The July 2010 Daring Cooks’ Challenge was hosted by Margie of More Please and Natashya of Living in the Kitchen with Puppies. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make their own nut butter from scratch, and use the nut butter in a recipe. Their sources include Better with Nut Butter by Cooking Light Magazine, Asian Noodles by Nina Simonds, and Food Network online. You can find the challenge recipes here.
What a wonderful challenge this has been. Every single recipe I’ve tried was a big hit in our house.
Chicken with Walnut Cream & Mushrooms
The first recipe I made was the Chicken with Pecan Cream & Mushrooms. Instead of pecans I used walnuts, though. The sauce was fantastic.Very creamy and extremely yummy!
Asian Noodle Salad with Pecan Dressing and Chicken
The second recipe was the Asian Noodle Salad with Cashew (or Peanut) Dressing. Instead of cashews or peanuts, I used pecans, and instead of the shrimps I used chicken because I really can’t stand shrimps. I can’t even look at them without shuddering ;o). The picture is not exactly award-winning material, but let me assure you that the dressing is REALLY scrumptious.
Chicken with Curried Tomato Almond Sauce over Basmati Rice
The third recipe was the Chicken with Curried Tomato Almond Sauce. This recipe calls for quite a bit of garam masala seasoning, so I was pretty sure my kids (3 rather picky eaters) would complain about some weird flavor. But a miracle happened. EVERYONE, yes, everyone was cleaning his plate and asked for more! Go figure! This really does not happen very often around here. Again, the picture is really bad, but the dish was awesome!
Thanks, Margie and Natashya, for hosting this challenge!