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Archive for the month “January, 2014”

Quick Chicken Quesadillas

There’s not much really to be said, but I can confirm that they are quick and there is chicken in them.

See? They’re pretty good too. It’s as simple as combining chicken, salsa, and cheese.

The hard part however comes with the whole cooking thing. It recommends cooking them in a skillet then gently turning them over. Yeah ok.

Here was problem number one:

So…yeah that was great. And also, the whole “gently flipping” thing? Yeah whatever. More like flip as fast as you can with two spatulas and pray that nothing falls out. Which it will. I guarantee it.

But these are actually super good and if I ever get a panini machine type thing, I will gladly make them again.




College Casserole

I present to you a first: my own recipe!

Let me preface this by saying that this came out of necessity. I just got back from a week in Michigan at a theatre festival and there is no food in the fridge. Literally none. I have a pudding cup and a bagel to my name right now.

My roommates and I decided to combine things that we had in our kitchen and call it food. And that’s how this was born. Granted, it’s not the most revolutionary thing in the world, but we liked it.

You will need:

5 small potatoes

1 can of green beans

french fried onions

shredded cheese

Ok, preheat the oven to 350, you’ll need that later. Next, mash the potatoes. I do it the college way in the microwave. Peel them, poke holes in them with a fork, put in a bowl in the microwave for five minutes. Take the bowl out, flip the potatoes over, poke a few more holes and put the bowl in for another 2:30. Take the bowl out, mash them together with a spoon/masher whatever. Pour milk into the bowl, like 1/3 of a cup? Mix and mash all of that together, then pour in 2-3 tbsps of melted butter. Put all that together, then put all the potatoes in the bottom of a small round pan.

Drain the green beans, then just dump the whole can on top of the potatoes, then evenly spread out. For the french fried onions and cheese, just spread as much as you would like for the top two layers.

Put it in the oven for 10 minutes and ta-da! Casserole.

Two Minute Mug Brownie

I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of mug desserts. It sounds perfect. Something small to satisfy a craving but without having to bake an entire box of brownies. So last night I decided to give one of them a shot.

And honestly, I didn’t really like it. It didn’t taste like a brownie, more like a chocolate cake, and it was dry and it was just a no for me. The recipe suggested throwing in some chopped chocolate or something, but I didn’t have that laying around the house, so I didn’t do it. Maybe that would have made a difference?

Also, the recipe says throw it in the microwave for a minute and if it’s still too gooey, do another thirty seconds. I did that, and maybe that was too long? Regardless, maybe I’ll try one of these recipes in the future, but maybe put in the extras?



Chicken Parmesan Casserole

I know I know this looks disgusting. But I swear it isn’t. I’m dumb I made this last night for our NYE potluck and I forgot to take a picture of it before we all ate it. So these are the leftovers. I guess that means something if that is all that’s left right?

If it makes you feel better, mine basically looked like this:

Just the cheese was melted.

So yeah, all that aside, this is delicious. It was super easy too, just layering everything in the pan. I did go a little crazy on the cheese, because, you know why not? I also couldn’t find shredded parmesan, so I had to use this Italian blend, which was just as good.

Everyone loved this, and it had a little bit of a kick to it, which I really liked. I didn’t serve it over noodles but you totally could.

So yeah, Happy 2014 everyone!



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