Wednesday, March 5, 2008

new favorites - stuffed poblano peppers and polish raspberry mazurkas

readers, i confess, sometimes i have no idea what to make. i don't know about you guys, but for me just the decision on what to make drives me looney everyday around 5pm. i need subtle suggestion. and that's where these guys come in the picture. if their drooling commentary isn't enough to head you into the cold barren kitchen, then i don't know what else could.
ok, enough of all my chatter... this is what i've made recently (this is a relative term for me)...

from blogger, 365 days of pure vegetarian, her stuffed poblano peppers. these came together easily. i just had to make a quick run to the store for the poblanos and everything else i had at home. the only changes i made were to add 2 tbspn of tomato paste and to cut the rice down to 1/4 cup. i served them with a side of home made guacamole and salsa. they were fantastic! my husband wrapped the whole thing in a tortilla and had at it. i think i would like to make these into chilli rellenos type things and smother them with mole the next time. yum yum yum...

from the blogger who needs no introduction - melissa of the very famous The Traveler's Lunchbox, her polish raspberry mazurkas. these were so delicious, with a light yet filling oatmeal coconut crumble layer on top and bottom. i think i got more than 12 pieces though. i took these for an event and didn't get to take a snap beforehand. however, because i know i will be making these again and again, i will definitely update this post with photos. this is perfect for those times when you're chocolated out. know what i mean? the recipe is quick, simple and easy to follow with excellent results. the only tinkering i did was to add just a pinch of lemon zest into the raspberry preserves. i don't know if it was even needed, but i do know that it was just scrumptious. next time i'm going to try these out with either a fig, orange or blueberry preserve. OMG.

i don' t know why i've always got to mess with a perfectly perfected recipe, probably one that's been handed down for more than a hundred years. i just don't know what it is with me. i have tinkering issues. what else can i say?

thanks so much guys for being extremely generous in sharing your recipes and allowing restless hands and minds to tinker on.


LisaRene said...

Looking good! I have stuffed poblano's on my schedule to make a week from Friday. This is how weirdly organized I am, it's my obsessive compulsive side showing through :) I plan what I am going to make weeks in advance. I know what you mean about making the decision on what to prepare - the possibilities are endless and there are more dishes to be made then there are days in the week.

The mazurkas look delicious! What a nice straightforward recipe with lots of butter! I imagine they would be excellent with a fig preserve.

Dhivya said...

looks yummy,,,innovative idea..

ts said...

Now that looks good..and rolling in a tortilla is a great way of having it!
I'll be making this soon!

cheers, Trupti
The Spice Who loved Me

Alpa said...

lisarene - lol! Thanks! Please try to schedule these in if you get a chance, they are really worth it!

Dhivya - Thanks for visiting!

Trupti - Welcome to my blog! Please try them, they are really very good and use pantry ingredients! Thanks so much for stopping by.

Alpa said...

Trupti - I tried to visit you, but I wasn't able... sorry.