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Pinned: Party food!

I love cooking enough that it tends to be one of those things I definitely try to do when I have a little spare time. And that includes making food for my own birthday party because I took the day off!

Before anyone gets up in arms, Bobby offered to make the food, and I told him I wanted to make it. It was so nice just having the time to prep a few things while the baby was at day care.

Pizza crescent rollsThe first was this incredibly easy recipe for pizza crescent rolls from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Pizza Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:

Pepperoni
Crescent rolls
String cheese

Directions:

Roll out crescent rolls. Place 4-6 slices of pepperoni (slice if desired) on each. Top with half piece of string cheese, roll up and cook with directions from crescent roll packaging.

See? Super easy!

The second recipe, Beer Cheese Dip from Tidy Mom, was just as simple.

Beer Cheese Dip

Ingredients:

Two 8-oz. pkgs Cream Cheese, softened
1/3 cup beer (I used Yuengling … use more if dip needs to be thinned some)
1 envelope Ranch Dressing Mix
2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Directions:

Beat the first three ingredients until well blended. Stir in cheddar cheese by hand. Serve with Stacy’s Pita Chips.

The best part of this was that I got to feel the accomplishment of trying a couple of new recipes, but they were so quick and easy that I didn’t feel like I spent the whole day cooking. And both of these were a huge hit at my party!

In which I profess my undying love for kale

So I have a food problem.

I can’t eat spinach. You don’t want to know the details, but just trust me. It’s a no-go. And it’s a little sad, because I love the way it tastes. Plus it’s in approximately half the recipes in the world.

So I was delighted when I was introduced to kale. It’s a pretty decent substitute for spinach in a lot of recipes (more so the cooked ones than the ones that call for raw spinach). And it also holds its own in a lot of kale-centric recipes.

I found a huge bag of it on sale just after the new year, so we have been eating kale like nobody’s business. I wanted to share my favorite way to prepare it as a side and also a really great recipe I tried with it recently.

Sauteed kale with bacon (you know I love me some bacon)
Serves 2

Ingredients:
Two large handfuls of kale
One garlic clove, minced
Two shallots, chopped (you can also substitute onion, but I prefer shallots)
Two slices of thick, center-cut bacon, cut into hunks
Cooking spray

Directions:
Spray your saute pan with cooking spray as the pan heats. Cook bacon until near done, then add garlic. Once the bacon is approaching the crispy stage, add the shallots. Once those have gotten tender, add the kale. Cook to the desired consistency of the kale. I prefer mine wilted but still with a little texture to it.

The other recipe is one I adapted from The Pioneer Woman. It’s a take on zuppa toscana (Olive Garden, anyone).

Sausage, kale and potato soup

Sausage, potato and kale soup
Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 bunches Kale, Picked Over, Cleaned, And Torn Into Bite Sized Pieces
8 small red potatoes, sliced thin
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
1 pound ground Italian Sausage
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (more To Taste)
2 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1 1/2 cups Whole Milk
1 cup Heavy Cream
Fresh Or Dried Oregano
Black Pepper To Taste

Instructions:
Boil potatoes until tender, then drain and set aside. Brown the Italian sausage in a large boiler or pot. Stir in the red pepper, oregano, broth, milk and heavy cream. Add the potatoes and then stir in the kale. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve topped with grated Parmesan.

Are you a kale fanatic, too? I’d love to hear some of your favorite recipes?

Pinned: Pasta e fagioli

Bacon.

Do you really need to know anything else?

I have a strong love for all-foods-Italian, so when I saw this recipe on Food52, I knew I wanted to make it.

And bacon, y’all.

This turned out delicioso. I’m not sure if that’s a real word, or if Rachel Ray made it up, but I’m appropriating it for my use in this post. Because I’m not sure there’s another word to describe the pasta e fagioli.

I totally just Googled this to find out that “fagioli” actually means “beans” in Italian, so the recipe is literally “pasta and beans.” I believe it’s traditionally a vegetarian dish, but Food52’s addition of bacon is quite welcome. Obvs.

Pasta e fagioli recipeHere’s the recipe, adapted from Food52’s. This serves 4.

Ingredients:

6 slices bacon, chopped

1/2 onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

20 oz. chicken broth

1 16-oz. can cannelini beans, rinsed and drained

20 oz. whole tomatoes, drained and chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1 cup dittalini

1 tablespoon dried parsley

grated Parmesan
Directions:
In a saucepan, saute bacon over medium heat, draining as needed, until crispy. Add onions and garlic and continue sauteeing until onions are soft and translucent. Add broth and simmer, covered, for five minutes. Mash 1/3 of the beans in a bowl, then add these, the remaining beans, the tomatoes and the basil to the soup mixture. Simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes, or until pasta is at preferred tenderness (original recipes calls for al dente). Remove from heat and stir in parsley. Top with Parmesan and enjoy!

Recipe: SITS Girls potato soup

No joke, this potato soup recipe scared me a little bit.

It claimed it was quick and easy, but it contains seven. freakin’. cups. of. milk. I’ve never made any potato soup with that much milk in it. Typically my potato soups are broth based with a little bit of milk or heavy cream.

But I am sincerely glad I didn’t let that little bit of nervousness keep me from cooking this soup. Because it really was pretty easy, and it was one of the quickest — and most delicious — potato soups I’ve ever made!

potato soupI made a few small changes to the recipe (partially to not end up with an outrageous number of servings for just me and Bobby). Here’s the original from The SITS Girls, and here is what I did:

Ingredients:
1/3 cup butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup unbleached flour
3 1/2 cups 2% milk (I would have used whole milk if I had it)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 large baking potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350. Poke holes in potatoes with a fork. Roll in olive oil, then add salt to skin. Place directly on oven rack and bake for about an hour (add a few extra minutes for extra-large potatoes).

Allow potatoes to cool somewhat, then cut into cubes. You can choose to remove the skin or leave it on. I chose to leave it on because I like the way it tastes, and it added a little salt and a little texture to the finished product.

Melt butter in a large pot at medium heat. Add garlic and saute until it’s slightly brown. Add the flour and stir until the mixture is smooth. Reduce heat to low and slowly stir in the milk and cream. Turn heat up to high and stir constantly until mixture is simmering, then add potatoes, continuing to stir until it begins to simmer again.

Reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Add other ingredients, including salt and pepper, and stir until cheese is melted. Add extra cheese and bacon bits (we used fake bacon bits since we’re trying to go vegetarian for the time being) to the top of the soup once you have put it in bowls. You can also add some chopped green onions for a little crunch and extra flavor!

This was one of the creamiest potato soups I’ve ever had. Bobby even went so far as to say that it is the best he’s ever had. A definite winner, and so easy!

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Pinned: Nutella pound cake recipe review

If you know nothing else about me, you should understand that I. freakin’. love. NUTELLA.

I don’t have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Nutella, but I might as well, as often as I repin Nutella-centric recipes. I follow people who do have Nutella boards, so I know it’s not just me.

This weekend, Bobby and I had Thanksgiving dinner with some friends, and I volunteered to make dessert. Dessert is sort of a comfort zone for me since I enjoy baking, and I had several recipes from Pinterest I’d been wanting to try. It came down to pumpkin-eggnog swirl cheesecake vs. Nutella pound cake, and the Nutella dessert won out.

Overall, the recipe wasn’t super complicated. It was a pretty basic cake batter, then you just layer with Nutella. I followed the recipe pretty much step-by-step, and my cake ended up with a sunken-in middle (see the picture to the right).

I’m not sure where I went wrong. I think it may have been that I put a little too much cake batter on the very bottom layer, and I probably swirled the batter and Nutella a little too much. The cake turned out super-chocolatey, as opposed to the picture on the original recipe page, which looks like pound cake with chunks of Nutella in it.

So, since the Nutella pound cake was extremely ugly (again, see that first picture), I decided to whip up a Nutella trifle cake! Since I already had the Nutella pound cake ready to go, the trifle part was super easy. Here’s a quick recipe for what I did:

Ingredients:
1 Nutella pound cake, crumbled (click for original recipe)
1 large packet of Jello instant chocolate pudding
3 cups of cold milk
16-oz. carton of heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips (or topping of your choice — I also considered strawberries)

Instructions:
Combine sugar and heavy cream in a large mixing bowl and whip until it turns into whipped cream. I used my stand mixer on its highest setting for about 2 minutes for this.

Make the pudding according to the directions on the packet; this is where you’ll use the 3 cups of milk.

Lay down a layer of crumbled Nutella pound cake in a trifle dish. Add a layer of pudding and then a layer of whipped cream. Repeat. Top with mini chocolate chips (or whatever other topping you want).

So easy, and it ends up looking good and tasting delicious. I’d love to make this again! And if you enjoy my Pinterest recipe posts, be sure to check out my Food Stuffs board and my Just Desserts board!

Top PIN Tuesday: Holiday spirit?

Tuesday has rolled around again, so it’s time to share some of my favorite pins from this week! I actually got around to cooking the beer chili that was on my list last week, and it turned out great. Review coming tomorrow!

This week’s pins are a good mix of funny, food and baby. Did I just sum up my life in three words? Maybe.

  1. Book Fort, pinned on For the Kiddo. Bobby was basically drooling over this, and honesty so was I. This looks like such a fun idea, and we totally have enough books in our house to do it for ourselvesNoah.

  2. All different kinds of caramel apples, pinned onParty Har Har. Could there possibly be a better fall party idea than this? I want to get my friends together for a shindig just to have a caramel apple bar with all these toppings. Or maybe I’ll just skip inviting the friends. Hmm…
  3. Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, pinned on Food Stuffs. OMG. Seriously. OMG. This is basically one of those things I could happily eat every day for the rest of my life.
  4. Stop Clubbing, Baby Seals!, pinned on It Made Me Laugh. Pretty self-explanitory. Go look at the picture.
  5. Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken With Biscuits, pinned on Food Stuffs. Chicken pot pie in the slow cooker. This will win me major brownie points with Bobby.
  6. Apple Cider Margaritas, pinned on Party Har Har. Great for warming up on a cold night. I love apple cider. I love tequila. How could this possibly be a bad thing?
  7. Stovetop Christmas potpourri, pinned on

    Christmas. Yeah, that’s right. It’s not even Halloween, and I’m already thinking about Christmas. Mess with me about it, and I will cut you. The Christmas board is my latest and greatest, and this is my favorite thing I’ve pinned so far. My heart feels happy thinking about the warm smells that will fill my house when I try this!

  8. What does John have?, pinned on It Made Me Laugh. I’ll go ahead and ruin it for you. Question: John has 32 candy bars. He eats 28. What does he have now? Answer: Diabetes. John has diabetes.
  9. Krispy Kreme doughnut muffins, pinned on Just Desserts. I have been jonesing for hot now Krispy Kreme doughnuts ever since the tornado blew the one in town away on April 27. I have the stuff to make these, and I may just do it tonight. I will post a review if I do!
  10. Garland 10 different ways, pinned on One. Yes, more Noah birthday stuff. I don’t want to spend a bazillion dollars, especially for a birthday he won’t remember, but I would like to do something like this as an inexpensive but fun decoration!

Interested in seeing more of my pins? You can find me here on Pinterest!

Linking up today with Oh Amanda‘s Top Ten {Tuesday}.

Top Ten {Tuesday}

Top PIN Tuesday: Food and funnies (mostly)

Starting my second week of Top Pin Tuesday and realizing that I didn’t pin a ton last week, but thankfully I’m pretty selective about what I do pin, so I have some quality ones to share and was able to weed out a few that weren’t quite as exciting.

Here are my 10 favorite Pinterest pins from the past week, in no particular order (text links to pin, photos link to original source):

  1. Dinosaur Party, pinned on One. Maybe I’m crazy, but I’m already at least giving some thought to Noah’s first birthday party. I know we have to get through Christmas first, so I’m not planning hardcore, but I am starting to look at themes. I’m leaning toward a dinosaur theme, since we call him our little pterodactyl (because of the screechy noises he makes sometimes).
  2. Frederick Douglass quote, pinned on For the kiddo. The quote reads, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” It’s just so true and a good reminder to love, support and encourage our boy every step of the way.
  3. Tuscan pasta with tomato-basil cream sauce, pinned on Food Stuffs. Just looking at that picture makes me want to cram this into my face right. now. I have crazy love for good pasta.
  4. Soup recipes, pinned on Food Stuffs. Fall is coming quickly, and I enjoy a good soup. Good enough reason for a pin!
  5. Beer Chili, pinned on Food Stuffs. I knew when I saw this one that it would earn me brownie points with my husband, who would probably eat chili once a week during the fall. I like it, too, and this recipe looks AMAZING.
  6. T-Rex Hates Push-ups, pinned on It Made Me Laugh. It did make me laugh. Not quite as much as this pin from a few months ago, but still funny. I think I might have a dinosaur fetish…
  7. There are cookies you don’t even know about, pinned on It Made Me Laugh. A classic from Jill at Baby Rabies. I don’t have toddlers yet, but I will someday. And there WILL be secret cookies.
  8. I may not be perfect, but parts of me are pretty awesome, pinned on I – I – I like it.
  9. Healthy is the New Skinny, pinned on I – I – I Like It. A plus-size model posed nude in a recent episode of O magazine with a Barbie doll and marks on her body where she would have to have flesh removed in order to actually be shaped like Barbie. You can see in the photo that this girl is absolutely gorgeous, and the idea of changing her body so much to meet some unattainable beauty standard is ridiculous.
  10. White Chocolate Brownies, pinned on Just Desserts. Uh, yum. That is all.

Linking up today with Oh Amanda‘s Top Ten {Tuesday}.

Top Ten {Tuesday}