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Pinned This Week

by Koko on October 3, 2014 · 0 comments

in Baking, Cooking, Recipe

I read a LOT of food blogs. I’m talking 200-300 that I try and tackle every few days. I pin the best of the best recipes to my Pinterest page in order to keep track of what I want to make in the future! I thought it would be fun to show you a few of my pinned favorites each week to get you inspired! (Oh and if you want to follow me on Pinterest, you may do so here!)

Appetizers:

Lavash with Spinach Artichoke Dip: This seems fabulous for a football Sunday or weekend get together.

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Flatbread with Hummus & Tomatoes: Another good football Sunday quickie. And healthy too!

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Stuffed Mushroom Rolls: These are WAY too up my alley not to try. This weekend. Yes.

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Main Courses

Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna: This was SO great for an easy weeknight meal. I added turkey meat to give it a little more substance (and for Q’s approval).

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Stuffed Bell Peppers: This looks like another easy and flavorful weeknight meal (and easily made vegetarian).

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Heirloom Tomato Tarte: It is quickly approaching the end of tomato season. I am dying to try this tart while I still can.

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Desserts

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Creme Pies: Nothing says “Back to School” like a little cookie sandwich.

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Glazed Apple Bundt Cake: Hello October, it’s apple season!

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Peanut Butter Cup Blondies: No words.

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Cooking Without a Kitchen

by Koko on September 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Kitchen Remodel, Recipe

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Q and I don’t eat out. It’s just not our thing. We much prefer sitting in our own home with homecooked food. So when this kitchen renovation came around, I was worried. What would we eat? Would we have to order take out every night? Our solution: set up a make shift kitchen in the mud room. I’ve got a microwave, a hot plate, a toaster oven and a coffee maker. What don’t I have? A sink. This truly is the MOST annoying part of living without a kitchen. We try and eat on paper plates, but I still have dishes to clean each night. Picture me standing above a bucket and a hose outside scrubbing pots. Not so much fun. But we are doing it.

What is working for us:

-The slow cooker saves us most nights. I come home from work around 4ish, pop some chicken or ground turkey in the slow cooker along with a mixture of a yellow onion, beans, diced tomatoes, mushrooms and any veggies laying around and hope for the best.

-The rice cooker (we have this model and love it). Another incredible tool. Most nights I make 1.5 of brown rice to go along with whatever slow cooker concoction I came up with.

-Making enough for 6 servings. I make enough for dinner, lunch the next day, and two frozen servings for later. This is a lifesaver on nights where I get home too late or don’t think of anything in time. I started freezing dinners about a month before we went into our reno knowing that there would be many nights when I wouldn’t be able to pull anything together. We currently have a mix of roasted tomato soup, Asian fried rice, turkey chili, red beans and rice and an assortment of one-off meals that I stuffed in there.

-Not having a picky husband. Q is just happy to have something homecooked on the table. If I make turkey chili 5 nights in a row, he still says thanks. Gotta love him.

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The hardest parts of not having a kitchen:

-Not being able to bake anything. We had a wives’ function this past week and of course I immediately thought, “Oh, I’ll bring some cookies” and then I remembered I am kitchenless.

-No sink. It is seriously killer. Next time you use your sink or dishwasher, think of me and how jealous I am right now. We have those big drinking water tubs from the grocery store for drinking with and are using the Brita religiously. Washing plates outside in a bucket is my least favorite thing to do after dinner.

-No entertaining. We can’t even have people over to watch football because our house is a dust bowl and I have no food for anyone. We are super excited to have a big shindig once the kitchen is complete.

-Those nights when you think “OMG what are we having for dinner?” and can’t think of anything and end up getting pizza (it’s only happened twice folks). I always regret it and the pizza is never as good as homemade.

I have a question for you: what is your favorite slow cooker/one pot wonder meal I should incorporate into our lives during this remodel?

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I am a magazine hoarder. Seriously. I subscribe to just about every magazine (fashion, home, cooking), read them through once, rip out articles and save them. I have piles on piles of recipes in our home. Occasionally when I get in a rut, I rifle through them to get inspired and that is where this recipe came from!

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You guys know how much I love a quick weeknight meal. There is nothing worse than coming home from work and spending an hour making dinner. I much prefer a quick 30-minute meal. Voila- weeknight fried rice. So easy, especially if you have cooked chicken and rice in the house. If not, pop some chicken in the oven and rice in the rice cooker as soon as you get home and you will be good to go.

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Mini Muffin Tin Pizzas

by Koko on August 18, 2014 · 0 comments

in Appetizers, Cooking, Recipe

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Let’s talk about the easiest and tastiest 10-minute appetizer ever, shall we? These Mini Muffin Tin Pizzas will blow your mind. Created with tortillas cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter (genius) and filled with whatever pizza toppings you have on hand, these babies turn out delicious.

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Last minute dinner party? Give it a go! It’s truly the easiest process there is- and you can use whatever pizza toppings you have in the fridge (olives, peppers, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, you name it).

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Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a biscuit cutter (or the bottom of a can!), cut rounds out of a tortilla. I usually get 3-4 per tortilla.

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Step 2: Line a lightly greased muffin tin with tortilla rounds.

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Step 3: Fill with toppings. I used a mix of a sundried tomato pesto, pasta sauce, fresh mozzarella, shredded mozzarella, shredded Parmesan and mini pepperoni. I made different mini pizzas with a variety of toppings, so no two were alike!

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Step 4: Bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted (I may or may not have left mine in a minute too long). Remove from oven. Top with fresh basil. Serve!

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Makes as many as you want (I used about 5 tortillas for 24 pizzas)

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas (I get the larger size so I can get more rounds from them)
  • Pizza or pasta sauce (pesto works too!)
  • Cheese (fresh mozzarella, burrata, shredded mozzarella, shredded Parmesan)
  • Mini Pepperonis and any other toppings of your choosing
  • Fresh basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tin.  Using a biscuit cutter or bottom of a can, cut rounds from tortilla.
  2. Line muffin tin with tortilla rounds. Fill with sauce, cheese and toppings.
  3. Bake for 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and top with fresh basil to serve.

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