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!

93/691 recipes!

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.

67/691 recipes!

Homemade Baked Beans/Asparagus and Turkey Sausage Skillet/Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

So next time I decide to make something I could easily buy in a can from complete scratch, I’ll check to see how long it will take. I thought I could just whip these up for dinner. It takes at least four and a half hours! I was NOT about to wait until 10 at night to eat dinner so I pulled out the crockpot and baked them over the next day.

They looked, smelled, and tasted delicious! It made me want to cook up a burger and have a cookout with the neighborhood! And the crockpot made it so much easier.

I couldn’t find the exact recipe online, so here’s a crockpot version.

I have failed you small handful of people that read these posts. I forgot to take a picture of my turkey sausage skillet. I’m so sorry.

Just open the recipe on my girl’s website, look at the picture, and imagine it taken with a cell phone in a poorly lit kitchen.

It looked amazing and it tasted delicious. I enjoyed cooking with pimentos since I’d never gotten to use them before! It was also really easy. A one-pot dish!

Recipe here.

Cookies!!!!! I feel like the cookie monster right now!!!! I love cookies!!!!! This recipe was simple, easy, and I only had to make one unexpected trip to Walmart for more ingredients.

My husband even got in on the fun and helped me dole them out.

The thing I love about the Betty Crocker cookbook is that there are tons of tips on little things you can do to really perfect each dish (cooking on cooled baking sheets, leveling out ingredients, and tons more).

Recipe here.

43/691 recipes!