Can You Smellllllllllllllllllllll What the JAP is Cooking?????

Ok, I just peed myself for like 3 minutes when I came up with the title for this post. I’m probably the only one who is amused – whatever!!!

Anywho, I’ve been in the kitchen a lot, and have definitely made up for the lack of recipes in May! And even if you don’t care, I’m sharing. 🙂

– Ginger Tomato Chicken. This was a CrockPot recipe that I thought was going to be AMAZING, but it kind of fell flat. It was OK, just nothing special. I don’t know if it was the cuts of chicken I didn’t like, or that it was too tomato-y and not ginger-y enough, but it was mehh. I don’t think I’d make it again, but maybe I’d give it another whirl if I changed the ingredients up a bit. Or used different cuts of chicken. I did learn though from a blurb in the BHG cookbook that you can buy a huge thing of ginger and just freeze whatever you don’t use, wrapped in plastic wrap. Need to shave off some for another recipe? You don’t need to thaw it out! Genius! Recipe here.

– Mmmmmm Tuna Steaks w/ Broccoli and Couscous. Dave hates fish. But he needs to eat it to help with his cholesterol (which is a tad high). We’ve tried some salmon recipes – some had good results, and some were baaaaaaaaaaad. But he discovered that he liked tuna steak at a friend’s BBQ, so we gave this Rachael Ray recipe a try. The verdict? It was really good! The tuna steaks I think we overcooked a little bit (at least for my taste). And I was not a fan of the grapes in the couscous. I am a couscous naturalist, and I don’t usually like anything foreign in there. The grapes? Warm? Ew. Not ok. Dave liked it, but he likes weird stuff.

– We also cracked open a cookbook of Dave’s that hasn’t seen the light of day in awhile – the Better Homes and Gardens Indoor Grilling book. I don’t know why we haven’t really used this cookbook before, but anyway, we finally used it and made Raspberry Chicken w/ Plantains! The raspberry sauce was so easy! Except if you buy raspberries fresh on Sunday, and think they’re going to last until Tuesday, you would be wrong. 🙁 Also, the plate I used was wayyyy too big for the portions! (We also just happen to have HUGE dinner plates!) Oh man and the plantains – delicious!!!! I want more just thinking about it now….

So 2 out of 3 recipes were good – that isn’t bad!! I always feel ok if the recipe is bad, but not due to anything I did to it. 🙂 Sometimes, things just don’t taste good!!! Have you had any misses in the kitchen lately?

I’ve got another delicious dinner recipe coming up this week and also – COOKIES!!!!!


  1. Mmmm, plantains are my favorite EVERRRRRRRRRR. For dinner AND for dessert!

    Here's a dessert recipe I've made a couple times (so easy, SO good):


    Makes 8 servings

    4 ripe (black) plantains
    1 cup skim milk
    ½ cup brown sugar
    4 Tbsp butter

    Peel plantains, place in a baking dish, and pour the milk and sugar over the bananas.
    Spread the butter over each plantain.

    Bake at 400° F for 30 minutes until golden brown. Serve as a side dish.

    Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 190, Protein 2g, Fat 2g, Calories From Fat 9%, Cholesterol 5mg, Carbohydrates 44g, Fiber 2g, Sodium 48mg.

    Source: Turbana

  2. Ahh! I have been wanting to make plantains forever but I rarely see them in the store, and so I never think about them. But they are soooo good 🙂

  3. dating diva says

    This looks great!


  4. Breathe Gently says

    I don't like fish either – maybe I should give the tuna a shot?? I'm such a nervous eater, lol.

  5. i get the reference to the title.
    Confession: I used to watch, like really watch WWF stuff in high school….I know, right!?

    Love the color of your dishes and now I want to come to your house and try all these yummy foods!

  6. Suburban Sweetheart says

    I'm obsesssssssssed with plantains.


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