Tales from a 20-Something's Kitchen.

One girl's mission to take on Pinterest. And win. And eat some great food in the process.

Strawberry Glazed Doughnuts

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So, I’ve been seeing doughnut recipes on Pinterest for awhile now, and I’ve always passed them up because I didn’t have doughnut pans. Recently, I said fuck it and ordered some doughnut pans off of Amazon, and said lets make some doughnuts. Plus these are baked so their healthy(ish/er)

The first step with these guys is making a puree out of strawberries and strawberry jam. As we all know, I don’t own anything to do this. (one day….). Turns out you can make a puree with a hand mixer, a vegetable cutter, and some patience. So. I was pretty proud of myself for that.

Making the dough was easy enough. When combining the ingredients, you don’t want it too dry or too runny. That was the tricky part. I stopped adding the puree, worried it would be too much and there’s no going back. Ultimately, I could have added a bit more, but they still turned out pretty good.

The recipe then recommends piping the batter into the pan. But it was batter instead of frosting, so it was really difficult to pipe. So I just spooned it in and wiped off the center part. I assumed the dough would rise, so I only filled the molds about 3/4 full. I definitely could have filled them all the way to the top. But that’s something to know for next time!

The glaze part of the recipe makes way too much, I would half it. Or double the amount of doughnuts. I got 12 out of this recipe.

I had a movie night last night and people loved them! So I’ll definitely be making these again.

Recipe:

http://www.maryquitecontrarybakes.com/2011/05/strawberry-glazed-doughnuts.html

Summer Potato Salad

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So the roommates and I had a family dinner on Sunday night, and this was my contribution! It was a big hit.

It is a little bit more “mashed” than I think potato salad is meant to be, but it still tasted really good. I think it’s because I cubed the potatoes really small. But, I was really proud of myself, I was able to multitask the boiling of the potatoes, boiling of the eggs, and making the sauce stuff. Boom.

The recipe says to refrigerate at least two hours. We did two and a half and I still would have liked it to be a little colder.

My recommendation? Make this the day before something and refrigerate it overnight. Also, this served 4-6 peopleish. So if you’re going to an event, double it.

But overall, this is a great recipe for your next barbecue!

Recipe: http://trickschefs.com/showthread.php?tid=1385

Shrimp Linguine

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So, the first thing I have to say: Why is shrimp so fucking expensive? Seriously, I could buy two lobster tails cheaper than a pound of shrimp. Woof.

So, the recipe calls for 1.5 lbs of shrimp.  So, because I’m a cheap 20 something, I only bought a pound. Oh well.

Overall, this is a pretty solid recipe. The sauce is easy enough to make, but I would double it, or only use half the box of pasta. There wasn’t quite enough for me to fully cover all the pasta. Admittedly, this may be a personal preference, but that’s my suggestion.

So, even though the shrimp is expensive, I would definitely make this again, maybe for a special occasion!

Recipe: http://trickschefs.com/showthread.php?tid=964

Taco Pie

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So, for starters, this came from an article entitled; “Easy Meals to Cook for Your Man.”

  1. I’m cooking for myself thank you very much.
  2. Why is the article writer only cooking for her man? Does she not like tacos?

Anyway.

This is a pretty simple casserole style dish. Layer everything on, throw it in the oven, ta-da.

I will say, I wrestled with the crescent rolls a bit. The recipe didn’t specify the size of the pan. I ended up using an 8 inch square pan. This was of course after trying that pan, thinking that was too small, switching to a longer 8×11 pan, which the crescent rolls didn’t cover the bottom, then going back to the original pan. All the while, the crescent rolls were not easy to work with. They were more stuck together than usual.

But I digress. From there, it’s just layering. I will say, the recipe says to crush an entire bag of tortilla chips. I crushed maybe 10-15 chips and I was good. In fact, if I make this again, I would probably omit the tortilla chips. They don’t go on a fork well, and I didn’t miss the crunchy texture, which is I assume what they are there for.

I also added avocado because I’m basic.

Anyway, give this one a shot! It’s a good one.

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Recipe: http://madamenoire.com/34112/easy-meals-to-cook-for-your-man/8/

“Skinny” Texas Cheese Fries

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So. The recipe may be for “skinny” fries, but I don’t know how skinny these are after how much shit I added to them.

But they were delicious sooooo…

To start with, I looked at the recipe and saw that it required only two potatoes. I thought that this surely wasn’t enough, so I doubled everything, and got the monster tray of fries that you see above. At least now there is leftovers!

So, for the modifications. I stuck to the spices from the recipe, which made for some really nice seasoned fries. They came out not as crispy as I had expected, but they were still very good. I skipped the jalepenos because those are too spicy for my white girl taste buds. I made up for that in cheese. The recipe calls for 1/3c, I doubled to 2/3, and I still thought that it wasn’t enough. So I just kept putting on cheese until I was happy. I probably used about 1 1/2 c.

I really like cheese.

I then got the idea to add sour cream to it. I then got the more BRILLIANT idea of piping the sour cream onto the fries with my frosting piping kit. It wasn’t quite as pretty as I imagined it in my head, but the effect still got across. I then cubed up an avocado and threw that on there.

So. Skinny fries? Not so much. Delicious fries? Hell yes.

Recipe: http://www.skinnytaste.com/skinny-texas-cheese-fries/

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler

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So, I’ve never made a cobbler before, so this was an interesting new experience.

To start with, I think that there is a typo in the recipe. It calls for 2 quarts of Strawberries. I get to the store, and 1 carton of strawberries was 16 oz. There is 32 oz in a quart. So, I stood in the produce section for a solid five minutes contemplating whether I was about to buy 4 cartons of strawberries. Eventually I did because they were on sale for $.97 haha.

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Side note. Look how huge these strawberries are. It’s like they’re on steroids or something.

Anyway, I get to the point of the recipe where I’m using them and…

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Yup. 2 quarts my ass. That’s maybe a carton and a half right there. It would have maybe been two if it wasn’t for the giant strawberries.

So. Moral of the story. By 2 cartons. Not 2 quarts.

Anyway, rest of the recipe was pretty standard. Except for the cooking part. I put it in for 45 minutes, and it was not fully done. I could see the butter still pooling at the bottom. I would say it took about 15 more minutes and rotating the pan before it was at a place where I was happy with it. I put a little bit of ice cream with it (Ben and Jerry’s Tonight Dough to be exact). And it was pretty good! Maybe not the most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted, but still pretty good.

Recipe: https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/fruit-dessert/strawberry-cream-cheese-cobbler.html

Southwestern Avocado and Black Bean Salad

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So salads are pretty easy to put together, which is exciting. And this one sounded pretty good. Well, I thought the ingredients sounded good, don’t know how I felt about the dressing (cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, and hot sauce). Spoiler, it’s not bad. Not the best thing I’ve ever had, but also not bad. I had to guesstimate with some of the ingredients. Like corn. It says 2 cups of corn. That’s 16oz, and there’s 15oz in a can, so I figured I would be good. But it also called for 2 cans of black beans, which are also 15oz. So, I decided to play it by ear. In the end, I thought the 1 can of corn was sufficient, and I only used 1 can of black beans, which was honestly a little too much. So. Guess it depends on the individual person I guess. I also added more cheese than was called for (when have I not).

Overall, this wasn’t bad. I will say the combo of the black bean juice (even after draining), the cut tomatoes, the drained corn, and the dressing made this salad a little soggy. Didn’t hate it, but would probably make some adjustments if I wanted to make it in the future.

Recipe: http://www.pauladeen.com/southwestern-avocado-and-black-bean-salad

Fresh Strawberry Upside Down Cake

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I have a week off in between closing one show and starting another, so of course I was going to take that opportunity to make something!

This seemed easy enough, just layering ingredients together. Crushing strawberries was an interesting experience. Maybe I didn’t crush them enough, because the amount of strawberries I had was not enough to cover a 9×13 pan. I had a slightly smaller one on hand so I used that one instead, and that was still a little bit of a stretch to get them to cover the whole pan.

After that, it was really simple. Sprinkle the jello, layer some marshmallows, pour the cake batter over the whole thing, ta da.

Now. I’ve never made upside down cake before. So I was terrified of flipping this over. My roommates were excited regardless-either they got cake or they got to watch a cooking fail.

Luckily, it all worked out! Once I cut off a piece, I was surprised to see that the jello and marshmallow baked into the cake. It makes the cake super moist and soft.

So, definitely give this one a shot!

Recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/188567/fresh-strawberry-upside-down-cake/?evt19=1

Cheesy Broccoli Potato Mash

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So, for the current show I’m in, we have two show days on Saturdays, so we decided to throw a little potluck on our dinner break, and this is what I contributed!

It was pretty simple to make, but I found the proportions to be a little off.

It says use 1 lb of potatoes, I used 2. I did use the suggested amount of broccoli, Instead of 3/4 c of cheese, I used a solid 1 1/2 c (and even brought some more to the theatre). I used 3/4 c milk instead of 1/c. So, that took some playing around and testing, but the end result was pretty great!

Recipe: http://sweetandsavorytooth.com/vegetables/cheesy-broccoli-potato-mash/

Pizza Muffins

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Last night, my roommates and I hosted an “Apps and ‘Sserts” NYE Party. For those of you who are Parks and Rec fans, you hopefully get the reference. But basically, we had a little potluck where everyone brought wither an appetizer or a dessert to share, so this was my contribution.

I didn’t find any cubed pepperoni at the store, so I just got the little guys and tore them into fourths, so that seemed like it worked. The original poster also suggested adding salt and red pepper flakes, which I did.

Side story: I was mixing everything together, and was curious as to what the batter tasted like. Turns out I didn’t mix well enough, and just got a nice old hunk of red pepper flakes. That was a fun 5 minutes of my life.

Anyway. This is a really simple one if you’re looking for something in a pinch. It’s a “throw everything into a bowl, mix it, and then throw in the oven” type of recipe. I don’t have a mini muffin pan, which is what’s suggested, so I used a normal sized one, which made 10 pizza muffins. I wish I had a mini muffin pan,  because those 10 were gone within a half hour. Not everyone had even arrived yet, and they were gone. So, that’s a testament to how good they were. I just wish I had made more!

Recipe: http://lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/2010/07/annoying-habits.html

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