Thursday, May 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Chicken Skewers


Today for dinner we knocked out the rest of our frozen chicken and peanut butter all in one shot. Accompanied by teriyaki rice and corn, it made a pretty tasty meal!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Twice-baked Potatoes


Tonight I decided to do something different with our potatoes rather than simply baking them or mashing them. I've never made "Twice Baked Potatoes," so why not? Seemed fool proof enough!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Steak Tostadas

As our time here in Nevada is winding down, we are trying to power through our food in the freezer, fridge, and cupboards to minimize what we need to move or give away. Today our main dish was steak and I had to find a way to whip that up into something interesting. I sifted through the cupboards and fridge and found the makings for some tasty tostadas!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Enchiladas are a very versatile meal that can be changed up with infinite combinations of stuffings and toppings. My most recent enchilada fascination has been with black beans and sweet potatoes. A delicious match! I decided to try it after reading about black bean and sweet potato chili and the combination intrigued me. I will have to find the chili recipe again sometime and try that too!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sunflower Seed Butter

I had a bunch of sunflower seeds in the cupboard that went unused for-ever. Like, the "best used by" date was December 2010 for-ever. They were in a resealable package at least, and still tasted fine to me. So I figured I'd do something with them and try to make a seed butter. I looked up a recipe and got to work.

Horchata!

I had Horchata for the first time with my coworker last summer at a Mexican fast food joint called 9 Beans and  Burrito. I'd never had it before and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.
Horchata, if you don't know, is rice-cinnamon drink; sometimes it's made with nuts as well. I haven't tried this yet but almonds might be nice to try.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I need a rat on my head!

That was the thought that was running through my head today as I was working in the kitchen. We have a bunch of ingredients that need to be used up, but I didn't really know how. I thought having a Remy on top of my head, like on Ratatouille's "chef" Alfredo Linguini, would be helpful. Ratatouille is my favorite Pixar movie, if you didn't know.
Broccoli was the main component I wanted to get rid of tonight. I don't like broccoli much--I actually bought it a while ago intending to use it with the Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi, but I completely forgot about it in the fridge. Unless it's smothered in cheese sauce or blended in a soup, neither my husband or I like broccoli much. And I wasn't really in the mood for a cheese soup, so I just whipped up a different kind with things we had on hand--including a sweet potato and cream of mushroom soup!

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Living Planet Aquarium



The last time Andy and I were in Salt Lake City for a concert was the middle of April, and we decided to finally check out the The Living Planet Aquarium. The first time we tried it was jam-packed full of people. We couldn't even find a parking place! So we decided on our next trip that we were going to try it on a Sunday morning--I hate to say it--specifically because we knew all the Mormons would be in their services at that time.
Well, the strategy worked and the place was half empty when we got there! It's a small-ish aquarium, but it had enough to keep us occupied for a good 4-5 hours!

Stuffed Burgers (& More!)

 My sister sent Andy and me a little contraption that helps you make stuffed burgers. Since we're trying to plow through our perishable food before our big move (3 weeks!), this allowed us to cook up 2 pounds of beef and a package of bacon I found in the bottom of the big freezer.
To go along with our meal, I thought it would be a good opportunity to try my hand at making homemade buns. They turned out a little small for our giant burgers, but otherwise great!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dirty Snicker Milkshake

Ever since I went to the Cheesecake Factory and tried one of their alcoholic milkshakes, I've wanted to try my own. I decided to make one that includes chocolate and peanut butter because they're my favorite, and add whatever alcoholic properties we had in the house to achieve some heaven in a glass.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Frying tortilla chips

I went to the store the other day to get some tortillas. My husband likes breakfast burritos and we have a bunch of sausage in the freezer that needs used up before we move, so I opted to make him some with eggs. We spotted some corn tortillas that were the right size and decided to give them a try since neither of us had ever tried them before.

Lo and behold, they were too dry and stiff to use. The tortilla ripped as soon as I tried folding it over. What now? What else can you use them for? Tortilla soup, I suppose...but a whole package of tortillas? I think not! Instead I decided to try making my own tortilla chips out of them.