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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Mixed Berry Cobbler

This recipe is one of my all-time favorites. Partly because it tastes like heaven on earth, and partly because it's so freaking easy to make! It only requires 4 ingredients and takes about 40 minutes to prepare from start to finish. It's really easy to remember as well: one part flour, one part sugar, and one part milk.

Mixed Berry Cobbler
Serves: 4


1 cup self rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 package frozen mixed berries
4 ramekins or 1 deep baking dish

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2. Mix together flour, sugar and milk (consistency should be like pancake batter)
3. Arrange frozen fruit between four ramekins

4. Pour batter over fruit till almost to the top

4. Place in the oven on the middle rack for about 30 minutes or until golden-brown on top.

5.  Pour some whipped cream on top & Enjoy! And eat your boyfriends if he is a wimp and can't finish ;)


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Chipotle Butternut Squash Orzo with Sage

One of all time favorite ingredients to cook with, especially when it's nearing fall time, is butternut squash. I knew that it was meant to be when I saw a recipe for "Chipotle Butternut Squash", by Kevin at Closet Cooking. I am a huge fan of the food he cooks and this sounded so incredibly delicious that I needed to try it. I decided to make it with some orzo, sage, and cream. It turned out to be a very tasty combo and I highly recommend this recipe!

Chipotle Butternut Squash Orzo with Sage
Serves 4

What you need:
1 tblsp olive oil
2 cups chopped/peeled butternut squash
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped
2 tsp adobo sauce
1 tblsp tomato paste/ketchup
1 cup orzo
5-6 sage leaves, chopped
1/4 cup heavy cream
Parmesan cheese, to serve
Salt

1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat
2.Add onions and saute until tender, about 8 minutes
3.Add garlic and cumin and saute for a minute(enjoy the smell that fills your house!).
4.Mix in squash, chipotle pepper (a whole one if you like really spicy!), adobo sauce, and tomato paste/ketchup. Cover, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes or until squash is tender and slightly caramelized on the edges.
5. Cook orzo according to package directions.
6. Drain orzo and add to the pan with the squash once the squash is finished cooking.
7. Mix in the cream and sage.
8. Sprinkle parmesan over top and serve.

I added a whole chipotle pepper and it was very good. Then again, I enjoy really spicy food. My boyfriend's eyes were watering and he had to drink milk with it, so if you're not into spicy then only add half a pepper! ;)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Honey-Chicken Fajita Burritos

Do your stomach a favor, and make these. So yummy! Unfortunately, I couldn't think of a better name to call them. I know burritos don't usually have green peppers so I thought I'd call it a fajita but then I realized that fajitas don't usually have sour cream and cheese, right? Am I making this up? So fajita burrito sounded about right. And I know honey-chicken sounds a bit out of place with burrito and fajita, but it sounded good at the time so just go with it.


Honey-Chicken Fajita Burritos
Serves: 2 


What you need:
1/4 pound boneless chicken breast
1/2 medium red onion
1 medium green pepper
Honey
Paprika
Corn
Sour Cream
Cheddar cheese
Tortillas (2)
Salt
Oil
Salsa, to serve

1. Fry the onions and pepper in oil until slightly soft (but not limp).
2. Dry the chicken, sprinkle salt and paprika on both sides of chicken breast and rub in.
3. Drizzle honey over both sides of the chicken and rub in until evenly coated.
4. Saute the chicken in same pan as onions and peppers, fry each side on medium-high heat. Cut chicken into strips.
5. In the same pan, add corn and saute for about 2 minutes, incorporating it into all of the leftover flavor from the chicken.
6. Place chicken, onions, peppers, corn, cheese, and sour cream on top of a warm tortilla.
7. Roll it up, and press on a panini press or grille.
8. Serve with sour cream and salsa


Enjoy!=)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

You know you've eaten way too much when....

.....When even the slightest move putting the littlest bit of pressure on your overstuffed stomach, such as bending over, causes you to projectile vomit out everything you've just eaten.You're welcome for that visual.







On another note: did I ever mention that I puppysit this little angel three times a week? That's a whole lot of puppy breathe intake=)


Him and Toby are slowly becoming BFF's. I only say "slowly" because he really likes to play with Toby's teddy bear, and that is a big no-no in Toby's book. I'm not even allowed to touch the stupid bear...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Amen!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Choco-Banana Bread Stuffed French Toast

Recently, one of my friends made me a yummy loaf of chocolate banana bread. Unfortunately, I don't have her recipe, but I'm sure you can find one anywhere on the internet. Plus, I'm not much of a baker so my attempts at recreating it would probably turn out to be a disaster. Anyway, my favorite thing to eat on top of banana bread is cream cheese. Come to think of it, I spread cream cheese on everything. Even PB&J sandwiches. I even like to spread it on brownies and pies....and pizza...and...ok, enough. That's not my point. This morning I thought it would be a good idea to make french toast with the banana bread stuffed with lots of cream cheese. It turned out to be a success. Bananas, chocolate, eggs, syrup, bread, and cream cheese...How could it not?


Here's what you need (1 serving):
- Two slices banana bread (chocolate)
- Cream Cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 tblsp milk
- Butter
- Powdered sugar
- Maple or Golden Syrup

1. Carefully spread as much cream cheese as you feel necessary on one side of the bread.

2. Mix the egg and milk in a shallow dish
3. Dip both sides of the bread, including the crust, in the egg mixture.
4. Fry in butter on medium heat on both sides (2-3 minutes each side)
5. Spread on butter, sprinkle powdered sugar and pour syrup over top!
Enjoy! This hit the spot.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fresh Baked Artisan Bread

After way too many burnt cupcakes, rock hard cookies, and gooey banana bread, I think I may be getting the hang of baking. Thanks to a little lot of help from The Italian Dish blog whose recipe is pretty fool proof. It's made with only four ingredients and requires no kneading. And makes your house smell Ah-mazing.
Before

After



By the way, it is really tasty with caramelized onion relish. Unfortunately, I don't know if you can buy it in the U.S., but I'm sure you can order it online somewhere. I bring it back by the luggage-fulls every time I go to England=)


Now go and try this recipe! If I can do it, anybody can ;)



Saturday, September 3, 2011

Oh Ebay...

I just bought this little beaut..
Oh I love it. I've been obsessed with these Eames mid-century rockers for For-EVER. I always said one day when I have the money I will get an authentic one, but I recently discovered a few companies that have made reproductions of them. See here, here, and here. Still, though, I am a college student and should not be spending hundreds of dollars on a rocking chair that I probably don't really need (that's a lie, I def need it) or that might not even fit anywhere in my apartment.
So I hit up good ole Ebay. I was watching one that ended at 12:30a.m. the day before so I set my alarm for 12:15a.m. (because I'm an old lady and fall asleep at 10:30). Apparently, I was too busy tending to my beauty sleep to hear the alarm and the chair sold for $35. I've never wanted to kick myself in the face so badly before.
Luckily, I went on Ebay a few hours later and someone had just listed one with the bid starting at $0.99. The only problem was that it ended at 10:54 that night and it was a Friday night. Luckily my brother stayed up for me and bid and won it for $40!
I love you brother. I love you Ebay. I love you chair.

Okay, that's enough bragging for one day. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend! xo
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