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Archive for the month “November, 2017”

Meatloaf Muffins with Barbecue Sauce

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I wish I had a food processor.

One of the first instructions of this is to put some vegetables in a food processor to finely chop them.

I thought, I’ll use my big knife and my pastry cutter. It’ll go great.

It did not.

Firstly, the onion I got somehow managed to be the most potent thing on the planet. My eyes were not tearing up, they were literally streaming. It was insane.

Then, putting the onion, bell pepper, and celery together was a hot holy mess. The pastry cutter did nothing, especially to the bell pepper. So I dumped it all out and tried to dice it all on a cutting board. Also a mess. So I gave up and dumped it in.

The rest of the recipe is pretty straightforward, and the end result is quite good, mine just had very chunky vegetables in it, which I could have done without.

As for the sauce, the combo of barbecue sauce, salsa, and worcestershire was good, but not mind blowing or revolutionary, I would save the money and time and just use the barbecue sauce by itself next time.

The recipe link suggest serving with mashed potatoes and green beans, and has additional recipes for both. I made my *classic* microwave mashed potatoes and called it a day.

Recipe:http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/meatloaf-muffins-with-barbecue-sauce-recipe-2118102

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Crock Pot Cheesecake

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I won’t lie, I made this mostly for the “the fuck? You can do that?” factor.

And yes, indeed you can. If you have patience. And maybe a smaller pan.

The trick to the whole thing is a pan that fits INSIDE of your crock pot, and then creating a double boiler from that. The smallest I had was an almost fit, so I decided to just go for it.

This made the actual cooking process longer, like a solid hour longer. The instructions are to cook “until the center of the cheesecake is no longer watery when you stick a thin knife into the center of it.”.

It all seemed watery, but my roommate said it was fine, so I moved onto the part where you leave it in a turned off crock pot for an hour. This was where I forgot it was in there because my roommates and I were too busy trying to film an episode of our webseries (That’s a whole other thing entirely).

Then when I remembered it was in there, I took it out, and put it in the fridge where it’s supposed to set for an hour.

I fell asleep.

The next day I had work and rehearsal so I didn’t even get the chance to try it until almost a full 24 hours later.

And the verdict?

It’s not bad! Not the best cheesecake I’ve ever had, but it was definitely cheesecake. And it was definitely made in a crock pot.

Recipe: https://crockpotladies.com/recipe/crockpot-cheesecake/

Olive Oil, Garlic, Chives, and Romano Cheese Mashed Potatoes

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I am quite a big fan of mashed potatoes. Like, I have a process to make a quick bowl out of 2-3 potatoes in the microwave. But these sounded fancy so I figured why not?

Two things about the ingredients. It says 2 lbs of potatoes/3 large potatoes. I had a 5lb bag in my pantry, and I ended up using 4 medium potatoes and 1 small one, I think my estimation skills ended up being right. Also, I didn’t know that romano cheese smelled? The taste was basically a very sharp parmesan, but my roommate was like “that cheese smells like vomit.” So, off to a good start. I also spent 10 minutes grating a block of romano because the block was cheaper than the pre-shredded.

The recipe itself is a standard mashed potato recipe, I had them done in about 20-25 minutes. I had freeze dried chives, so I did 1 tbsp instead of 2.

And they were really quite good! But I’m not going to lie, about 2.5 seconds after taking this picture, I added butter and sour cream to them. Because why the hell not.

Lastly, it says this serves 3-4 people. Lol I ate the whole thing by myself.

Recipe: https://goddessofscrumptiousness.tumblr.com/post/13544053231/olive-oil-garlic-chives-and-romano-cheese-mashed#disqus_thread

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