Kitchen

White Chicken Chili/Chocolate Truffle Torte

I said in my last blog post that I don’t care for the texture of beans. I’m having to eat my words (literally!) because this chili has TWO different kinds of beans in it: great northern beans and lima beans.

I put extra chicken in hoping that I wouldn’t hate it as much. I found that the beans actually weren’t that bad!

Maybe I just needed them to be seeped in chicken broth, but I actually finished off my bowl!

I’m hoping my mom doesn’t disown me though…. She HATES lima beans. I’d seriously never eaten a lima bean until I went to my husband’s house this past May. My mom just wouldn’t ever serve it to us because she hates them that much. She also hates liver but I don’t think I’ll be trying that any time soon!

It’s still technically August, but I’m trying to make dishes that remind me of Fall. I’m a fall girl!

Recipe here.


What could make any dessert irresistible to me? One word: chocolate. I’m obsessed with it. I constantly have one of those giant chocolate bars on standby just in case I need a fix.

This dessert was absolutely sinful. It’s unfortunate, but I just HAD to do my civil duty by making it on a Sunday night. It’s in the name of research!

The recipe in the book actually calls for hazelnuts to be added in, but our local grocery store doesn’t carry them currently.

Recipe here.


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Past Few Days!

I didn’t realize it would be this hard to keep up with this blog once school started. It’s my last year of “studentdom” so I just have to keep telling myself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

This week was very……varied. I’ll give you the super quick run-down:


Cheese Enchiladas: LOVE. They’re cheesy, gooey, delicious. Home run.

Recipe here.


Red Beans and Rice: Swing and a miss. I’m just not a bean-girl. The texture kills it for me. I’ll pick around the beans and go for the rice though!

Recipe here.


Slow-cooker Chicken Chow Mein. Not what I expected. It was good! But when I think of chow mien, I think of cheap, greasy, mall food courts and soggy noodles. Apparently that’s NOT what chow mean is. They’re crunchy and salty. Delicious! But not what I was expecting.

Recipe here.


Panfried Fish Fillets: Easy, semi-delicious. Looking back, I wish I’d squirted a lemon on top or something to bring out the flavors. It was all very muted. I made a honey butter sauce that Betty Crocker recommended and poured it on top. I didn’t end up eating a whole lot of it, but I can’t wait to try to make it again.

Recipe here.


Crab Cakes: I should rename mine to crap cakes because these were a fail. I tried to include my best one and my worst one in the picture, but in reality, all of them looked like the worst one. I just got a good angle on the other. They all fell apart and I’m not actually a fan of imitation crab meat it turns out.

Recipe here.


Gingersnaps: I wanted to make these to usher in the fall. It worked! These were so good. They stayed soft until I finally finished off the batch and reminded me of gingerbread cookies.

Recipe here.


Ok, last one for tonight.

Parmesan Orzo and Meatballs: Easy and delicious. I saved some to take as lunch this week. I love orzo and I get excited when I get to use it in recipes. The tomatoes were a perfect addition!

Recipe here.


Whew, sorry about that! I’ll try to be better about that!

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Orange and Dill Pan-Seared Tuna/Confetti Brown Rice

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Orange juice haters, reconsider this dish. I thought it was going to be disgusting. I’m not a fan of orange juice. It’s just too tangy for my tastes. I was afraid the sauce would ruin the tuna. Nevertheless I poured it over the tuna.

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It was GOOD. The added butter and onion downplayed the flavor of the orange juice a LOT. It still clearly had an orangey taste, but it was much more mild and paired really well with the tuna.

My only pitfall was I had to defrost the tuna and in doing so, I accidentally cooked the corners a little bit. Still delicious!

Recipe here.


This confetti brown rice is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a party in the pan AND in your mouth.

I didn’t have broccoli so I tossed in a bag of frozen onions and various bell peppers. It worked! I bet this recipe would be really easy to modify by adding in whatever vegetables are currently in my fridge.

I’d never had brown rice before and I am pretty apathetic towards it. It was good. But now I have a bunch of brown rice I have to figure out what to do with.

Also, yay for not turning out mushy rice! One of the few times that’s happened!

Recipe here.


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Beef with Bow Tie Pasta/Chocolate Brownies

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I’m drooling thinking about this beef. In fact, it’s going to be my lunch for this next week. I used a sirloin steak as the “beef” part of the dish and let me tell you, it add sooooo much depth and flavor. I LOVE steak so tossing it in to one of my favorite dishes (pasta) made me a happy camper.

I also loved that I didn’t use pasta sauce for this dish. I sorta made my own version of it. It worked and tasted delicious.

Let me tell you, it’s REALLY good as leftovers.

The only not-so-great-of-a-cook moment I had was when I was cooking the steaks. I don’t think I cut them into small enough pieces because it took awhile for the insides to cook as much as the outside.

I also used vegetable broth since I had an open container fro a recipe a few weeks back. I don’t think it tasted any different…..

Recipe here.


Sad day. I forgot to take a picture of these brownies before I completely devoured them. Let that be proof of how delicious they were though.

I also forgot how much fun it is to lick the brownie spoon.

My usual go-to brownie recipe is Betty Crocker’s boxed variety, but this was equally delicious though not quite as moist. I think that was user-error.

I’m not usually a walnuts-in-brownies kind of girl either, but I went for it in the name of ~trying new things~. Not bad! I actually enjoyed it!

Until another time delicious walnut brownies!

Recipe here.


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Cinnamon French Toast Sticks with Spicy Cider Syrup

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Things I learned today: I’m a fan of french toast sticks. Also, I’m NOT a fan of “spicy cider syrup”.

Never really been a fan of apple cider in general. Also, I’m not completely convinced I even made this recipe right. Also also, I prefer my syrup straight-from-the-refridgerator cold.

Factor all these together and I wasn’t a fan of the syrup. I did try it though! And then promptly took the bottle of maple syrup out of the fridge and poured it over my cinnamon sticks.

The french toast sticks part of this meal was easy peasy. I even let my husband prepare the liquid that the bread is dipped in! I wish I had some type of bread other than regular white sandwich bread. I’ve heard there’s a specific type of bread that’s the best to use for french toast. Please advise.

Another husband approved meal (even though he’s a type 1 diabetic and really shouldn’t be eating so much sugar. whoops!)!

Recipe here.


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Cobb Salad/Lemon and Parmesan Crusted Salmon

Okay, I’m officially declaring myself a “salad girl.”

My thinking before this meal was: “salads…….ew……healthy…….want. chocolate.”

That’s it in a nutshell.

But this was delicious. I had an idea of cobb salad being a dish that includes everything but the kitchen sink and that description about sums it up.

There was bacon, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, hard boiled eggs, and just about anything else you could possibly want to toss in there.

I packed this salad to go so I could meet up with my husband for a school function. At some point I think I blacked out and woke up sitting at his desk, obsessively munching away on it looking for any piece of bacon or avocado I could find and shouting to the world, “I’M A SALAD GIRL.”

You think I’m exaggerating…

This salad was insanely, astonishingly delicious. You normal people out there are probably thinking, “It’s a salad….big whoop…there’s lettuce and dressing, get over it.”

However, my life is forever changed.

The saddest part about all of this is that the salad looked so beautiful after I piled all of the add-ins on top of the lettuce. Silly me thought I could go ahead and shake the container to mix up everything and it would still be beautiful and perfect. Well, it was to me, but not enough for the picture.

Almost forgot to mention: the lemon vinaigrette dressing was literal perfection in a tangily, satisfying, liquidy little package.

Recipe here.


Another day, another delicious salmon recipe that of course is delicious because it’s salmon. If salmon were my child, it would be the perfect first-born that could do no wrong. Or the baby that was even more sweet and perfect than the first-born (shout-out to my parents for secretly thinking I’m their favorite even though they’ve never said it out loud!).

Crunchy bread crumbs…..flaky fillet…..no better combination.

I’m always amazed at how easy salmon is to cook. Toss it in the oven and it comes out 20ish minutes later looking perfect. It’s so versatile. You can marinate it, top it, grill it, literally anything. Maybe I’ll name my first-born Salmon instead of Hershey. I should make a poll……

Anyway, make this dish. It’s fast, easy, and delicious.

Recipe here.


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Fettuccine Alfredo/Chocolate Mousse

Whew, I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to update you guys on one of my favorite dishes!

I’ve always thought alfredo sauce was just cheese sauce….it turns out it’s a lot more delicious than that.

There’s whipping cream, and other stuff I can’t remember right now. But it is sooooo good. It’s definitely a little heavier than say pasta and marinara, but it fills you up so much quicker and really satisfies your appetite.

I loved it, my husband loved it, I’m sure other people would have loved it if we made enough to share.

Btw, if you’re wondering, yes, I did have to google how to spell “fettuccine.”

Recipe here.


This chocolate mousse is not for non chocolate lovers. I’m obsessed with chocolate. My husband buys me one of those XL Hershey’s bars pretty much once a week. My favorite flavor of ice cream is Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy. Any I’m naming my firstborn Hershey. Okay, the last one is a lie, but you get the point.

This mousse was too chocolatey for me! I put in the correct amount asked for and everything!

Nevertheless, I loved the texture and how it was light yet dense at the same time. My husband made several jokes about me cooking a moose for dessert. It was funny the first 15 times he said it…. 🙂

Recipe here.


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