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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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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Chicken Enchiladas/Guacamole

The picky version of me is getting her butt kicked with all these incredible Mexican dishes. My Mexican restaurant order of choice is what’s known as a Steven Special (literally just rice and chicken smothered in queso).

I know what I like and I’m scared to try new things. But let me tell you, these enchiladas were amazing.

Granted, they’re probably not exactly the same as what I’d get if I ordered them at a restaurant, but I think that’s why I liked them so much. They weren’t overly greasy or soggy. They might have been if the recipe had called for queso (sadly, it didn’t).

I made 6 for my husband and I but we barely made it through our first before we had to stop. They were so filling! AND so easy!

Recipe here.

Holy Guacamole!!!! I’m sorry, I had to.

I’m a huge huge fan of avocados. Typical millennial. I know. Btw, I despise that label.

Anyway, back to the most delicious food on the planet. I love love love guacamole and I normally eat it with just avocado, salt, and lime. This recipe called for a few more ingredients (I didn’t add the tomatoes).

While the recipe doesn’t specify what kind of salt to use, kosher is most reached for when making guacamole (I’m a guac pro).

After adding in generous amounts of salt to the dish, we WENT TO TOWN on these bad boys.

I almost forgot to take a picture, I was so excited!

As always, delicious and easy. One of my favorites.

Recipe here.

75/691 recipes! Tonight: Grilled Fish Tacos and Homemade Tomato Salsa! I got this!

Wheat Berry Salad/Cheesy Pizza Casserole

I had to go to the nearest whole foods (40 minutes away) just to find these dang wheat berries. And even the cashier didn’t know what they were!

But let me tell you, they were actually really good! It functions similarly to quinoa as a rice or pasta substitute. It had a nuttier flavor.

I really liked it in this dish mixed with all the veggies! The dressing also really tied everything together!

Recipe here.

I’m ashamed to admit I had another doh! moment. My timer went off, I went to take the casserole out of the oven, noticed it wasn’t quite as hot and bubbly as I expected, and realized I turned the oven off at some point. Fail.

Not knowing exactly when I turned the oven off, I reheated it, and put the casserole in the oven for 15 minutes. Since the pasta and beef were already cooked, it turned out okay. Actually, delicious! I’ll never hate a dish that includes pasta sauce and copious amounts of cheese.

My husband got home late and devoured it almost as soon as he smelled it. Success!

Recipe here.

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Oven Fried Chicken/Hash Brown Potatoes/Dinner Rolls

Man oh man. This chicken was legit and it looked beautiful coming out of the oven. The only thing wrong is that it turned out a little dry. I’m cautious with my chicken, sometimes maybe too cautious. I let it cook a little longer than recommended. My bad.

Huge props to my sweet husband for cutting up a whole chicken. I couldn’t stomach tearing it apart and he pulled through like a champ. He felt very proud of himself the rest of the day and I don’t blame him!

Recipe here.

The hash brown potatoes were a lot of fun to prep and cook. I got to shred potatoes! This dish was so easy yet so complex. I opted for the cheesy version by topping it with healthy amounts of cheddar. You know it’s good when everyone eating gets seconds!

The exact recipe is not online, but there’s a similar, yet more complicated recipe here.

I admit, the dinner rolls are another repeat recipe. They still turn out delicious every single time. Plus, I love getting to use my little bread basket my nana gave me.

Recipe here.

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Chicken Quesadilla Sandwiches/Asparagus with Parmesan


Ok, so I’m not sure what makes these chicken quesadilla SANDWICHES. They’re literally just chicken quesadillas. And pretty dang good ones at that. I loved the little green pepper throughout. I’m expanding my palette!

This was super easy, and super quick. The husband loved it!

I just checked and the online recipe just says “Chicken Quesadillas.” The word sandwiches is in the book though! Believe me!

Recipe here.

The last time I tried to roast asparagus in the oven I ended up with a dry, crispy, disgusting fry of an asparagus. So I was a little apprehensive when it came to this dish. It was good though!

Besides, anything smothered in cheese is going to be delicious.

Recipe here.

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Puffy Omelet/Dijon Chicken Smothered in Mushrooms/Herbed Tomato and Potato Salad

The puffy omelet was exactly what it sounds like…. a puffy omelet.

I was a little sleepy when I cooked this dish and forgot to mix the egg whites and yolks back together before starting to cook it. So I had to scrap my cooking egg yolks and crack four more eggs.

I’m learning people! Also, I’m still working on my food photography skills. Sorry!

I made some cheese sauce to go with it. It tasted like eggs and cheese. Not a bad combination!

Recipe here.

I can’t say enough about this chicken recipe. I discovered my love of dijon mustard not too long ago so I was excited to get to add it to another dish!

The breaded chicken was good in itself, but when I added the dijon-mushroom sauce, it sent it over the top. My husband was a huge huge fan. He even sheepishly fessed up later that he was beginning to like mushrooms! Score!

Recipe here.

The tomato and potato salad recipe was very different from things I usually make in the kitchen. I don’t usually go for cold salads so I had to branch out a little on this one.

I have to confess…. I liked it a little. You know how much I love cooked tomatoes. This dish included raw ones. Alas, I’m determined to become a grown up so I beared it and popped the smallest piece I could find into my mouth. Not bad!

The vinegar added a tanginess that really complimented the sweetness of the tomatoes! I couldn’t get my husband on board but I gotta keep thinking, “baby steps.”

Recipe here.

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