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Carbonara - The Food in my Beard

Carbonara - The Food in my Beard
I love carbonara. It's fast, simple and cheap, yet very filling, warm and comforting. I generally don't like it when I get it at a restaurant which is surprising to me because it is so easy to make! We also made garlic bread. Usually we use raw garlic on garlic bread. The butter garlic mixture with some parsley added. Crushed red pepper on top and ready for the oven. My favorite pasta for this dish is linguine. I slice the bacon in half the long way, and then cut small pieces the short way. When the bacon has about 7 minutes left, I drop the pasta and add a few pieces of diced onion to the bacon. When the pasta has 1 minute left, add garlic to the bacon. Work quickly now. cup and a half of cream and 4 eggs. 3/4 cup of parm. Stir the pasta into the bacon for about 30 seconds. This bowl has been warmed until you are just barely able to hold it. Add the parsley. And cheese. And keep stirring. Yum. Top with more parsley and cheese and cracked black pepper. Recipe

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes So… this whole sprinkles thing. It’s kind of getting annoying, right? Look at me! I’m obsessed with sprinkles! So sprinkles it is. They are sort of like trashy gossip tabloids. And making homemade funfetti cupcakes. Don’t mind my crumbs. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes makes 12 cupcakes 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 2 whole eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/3 cup milk 1/3 cup assorted brightly colored sprinkles + more for top of frosting Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Vanilla Buttercream 2 sticks of butter, softened 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 tablespoon of milk, if needed Cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixture until completely smooth and creamy. If you come vacuum the trillions of sprinkles off my floors, I’ll love you forever.

Scottish Farmhouse Eggs | Ahoy! | Portland Maine DIY Blog Decided to mix things up and do a recipe. This is one I’ve made forever and I’m not 100% positive where I picked it up. It is always a crowd pleaser for brunch or breakfast. Special thank you to Dawnland Mama for the farm fresh duck eggs (even though she is a vegan herself). Sweet Recipe: Double Chocolate Bourbon Egg Cream Here's a funny thing about an egg cream: It contains neither eggs nor cream. What it does offer is a sweet yet light way to end a meal. And, if you're so inclined (I am) you can slip your booze in at the same time. The egg cream is a soda shop classic. I don't know how "egg" and "cream" became associated with this drink, since it has neither, but it is indeed both creamy and refreshing at the same time. This egg cream is another good example of a way to end a meal with a kick of something sweet that's sipped from a straw. It's also just about the easiest dessert imaginable. And if you, like me, enjoy the taste of bourbon with your chocolate, then whisk a little in with the milk, and sip away in the springtime sunshine! A few more notes on my process below: • A traditional egg cream calls for plain milk mixed with chocolate syrup (Fox's U-bet, to be really precise). Double Chocolate Bourbon Egg Cream makes one drink Pour the chocolate syrup into a tall glass. More Desserts to Sip

Better-Than-Crack-Brownies I’m sorry for doing this to you. I really am. But see, last Friday while I was on a 10-hour road trip heading for vacation, I received this recipe from a reader named Liz. Liz, I love you. I was tortured by this recipe for a full 8 days before I could make it. So it was the first thing I made when I returned home. These are an absolute sin. I really don’t have any words, other than you must try them. They may also change your waistline too. But that’s okay. It’s all in the name of chocolate. Better-Than-Crack Brownies 1 batch brownies (boxed mix or oooey gooey brownies) 1/2 cup salted peanuts (if don’t have salted, add sea salt) 1 cup chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips 1 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/2 tablespoon butter 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies Cereal Mix brownies according to directions, and bake for 20-25 minutes in a 9 x 13 baking dish. While they are finishing baking, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Mr.

Mediterranean Pasta I first made this dish several years ago for a ladies’ night I was hosting at my house. Instantly a hit, I knew I’d be adding it to my list of favorite easy meals. Adding (or not adding) the meat at the very end makes it vegetarian friendly. Adapted from Tyler Florence Milky Way Brownies Recipe I began the day yesterday with a desire to create some sort of candy bar-infused brownie. ‘Snickers‘ first came to mind. The thought of all of that caramel oozing its way through a mass of fudgy brownie sounded like a good idea to me. There was a problem though… NUTS were ruining my vision of the most decadent brownie ever. So I went the route of the Milky Way instead and created:Milky Way Brownies The mini-sized Milky Ways were chopped up and added to the batter. I cut up a full-size Milky Way to include on the top- mostly for aesthetic purposes… …but then it turned out to be a really good idea anyways. I couldn’t resist digging into these brownies before they were cooled off. Somehow I managed to wrap up the rest and refrigerate them overnight. The Milky Way bars worked wonderfully in these brownies. These brownies are my new favorite. This recipe can be found here: Milky Way Brownies

Mongolian Beef I LOVE P.F. Changs but it can be a little pricy for what you actually get. I have been making this recipe for YEARS now and I always get rave reviews. Most people who have it say they actually like it MORE than P.F. Changs. You can make this dish for the entire family for the same price as one of these as a menu item! Ingredients 4 tsp. vegetable oil 2 tsp. ginger, minced 2 Tbsp. garlic, minced 1 c. soy sauce 1 c. water 1 c. brown sugar (packed) 2 c. vegetable oil 2 Lb. flank steaks ½ c. cornstarch 3 large green onions Instructions Make the sauce by heating 4 tsp. vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat. General Tso's Chicken Recipe At nearly any buffet or take-out place you can find General Tso’s Chicken. General Tso’s Chicken is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy flavors. It is a very popular dish throughout the United States and Canada. This is probably one of the best and easiest recipes around, you will be surprised at how little time it takes to prepare. Ingredients: 1lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into 1” chunks) 5 dried red chili peppers 3 green onions (sliced) 3 eggs (beaten) ½ cup cornstarch oil (for frying)Sauce-1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar 2 tablespoons rice wine 3 tablespoons sugar 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons cornstarch Cooking Instructions: Step 1: In a large mixing bowl combine cornstarch and beaten eggs. Step 3: Heat deep fryer or wok to 375 degrees and deep fried chicken bits in batches. Step 5: Add sauce mixture to the wok and cook stirring until the sauce becomes thickened and bubbly.

How to Find Your Passion We’ve all heard the phrase, “Do what you love.” The idea that we can and should do what we love doing in our work, and that we should choose experiences that make us feel good in life, was a pretty unconventional idea 20 years ago. These days, however, it’s an ideal that most of us believe in and want to live by. So then why aren’t we all doing what we love? Why aren’t we all following our passion? Do you know what you love? One of the challenges of our internet-savvy generation is that we have access to lifestyle models and opportunities all over the world. The idea of doing what you love is of no use to you if you’re unsure what you want and love. How to find your passion: let your fear guide you Fear feels horrible, and we tend to code experiences that feel horrible as “bad,” and then we try to avoid those “bad” experiences that we’re afraid of. When something is important to us, it matters to us how it turns out. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Photo byThe Ivory Tower Success. May 17, 2010

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Oh what a weekend! It was productive. It was fun. Productive – Cleaned out the garage.Took the recyclables to the dump.FINALLY took down the house winter decorations and put up spring décor.5 loads of laundry hung on the line, folded AND put away. It feels good to be productive. Fun – Wisconsin Friday Night Fish Fry – need I say more? It always feels good when you’re having fun. Warm – If you are in the Midwest – I don’t need to tell you we’ve had record breaking heat for 5 days in a row. It feels good to have it warm but I know it won’t last so we’re enjoying it while we have it. Oh what a weekend! Macaroni and Cheese This dish makes a good main meal or a nice side dish. Yield: 6 - 8 servings Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Ingredients: Directions: 1. Adapted from

26 Soft Pretzel Recipes For National Pretzel Day bacon and cheese egg mcmuffin cups These were simple and yummy. I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite meals of the day is breakfast. I could also eat eggs at any meal, and I know my husband could too (and bacon too, right James?). Try this recipe out. 3 whole english muffins, split 6 slices bacon, cooked until almost done 1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese 6 large eggs Pinches of kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper 1. 2. 6 servings Recipe adapted from Picky Palate

Chicken Pot Stickers This is a fun and tasty recipe to make. I used leftover roasted chicken breast tonight but you can also use ground pork or ground chicken. I have always been intimidated by cooking Asian food but I have finally gotten this recipe down. It’s fun to make and the kids have a lot of fun helping. Dipping Sauce: 1 cup of soy sauce2 tbsp of seasoned rice vinegar2 tsp sesame oil2 tsp sugar1 clove of garlic, minced2 tbsp water Pot Stickers: 3 cups of boiling water2 cups napa cabbage, sliced finely2 cups roasted chicken breast, diced2 green onions, diced1 clove of garlic, minced1 tsp corn starch1 tbsp soy sauce1 tsp sesame oilSea salt and fresh cracked pepper to tastePot sticker wraps1 tbsp olive oil (for cooking) Boil the water and pour over the sliced cabbage to soften. Spread out the pot sticker wraps and scoop a small teaspoon full of filling onto the center of each wrap. Fold the pot sticker to make a moon shape and pinch shut with 3 to 4 pleats along the side.

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