Monday, December 26, 2011

Pancake Eggs Benedict

Eggs benedict is one of my favorite breakfast dishes of all time. Traditional is my favorite with english muffins and ham, but I like any variation of the dish. 

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Collard Greens

This is the first time I have ever made collard greens. I was terrified they would come out bitter, but to my surprise they came out really nice. They had a nice little crunch to them, and the apple-cider vinegar and the sugar gave them a nice subtle sweet taste. Pair these with some good ole home made fried chicken and prepare for food comma. :D

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Vinegar Chicken

For some reason my boyfriend has been craving chicken for the past few days. He came home with some chicken breast and asked me to find a recipe. I came across this one and I was surprised by how good it turned out considering we winged the original with what we had in the kitchen. The chicken had a nice crunch and the vinegar flavor was very subtle. I highly recommend this with a nice side of garlic mashed potatoes.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Sweet Potato Bread

I have been a little busy lately and haven't had much time to cook, but I have been looking for any excuse to use my new mixer. I had some left over sweet potato puree in the freezer from Thanksgiving and thought it would be great for this recipe. Plus it will give me a chance to try out my new bread hook. I like this recipe. The bread has a nice flavor. I used a 5x9 inch pan, I would recommend making multiple loafs in a slightly smaller pan. The center of this loaf was a touch under done for my taste. Other than that, I really like this recipe. A slice of this with some butter for breakfast is awesome!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

How To: Work with Fondant

A few weeks ago, I promised my friend I would make a cake for her birthday. I decided to go all out this one and decorate the cake with orange, yellow, and purple polka dots and stripes made out of fondant. I know fondant can be a little intimidating, but it's like play-doh for adults. Below are a few hints and tips I have learned in experimenting with fondant. I should note I did not make my fondant from scratch. I used pre-made, pre-colored fondant (I'm lazy).


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mama's Simple Green Beans

My mom has been making me these green beans for as long as I can remember. These recipe is my Grandma's and I can remember her sitting on the couch when I was 5 years old for hours it seemed prepping green beans. Hope everyone enjoys these.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Throw Together Stuffing

I have never been a huge fan of stuffing, but this year my mom came up with a hybrid of two of her favorite stuffing recipes. I think this has converted me. I really liked this stuffing. It was very moist and the apple added just a little bit of sweet.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Tailgating 2011: Deep Fried Turkey

This past Saturday was the last was the last home game of the season. The game did not start till 7 pm, so we decided to go out with a bang. Everyone contributed and brought either a side or dessert. We had everything, from mashed potatoes, to mac and cheese, not to mention apple pie and squash cheesecake bars. And the main course?...we deep fried two 12 lb. turkeys. How many engineers does it take to put together a turkey frier?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sweet Potato Pie from Scratch

First off, I would like to apologize in advance for this blog post. I geeked out recently over some Portal Cookie Cutters... and I am about to do it again with this post. I know you are wondering, how can I possible geek out over sweet potato pie?

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sweet Potato Puree

For Thanksgiving I made sweet potato pie (soon to be posted) for the first time. I actually had never had sweet potato pie before but I love anything with sweet potatoes so I figured, why not? I decided to make my own puree for this pie.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cinnamon Roll Pie Crust

I LOVE this pie crust. It is so pretty not to mention delicious. It is simple and fun to make. The original recipe called for 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. I just went nuts with it and made sure I had a nice thick layer on the dough. I say use as much cinnamon as you want.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day: Sage Turkey Breast

Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope everyone had a great holiday. This year it was just my mom and I, so we tried to keep things on the small side. We made some awesome stuffing, green beans, sweet potato pie, and turkey. This year we didn't do a full turkey, but just half a turkey breast. I know it seems slightly odd to not have a full turkey, but it turned out very nice. The meat was very moist, and with just a little bit of brown gravy on top...I was full and ready for a nap.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Portal Cookie Cutters

Oh my goodness!!! WANT! WANT! WANT! I'm sorry. The geek in me is coming out with these. I am a huge Portal/Portal 2 fan. It is one of the best and funniest games out there. These cookie cutters are adorable and might be an early Christmas present to myself. These and other awesome Portal merchandise are available at ThinkGeek. And in the spirit of Portal, I think a Cave Johnson quote is in order.

"When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons!"

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Slow Cooker: Chili Con Carne and Beans

Nothing is better on a cold Saturday than a nice bowl of chili and some college football (Go Gators!) with a beer in hand. This chili over a bed of rice is delicious with just a little kick thanks to my home grown jalapenos. I also had some home grown red peppers I threw in to add a little sweet crunch. In the end I enjoyed this recipe and am excited for tomorrows leftovers. Oh and I recommend topping this with a little shredded cheese.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chicken and Pasta with Creamy Pesto Sauce

It's official! I am never buying pre-made pesto again. This is the first time I have ever made pesto, and it tastes sooo much better. Using fresh basil really comes through in this pasta and the pine nuts add a great crunch. I recommend topping this with a little parmesan cheese.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Italian Pie

I really like this recipe. It is simply to make with not a lot of prep. It's tastes amazing and makes fantastic leftovers. I used ground beef for this post but I bet this will be great with a beef/pork mix.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Enchilada Stuffed Shells

This recipe was very intriguing to me. I have never seen enchilada shells before. They looked too yummy not to try. In addition, we added a little homemade salsa to the top made out of chopped tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, and garlic. That extra little crunch made the dish.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kitty Litter Cake

I have been wanting to make this cake for over a year and I finally got the chance to do it! Behold, the kitty litter cake. What was hilarious was people actually refused to eat the cake! Too bad for them. Despite how it looks, it actually tastes really good. If you are looking for a way to gross out your friends, this is definitely the cake to do. On a side note, I was in a hurry making this so I didn't take any pictures during the making process but I think the final photos will make up for it.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Ginger-Orange Zest Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This is the last post of the Yummy Pumpkin Seed Marathon. So far we have seen Cheesy, Curried, and Cinnamon Sugar and we can't forget last years Garlic Rosemary. I think these ginger orange seeds are my favorite from the marathon. A hint of sweet and the ginger is light. Plus these smell up your kitchen something wonderful when they are being baked. Hope everyone enjoyed these recipes!!


Curry Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This is part 3 of 4 of the Yummy Pumpkin Seed Marathon. We are starting to get into the weirder stuff now. I have never seen seeds like this before, and considering how strong curry is, these came out really nice. The curry was actually very light but very tasty. The egg adds a nice texture, which is something else I have never seen. I highly recommend these.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This is part 2 of 4 of my Yummy Pumpkin Seed Marathon. So far we have seen Cheesy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. But really what is comes down to is anything is better with cinnamon and sugar. This adds a nice sweet kick to the snack.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Cheesy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

In my previous post, I showed off my pretty carved pumpkins. But since my boyfriend and I carved 5 large pumpkins, I was left with 11 cups of pumpkin seeds! So this will be part 1 of 4 of my Yummy Pumpkin Seed Marathon for the home stretch to Halloween.

How To: Clean and Prep Pumpkin Seeds

Several pumpkins were victims of a viscous craving last night. Now I am left with a bowl full of pumpkin seeds. What to do with all of those pumpkin seeds? Clean them and roast them. Below is a quick how to on how to prep pumpkin seeds for roasting.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Spider Web Deviled Eggs

I saw a picture of these in a magazine a few weeks ago and thought they were so awesome. However, when reading the recipe I realized it made absolutely no sense. So I did what I thought was the correct way. And it worked for the most part. My suggestion for the recipe is when you crack the egg, make sure the cracks are large and go through the membrane layer if possible. If not you will end up with some areas that are a lot darker than others which is what happened to my eggs. But considering that, I thought it still turned out awesome and is a really cool simple trick to add a little spunk to your Halloween themed deviled eggs. A small note on the ingredient portions is I always make these to taste and texture so the values below are approximate.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dylan's Avgolemono (Greek Lemon Soup)

I LOVE this soup! I haven't had the best experiences with Greek food in the past, but my boyfriend made this for me to convince Greek food was yummy. And he was right. This is hands down one of my favorite soups now. My boyfriend has to hide it from me, because I will eat it all. It has a great texture and you get just a hint of lemon with each bite. In my opinion, this soup is good any time of the year, great for when you're not feeling well, and's just plain good. And it takes only 20 minutes to make.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Salmon with Browned Butter Sauce

Salmon is one of my favorite meals ever! For as long as I can remember, my mom would buy the smoked salmon stakes and I would eat it cold as a snack. This was my first time cooking salmon, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, actually it was really easy. And with the butter sauce it tasted great.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How To: Brown Butter

I feel completely silly in saying I did not know you could brown butter until recently. But it is a simple technique that adds a lot of flavor. But you have to be careful. Once the process begins, the butter browns very quickly, so watch it carefully to avoid burning.

Monday, October 17, 2011

"Cheater" Pumpkin Muffins

I love pumpkin muffins. I call these "cheater" muffins because they are not entirely from scratch. The recipe calls for pre-made spice cake mix. This recipe is soooo easy, and they make a great to-go breakfast. I also put some sunflower seed kernels on top (because apparently pumpkin seed kernels are hard to find).

Chocolate Insanity Cake

This was a surprise birthday cake for my friend Matias. I found this recipe and showed the picture of the cake to my lab buddies a few weeks back and they continued to ask me on a weekly basis "Where's that chocolate cake?" and "Why haven't you made the chocolate cake yet?". So here you go boys! Enjoy your chocolate coma!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Creepy-Crawly Chocolate Mice

I am attempting to widen my knowledge of Halloween treats. I saw this and thought it was adorable. These little mice are definitely more cute than creepy, although with all of them staring at you on plate does have a certain creep factor to it. This recipe calls for chocolate cookie crumbs...I used Triple Double Oreos, cream and all. They taste amazing.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Baking Blooper: Cupcake Filling

I typically try not to post my cooking mistakes unless they are hilarious disastrous...well that is exactly what happened when I made Bleeding Vampire Bitten Cupcakes. Those cupcakes had a raspberry filling which was absolutely delicious with the vanilla cake and icing. However I made a horrible mistake when it came to filling the cupcakes which lead to a hilarious result.

A while back I made raspberry filled lemon poppy seed muffins. When making these, I filled the the muffin liner half way with lemon poppy seed mixture, then placed the raspberry filling, covered with more mixture and baked. They turned out amazing.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pumpkin Pie From Scratch

Starting October off right with homemade pumpkin pie. I made everything from scratch for this pie and though it was slightly time consuming it was well worth it. This is a great recipe.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Homemade Pie Crust

I am proud to say this is the first time I have ever made pie crust...and if I must say it was way over due. This was a lot easier than I thought and I now regret buying pre-made pie crust for so long. My only advise with this recipe is if you do not have a potato masher, get one. It makes your life so much easier in the end when it comes to smashing the butter. I used a fork and it worked, but a masher would have saved me a lot of time.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

I love pumpkins!!! I have carved them and roasted their seeds, but this is the first time I have ever made puree. I was a little worried I would end up with some stringy mess that is nothing like you buy in the cans, but it is actually not too hard to do. Other than it being a slightly brighter color of orange, it is just like the canned puree. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Bleeding Vampire Bitten Cupcakes

October is finally here. This is my favorite time of the year. The weather is fantastic, the leaves are changing color, pumpkins and apples are in season, and in my opinion the best part is Halloween is coming!!! It is my favorite holiday and it is never to earlier to start baking creepy treats. So to start the Halloween season off right, I give you Bleeding Vampire Bitten Cupcakes.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

How To: Cut a Honeydew Melon

I love honeydew melons!! I am always excited when they are in season. They have the best flavor and texture. I personally think this is one of the best afternoon snacks on a hot day.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mountain Dew Cake

Okay... I know Mountain Dew cake sounds weird. But I have had good luck with putting Mountain Dew in baked goods before, so I decided to give it a try. It actually ended up tasting more like a very citrusy cake rather than tasting strictly like Mountain Dew. It is very moist and in my opinion doesn't need frosting, but I bet would be good with a light lemon or lime glaze.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Taco Seasoning

I never really cared for the taco seasonings you buy in the little baggies. They always seem too salty or too spicy. I came across this recipe and it's actually not too bad. Still just a touch on the salty side, but it is not too spicy and the cumin adds some great flavor. The recipe below makes about 3 tablespoons of seasoning which is good for about 1 pound of meat. We put it on some chicken and made burritos with beans, cheese, and sour cream. Turned out quite tasty.

Friday, September 16, 2011

How To: Melt Chocolate

Sounds easy enough right?...but melting chocolate can be one of the most frustrating things on the planet. There have been several times in the past in my attempts to melt chocolate it either wouldn't melt, semi melt into weird half melted chunks or I ended up burning the bottom. The method below I have found is the easier/best way to melt chocolate without having a double boiler. It hasn't failed me yet.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

S'mores Brownies

Brownies covered in marshmallows!?! It's got to be good! But be prepared to get messy. These brownies are delicious but it is absolutely impossible to stay clean while eating them. :D Not necessarily a bad thing right?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Avocado Mango Salsa

I consider myself a picky salsa eater. I don't like it too chunky because it always seems like you get one piece of tomato on your chip. I don't like it too spicy because I am a total spice whimp. But when I saw this recipe, even though it was a chunky salsa, I decided to try it anyway because it has two of my favorite things in it...avocados and mangos. And I tried to cut everything as small as possible without cutting my fingers to avoid to major chunkiness. It turned out to be one of my favorite salsas. I am seriously considering making this every week for football games. My only critique with this recipe is I felt it could have used maybe a 1/2 or even 1 more whole avocado. The next time I make this I will definitely add more...can never have too much avocado.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies with Ganache Filling

My friend Maureen and I made these cookies for the first home football game. They turned out pretty good. The ganache had a great flavor and the cookies almost had a smoky flavor to them. All in all, a very nice chocolate cookie.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tailgating 2011: Smoked Ribs

For the first Florida home game, my boyfriend and his buddy decided to smoke some ribs. I didn't do much to help on this one except take pictures and eat way too much, but I decided to post the recipe because they turned out excellent. We also cooked some corn on the cob for a side. Let just say I was totally stuffed at the end of the day.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Slow Cooker: Pot Roast

I have said it once and I will say it again, slow cookers are freakin awesome! For this pot roast, there was only 10 minutes of prep. Then it cooked all day while I was on campus, and I came home to a wonderful smelling house.  Slow cookers are awesome.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Lemon Glazed Buns

Congrats to my friend Meloy for passing her dissertation proposal! I made these for her talk. They turned out quite nice. The original recipe had some errors in it such as not being clear in how much sugar was needed so I just did it to taste. And the glaze did not have enough lemon juice, so I just added juice to the sugar until it got to a texture I liked. The original recipe also called for just the lemon glaze, but I thought they needed something else. I added some berry sauce left over from my Brie Bites and that totally put it over the top. This is probably one of my favorite things to make now.

4 c. sifted flour
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 c. warm water
1 c. milk
2 eggs, beaten

2 Tbsp. lemon juice (roughly...I did this to a texture where it was still on the stiff side but melted on the buns)
3 c. confectioners sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees


2. In a small saucepan warm the milk over medium heat until bubbles form around the edges. Remove from the heat, stir in the butter and allow to cool.

3. Sprinkle the yeast in the warm water and stir. Set aside for 10 minutes.


4. In a large bowl mix the flour, sugar and salt. Stir in the yeast water, milk and eggs and make sure everything is well combined.

5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator.


6. Divide the dough in half and roll out each half on a well-floured surface. Roll each slice up tightly and slice it into 1-inch thick slices.
7. Bake on a cookie sheet for roughly 12 minutes, or until cooked through.

8. In a small mixing bowl combine the lemon juice and confectioners sugar.


9. Once the rolls have cooled spread a little glaze over each one.
10. Stuff face!

Original Recipe