Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Joy the Baker made a lasagna grilled cheese once that sounded pretty stellar.
So you may be inclined to think that mashups only work well when you put two T. Swift songs together, but you're wrong.
I also wanted to point out that you're wrong about needing to eat healthier in 2015. What you need is to eat more burgers. Burgers stuffed with cheese! Happy New Year!!
Monday, December 29, 2014
This bread is even more satisfying than most because it is so easy. There's no kneading or waiting for the dough to rise. No punching down. Basically nothing hard.
I made this with an India Pale Ale (IPA) which gave the bread a little bit of a bitter flavor that contrasted really well with the honey, but you can use whatever beer you have on hand. I can't wait to try it with a lot of different types and flavors of beer.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
You're probably thinking about ham or turkey or prime rib or whatever you eat on Christmas. You're probably not thinking about cabbage. I don't blame you, but I didn't want you to be unprepared when Friday rolls around. Christmas is over. You start putting away the decorations and get ready for the next holiday.
As far as I understand, corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish dish. One that we ate every New Year's Day and St. Patrick's Day growing up (still do, actually), being the good quite distant, Irish immigrants that we are.
My sister shared this particular slow-cooker recipe for corned beef with me last year and it blew me away. I had no idea that corned beef could be moist! Seriously, no idea. This one is though. It's so satisfyingly salty and tender. There's next to no prep that goes into it. Quite honestly, it makes me want to eat it more than 2x a year.
Monday, December 22, 2014
When I was a tot, I hated eggnog in general.
I really wanted to like it, mostly because my cousin, Beth (who I thought was the coolest person in the entire world), drank it. And I tried. I really did, but the stuff is pretty weird. It's so thick that it feels like you're drinking straight whipping cream and the flavor is not exactly kid-friendly.
Even if you're not the biggest fan of eggnog, this overnight french toast recipe is pretty mild. And because eggnog is already sweet, you don't have to add any extra sugar like other overnight french toast recipes.
Even though the taste of the eggnog is mild, that, in combination with the cinnamon and fresh cranberries, makes it a perfect dish for Christmas morning! Did I mention, you can make it the night before?!
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
I always wanted to be one of those people who had a signature drink. Something I'd get every time I went out to the bar or had a drink with dinner. That way whenever the waiter or bartender asked for my order, I'd have it at the ready.
And it'd sound cool when I ordered. Every early 20-something drinking their rum and coke would be super jealous. It couldn't be anything frilly. No soda. No juice. No Redbull.
After years of experimenting, I settled on a vodka tonic with lemon about a year ago. It's not exactly the most impressive drink, but it's not the most embarrassing one either.
So, to spruce up my favorite go-to cocktail for Christmas, I added some fresh pomegranate juice (I know, I said no juice, but this is a special circumstance) and rosemary and it is soooo good! The pomegranate juice is really more for color and festiveness than anything else, but you can really taste the muddled rosemary.
People will definitely be impressed if you shake some of these up on Christmas Eve!
Thursday, December 18, 2014
I feel like I am really from Utah. It's where I went to middle school, high school and college. It's where I learned to love the outdoors and where I got married on a cliff edge.
And in Utah, we love our green Jell-O. Actually, I don't know if that's at all true, but that is the stereotype and I'm just going to go with it. So it's just a little bit ironic that this recipe is not something my family found upon our migration to the West, but rather something we brought with us from the Midwest.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Once we were back there, it turned into a blizzard though! We had to keep our heads down as we walked about 4 miles back to the car to keep from going snow-blind (not really, but seriously it was snowing hard)!
I'd also like to eat some holiday food. When it comes to holiday food, sweet potato casserole has always been and will always be my favorite.
Sweet potato mash that's been made even sweeter topped with a pecan streusel - I mean, what's not to like?
Monday, December 15, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
We have people over quite a bit and when you're a guest at our house, I will gladly mix you up something special and after years of accumulating piece-by-piece, I feel like we are pretty well-equipped in the 'bar' to make you just about anything you want. The problem arises when I am at someone else's house.
It's a whole lot nicer, and easier if you have a real muddler. One that's made for squishing fruit and bruising herbs. One that looks cool and fits in your hand well, like the Arctic Chill one is a bonus.
For this cocktail, you're really going to need one. Other recipes you might be able to get away without, but I don't think there's any way to crush raw cranberries without one (challenge?).
I've never had a wooden muddler, but I've heard that they can start to dry out and flake off which really doesn't sound much better than the wooden spoon option. Sure, they're a little cheaper than the Arctic Chill muddler, but I prefer not to give my guests splinters. This one has a fairly large nylon head with a bunch of little bumps to break down the herbs and fruit and it's easy to push on because of the shape of the handle. And the most important part: it looks good sitting on your bar!
Now for the festive, easy-to-drink cocktail!
This post was sponsored by Arctic Chill, but the opinions are my own.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
When we were little and would go up to the farm every year for Christmas, everyone brought cookies. There were way too many to ever fit in the fridges or even on the counter and tabletops, so they all stayed outside on the screened-in porch.
You had to go brave the cold in your socks to get one. We were pretty brave though. We would eat every single caramel cup before Christmas day.
My parents, grandparents, great-grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins and sisters all knew that I was making frequent trips to that side of the house, but even still, I was pretty sneaky, so I don't think anyone really knows just how many I ate.
I still love Christmas cookies but now I don't have to sneak them. Takes some of the fun out of it to be totally honest with you. Maybe I'll recapture some of that childhood Christmas magic if I start stuffing cookies in my pockets this year!Vanilla Bean Snickerdoodles
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Lemon Glazed Ginger Cookies
Frosted Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Chip Meringues
Monday, December 8, 2014
And while I like canned green beans just fine, I felt like using the fresh ones this go around. I snapped off the ends of what felt like 80,000 green beans Thanksgiving morning and mixed them with some cheesy buttermilk ranch sauce.
If you want to switch up your sides a little bit for your Christmas dinner this year, this recipe is going to be the one. It's different, but it's not too different. It's the good kind of different.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Friday, December 5, 2014
Even if nothing bad happens there, you've had a taste of what it'd be like to sleep in, not shower, watch movies all day and generally do nothing for an extended period of time.
This week was hard. Hard to stay motivated. Hard to wake up at 5:30 each morning. Hard to get to the gym. Just hard. Quite frankly, I had my doubts that Friday was ever going to come.
I don't know if I've truly understood the meaning behind the acronym TGIF, but I get it today.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
They're stainless and if you scratch them with a fork, you won't die form the Teflon.
I guess some of his enthusiasm for 'his' pans has rubbed off, because now, I love it when I can make a whole meal in the cast-iron skillet (although this meal will work in any oven safe skillet).
Plus, one pan to clean up! It can't get better than that!
Monday, December 1, 2014
To me, it's kind of like saying, 'I don't like vegetables,' or any other major food group. I mean, have you tried all the types?
And don't tell me you don't like crust, because there are lots of types of crust. Also, what part is it that offends your tastebuds? The flakey, buttery, slightly sweet delicious part?
If you don't like cake either, you better just leave now.
I make a yule log every year and it's good. Not to brag or anything, but it's really good. The only problem is that it doesn't always turn out. I can't quite figure out why it cracks some years and others it's fine, but that's what happens. So then I have to turn it into a trifle. Also delicious.
This year, I thought I'd try out a new recipe to see if it would roll into that perfect shape better and still taste amazing - and well, it did. (I swear, I'm really a pretty humble person.)