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Foodie Pen Pals #1

30 Sep

FoodiePenPals

This month for the first time I participated in the Foodie Pen Pals swap through The Lean Green Bean! It pairs you with another eater for a one-time swap of favorite foods, local foods, and specialty foods. It’s a great way to try some new foods and make new connections!

My partner was Colleen from Secrets from the Cookie Princess jump over to her blog to see what I sent her and check out some of her recipes. She’s an avid baker who’s been blogging for 3 years. I feel so lucky to have found her blog; it’s an absolute treasure trove of recipes with over 150 different cookies and bars! She has really put me in a baking mood, just in time for cool weather!

Here’s what she sent me:

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Popped potato chips
Homemade caramel pretzel chocolate chip cookies! YUM
Raspberryย  yogurt pretzels
Peanut butter cups
Penzey’s Spices BBQ 3001
Apple Strawberry fruit leather
Trappist cranberry pepper jelly
Pumpkin spice chai latte mix
And two bonuses a raspberry ice cube tray and a mini recipe book!

Everything was great but I’m just going to highlight my favorites:

I tried the Penzey’s Spices BBQ 3001 on some chicken and it was great! It has a nice smoky flavor.

The Trappist Cranberry Pepper Jelly was good on a bagel with a smear of cream cheese, but I feel like it has more potential than that. I’m thinking of trying to make a glaze with it for a pork loin. Any other ideas?

The Pumpkin Chai Latte Mix from Trader Joe’s has been a long time favorite of mine! This stuff is so good, I always feel the need to stock up when it’s in season. It makes a yummy drink, but I’ve tried it in a couple recipes too. It adds such a great fall flavor to things.

I saved the best part for last, the cookies, they were unbelievable! Just the right combo of sweet and salty, my favorite! Caramel, pretzel, AND chocolate chip what could be better! She has clearly earned her title as the Cookie Princess, at least in my eyes. If you don’t believe me go try them for yourself, here’s the recipe.

Caramel, Pretzel, Chocolate Chip Cookies from SecretsFromTheCookiePrincess

I loved everything and I can’t thank Colleen enough. She really put together some yummy treats for my first swap, I know I’ll be looking forward to this every month from now on.

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Cooking with Pinterest: Garlic Butter Pizza Crust

4 Sep

I made pizza! The crust was delicious thanks to this recipe from A Beautiful Mess.

Garlic Butter Pizza Crust

Chris worked at Papa John’s throughout college, so he is an expert pizza tosser. Thanks to this, he also used a bunch of technical terms to tell me I was doing it wrong. Like you really want to get the crust even so you don’t have a “gel line” (the line of undercooked dough you can see when you cut into the cooked pizza, if the crust is not spread evenly). And he insisted we put enough cheese around the edge to create a good “cheese lock” (if you don’t cover the sauce at the edge with cheese, then the cheese will slide off rather than sticking to the crust when you bite into it). All in all, my pizza may not have met Papa John’s quality standards but I loved it.

I don’t have extensive experience working with yeast, so I was afraid I would mess it up. For that reason, I didn’t change anything in this recipe. Luckily nothing needed changed, it was delicious. Perfectly seasoned! It was both fluffy and crispy. I did use a pizza pan, which helped the bottom turn out crispy.

Go make a pizza, it’s easier than you’d think.

PS I do have some more postcard projects in the works, I just didn’t get as much done over the long weekend as I’d hoped

Cooking with Pinterest: Cara’s Crispy Orange Cauliflower

29 Aug

Just like many of you, I have an overflowing Pinterest board full of recipes. In an effort to actually cook more of these delicious recipes, I’m starting a new segment. I will include a link to the original recipe (click the link or the image) to keep credit where credit is due, any substitutions, and a short review. I present to you my first installment of: Cooking with Pinterest!

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This week I made Cara’s Crispy Orange Cauliflower from Vegan Richa (a guest post from Cara at Fork and Beans).

Crispy Orange Cauliflower

I did alter the recipe slightly. In the interest of not buying extra ingredients (I am not sensitive to gluten), I used flour instead of the gluten-free flour blend. Just a simple straight across substitution. 1/4 cup flour instead of 1/4 cup Cara’s gluten-free flour blend. I also omitted the 1 tsp oil in the batter. Everything else remained the same.

It was amazing. I cannot overstate how delicious this turned out. The cauliflower was the perfect amount of tender by the time the outside was golden brown. And the sauce was both sweet and tangy. Perfect, I’ve tried other orange chicken recipes and this was by far the best sauce I’ve came across. The green onion complimented the flavors perfectly. I served it over rice with a salad. Delicious and pseudo-healthy, what more could you ask for?

Head over to Vegan Richa and try it for yourself!

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