Thursday, January 15, 2015

Recent Eats: +1 in Cooking

This is a new type of post for me. I've been cooking up a storm the past couple and here are the things I've made that I can fully endorse!

This from a blog I follow regularly. I subbed the ground beef with ground chicken and 2 baby bellas I chopped superfine (attempt at mimicking savoriness of beef). I also used jasmine rice- it was quite tasty. For the vegetarian version I'd use veg stock and a pound of chopped mushrooms, or sub in meatless grounds. These taste the best out of many I've tried.

She calls it grownup beefaroni lol

Fried catfish, Bacony Brussels, skillet potatoes, and Capered Tartar Sauce.

Verry fancy biz

 It was my first ever time frying catfish, and it turned out well. I used Crisco lol and do not own a thermometer so the oil temp was all guesswork. Was damn good guessing, let me tell you ha ha ha. This was literally the best meal I've made in a couple years.

And a grill pan lol

No-Alarm Tofu and Two Bean Chili. No alarms because of the Shrubs. Mine I gussied up with some Frank's. Mmmm. This was also quite tasty, and I am not generally a chili fan, unless it comes from a can and is on top of a hot dog heh. If I'd had any left over, I would've made "chilitos" which is what my mom did  when I was a kid and we were poor. Chili in a tortilla with cheese lol. Ah, memories.

Sooo healthy

Cheesy Potato soup. I've attempted to make cheesy potato or broccoli soups in the past, only to have them turn out grainy and have the cheese separate in tiny lumps. Apparently the trick is to make a bechamel and add it BEFORE you add the cheese! Wut??! Also tasty, but I overcooked the tatoes.

More like cream o' potato

Last but not least, a pretty pie for some pretty girl I know ;) She thought it was quite good.

 +1 charisma ;)

 If you want the recipes for anything you see here, let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Side Quests: Raspberry and Blueberry Corn Muffins

I've been on a corn muffin kick lately, and luckily this recipe is waitforit... BERRY EASY ahahahahha. I chose to make them more on the sweet side, but with a couple changes they can be easily adapted to savory. Should make an even dozen.

1 &1/4 c. flour (also tried GF with this flour they were as good as original!)
3/4 c. cornmeal, either yellow or white is fine (If you want a heavier, less cakey muffin, or more "typical" cornbread just do 1c flour and 1c corn)
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/3 c. sugar (savory muffins 2 T.)
2 eggs
3 T. honey (savory muffins 1T or leave out)
3/4 c. milk of any sort (I've used 2% and whole, both fine)
8 T. butter, melted (think that's 1/2 cup...? can sub in veggie oil)
Berries of your choice- 36 raspberries or or 48 blueberries
 **Ideas for savory addins: 6 strips cooked crumbled bacon; 1 c. corn kernels; couple oz. diced jalapenos or green chiles;1 c. shredded cheddar etc etc**

A winning hand

In a largish bowl, mix all the dry ingredients up with a whisk. Actually, a fork works just fine too.

Forgive my phone camera

In another bowl, whisk (fork haha) together the eggs, honey, milk. ( and corn or chz if you went that route)
Honey is stiff, so blend well!

Make a well in the center of the dry bowl, and pour in eggmilk mix:

Then butta:

No lobster to go with this boo :(

Stir by hand until combined, but don't overstir cuz your buns will be tough ;)

Lumpy is fine

Pour into greased, sprayed, or papered muffin tin (or a pan if you want bread instead of muffins.)

I had unfortunate berry incident- most all were rotten :(

Get the hell outta here

Dot the tops with the berries (or bacon, or chilies yumm)

Just push them in slightly.

Bake at preheated 350 for 15-20 or until toothpick comes out clean.


Stuff yo face. You're welcome.