Tales from a 20-Something's Kitchen.

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Archive for the month “April, 2016”

Homemade Chips with Avocado Ranch Dip

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So, the most painstaking part of this whole thing is making the damn chips. The recipe recommended using a mandoline vegetable slicer thing, which I went to two different stores and couldn’t find. So. I very carefully hand sliced all of the potatoes.

It was a bitch.

After that, this recipe is super easy. The chips weren’t quite crispy enough for me after the recommended baking time, so I did an extra 10 minutes and they turned out great. I would also recommend a little more salt. But that may just be ┬ápersonal preference.

The dip is super easy to make. It kind of reminds me of a french onion dip. However, I wish the avocado taste came through a little more. The greek yogurt kind of overpowers it.

But, the dip at least would be a great party contribution. And the chips? I’ll try again when I find one of those stupid slicers.

Recipe:

http://foodformyfamily.com/recipes/homemade-potato-chips-and-avocado-ranch-dip-for-an-earth-day-virtual-picnic

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Baked Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls

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So, this guy is pretty simple and straightforward. But, I had to make some tiny adjustments.

Firstly, I could not find french bread in a can anywhere. Just crescent rolls and biscuits. I didn’t want to go to a third grocery store, so I just bought two cans of crescent rolls. Also, I don’t have a 10 cup muffin tin, I have a 12, (which, do 10 cup muffin tins exist?) But, between the two crescent roll tubes, they perfectly made 12.

Making the spinach dip part was pretty easy. I’m pretty sure I overcooked the spinach though. I followed the directions exactly, but it looked a little crispy. Thankfully, there’s so much other stuff mixed in that you can’t even tell. I also used chili powder instead of buying ancho chili pepper. Because honestly, I was not about to spend 5 dollars on a really specific spice that I only needed 1/8 of a teaspoon of.

But, when all was said and done, these were great! My roommate loved them too. I would recommend popping them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds if you’re eating leftovers of them. They taste best warm!

Recipe:

Baked Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls

Slow Cooker Spinach and Tortellini Soup

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So, I have had absolutely zero time to cook food lately. I’ve been in a few shows back to back and so would go from my day job to straight to my theatre job basically every single day. There was about two straight weeks where I lived off pizza. I would be at the gym, order the pizza on the way home, so by the time I was out of the shower, pizza was there, and I had 10 minutes to eat as much as humanly possible.

Also, the fact that this is a slow cooker recipe and took approximately 5 hours didn’t really help matters. And then I finally bought the ingredients, went to make it two days later, the mushrooms had already gone bad. Then I went to go make it again this past Sunday, a friend texted me and was treating some people in my theatre company to dinner.

It was like the universe didn’t want me to make this.

But hah. Two months later, I finally got around to it.

And it was pretty good!

It’s interesting because the recipe calls for this white sauce mix. I went to three different grocery stores. I couldn’t find it, and the workers thought I was crazy, they’ve never even heard of it.

So, I scoured the internet, and found out that a lot of other people were having similar problems. I found this substitute that sounded easy enough:

http://www.theophoffs.com/toyourhealth/2010/1/13/creamy-tortellini-soup.html

She said hers turned out a little lumpy and too sweet. So what I did was instead of the 2c water and 2c milk, I just did the 4c of water that the original recipe says, and whisked the shit out of it until there was no lumps. Which took a solid five minutes.

But, that seemed to work! After that it was pretty easy, mostly just me sitting around, watching TV, and waiting for the magical crock pot to do its thing.

So, yeah, this wasn’t too bad. It is missing some flavor, which is probably due to the whole white sauce thing, but in the end, not a bad recipe to give a shot.

Recipe:

http://myfavoritethings-miranda.blogspot.com/2012/03/creamy-slow-cooker-tortellini-soup.html

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