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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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!

Buffalo Chicken Wings/Date Bars

My husband’s favorite comfort food is buffalo wings. It seems like daily he’s asking if we can go eat at our local Wing Stop (I’m sure it’s not that often, but its a LOT). I was so excited to get to make this dish for him since he’s been so sweet and patient with me. I’ve been doing a ton of cooking which means he’s been doing a ton of dishes. Bless him.

These wings were so easy and quick. I wish I had known sooner that you could just toss chicken you needed to bread in a bag and shake. The buffalo sauce was sweet. I expected it to be a little spicy.

I’d made buffalo chicken for my husband before but my sauce was simply equal parts Sriracha and melted butter.

This was legit and amazing. Try it. You’ll love it.

Recipe here.

The date bars were so much fun! I had leftover dates from a couple weeks ago that I couldn’t figure out what to do with so I found this recipe.

Another easy recipe. I just whipped up the ingredients, pressed them in a pan, and stuck them in the oven.

The crust was so crunchy and my unexpected love for dates is further being solidified. I can’t wait to wrap these babies up and pack them in my lunches this week!

Recipe here.

73/691 recipes! Tomorrow night is chicken enchiladas and guacamole. Any tips!?

Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Glaze/Sangria/Grilled Mediterranean Foil Packs

Oooo these cinnamon rolls. They’re sweet, gooey, and all around delicious. Heaven will be a room filled to the brim with these babies.

As long as you’re patient, these rolls are a breeze. I made double the amount of filling asked for. Smart choice. You can’t have enough cinnamon filling.

I made some vanilla glaze to go on top and just poured it right on. If heaven isn’t a room filled to the brim with these cinnamon rolls, it will be a room filled to the brim with this vanilla glaze.

The recipe I used is found as an alternative to the caramel sticky roll recipe and has the dough made from scratch. I found this recipe on the website that I’m sure is equally as amazing.

I’d heard of sangria and figured it was a juicier wine drink. I hit the nail on the head. Literally just orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, and wine. If you don’t like the bitterness of wine, this recipe is for you.

Of course the wine was a little watered down so you’d really drink this mostly for the taste.

Easy, simple, idiot-proof. That’s the kind of recipe I need!

Recipe here.

I had to defrost the chicken for these foil packs which took awhile and it caused there to be a ton of juice in the pack once everything was cooked.

No problem. I just put everything on a plate before serving it up.

I usually cook chicken by tossing it in the oven on a baking sheet frozen so I’m used to my chicken turning out super dry. This foil method trapped the steam in with the chicken so it was really moist and juicy. I LOVED it! Two of my roma tomatoes were looking a little worse for wear so I tossed in some cherry tomatoes to make up for it.

My husband declared today that he really likes cherry tomatoes. I’m so good.

He’s still not a fan of roma tomatoes though. We’ll get there.

Recipe here.

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Country French Chicken and Rice/Whoopie Pies

Oooo this dish was so fancy! I felt so french! I loved that I didn’t have to cook the rice separately. It all cooked in the same dish! It’s practically idiot-proof (unless you’re me and don’t check to make sure the chicken is cooked all the way before serving it to your darling, patient husband).

I also accidentally cook rice too long so that it’s unbearable mushy, but this way, it was a breeze and turned out great! I’ll be a pro chef in no time, oui oui!

Recipe here.

I’ve never had homemade whoopee pies and these are sinful. I was a little heavy handed on the creme filling so I had to pick the prettiest ones and then freeze them for about 10 minutes before I could take this picture. without them sliding apart.

I think I got about 12 cavities from one of these babies…..worth it!

Recipe here.

Quick shoutout- I’ve been watching a lot of the food network lately for ~inspiration~ and because we got sling and that’s one of the best channels on there. And I discovered Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, a show featuring Trisha Yearwood.

–I can’t forget my girl, the Pioneer Woman, always number one on my show queue– 

But, she made a drink on her show called a Porch Punch and my mind could think of nothing else the rest of the day. All I had to buy to make it was fresh mint leaves so I made it happen. I made a pitcher and oooooo it is so smooth.

Try it.

It’s so freaking good.

Recipe here.

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Asian Grilled Tuna with Wasabi Aioli/Asian Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

Okay. First of all, I have not found one fish recipe that is not delicious. I mean, all you have to do is marinade it for a couple of hours then broil it for 10-15 minutes and, voila! delicious fish. Whether its salmon or tuna, it turns out delicious and is SO easy.

I just have to apologize to my husband for not starting dinner until 7 and then realizing its going to take 2 hours to marinade. Whoops!

Also, aioli is just salad dressing with horseradish. Who knew? We ended up basically having tuna and ranch for dinner. Not a bad combination!

Recipe here.

The lettuce cups were….interesting. I think the peanut sauce threw me off. It tasted like a fancier version of peanut butter. My uncultured tastebuds didn’t react well.

I added in water chestnuts to the dish because that was in the recipe. I forgot that my husband hates water chestnuts with a passion, even more than he hates onions. I had to do a lot of apologizing because there were a LOT of water chestnuts in this dish.

For some reason, I love these lettuce cups when I’m out at a restaurant (looking at you, P.F. Chang’s) but I just couldn’t seem to enjoy it quite as much at home.

I had to make the peanut sauce for this dish so that counts as one more recipe! Score!

Recipe here.

63/691 recipes!