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Archive for the month “September, 2017”

Frozen Strawberries and Cream


So, this was an interesting recipe. Now that I’ve made it and everything, I still don’t quite know how to describe it? Maybe like one of those strawberry crunch ice cream bars we had has kids? But a little lighter than that.

It even started with making the crust/topping. It was a pretty basic pie crust recipe, but the recipe kept describing it as “crumbs” Mine was most definitely not crumbly. It stuck together. Then they came out harder/baked. And then the recipe said to press them in. Which would have been easier if I hadn’t of baked it? It was a all a tad confusing.

Making the filling on the inside was a little more successful. It was really light, (almost a little too light, I would have liked a little bit more flavor to it.)

So, I put it in the freezer, for which the recipe says to do for a minimum of 3 hours. I literally forgot about it.

I was sitting on the couch watching Game of Thrones (I know I’m only on Season 3) probably 4 and a half hours later and my roommate was like “is that cake thing done yet?” To which I ran to grab it.

I think I over-froze it. The strawberries were like little popsicles inside the cream center, like a minefield of coldness. The consistency of everything else was pretty good.

I put it in the fridge after the fact. I’m hoping that will thaw the strawberries out a bit.


Overall, a little bit too much effort for something that was just fine tasting.

Recipe: http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2012/4/17/frozen-strawberries-and-cream-dessert.html


Caramel Cheesecake Dip


Pictured in the background: Great British Bake Off.

Not pictured: Half the bottle of wine I drank.

Anyway. The original blogger wasn’t kidding when she said three ingredients, three minutes.

It was more like 5 for me, but still. This was ridiculously easy. For graham cracker crumbs, I’m using a crust from now on. It makes a decent amount and I didn’t even do the “put in a bag and smash” trick. I just took my pastry cutter and smashed it all in the foil pan the crust came in.

The recipe said just to put the crumbs on the side, but I made a small layer on top as well because why not?

This isn’t a mind blowing recipe by any means, but it would definitely work in a pinch.

Recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/caramel-cheesecake-apple-dip-3-ingredient-3-minute-recipe/

Sonoma Chicken Salad


So, yesterday one of my co-workers at my new day job hosted an “end of summer” cookout for the admin team, and this was my contribution!

Making the chicken base was pretty standard, shredding the chicken took longer than I remembered, but it still turned out!

Now, the dressing was interesting. Let me just list off the ingredients in this thing:

  • Mayo
  • Apple Juice
  • Honey
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Onion Powder (more on that later)
  • Salt and Pepper

I’m not crazy right? These all sound like they would taste really weird together, right? I was mixing everything up and thinking to myself “oh my god my co-workers are going to think I’m so weird for making them eat this.” But I taste tested it before I mixed it in the chicken and it was actually – really good? It was sweet, but not too sweet.

So, I mixed it in. And personally, I didn’t think that it was enough. I still found it all a bit dry. So, I whipped up a half serving of the dressing really quick.

Fun side note here: I went into the pantry to grab the onion powder (that I had JUST bought) to make the extra half serving, and realized I had bought garlic powder. Which I already had. So. Garlic powder substitute for onion powder in this recipe can work. And I will not have to buy garlic powder for years. Yay me.

I actually contemplated making a whole extra serving of dressing, rather than half, but then I ran out of mayo. Oh well.

But, the half extra worked. I think I would maybe double the dressing in the future from the get go.

Long story short, all of my co-workers loved it! I didn’t have a whole lot leftover, but one of my roommates taste tested it, and he really liked it to!

So, chalk this one up to a success, and one to keep in the recipe book for sure.

Recipe: http://www.cookingclassy.com/sonoma-chicken-salad-sandwiches/

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