homemade dough by the Artist, homemade sauce by me, low fat mozzarella, and oregano sprinkled on top. To keep it healthy, I have a protein shake on the side and some veggies.

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Look at those nice arms 😉

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Homemade dough by the Artist, homemade sauce by my, low fat mozzarella, grilled red peppers, slices of baked chicken breast, basil pesto dollops, and a bit of tiny diced tomatoes. Having a shake and veggies to keep it balanced! Also, we make 1 batch of dough, and the Artist cuts it in half to make these 2 pizzas, each the size of a baking sheet. It is super thin, and hard to stretch, but it works. We liked the thin and crispy crust for these dishes, and it keeps the carbs lower.

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Homemade chicken wings with a slightly spicy buffalo sauce. The main ingredient in the sauce be Frank’s hot sauce. Not breaded and baked keeps them healthier them if you went to a restaurant, and cooking them so they are nice and crispy and falling off the bone is delicious!

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My currant favourite side salad; arugula and maybe some romaine, mixed veggies, fresh lemon juice, and a bit of an olive oil-herb-vinegar dressing.

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Mediterranean style chicken with orzo.

The Artist and I were in the kitchen together making these meals, which is one of my favourite things to do together.  Seriously.  Cooking together brings out really great quality time together, great conversation, jokes, giggling; the works.  And the Artist is such an amazing cook, and we both love eating delicious food, see how it is just perfect?  We also have great heart-to-hearts when dining in at a fast food place like McDonald’s, and end up sitting there talking for an hour.  Or right before we go to sleep, while laying bed, or while we are getting ready to go somewhere.  The Artist has a really absurd sense of humour, as do I, and a lot of people don’t always get his jokes or antics.

The Artist: (after saying something crazy about having chicken bits all over his hands) See, you get my jokes.

Me: Not only do I get them…

The Artist: (excitedly interrupting) Not only do you get them, you do them too!

Me: (smiling) I know, I love it.  Not only do I get your jokes, I love them.  I yearn for them.  If we haven’t seen or talked to one another all day, especially since we don’t have cell phones, I find myself craving some Artist-style jokes, humour, gestures, and general silliness.

We get one another.  Like crazy.  I have never felt so understood by someone else before.  And it was the Artist who helped me find the words for that, he is amazing with words.  He told me that he has never be able to be himself so much until he met me, that I allow him to be him.  That we bring out the most potential in one another.  And that I bring out the best version of himself.  I had been feeling this way, but couldn’t put it into words.  He nailed it.  As always.  He is so good with words, in every sense.  He is poetic in every aspect of his life.  He can articulate things like you wouldn’t believe.  His vocabulary will blown your mind.  He loves to read poetry and finds it amusing- seeing the humour in words.  He then uses that an ammunition for his own word humour, fuelling his crazy sense of humour.  I use word humour as well, the Artist brings it out in me.  And sometimes I let little things slip when I am out or talking with someone else, forgetting that is the incorrect way of saying something and that it is not just me and the Artist being goofy at home.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I love life.

Happiness is contagious.

 

Halloween Celebrations

On the eve of Halloween, my Artist and I carved pumpkins- a tradition we have shared every year since we met.  We lay out newspapers and plastic bags, select an assortment of different knives, spoons, and other carving tools, and have at it.  We chat, giggle, and sing along to the radio we usually have playing.  It makes for a great date night together.  Here is what I came up with:

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And here is what the Artist concocted:

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I enjoyed my drinks from this fancy glass all day:

 

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And after pumpkin carving I dried the seeds and toasted them for snacking.  So delicious.

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The Artist also made some homemade chicken wings- which are always out of this world.  He knows how to make the perfect sauces that are not too bold, but full of flavours, and allows the yumminess to seep through- all the while rotating them perfectly creating the fall-off-the-bone effect with perfectly crispy skins.

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On to my treats!  My mom sent me holiday packages in the mail, as per one of my previous posts, including this chocolate bar.  I had it out on the coffee table for decoration, and it has been screaming at me to eat it since I got it….but I was saving it for Halloween night.  So finally I got to indulge my treat!  I felt like Rita on Arrested Development finally getting to eat her chocolate star after yearning for it for so long.

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I also made a few of these bad boys, which are caramel and chocolate pretzels.  They were super addictive.  But I tragically burned them, and only a handful were edible.  I didn’t have any more caramel, so I will have to get more to try again because the few that I had were amazing.  I don’t like plain pretzels- but cover them in anything, especially chocolate, and the sweet and salty, yet crunchiness just hits the spot.

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I went for caramel apple bites instead of whole apples, but sadly my caramel didn’t stick to the apples too well.  They were however, despite their appearance, quite tasty.

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The Artist wanted me to bake Halloween cupcakes, when I asked him what treats he wanted…and to help us not eat the whole batch, I shared some with friends.  Vanilla flavoured with Halloween festivities, and from a box.  Homemade are just never as good- for some crazy reason.

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I also made some glazed pumpkin and oatmeal cookies.  They were ok.  They definitely needed the glaze.  I would try them again, but use a different recipe I think.

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These are healthy pumpkin and fall spice muffins.  No processed sugar, flour, or butter.  The Artist always says, “you probably like when you bake nasty things, because then you don’t have to share”!  Ha!  They aren’t “nasty” but they are not your average carb-a-loaded cafe muffins with more sugar then a can of pop.  Not to mention the fat and calorie content.

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The Artist had some school related things to do, so while he was out I settled in and watched Hocus Pocus.

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I have been yearning to see this on Halloween for years, but have never been able to get my hands on a copy.  And for some insane reason, I can only watch it on Halloween.  Yes, I know, that is ridiculous.  I didn’t think I would get my turn in line to borrow from our local library in time, but I did!  It was a Halloween miracle.  And watching after going years with this unsatisfied craving felt indescribably good.  As a kid, I always wanted to dress up as Winifred Sanderson for Halloween.  When the Artist came home, we watched Halloween and Halloween II starring Jamie Lee Curtis, again, a craving just the same as Hocus Pocus, going unsatisfied for years.  But a few months ago I found a VHS copy of Halloween at Goodwill, and borrowed Halloween II from the library.  As we started the second movie…

Me: (latching onto the Artist’s arm) I don’t like that, it’s scary.

Artist: Come on, it is just the opening credits- the movie hasn’t even started yet.

Me: I know, but there is a skull over by that pumpkin.

Artist: It’s like Oscar on Corner Gas, “some of the letters are bleeding!”.

Afterwards, we decided to watch something a bit lighter and comical, and cuddled into bed to watch Corner Gas- where the Artist proceeded to tickle and pester me.  I love when he tickles and pesters me ❤  I may not think hat at the time haha, but I do.  All in all, this Halloween was one of the best.

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More Copycat Chinese Food Dishes!

I decided to experiment with more Asian inspired recipes over the past little while- and with huge success.  I will definitely be making these again, and they taste just as delicious as take out!  The major difference is that I don’t have a deep fryer, but both pan and oven cooking work great 🙂  I start by looking at some recipes online, and reading comments and reviews to see how it worked for others, noticing trends, and see what the most popular ingredients are.  Then, I go into the kitchen, and sort of follow a recipe, but mostly I just wing it.  Usually, I don’t have exactly the ingredients, especially if they are not cheap or economical to buy, so I substitute similar ingredients with no problems.

Spicy Szechuan Chicken and Vegetables

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First I browned the chicken breast, which was cubed, in a pan with some minced garlic, a tad of oil, and some of the sauce.  Then I added an assortment of veggies and the rest of the sauce.  The sauce contains: low sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, water, chill sauce, cayenne, ground ginger, and a bit of paprika for colour.  I poured that on the chicken and vegetables and let it come to a boil, and it starts to thicken a bit, and I added a spoonful at a time of cornstarch and water mixture.  I served over rice with chopped peanuts.  The peanuts are a great accompaniment, the dish wouldn’t be the same without them!

Orange Chicken:

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Sauce contains: orange marmelade, teriyaki, rice vinegar, water, dried and de-seeded red chilies, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and slowly adding a spoonful of cornstarch and water mixed together at a time until it thickens.  I added some vegetables, and served it as is!

General Tso’s Chicken:

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Sauce contains: worcestershire sauce, teriyaki, water, rice vinegar, minced garlic, hoisin sauce, sugar, and a spoonful of bottled General Tso’s sauce.  Dried and de-seeded red chilis, as well as onions go well in there too.  And same procedure with the cornstarch and water mixture, adding small bits at a time until it gets thick.

The trick with adding the cornstarch, is not to add too much.  I add a spoonful, stir, and let it sit on the heat for a minute to thicken.  Giving it a minute, it will usually thicken up with only a spoonful or 2 of the mixture.  In the beginning, the sauce may look like it won’t be enough- but it will be.  You just want a coating on everything, not having your chicken and toppings sopping in it.  Well, I don’t anyways.  I didn’t serve this over rice, just as is!

These were all amazing!  The chicken and vegetables can be cooked pretty much however, you can use whatever vegetables you want.  It is the sauce that is the best part 😉 AMAZING.

I am about to take a bite…..

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Here I am after tasting a bit of each, and so proud!  And yes, I was cooking in my jammies.

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The Artist loved these as well, I would have like more spice flavour in the orange chicken for next time though.  But none the less, it was all delicious!!!!  The Artist was impressed with me trying new dishes and succeeding to well on the first try.  He is so sweet.  He was waiting and waiting while I was preparing this.  I hadn’t prepped anything, so I was cutting the chicken and mixing the sauces- but he said it was WELL worth the wait and he was so glad he didn’t miss it.

I am definitely in a copycat recipe phase.  Check out my Copycat Butterfingers, and Copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits!  Mmmmm, biscuits.  Cheddar Bay biscuits are probably one of the few foods that “moved” me.

Yes, food moves me.

I love food.

More of My Food.

Once again: I love eating good food.

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Homemade tomato sauce!

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Chocolate chip pancakes for my Artist.

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Half of my tomato sauce became spaghetti sauce.  Ground beef, green pepper, mushrooms, onions, and finely chopped carrots and celery.  For seasonings I used fresh pressed garlic (about 6 cloves), oregano, basil, salt, pepper, a bit of parsley, and a bit of red pepper flakes.  My secret to delicious spaghetti; put in loads of veggies.  Loads and loads so your sauce looks too thick and veggie over loaded.  Especially loads of mushrooms.  Put a lid in with a small vent and let it simmer, stirring occasionally.  Eventually, the veggies will release their juices, the big time juice releaser being the mushrooms, and the sauce now looks normal.  It starts out looking like veggies tossed in sauce, but ends up as sauce with some veggies in there.  And the flavours from the veggies juices and moisture makes for a more complex tasting sauce, but is still somehow tastes simple and fresh.  And I am not shy on the seasonings either, I like lots!

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Final product.

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My new favourite obsession: this salad.  I can’t wait to try it with some chicken to have as an entree salad instead of just as a side.  I toss together arugula, carrots, edamamme, green or red bell pepper, sometimes celery, whatever we have and whatever tickles my fancy at the time.  I like a variety of veggies in a variety of colours.  Then I add some black pepper and grated parmesan and toss.  I then squeeze fresh lemon juice all over and toss.  Finally, I toss about 3/4 spoonful of olive oil/vinegar/herb dressing, and enjoy.  If I want something crunchy I use chow mein noodles or some nuts.  For the salad dressing, we buy it sometimes, but did our research first.  The only ingredients should be oil (olive, canola, or both), vinegar, and herbs like oregano or basil, and maybe some salt.  Any other ingredients or weird oils do not fly with me.  I am super picky with my salad dressings because I cannot stand my salad soaked in pure fat, carbs, and empty, useless calories, making my salad soggy.  Making this dressing at home is also good.  I love healthy, homemade dressing.  I love, love, love this flavour combination.  So yummy.  I made one for the Artist and put it in the fridge to have with dinner when he came home, and forgot to eat it.  I added tomatoes to his, and let him dress it himself, because he likes lots.

Me- Hey, you forgot the salad I made you.

Artist: Oh ya!  You can have it if you want.

Me- I already had mine.  And yours has tomato on it.

Artist- Ummm, I don’t know if you know this, but…you like tomatoes.

Me- Ya, but not on a salad.

Artist:  Just pick them off.

Me- The juices touched everything though.

Me liking tomatoes is a relatively new phenomenon.  I have always like tomato sauce on pasta though.  But now I like tomatoes in pasta, or brushetta, etc.  I have never liked ketchup, but do like ketchup flavoured chips.  But raw tomato, not dressed with anything, on a salad or sandwich?  Forget it.  I am also specific with how I like things proportioned.  For example, I do not want handfuls of lettuce on a sandwich, just a sprinkle.  I want a bit of everything with each bite, so the toppings need to be dispersed evenly, and I do not like condiments.  Hummus, if the sandwich calls for it, and that is about it.  And I don’t like certain foods touching each other.  For example, meat juices on my plate touching my other foods, tomato sauce touching my veggies, or any type of sauce touching anything on my plate that it is not intended for.  I hate getting served chicken wings at a restaurant and they are served ON TOP of my fries.

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The Artist had a long couple of days, so I made him an apple crisp.  Talked to my mom about how she winged it, and then, in turn, winged it myself.

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Made these homemade copycat Butterfingers.  Healthy peanut butter and bran flakes in there- even with the chocolate chips they are not too sugary, and have a good amount of protein and fibre 🙂

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My delicious lunch.  These pitas are crazy awesome!  Low in carbs, and about half of the carbs come form fibre!!!  A good source of protein too, 7-10g per pita depending on which variety you choose.

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I would normally add some baked chicken breast in there, but we didn’t have any to bake.  So I grilled a bunch of red peppers, smeared my pita with a healthy, all natural, non-jarred basil pesto, and some low fat mozzarella.  Then I grilled it.  It is sort of my healthy take on a homemade, healthy quesadilla.  Not fried, grilled, and with oil or coating, and low fat cheese.  Grilled red pepper and basil pesto is one of my very favourite, all-time flavour combinations.

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The Artist is always saying he needs more protein to eat, especially for snacks.  So I made him some meatballs.  I don’t like meatballs- yuck.  I only like beef if it is ground up in spaghetti.  It is a flavour thing, I just have never liked it much.  These meatballs are BBQ flavoured.

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And these ones are sweet n’ sour.  I made this sauce from scratch 😀  It was my first time, and they were a hit.  I made the meatballs from scratch too.

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This picture is of the Artist enjoying his meatball snack.  Yes he is eating them with a stick.  Yes he is eating them in bed.  How and where else? 😉  I love my Artist, he keeps me smiling and laughing, all day long.

Happiness is contagious.

I love Good Food.

I love good food.

I love making good food.  Mostly, just because I love eating it.

That is all.

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I made this for the Artist. All his favourite toppings and sauces.

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A view from the other side to see more of the layers.

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Brushetta topping to toss with a pasta dish.

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I didn’t make this, but bought it for $1. So good. Nice and warm, and healthy. Whole grain grain bread, provolone, chicken breast, spinach, loads or green pepper, onion, and black pepper. No condiments or sauce- yuck.

I am not a condiment girl.  I don’t like most of them.  I like sweet chili sauce sometimes on my chicken nugget, or plum sauce.  But mostly I like nothing 🙂  Especially on sandwiches!  The closest I get to a condiment is a smear of pesto or hummus.

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Apples are in season 🙂

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Love the size!

My ideas for apple-cooking-and-baking so far include: Apple crisp and apple cheese danishes- the Artist’s favourites.  Apple cake with caramel topping- a new recipe I would like to try.  Apple chips- something I have never had before.  Caramel apples- my Halloween day treat.  Applesauce- unsweetened to use as a sugar substitute in baking.  Apple cider- but I don’t have cheesecloth, and the recipes I like so far call for that.

I think I might need more apples haha.  I don’t know if I will get to all of these or not.

Some apple sauce to start:

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Home made snack mix. Shredded wheat, almonds, Grape Nuts, peanuts, a spoonful of canola, flax, seasonings and spices. Toasted nicely in the oven.

This turned out pretty good.  Maybe next time I will skip the flax, it didn’t stick to everything as well as I had hoped.  Maybe less seasonings too, I think I over did it a little.  Less is more for this recipe I think.

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Homemade Cheddar Bay Biscuits- see my Copycat Recipe blog about these 🙂

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The Artist wasn’t feeling well, so I made him a hot breakfast.  He asked for cream of wheat.  It smelled so good when I was making it.  I had to have a bite.  But then, as always, I quickly remember that the smell is deceiving because it tastes like nothing.  Mushy nothing.

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I made these next, and tried a new recipe.  Bad idea.  They turned out too cakey.  Not moist enough.  But the Artist had no problem loading them with ice cream and caramel sauce.

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Banana-Chocolate-Protein Muffins.

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Dark chocolate covered pretzels- not healthified haha.

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Roasted pork with carrots and onions, edamamme, and cous cous taboule with fresh mint from our plant 🙂 My FAVOURITE way to have cous cous.

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Roasted chickpeas with some herbs and spices for a crunchy, and extremely delicious snack.

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Pesto chicken, grilled red pepper and onion, and low fat mozzarella on a toasted bun.  BEST sandwich of life.

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Baked chicken and orzo mediterranean inspired flavours.  AMAZING dish.

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Homemade granola bars- tried to make them with chocolate protein powder….I didn’t like the texture, and they didn’t turn out too good. Definitely need to play with this one.

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Ravioli stuffed with cheeses and tossed in pesto.  These raviolis are from Costco, and are fresh pasta that gets frozen- SO GOOD!

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Plantain chips- thick cut with a knife and roasted in the oven with canola oil- the worst way!

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Cut with a mandolin and roasted with canola in the oven- they are ok, the taste of the oil comes through.

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Cut with the mandolin and used my Chipster- the best way! No oil or anything, just plantains and a pinch of salt. Delicious! Super healthy, crunchy, and tasty.

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Substituted banana and applesauce for sugar, and used chickpeas, no flour, and even melted chocolate chips on top in a thin layer, and still only 4g of sugar and low carbs per generous serving 🙂 I call them “banana muffin squares”.

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Whole wheat pasta with kale, baked chicken, onions, and asiago sauce (just asiago melted and thinned with milk). I don’t like kale, check out my “done with kale” blog post! I prefer spinach.

I am going to try a healthfied version of homemade butterfingers later 😉

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I was looking on The Brown Eyes Baker’s blog; http://www.browneyedbaker.com because there are great recipes and ideas, and really awesome photos of the finished product as well, and came across Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits.  The recipe was a copycat style, making these biscuits from scratch.  I looked up other recipes to see if there was a trend as to what works best, and I read a comment saying that Red Lobster uses Bisquick as their base.  Now, I don’t know if this is true or not, and most recipes I found did include Bisquick, but thought I would give it a go.  Except, I only had Great Value Pancake mix from WalMart.  It must be at least similar to Bisquick, right?  Well, I was about to find out.

The batter was super sticky and hard to handle:

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I messily plopped them down on a baking sheet, not forming tight balls or anything- just very roughly plopping handfuls onto the tray.

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And when they were done, I brushed on a garlicy-melted-butter topping, and served them right away.

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Here is a close up, just to make your mouth water even more.

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The verdict: I was in the kitchen, and didn’t tell my husband what I was doing, I was just having some Sunday afternoon kitchen time- cooking up a storm.  Then all of a sudden I emerged with these, and his eyes bulged.  This is the reason we go to Red Lobster- the biscuits are clearly the best part.  I don’t even like lobster, or any fish for that matter, and I LOVE Red Lobster.  So much delicious food, for such a little price (I obviously go with a handful of coupons of course 😉 !!)  In addition to their biscuits, they have great starters, salads, and this creamy pasta dish that is just outstanding.  And it is not like most pasta dishes with loads of noodles and a few pieces of meat- if that.  It was loaded with tons of chicken, that was cooked really well and not charred so it was dry, grizzly, or tasted like charcoal.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  And dessert, wow.  So good.

Anyways, as my husband took the first bite, he was amazed.  He was speechless.  Then he found 1 word- “wow”.  Then all of a sudden he couldn’t stop saying “wow”.  After 2 fresh, warm biscuits, he found his words again, and raved about how they were exactly like the ones at Red Lobster.  Success?  I think so!  And to brag a little more, he said the sandwich I concocted the other day was better then Subway 😉

Here is the recipe I used, it is from http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe?id=7271697 and I tweaked it a little, which is in brackets:

Batter:

– 2 and 1/2 cups Bisquick baking mix (I used Great Value Walmart brand pancake mix)

– 3/4 cup cold whole milk (I used 2%)

– 4 tablespoons cold butter (I used a wee bit extra)

– 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (I didn’t measure, just generously shook it in!)

– 1 cup, heaping, cheddar cheese, grated (I used a VERY heaping cup)

– I also added a sprinkle of baking soda, “just because”…I wasn’t sure if the pancake batter would work the same as Bisquick and I didn’t want them to be too dense, but light and fluffy

For the butter topping:

– 2 tablespoons butter, melted (this lasted for 9 biscuits, the other 3 I had to make a bit more)

– 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes (I didn’t measure, I just poured generously)

– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (again, didn’t measure, just poured generously, I like lots of flavour)

– pinch of salt (omitted this)

Step 1: I put pancake mix in a bowl, and used a form, and my hands, to cut the cold butter into the pancake mix, there were still little lumps of butter in it when I was finished.

Step 2: I mixed in the garlic powder, cheese, and then the milk.

Step 3: Mixed with my hands.  This was super messy and sticky 🙂  Mixed until combined, but careful not to over mix.

Step 4: Plopped onto ungreased baking tray, I used a stoneware one from Pampered Chef because the bottoms of things on there never seem to get too dark.

Step 5:  Baked in a pre-heated oven at 400, but had something else in there at 350 for the second batch, and it worked just as well. Cooked for about 15 minutes, or until slightly golden.

Step 6: Microwave butter, and add garlic powder and parsley.  Brushed on top generously and served warm and fresh.

I will be making this many, many more times in the future, they are just delicious 😀