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Archive for the month “July, 2016”

Spinach Strawberry Salad

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So, there was a couple reasons why this salad just didn’t do it for me. Two of those reasons were purely my laziness, so that’s on me.

It’s simple enough, and everything sounds good separately, but I don’t know.

First off my spinach leaves just weren’t that fresh tasting. Not really my fault, more my grocery store’s, but I still couldn’t finish this.

Also, I just don’t think I loved the combination of poppy seed dressing and feta. It was a weird taste combination to me. I should have done harvarti. Harvarti and poppy seed dressing together is the shit. And I just didn’t put in the red onion. I don’t love red onions anyway and when I saw the grocery store was only selling them in packs of 4, I was not about spending money to use 1/2 of an onion and have the rest sit in my fridge for eternity.

Now, everything else is my own damn fault. I just honestly didn’t feel like making raspberry poppy seed dressing. It was a recipe attached to this recipe and that was just too much for me that day so I just used normal poppy seed. I don’t think that was a huge deal, but I may of liked it more with the raspberry flavoring. I also couldn’t find candied pecans. And the other recipe attached to this one to make those seemed complicated. So, I found a recipe that said “quick candied pecans”. This is where the laziness comes in. You basically toss them in a pan until they’re caramelized, but I did it in the microwave instead. So they were just ok, more like buttery pecans than candied. Like I said, pure laziness.

So, maybe it’s my fault. I normally love fruit and poppy seed dressing salads, but maybe this just wasn’t the salad for me.

Recipe:

http://www.theyummylife.com/Spinach_Strawberry_Salad#EmbedRecipe_150

Chicken Tortilla Bake

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For the Fourth yesterday, I went to a potluck at a friend’s place. I thought it would be funny to make something that’s not All-American. Hence, the chicken tortilla bake haha.

The recipe itself is super easy, as casseroles normally are. The thing that took the longest was cooking the chicken. I just chopped it up and threw it in a frying pan. Most efficient way to do it I think.

Also, the original poster doesn’t specify, but this fits best in a smaller pan. I used a 7.5 x 11.

My friends at the potluck loved it. Some people ate it straight, like I did. Others used it as more of a dip, which was also really good. My roommate even put some salsa on top, which I also recommend.

Overall, am easy, good tasting recipe that’s great for a party!

Recipe:

http://www.homemakingchallenged.com/2012/01/chicken-tortilla-bake.html

Golden Oreo Cake Batter Blondies

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So, I’m in a show right now (hence the slight drop off in cooking) but I had the morning off yesterday, so I decided to make these to bring to the show for my cast and crew.

First off, these are super easy to make. It’s a little tough once you get to folding in the cookies and sprinkles though because the batter is dense and you kind have to use legit arm strength to get everything mixed.

I also didn’t put the additional crumbled cookies and sprinkles on top because A. I forgot to save some of the chopped oreos and didn’t feel like crushing more. B. I had used my entire sprinkle supply in the batter itself. Oh well.

To top it all off, they were a hit with my cast and crew! Now they’re asking what I’m going to bring next. I may have opened a can of worms here…

Recipe:

Golden Oreo Cake Batter Blondies.

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