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Stuffed Green Peppers. Twice Baked Potatoes. Hiiii Abby!!!

Twice Baked Potatoes

This blog post is dedicated to Abby. Abby emailed me a few weeks ago requesting a recipe that could be made in the microwave. You see…Abby is shacking it up in a dorm this year with only two kitchey-type tools at her disposal: a microwave and a mini-fridge. And since she wants to spend her money on more important things like booze, shoes textbooks, she wanted it to be budget friendly. No biggie, Abby; I got you, gurrrrl! Meet the Twice Baked Potatoes. I made ‘em two ways: decadent and amazing (bacon, cheddar, jalapenos, sour cream) and healthy and good (yogurt, chives, zucchini). I’m not even gonna pretend the healthy way tastes better. You’re gonna start by forking the potatoes.

Now, pretend you’re in a video game. If you’re going right (oven), then put them on a baking sheet, season them with salt, pepper and olive oil and bake. If you’re going left (microwave), you’re going to place them on a microwave safe plate, season them with salt, pepper and olive oil and nuke. P.S. Simple Tiramisu. For a lazy summer afternoon, tiramisu is the perfect pick-me-up.

Simple Tiramisu

Its literal translation is pick me up (tira mi su). Tiramisu is one of those desserts that has as many different versions as there are mothers in Italy. This is my simple yet traditional version of the easy to assemble, no-bake, no-cook dessert. Mascarpone can be found in Italian specialty stores usually in an 8-ounce or 17-ounce container. Feel free to use all 17 ounces if purchasing the latter size. Note: Leave out the raw eggs if you are uncomfortable using them or use pasteurized eggs. 4 large eggs, separated1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar16 ounces mascarpone cheese1-1/2 cups brewed coffee1/2 cup coffee liqueur40 store-bought ladyfingers1 cup heavy creamcocoa powderbittersweet chocolate. Bacon and Cheddar Macaroni & Cheese. Sourdough Bread Starter Recipe. Bacon Salt. Garlic Knots. When I was in High School, I thought garlic knots were the best things on earth.

Garlic Knots

I guess I still kind of think that, but often I’m disappointed by the garlic knots I buy. I’m not sure if the quality of garlic knots has gone down in NYC or if I’ve become harder to please. These days, they are often hard and dry, probably from being left around too long. As with all bread-based goodies, the freshest way to get it is out of your own oven. These really are a reasonable amount of work, and easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled for even more return. I’m assuming that pizzerias make their garlic knots with the same dough that they make pizza with, so use any pizza dough that you like.

Garlic Knots~12-13 knots 3/4 cup +1 tablespoon all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon sugar1/2 teaspoon instant yeast1/2 teaspoon table salt1/3 cup water at room temperature (70 to 90 degrees)5 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, divided4 large cloves garlic, minced1/4 teaspoon kosher salt1 packed tablespoons chopped fresh parsley. Bacon Unwrapped.