Saturday, May 31, 2014

Crepes

Pancakes are one of my favorite foods.  Blueberry, strawberry banana, buttermilk.  Doesn't matter.  I love pancakes.  However, the Hubbs hates them.  He says they're too thick, they're too fluffy.  And I just don't know why I married him (aside from the fact that I love him and whatever).  So, I usually make him crepes. 

You're going to need:
1 cup AP flour
2 eggs
1/2 milk
1/2 water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tbsp melted butter

Whisk the eggs and flour together.

Then gradually add in the milk and water.

Then whisk in the melted butter (while you ignore my pink fuzzy booties in the picture).

It should be all combined (yours will probably not be this brown, I used unbleached AP flour).

Butter a skillet and spread the batter super thin. 

Mmm... Crepes.  Serve with fruit, jam, powdered sugar, whipped cream, whatever you want.  And it'll be delicious. 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Homemade Bread

I meant to post yesterday but I have apparently come down with something and I'm feeling like crap.  Ugh...

I have always wanted to make my own bread instead of buying it in the store.  Mostly being that I am allergic to bread mold and I like to know how long my bread has really been around.  And I like knowing what's in my food.

First you're going to need:
1 cup of warm (105-115 degree) water
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 packet of yeast

Add the water and the sugar to bowl.

Sprinkle it with the yeast and wait 4-5 minutes (I waited 5) for it get all foamy.

You'll need 2 tablespoons of melted butter.

Whisk it in to the yeast mixture.

1 tablespoon of kosher salt
1 cup of whole wheat flour

Add in the salt and the whole wheat flour, you'll have to use a wooden spoon to mix it up.

Then started adding in regular AP flour (1 1/2-2 cups), I used 2 cups of unbleached all purpose flour to make it the right consistency.

I used the dough hook on my stand mixer to kneed it, then placed it in a buttered bowl for about an hour until it had doubled in size.

You need to cover the bowl loosely with plastic wrap and sit it in a warm place.

After the hour is up (save the plastic wrap) dump out the dough and fold it over itself 3 times.

Form it into a log and put it in a greased loaf pan.  Cover it in plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes.

Once it has doubled in size, score the top and bake for 30-35 minutes at 400 degrees.

Wait 30 minutes before slicing.


This bread is delicious.  However, you can taste the salt.  I might add a little less salt next time and see how that works out.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Crusty Potatoes

I'm sorry, guys.  I know it's been a few days.  We've been dealing with some family issues at home.  But that hasn't stopped me from cooking. 

I hope you all had a fantastic Memorial day.  And a thank you to all of our Veterans (present and past).

Here is a super, super simple side dish.  I would do one of the much more in depth recipe, but I really do not feel well.  So, you're gonna have to love this short recipe.

You're gonna want to cut up two-three red potatoes to about this thickness.

Put them in a baggie.
You're gonna need:
1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
2 teaspoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of onion powder

Put it all in a baggie and coat well.

Lay them out on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 375 before flipping them and baking for another 20 minutes.

These were delicious and crisp. Mmm... I may go make some more.

I hope you all enjoy it.  Over the next few days I'm going to do Wheat Bread, Cinnamon Rolls, and Honey Garlic Chicken.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Chipotle Chicken Tacos

My brain tells me that I've written this post already.  The blog and my files tell me that isn't true.  Hrumph...  Oh well.  If you've already seen this, I apologize.

Right now, I've got a loaf of wheat bread cooking in the oven.  I also just made some chocolate haystack cookies.  And I'm really hungry.  Ugh...

This is a recipe that I absolutely love.  Mmm...  It's Chipotle Chicken Tacos.  And it's super simple.

First, you're gonna need:
1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp chipotle chile powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp minced onion (dried)
3/4 tsp oregano
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp vinegar

You'll also need 1 and 1/2 chicken breasts cut into strips.

Add the chicken to a gallon size bag.

Now add everything else in, mix in bag, and let sit for 30 minutes.

Once that thirty minutes is up, add it to a skillet and cook until completely done.  You don't need to add any extra oil to the pan because there's enough on the chicken.

It should look like this when it's done.

Serve on a whole wheat tortilla with shredded cheese (mine) or over nachos with white cheese sauce (Hubbs).  Either way, it makes a delicious meal, that doesn't take much effort.  If you don't want any heat, leave out the chile powder.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A Different Kind of Post

No tutorial tonight.  I just wanted to take a moment to bring up a sensitive subject.

Twenty-four years ago today my birth father passed away.  He died when I was 11 months and 8 days old.  He never got to see me graduate from preschool, kindergarten, eighth grade, or high school.  He won't see me graduate from college.  He'll never see his grandchildren.  He never saw me get married or go to prom.

Today is a hard day for me.  And I'm taking it off from blogging.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

One Pot Cajun Chicken Alfredo

I hate dishes.  As much as I love to cook, I despise dishes.  So I decided to try to make one of my Hubby's favorite meals, using only one pot (obviously I used a few more dishes since I did a tutorial, but you get the point).  So, I made one pot chicken Alfredo.


First, you're going to need:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth (or chicken, but all I had was veg)
1 1/2 cups of heavy cream

You'll also need about three chicken cut into bite size pieces.

Add the olive oil to the pot and heat it up.

Next, add the chicken and cook until it is about half done.

Now add the garlic and saute.

Add the vegetable stock.

And the cream.

And the Cajun.

Add about 12oz of uncooked pasta.

Bring it to a boil, put a lid on it, and turn the head down and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the liquid is mostly all gone.

When it's almost done, get 2 cups of shredded Parmesan.

Add it to the pot and stir to combine.

Serve with breadsticks (I didn't make any, but it would be tasty.  You know, hindsight and all).

The next time when I'm not doing a tutorial, it'll be awesome with just the one pot.  It was really tasty.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Healthy Snacking

I'm a snacker.  And sometimes that's just awful.  I am also a bored eater.  Like at school, I get there a few hours early to do my homework and have some me time.  I'll also spend some of that time munching on something.  Today it'll be strawberries, blueberries, sliced banana, and blackberries.  I'll be munching on apple chips that I made yesterday, which is what I'm going to post about today.

I've made a real effort in the last few months to make healthy snacks, and homemade options of our favorite snacks.  So at some point this week, I'm gonna try out homemade cheezits. 


I used two organic Fuji apples.  Next time, I'm going to core the apples first.

Now you're going to need one tablespoon of cinnamon and two tablespoons of light brown sugar.

Add them to a bowl.

And now you've got your seasoning.

Line a baking sheet with parchment.

Dip your apple slices in, on both sides.

Bake for 1 hour at 225.

Flip and bake for another hour.

This is the finished product.  They are crispy and delicious.  And they will harden up pretty quickly.