Monthly Archives: September 2012

Avocados, turkey, cookies, oh my!

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I haven’t blogged in over a week, so I have a lot to catch up on! First of all, I made these avocado fries recently. So good! I have an extreme love of avocado so I can just eat them raw without anything on them, but decided to combine that love with my unhealthy addiction to french fries. Since I’m trying to lose weight, this seemed like a great compromise. Here’s the recipe

These were amazing, but they were definitely kind of bland. We ended up dipping them in ranch (I know, healthy), but it needed something. I’ve seen that some people make a lime cilantro sauce, so maybe that’d be a good idea.

As for what I served them with, we just did plain rice and a turkey breast chop. The recipe for the turkey breast is my own, but extremely easy and actually really good.

My ultra-hard and super secret recipe for delicious turkey breast chops:

  1. Fry diced onions in a pan.
  2. Cover raw turkey breast in pepper, salt, and minced garlic.
  3. After onions are slightly browned, place the turkey breast (or breasts) in with the onions until done and there is no pink in the meat.
  4. EAT UP FOOLS

The onions give the meat a really good flavor. I like eating the onions too, but obviously you don’t HAVE to (you actually have to, so there). Also, it looks fancier with onions so that’s a plus. You’re welcome.

Now, after dinner my boyfriend was all about making dessert and he said he bought supplies too. (I think since I’ve gone on a semi-health kick he’s probably a little hungry all the time. Also he’s like a string bean but somehow eats like a whole bag of marshmallows per seating and doesn’t gain an inch; annoying).

ANYWAY, he reads instructables.com ALL the time and saw a recipe for giant s’mores cookies. Basically, we made four s’mores then covered them with raw chocolate chip cookie dough. They will look like little s’mores/cookie dough bricks. The outcome was pretty unexpected though.

DUDE, these things were huge. No joke, that cookie is bigger than my hand. I know it’s common sense that the cookies got bigger, but DAMN. However, they were amazing. We made these Monday, and we still have two left. That’s how HUGE they are, but also shows how rich they are. They’re made for sharing, that’s for sure. Probably not good for my diet, but unless you eat a whole cookie, it doesn’t count. And I’ve only had halves. Perrrrfect.

…aand one more for the road

Toll House Pie

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If you’ve never been to Kaminsky’s and gotten the Toll House Cookie Pie, you’ve never lived. It was sent from heaven to make bad days better and good days great. Anyway, I found this recipe for the pie on Pinterest and gave it a shot. I did make a couple of adjustments. These adjustments weren’t because I think I know better than the recipe-creater (I don’t), but because I did NOT feel like leaving the house and only wanted to use what I had at home.

  • I did not add the walnuts. Didn’t have them and they didn’t seem THAT important. Next time I’ll plan ahead and grab some though because I am pro-walnuts and think that they would make a great addition
  • I made my own crust. I didn’t have a pie shell laying around (lazy, remember?), so I tried to make my FIRST EVER homemade pie shell. It actually turned out REALLY well and I’ll continue making my own. It was easy and tastes great. Here’s the recipe – I made the first one listed
  • I used a mixture of white chocolate chips and regular chocolate chips. Once again, just a result of me being lazy.
  • I didn’t drizzle chocolate over the pie because I mean, come on.

Here’s a photo of the results. I promise the pie was better than my camera quality. Also I ate some of it before taking a picture, so my bad.

In the end, it was really, really good! I had to leave it in the oven about 30 minutes more than the recipe called for, but I think that’s because my crust was pretty thick and I made it a deep dish pie. It wasn’t quite up to par with Kaminsky’s but it was pretty close!

Oh, and I made the Chick-Fil-A sauce again for dinner before eating this pie. It was Sunday and we had the craving 🙂

“SKETTI IS DONE” Honey Boo Boo’s recipe for sketti

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I warned y’all that I love reality TV. A LOT. Well my newest show is “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” I know it’s not the highest quality show, but that’s not why I’m watching it. I’ve learned a lot from Honey Boo Boo and her family. I’ve learned that babies come out of a “biscuit” and that if your foot gets run over by a fork lift you better wear socks all the time. I also learned that you can find designer deals at great prices right in your neighborhood’s dumpster! Really educational stuff.

The best thing I’ve learned though is how to make “sketti.” My sister joked about me making sketti to see what  it was actually like. I laughingly told Kurt her idea and surprisingly he was like “uh yes, we have to do that.” So we did. Last night  I got out all the ingredients since I already had them all in the house and made the sketti that everyone is talking about.

Most people are saying that it’s disgusting and unhealthy, but only one of those things turned out to be true. It was DELICIOUS. Growing up, I loved pasta with butter and salt. Now, imagine that but with a hint of tomato flavor (the ketchup isn’t that strong in the mix). Kurt actually said that he would have liked more ketchup, but I thought that the mix was just right. Here’s the recipe June, Honey Boo Boo’s mama gave:

1. “You put a little bit of butter in with the ketchup”

Little bit = half the container of  Country Crock.

2. “Melt it in the microwave”

Then mix it all up with cooked pasta, add a little salt, and you just made sketti sugar bear.

MOST IMPORTANT PART – How do you know when the sketti is done? Throwing it up on the wall and it sticks, duh.

Make sure to click on the link above for a video of sketti being made!

Velveeta will always have my heart

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I love macaroni and cheese. I literally could eat it everyday. My favorite is Velveeta’s shells and cheese, so when I saw this recipe, I jumped on it.

We were not huge fans of this. It was too much of everything. I used nutmeg and it was not okay. You boil it (or simmer, whatever) in milk and you don’t drain it, so it makes it incredibly creamy. I think I should have used a different type of shredded cheese because the cheddar wasn’t cutting it. I did not put in the cayenne pepper and that probably would have made a big difference. In the end, I’m going to try this recipe again but I’m going to change a few things and maybe throw in some stuff of my own. Here’s the link to “Revolutionary Mac and Cheese

The first real Pinterest recipe, revisited.

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Remember how I said I made one recipe from my Pinterest board, but I couldn’t find the picture? Well my sister is amazing and sent me the picture I took of my samoa bundt cake back in May, so I had to post it. That’s all.

It tasted just like the girl scout cookie, but times 10. I followed the recipe exactly. It was a big hit!

Not so clammy about clams anymore

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I laughed out loud at myself for this post’s title. I love it. Anyway, I was pretty torn about what to make yesterday. I knew I wanted to make something fitting for the rainy weather, but didn’t have time to start a crockpot recipe and didn’t want soup. After looking through my Pinterest recipes, I found this recipe for clams.

I don’t know if it’s because I live on the coast and encounter well cooked fresh seafood frequently or if it’s because I know plenty of people who were born and raised in this city that know how to cook it, but I am terrified of cooking seafood. And maybe it’s because I think that scene in “Alice in Wonderland” about the curious oysters is so sad, but I felt terrrible cooking these clams. I love all seafood though, specifially clams, so I decided to overcome that fear and at least attempt them. I am so glad I did.

First of all, clams were not as difficult to cook as I thought they would be. I altered the recipe a little and got top neck clams, which are much larger, but I thought the larger amount of meat would allow them to soak up the broth even better. That may be true, but a lot of the steps were pretty difficult to do with larger clams. I couldn’t resist though when our store only had two bags left (exactly what the recipe calls for) of fresh clams. And by fresh, I mean they were still covered in sand, which is one of the reasons I think this turned out so well.

Red Curry, Coconut, and Ginger Infused Steamed Clams (The blog Savory Sweet Life is amazing- everyone should check it out)

Since I got top neck clams, I also ended up doubling the broth recipe. When I put in the first round of broth, I coud tell the broth wasn’t going to be deep enough to even touch all of the clams to allow them to open. Doubling the broth worked really well. I also put in 2 1/2 tablespoons of red curry instead of 3 (for a total of 5 instead of 6 since I doubled it). Kurt isn’t a huge fan of spicy food and I didn’t want to overpower the taste of the clam. Next time I make this, I will also take out the lime or only use a slice or two. Overall though, this was another Pinterest success!

We hated them, obviously. 

Inspiration (not Pinspiration)

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Last night, Kurt and I met up with some friends and went to one of our favorite bars, Mac’s Place. It is definitely one of the best bars in downtown Charleston. Great drinks, good music, and usually a nice crowd without being TOO crowded. But this post isn’t about the bar. We were talking about how hungry we were and how we’ve never eaten at Mac’s so we got menus, without even knowing what kind of food they serve.

Two words – Amazing. Sandwiches. A whole page of a menu dedicated to delicious sandwiches and burgers (at reasonable prices). I was boring and got a chicken finger basket, but Kurt got this grilled mac n’ cheese sandwich that was off the charts good. I mean, just look.

NOM NOM NOM

Just looking at it again makes me hungry. This is Pinterest worthy. WHY hasn’t someone posted it?! I did. Immediately. It has ham and freakin’ macaroni and cheese on there! It is also served with sweet potato tots and honey butter. We all sat around eating the honey butter trying to guess what it was because it didn’t really taste like regular honey butter. We agreed it was similar to the icing on a cinnamon roll. Wrong. I’m sure this meal could cause a small heart attack, but wow. It was seriously amazing. I will be making this at some point in the future, and I hope it gets all over Pinterest and someone else makes it too! If you live in Charleston or are visiting, go to Mac’s and get this sandwich. You’re welcome.