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Evil Shenanigans - Baking & Cooking Blog

Evil Shenanigans - Baking & Cooking Blog
Forget the boxes, the mixes, and don’t even think of waiting an hour for macaroni and cheese on a week night. I have the super-fast solution for homemade macaroni and cheese, and it is SO good. I have something of an addiction to macaroni and cheese. When I was a child I ate mac & cheese from the blue box at least once a week. The recipe I am about to share with you makes the creamiest macaroni and cheese I have ever made, and it is nearly as fast as making the stuff in the box. One thing I feel I must add is that you really should grate your cheese fresh. Also, if you are watching your figure, as so many of us are, you can use reduced-fat cheese (this you must grate yourself, reduced-fat ready-grated cheese will not work). Stove-top Macaroni and Cheese Author: Kelly Jaggers (Adapted from Cooks Illustrated) Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Serves: 6 Cook the pasta according to package directions, but reduce the cooking time by one minute. Serve immediately.

Three Lily Soup A very long time ago, I worked next door to a gourmet food shop in Darien, CT, called the Good Food Store. Those of you from these parts will remember it, as it was quite popular. They had the best soups & I often bought my lunch from them. I remember one day seeing "three lily soup" on the menu & wondering what on earth it was. The salesperson explained to me that it was an onion soup, made with shallots & garlic...all vegetables from the lily family. To begin, you'll need 1/2 of a red onion, 1 {large} sweet onion, 10 ounces of shallots & 5 cloves of garlic. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Along with the garlic {peeled & left whole}. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the bowl. Meanwhile, peel & coarsely chop 1 large Yukon Gold potato & chop 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme. Transfer the roasted vegetables to a medium stockpot. or until all the vegetables are tender. Pour back into the stockpot, stir in a 1/4 cup of half and half & check for seasoning. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Simple Ideas That Are Borderline Crafty (35 Pics) Click Here For More Amazing Ideas Thai Recipe: Son In Law Eggs | Dianasaur Dishes This Thai recipe for Son In Law Eggs is one of my favorite ways to use boiled eggs. It’s a pretty unique boiled egg recipe that most Americans don’t know about. The first time I made them for my husband he literally yelled “WOW!” at how good they are. I first had Son In Law eggs in the 7th grade. There are a couple different stories on the history of Son In Law Eggs, but the most common is that if a man wasn’t being a good husband, his mother in law would come over and make this dish of deep fried boiled eggs. What makes this dish really amazing is the tamarind sauce spooned over the top of them. You can buy this soup base at most grocery stores, and I often toss one in my cart to use a seasoning in different sauces, soups, or curries. So when you’ve got some boiled eggs on hand (here’s my post on easy hard boiled eggs) give this recipe a try. Ingredients Instructions Heat a pot of vegetable oil (about 2 inches) on high. Your pot of oil should now be hot enough.

Best Chocolate Muffins Thursday, March 3, 2011 I’ve been searching for the perfect chocolate muffin recipe for a while. Every recipe I’ve tried has been disappointing. Chocolate flavor too mild, texture too spongy, batter too dry, etc. My search is finally over. Meryl was generous enough to provide me with the recipe with her notes. After I let the muffins cool, I took one bite, and I knew my search was over. Best Chocolate Muffins (from King Arthur’s Flour) Yields: 12 muffins 2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa 1 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 teaspoon espresso powder, optional 3/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup chocolate chips 2 eggs 1 cup (8 ounces) milk 2 teaspoons vanilla 2 teaspoons vinegar 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted coarse pearl sugar, for topping (optional) (I omitted this) Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder, salt, and chocolate chips.

Creamy Bacon Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad at Life Folks today I would like to share with you what is sure to be my go-to pasta salad this summer for all the pot-lucks, BBQs and patio dinners that are sure to come up. With this recipe I challenge you to forget the box; forget the pre-made stuff at your deli grocer. You aren’t going to want it after you give this a try. Just think, creamy refreshing lemon dill dressing coats perfect pasta, creamy avocados, sweet tomatoes and crispy bacon. It’s like summer in a bowl. I actually got the idea for this salad from one of my favorite sandwiches: Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Avocado.

14 natural items for your alternative first aid kit Cloves. Photo by Elenadan Find out which multitasking natural remedies merit a spot in your backpack. IF YOU’VE COME TO trust in herbal and alternative medicine at home, it can be a hard decision to go back to Pepto-Bismol and Dayquil when you’re getting ready to go abroad. 1. This is top of the list because it’s just so damn useful. Echinacea. 2. A powerful antibacterial, antibiotic, and antiparasitical potion. 3. Few things can kill a travel buzz like bad menstrual cramps. 4. All-Heal, Self- Heal and Heal-All are all common names of a plant which has many uses: antibiotic, antiseptic, astringent. Ginger root. 5. Stomach troubles are one of the most common issues among travelers. 6. Arnica is commonly found in two forms, either as a gel( look for Boiron brand) or in homeopathic pellets. 7. Native to Australia, the tea tree plant produces a powerful astringent oil. Licorice Root. 8. Licorice tastes delicious, is naturally sweet, and is super if you have a sore throat. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

cheese straws Meet my new favorite party trick. In dusting off a woefully-neglected group of recipes on my “Cook This” list, subcategory “Cheese” I came upon a curious confection known as a cheese straw. Despite making a note to try them, cheese straws were new to me, but seeing as they involve cheddar, butter, salt and red pepper flakes, I couldn’t imagine them being anything less than awesome. What I didn’t realize was that, in a ridiculously simple process that took no more than one hour from prep to snacking, what I’d really baked were a cheesy poofs/cheez doodle hybrid! And that my life may now be complete. It’s funny, all of these “cheese”-based snacks have never held my interest; they seemed so artificial, but not in a tasty way, like Twizzlers or Insert-Your-Shameful-Junk-Food-Habit-Here are. Except so much better: buttery, crisp, flavorful and just a little spicy. One year ago: Pistachio Petit-Four CakeTwo years ago: Whole Lemon Tart + Strawberry Tart Cheese Straws Adapted from The Lee Bros.

Oreo Cupcakes. I realize St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow & with a name like Kerry & a somewhat Irish heritage, I should probably be posting something dyed green or spiked with Bailey's. About that. I forgot St. Patrick's day was this month I made these instead. I suppose you could always spike them with Bailey's if you really wanted to be festive. It took me a long time to jump on board the cupcake trend. Also I just really love cookies. These cupcakes are a little bit of both and were so much fun to make. Maybe next time. And want to know a secret? They're baked with a double stuffed Oreo cookie on the bottom! They get kind of soft & dreamy & cake-like in the oven. And the cookies & cream whipped cream frosting? Why yes, I didcould eat it with a spoon for breakfast. Side note: Never turn a mixer full of whipping cream & powdered sugar on full-on high unless you feel like cleaning your entire kitchen. Unrelated side note: Meet my newest love. Oreo Cupcakes Printable Recipe Makes 15 cupcakes.

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks I got kinda hooked on these this summer. I’ve always loved the zucchini sticks my parents served at their pizzeria and used to eat them often when I worked there. But let’s be real, though they are a “vegetable”… the deep fried part kinda trumps the veggie part don’t ya think? I started making these at home this summer…not sure why it’s taken me so long to put this zucchini recipe together. I love zucchini, but get kind of bored of the usual ways I cook it and am always on the lookout for new recipes for zucchini. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks Ingredients 3 large zucchini, sliced longways, halved and cut into sticks 2 eggs 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp dried garlic powder Olive oil spray Instructions Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Tagged as: Appetizers, Side Dish, Vegetarian

P.S.- I made this... The Barefoot Kitchen » Blog Archive » Quinoa Cakes with Spinach and Goat Cheese Welcome to The Barefoot Kitchen! If this post makes your mouth water you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! A little leftovers magic today – I made a bunch of quinoa earlier in the week, and while it is tasty stuff all on its own, I was craving a change. These would be great as appetizers – I’m thinking that some kind of yogurt-y dip, maybe with some chili would make a nice accompaniment. Quinoa Cakes with Spinach and Goat Cheese makes about 20 small cakes ingredients: 2 cups spinach, roughly chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups cooked quinoa 4 ounces goat cheese 1 egg, beaten salt and pepper olive oil for frying how to: 1. 2. 3. 4. I Want to Marry You Cookies. I'm not going to lie to you. I made these cookies entirely because of their name. That and their promise of on-the-spot declarations of love and/or immediate proposals of marriage. Did they work? Well... I just got back from a romantic weekend in Monterey, California, full of fancy hotels, aquarium dates, breakfast in bed, ocean-view dining (... and pomegranate margaritas), summery weather, walks on the beach, and sneaking chocolate chip cookie-covered candy apples in to see The Avengers... so I'll let you decide. Whether these put a diamond on my finger or whisked me away for a whirlwind weekend of romance and sandy adventures, these are without a doubt my new favorite chocolate chip cookie. I tested at least every last cookie a dozen cookies to fully commit to this conclusion... from scoops of oat-y delicious cookie dough to hot off the baking sheet... and cooled, dunked in milk, at midnight, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and hugging a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. 1 cup butter 1 egg