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Tomato Basil Soup — October 7, 2017

Tomato Basil Soup

Recently I’ve been in the mood for soup. Before I tested this recipe, I’ve never made tomato soup from scratch. Though the canned version is easier, making it at home means you get to control what you’re putting inside of it.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Basil
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 2 crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar

Directions

  1. Either in a large blender or food processor, blend the tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic, and onion until it’s a liquid consistency. (I like my tomato soup to be more liquidy than chunky, so I like blending this before I start.)
  2. In a large pot, bring the tomato base to a boil for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn down the heat to low, and stir in the sugar and butter. Mix until they melt and combine in.
  4. A quarter cup at a time, pour in the heavy cream while continuing to stir.
  5. From here, add in the basil and thyme.
  6. Let this simmer for 5 minutes, and serve.
Pumpkin Spice Twisted Log — September 30, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Twisted Log

The dog days of summer have ended, and the weather has officially declared it to be fall. I couldn’t be happier to trade in my shorts and t-shirts for jeans and flannel. As simple as this recipe is, it will leave your guests impressed with your baking skills.

Ingredients

Log

  • 1 can Pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (17.3-oz.) Package Frozen Puff Pastry (2 sheets), thawed but cold
  • 1 Egg

Icing

  • 2 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Powder Sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Unwrap and roll out a sheet of puff pastry onto a floured surface. Spread out half of the pumpkin mixture onto the pastry. Make sure to leave an inch border around the edges.
  4. Roll up the pastry into a log starting from the longest end. Down the center, carefully cut the log halfway. Twist the two halves together, and pinch the ends close. Repeat steps 3 & 4 with the second sheet of puff pastry and the remaining pumpkin mixture.
  5. In another small bowl, whisk together the egg. Brush this on top of the two twists, and finish it off by sprinkling some sugar on top.
  6. Bake this for 20 to 25 minutes or until the outside is golden brown.
  7. While this is baking, combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
  8. After the logs have cooled for five minutes, drizzle the icing on top.

 

Baked Apples — September 23, 2017

Baked Apples

If you ever want to impress someone with your cooking skills but don’t want to put in the effort, you should make this. It’s warm, and it’s the perfect comfort food for fall.

Ingredients

Filling

  • 4 Medium Apples
  • 1/3 cup Pecans Half
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

Crumble

  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Oats
  • 1/8 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/8 cup Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons Butter, chilled
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.

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Directions

  1. Begin by washing and cleaning the four apples. Chop one of the apples into small pieces. This will be the main part of the filling of the other three apples.
  2. In a small skillet, melt four tablespoons of butter on a medium-high heat. Once that is finished, add in the apple pieces, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Stir this for six minutes with a nonstick spatula so that it caramelizes.
  3. Carve out bowls out of the remaining apples; it doesn’t have to be perfect. During my test run of this recipe, we got good results using a sturdy spoon.
  4. In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and butter. If your butter is still hard, it would probably work best if you used your hands for this. With this, make three equal sized balls and smash them into 1/2 inch thick disks.
  5. Fill the carved out apple bowls with the caramelized filling, and top them off with a crumble disk.
  6. Place the apples onto a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.

 

Baked French Toast — September 2, 2017

Baked French Toast

There is nothing more I miss when I’m at college than weekend breakfasts with my family and my dog Skip. This recipe is quite simple compared to regular french toast because you just have to pour it into a pan. Plus, you don’t have to waste your morning watching and flipping individual slices of toast.

Ingredients

Toast

  • 1 French Loaf
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup Milk
  • ½ cup Half & Half
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoons Cinnamon, ground

Topping

  • ½ cup Flour
  • ⅔ Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

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Directions

  1. Cube the bread into 1-inch pieces and place into a greased 9×13 pan.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients that you need for the toast, which are the eggs, milk, half & half, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  3. Pour this over the bread so it can soak overnight. Cover it and put it in the fridge for at least six hours.
  4. The next day, mix all the dry ingredients for the topping together. Then cut the butter into the topping with your hands until it crumbles.
  5. Sprinkle this over the top of the bread and bake for 50 minutes.
Leftover Burritos — August 25, 2017

Leftover Burritos

I could easily eat Mexican food for every meal for the rest of my life. Because I didn’t want to get groceries this weekend, I decided to raid the pantry for anything to make a meal. I had all of this on hand, but you might not. This is relatively mild, so you can add jalapenos to the filling or add your favorite hot sauce to the sauce I made.
Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 cups Brown Rice
  • 1 ½ lbs Pulled Pork Tenderloin
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
  • 1 can Rotel
  • 1 can Green Chiles
  • 2 teaspoons Onion, Dried
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika, Ground
  • 2 teaspoons oregano, Dried
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 8 flour tortillas

Sause

  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Pepper Jack Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

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Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Spray down a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot to a boil, and cook the brown rice to the directions on the packaging. Once this is done, drain it and put it into a big bowl.
  3. Now stir in the shredded pork, cheese, Rotel, green chiles, onion, oregano, and pepper. Measure out about ¼ cup of this and add it to a tortilla. Roll it up and place seam side down into the dish. You should be able to put eight burritos into the pan.
  4. Bake them in the oven for 20 minutes while you prepare the sauce.
  5. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Then stir in the flour to create a roux. Continuously whisk this for two minutes.
  6. From there, add the garlic and chicken broth. Allow this to simmer for five minutes while continuing to whisk it.
  7. Add remaining ingredients of cumin, salt, pepper, ⅓ cup cheese, and cream cheese to pot. By this time the sauce should be thick.
  8. Pour this over the burritos once they are done baking, and add remaining ⅔ cup cheese on top.
  9. Put the dish back in the oven for 15 minutes.

 

Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade — August 19, 2017

Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade

Fall is quickly approaching, but with this drink you can have a little bit of summer all year round. I honestly love this drink because it’s refreshing and simple.

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Ice
  • ½ Cup Strawberries
  • ½ Cup Pineapple
  • 1 Lemon

 

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Directions 

  1. Clean and prepare all the fruits. I like to cut off the top of the strawberries, but you can keep them on if you’d like. For your lemon, all you need is the juice.
  2. Add all of the ingredients into a blender, and set to a high setting to liquefy the concoction.
Grilled Pizza — July 29, 2017

Grilled Pizza

Just like the rest of the world, I like pizza. I’ve been wanting to make a pie for some time, and because it’s perfect grilling weather I wanted to make a grilled pizza. I wanted to make this really simple so that you could add to it at home with your favorite toppings. Since I never made a homemade pizza before, I’ll be using Mario Batali’s recipe from Buzzfeed.

 

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Ingredients

Dough

  • 1¼ cups Warm water
  • 1/2 ¼-ounce Packet Active Dry Yeast
  • ¾ teaspoons Sugar
  • 1 ¾  cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoons Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Topping

  • 1 cup Crushed Tomatoes
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Ground Oregano
  • 1 1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 6 Fresh Basil Leaves, minced

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Directions

  1. In a small bowl, take your warm water, yeast, and sugar and mix them together. Let the yeast activate for 10 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients of flour and salt.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour, and add the yeast mixture and olive oil. Using your hands, combine the ingredients until the dough comes together.
  4. Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead it for 5 minutes. It should be smooth.
  5. Take your large bowl form earlier, and spray it down with cooking spray. Put the dough back in and cover it. In a warm area, let this rise for an hour and a half.
  6. Now that it has doubled in size, punch out the air. Divide the dough in half, and form two balls of it. Set them to a side for 15 minutes.
  7. Either with a food processor or a blender, liquify the crushed tomatoes, garlic, pepper, salt, and oregano.
  8. At this time make sure your grill is clean, and heat it to 400 degrees.
  9. Roll out the dough into 10-inch circles, and spray it with cooking spray. One at a time, carefully place the dough onto the grill. Grill each side for four minutes.
  10. Add the pizza sauce, cubed mozzarella, and basil leaves. Then put it back on the grill for 4 minutes to melt the cheese.
Red, White, and Blue-Cheese Burger — July 1, 2017

Red, White, and Blue-Cheese Burger

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the summer heat is beating down! We are in the middle of grilling season and for Americans such as myself it’s Fourth of July weekend. Hamburgers are the hands down the most American food out there. Right behind cheesecake, burgers are probably my second favorite food of all time.
Ingredients 

Buns

  • 1 ½ cup + 1 teaspoon Water
  • 1 packet of Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 4 ½ cup All Purpose Flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 5 tablespoon Unsalted Butter, melted
  • ¼ cups Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg

Hamburger

  • 1 ½ pounds Ground Hamburger
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cups Blue Cheese Crumbles

Sauce

  • ¼ cup Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Pickle Juice
  • 2 teaspoon Hot Sauce of Choice
  • 1 teaspoon Season Salt

Directions 

  1. Before we begin on the actual burger, we are going to need to bake the rolls. Normally I’d just buy buns, but I just have too much time on my hands. In a stand mixer or bowl, combine the 1 ½ cup of water, active yeast, and brown sugar. Let the yeast activate in the water for five minutes.
  2. Then in the same bowl, add the flour, salt, and melted butter in. Mix this by hand or on a low setting until no large flour clumps are left. If you are doing by hand, this is going to be sticky so knead this on a floured surface until smooth.
  3. Whatever bowl you were using needs to be greased with nonstick spray before placing the dough back in. Put it back in, and cover it to rise for an hour.
  4. After the dough has risen twice its size, put the dough on a floured surface. Cut it into 8 even pieces, and spray down a 9×13 pan. To make the bun shape, pull the edges of the dough wedge together to make a sphere shape. Once you’ve done this to all 8c of them, place them into the pan and cover again to let them rise for an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bring about 8 cups of water to a low boil. Once the boil is constant, remove from heat and slowly whisk in the baking soda. Bring this back to a simmer on a low heat.
  6. To give the buns the pretzel crust, you are going to need to boil them. One at a time put the buns in the water. Start by using the steam side down and let it sit for 30 seconds. Then rotate it over for another 30 seconds. Quickly remove it from the water and drain off the water using a slotted spoon. Put it back into the pan and continue on.
  7. In a small bowl, beat the egg with one teaspoon of water. Brush the egg wash onto the balls. With a paring knife cut slashes on top of dough balls. Let them bake for 30 minutes.
  8. All you have to do for the hamburgers is combine the grounded beef with the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, and blue cheese. Grill, bake, or pan fry this however you want the paddies.
  9. To top this all off combine mayo, ketchup, pickle juice, hot sauce,season salt in small bowl.
  10. You are probably going to have too many buns, but they should be fine for a couple of days in a ziplock back. Take one of the buns and cut it in half lengthwise. Take some of the sauce you made and smear it on the top bun. Then gather the rest of the condiments and put the patty between the buns.
Banana Peanut Butter Scones — June 24, 2017

Banana Peanut Butter Scones

Brunch is amazing. It’s true. You get the best of lunch and breakfast. Today, I’m going to combine one of two favorite ingredients into a buttery scone.


Ingredients 

Dough

  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, cold & cut into small cubes
  • 2 ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 4 tablespoons Milk
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts

Egg Wash

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Water

Peanut Butter Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  •  2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon All Spice

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. Add butter to flour mixture, and with your hands work the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbs form.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the mashed bananas, milk, and greek yogurt. Add the flour bowl into this, and stir until combined. Then stir in the walnuts until fully incorporated.
  5. Add the extra 1 cup of flour onto either a countertop or a cutting board. This is going to coat the surface to prevent sticking in the next step.
  6. Transfer the dough onto the floured surface and shape it into a flat 8-inch circle. To make these as flaky as possible, we need to make sure the butter is very cold. Put the 8-inch round into a plate in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  7. While that’s cooling down, make the egg wash by whisking together the egg and water.
  8. After the time is up, cut the dough into 8 pieces. Put the scones onto the lined sheets. Brush on the egg wash.
  9. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until golden on top. Let them cool for an hour on a wire rack.
  10. Finish them off with a peanut butter glaze. In a small bowl combine the peanut butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and brown sugar. Drizzle this on top of the scones, or transfer it into a piping bag for a more uniform look.
Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Skewers — June 17, 2017

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

Summer is for grilling and fresh fruit, so why don’t you combine the two?
Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Chicken Breast
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Onion, minced
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce, low sodium
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 Pineapple

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Directions 

1.) Before you start cooking, you need to soak the skewers in water for at least 20

minutes. This makes sure that they don’t catch fire on the grill.

2.) Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch pieces.

3.) In a small saucepan, sauté the onion in the olive oil for 7 minutes or until translucent.

4.) Add in the garlic and ginger, and continue to sauté for a minute.

5.) To finish up the sauce, in the pan add the ketchup, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, and lemon juice. Let this simmer on a medium low setting for 10 minutes.

6.) Once this cools down, add half of the sauce into a large ziplock bag with the chicken to marinate for five hours.

7.) After this time is up, chop up the pineapple into 1-inch pieces. You want them about the same size of the chicken.

8.) Remove the chicken from the bag, and alternate threading the chicken and pineapple on the skewers.

9.) On a preheated grill, let the skewers grill for 5 minutes. After this, baste them with the extra sauce every 3 minutes.

10.) After 18 minutes of this, check if the chicken is done by cutting into it.