Archive | February, 2014

Oatmeal Pancakes with Peach Compote

24 Feb

Holy cow. I need to take a minute to brag about the beautiful breakfast we had this weekend. They were so delicious and super filling. I found the a photo of these in one of Rachel Ray’s magazines and tracked down the recipe on her site.

Of course, there was some amount of trial and error–I’m not used to making pancakes this thick so I burned 3 or 4 of them and had to switch pans once because the smoke from the burned butter was filling the house. Still, the overflowing sink of dishes was a small price to pay.

I’ve got to start having people over for Sunday brunch or something. It’s just too much fun to cook these huge treats on Sunday mornings!

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Pretzel Bread Sliders and White Cheedar Mac & Cheese

7 Feb

We’ve been hooked on the pretzel rolls at Trader Joes but at $1 per roll, it was adding up surprisingly fast. We love bread. I stumbled across this post which showed how to make pretzel rolls in about 20 minutes using Pillsbury french bread dough. I was skeptical but we gave it a try. They are amazing! We’ve also experimented a bit using frozen french rolls to get the same effect a little cheaper yet, but they came out less pretzel-ly.

This dinner above was delicious. We made the pretzel rolls and filled with TJ’s shredded BBQ chicken, harvarti, and avocado. We also tried out a batch of this white cheddar mac & cheese which was crazy good.

Funny story– the glass bakeware used on the mac and cheese splintered in the oven and we had a few strips of glass shards on the top. I wasn’t sure if I should toss out the batch (Food Safety 101) but tried a bite and it was SO delicious I COULDN’T throw it away. We just took slow bites and did a lot of nervous prodding. Seriously, though. So good.

January Victories!

5 Feb

One month into 2014 and I’m so proud of myself! I’m trying to follow through on these resolutions and I’m doing better than I had hoped! I’ve paid off an entire 26% of my total credit card debt since the beginning of the year. WHAAAT?! It was so hard to part with that much money, but I had a couple months worth of babysitting and cleaning checks that I hadn’t cashed, so I put the lot towards my cards. If only I had that much spare money every month, I would blow through these cards in NO time! In an effort to prevent myself from losing steam, I made a chart to track my payments. I’m tracking my progress in blue, so when it’s all paid off the number wills be filled in (in the vein of these things.)

I’ve also been reaching out to the friends I’ve lost touch with the last couple years. With one of these friends, I ended up writing her a message and telling her how I felt we were growing apart and told her about some things that had bothered me. It was so hard to write that message and I almost didn’t hit send; I made sure to keep everything simple and emotionally-neutral (is that a thing?) so it didn’t come across critical. It’s such a scary thing to be honest and feel so vulnerable, but things worked out so well. She apologized and I apologized and there are no elephants in the room. I feel like there’s such a weight off my chest and look forward to reconnecting with her.

Oh yeah, I’m also keeping the house clean and have been going on evening walks with Jericho. 4 out of 4 resolutions going strong, bam! Feeling good. 🙂

Sweet Soy French Fries

3 Feb

I went to a restaurant a few weeks back and decided to try their specialty fries with my burger. They were DELICIOUS and I sat there eating them, sure that it would be an easy recipe to re-create at home. The trickiest part would be the sweet soy the fries were covered in; I was thinking of asking them what brand they use so I could try to find it at the stores. However, one Google search later and it turns out sweet soy is just regular soy + brown sugar. I eventually want to try doing this with homemade fries, but haven’t had the time to try that out.

This recipe couldn’t be easier and it’s definitely a crowd pleaser. The mix of sweet and tart is really amazing. BONUS: It’s not much more difficult than making a plain batch of fries and it definitely classes up the plate. 🙂

SWEET SOY FRENCH FRIES:

  • 1 package of frozen Extra Crispy French Fries
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup +1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 bunch of fresh Basil Leaves, chop 5-10 leaves
  • 1 container of Gorgonzola Cheese Crumbles
  • Ranch Dressing

Throw a few servings of fries in the oven and cook to package instructions. While those are going, on a low/medium flame heat soy sauce and brown sugar in a sauce pan until sugar is completely dissolved. Be careful not to burn the sugar as it will make the sauce a bit bitter. Set aside to cool/thicken. When fries are done, drizzle with sweet soy, gorgonzola, and chopped basil. I don’t know the exact amount you’ll want on each serving, just eyeball it! Serve with ranch.