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Archive for the month “August, 2014”

Cake Batter Cheesecake Bars

I love cake AND cheesecake. So of course I had to make these.

And it actually was pretty easy. The recipe calls for cookie crumbs. I shoved a handful of cookies in a bag and beat the crap out of it. So. Therapeutic and efficient!

Fun fact. I forgot that cheesecake is pretty much in liquid form before you bake it. So I’m standing in the kitchen, trying to figure out what I did wrong. I decide to add more cake mix and sprinkles to thicken it. Also, in my past experiences with cake batter flavored things, the called for amount is never enough. And I was right in that aspect. I ended up using about 3/4 to 1 cup range instead of the 1/2 cup and you can definitely taste the cake batter. I do wish I would have used less sprinkles though. You know how sometimes sprinkles can have that weird plastic-y after taste? It translated a tiny bit into the cheesecake, but thankfully everything else pretty much overwhelms it.

Something else I forgot: That it has to set in the fridge before you cut it. And this recipe, it needs anywhere from three hours to overnight. By the time it came out of the oven, the three hours would put me at 2 AM. So I set an alarm and tried to watch a movie. Yeah I fell asleep. And when the alarm went off, I essentially zombie walked into the kitchen and started cutting the cheesecake. I didn’t even fully wake up and realize what I was doing until I was halfway done. Long story short, I should have let them set overnight. It wasn’t bad, it just made the bars a little messier than I would have liked.

But this is a really tasty dessert. Give it a shot!




Funnel Cake

A lot of firsts with this one right here.

1. First successful attempt at using a ziploc as a pastry bag type thing

2. First time frying something

3. First recipe in my new apartment!

I just moved recently from Cleveland, OH, to Chicago and have been super busy getting everything together. But I made some time for this after work one night.

And I was super surprised how easy it actually was. The dough was simple to make and the frying part wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

For the frying, I used olive oil, hoping it would be the teeniest bit healthier. I have no idea if it actually was or not, but at least I tried.

The recipe calls for a deep skillet. Which I don’t have. So I used a regular skillet and then used tongs to flip the whole thing over about halfway through frying.

So, if you’re ever craving some carnival food, try this one out! But I will say, the whole recipe only made two. So I would double or triple the batter if you want more.



Exciting News!

Hey everyone!

So, today I’m moving from Cleveland, OH, to Chicago! It’s time to take this whole cooking thing into the real world!

So if you don’t hear from me for a bit, it’s because I’m still trying to figure out how to work everything in the new kitchen haha.

Until then!


Crispy Chicken Wraps

The last time I made burrito-type things, my friend had to roll them for me…But this time I rolled 4 out of 6 of these! Small victory!

But these are pretty good. I wish the chicken filling had a little more of a kick to it, but it didn’t bother me that much.

Speaking of chicken, I didn’t use a rotisserie chicken. Instead I used about a pound and a half of chicken tenderloin. I just cut it and then cooked it and it worked out!

Now, when you make these, you’re supposed to wrap them, spray them with cooking spray and cook seam side down first, so the edges stick together. As you can see, that didn’t have a 100% success rate… I think it’s because I used the low-fat tortillas my mom had laying around…

But there was one perfect wrap:


And here’s a picture of one cut in half:

I wish this picture was better. My phone died so I had to use my laptop camera.

But don’t be deceived by that last picture. These are pretty good. Give them a try!



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