Tales from a 20-Something's Kitchen.

One girl's mission to take on Pinterest. And win. And eat some great food in the process.

Cheesy Potato Fries

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So, I know I’ve made cheese fries before, but those were supposed to be healthy (even though I didn’t make them that way), and these were a different recipe sooooo…

Anyway, these were pretty straightforward. Cut the potatoes, bake them, put the stuff on them.

I liked the sour cream/ranch/milk mix, it was pretty good! I didn’t put the sour cream mixture on the bottom of the fries though because I didn’t quite get why to do that. I just heaped it all on top. I also skipped out on the bacon bits as a topping because it’s not real bacon.

The only thing that was a disappointment was that the fries completely stuck to the foil they were baked on, which I was surprised about.

But other than that, these turned out great!

Recipe: http://yummy-recipezz.blogspot.com/2012/10/cheesy-potato-fries.html

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Crockpot Barbecue Chicken

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So, what we’ve got here is a pretty standard crockpot recipe. Put the stuff in the crockpot, leave it there for a long ass time. Ta-da.

But that’s also why I haven’t had a chance to make this. There’s been no good opportunity for me schedule wise to meal prep this stuff.

But, yesterday was my chance. Finally. I was seeing a show at a park nearby yesterday afternoon, so I popped it in beforehand, and it was ready for dinner.

As for the recipe itself, I wish the sauce was a bit thicker. By the time it was ready to eat, the sauce was a bit thin and runny. Still pretty good though, and it’s got a little bit of a kick to it as well that took me by surprise.

It says to keep it in the crockpot for 4-6 hours. I was a little under 5 when I called them done. This was probably because I stuck them in frozen. I probably could have kept them in for that extra hour, but I was starving.

Overall, not bad. Not amazing, but not bad. And I also now have lunch and/or dinner for the next three days!

Recipe: http://forkinit.blogspot.com/2010/09/crockpot-barbecue-chicken.html

Melt In Your Mouth Doughnuts

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So, my theatre company had an end of season cookout yesterday, and this was my contribution!

I’ve made doughnuts from scratch before, but this was actually way easier than that. I literally fried some biscuits from a tin from the grocery store.

Although I will say, the frying part was…interesting. I could never get it the oil to be the right temperature. It was either way too hot and was burning the outside before cooking the inside, or being really undercooked and doughy.

Overall, these still turned out really good. I just need to work on my frying skills. And everyone at the cookout loved them!

http://www.southernplate.com/2009/01/melt-in-your-mouth-doughnuts-made-at-home-foolproof-and-great-for-beginners.html

Strawberry Glazed Doughnuts

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So, I’ve been seeing doughnut recipes on Pinterest for awhile now, and I’ve always passed them up because I didn’t have doughnut pans. Recently, I said fuck it and ordered some doughnut pans off of Amazon, and said lets make some doughnuts. Plus these are baked so their healthy(ish/er)

The first step with these guys is making a puree out of strawberries and strawberry jam. As we all know, I don’t own anything to do this. (one day….). Turns out you can make a puree with a hand mixer, a vegetable cutter, and some patience. So. I was pretty proud of myself for that.

Making the dough was easy enough. When combining the ingredients, you don’t want it too dry or too runny. That was the tricky part. I stopped adding the puree, worried it would be too much and there’s no going back. Ultimately, I could have added a bit more, but they still turned out pretty good.

The recipe then recommends piping the batter into the pan. But it was batter instead of frosting, so it was really difficult to pipe. So I just spooned it in and wiped off the center part. I assumed the dough would rise, so I only filled the molds about 3/4 full. I definitely could have filled them all the way to the top. But that’s something to know for next time!

The glaze part of the recipe makes way too much, I would half it. Or double the amount of doughnuts. I got 12 out of this recipe.

I had a movie night last night and people loved them! So I’ll definitely be making these again.

Recipe:

http://www.maryquitecontrarybakes.com/2011/05/strawberry-glazed-doughnuts.html

Summer Potato Salad

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So the roommates and I had a family dinner on Sunday night, and this was my contribution! It was a big hit.

It is a little bit more “mashed” than I think potato salad is meant to be, but it still tasted really good. I think it’s because I cubed the potatoes really small. But, I was really proud of myself, I was able to multitask the boiling of the potatoes, boiling of the eggs, and making the sauce stuff. Boom.

The recipe says to refrigerate at least two hours. We did two and a half and I still would have liked it to be a little colder.

My recommendation? Make this the day before something and refrigerate it overnight. Also, this served 4-6 peopleish. So if you’re going to an event, double it.

But overall, this is a great recipe for your next barbecue!

Recipe: http://trickschefs.com/showthread.php?tid=1385

Shrimp Linguine

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So, the first thing I have to say: Why is shrimp so fucking expensive? Seriously, I could buy two lobster tails cheaper than a pound of shrimp. Woof.

So, the recipe calls for 1.5 lbs of shrimp.  So, because I’m a cheap 20 something, I only bought a pound. Oh well.

Overall, this is a pretty solid recipe. The sauce is easy enough to make, but I would double it, or only use half the box of pasta. There wasn’t quite enough for me to fully cover all the pasta. Admittedly, this may be a personal preference, but that’s my suggestion.

So, even though the shrimp is expensive, I would definitely make this again, maybe for a special occasion!

Recipe: http://trickschefs.com/showthread.php?tid=964

Taco Pie

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So, for starters, this came from an article entitled; “Easy Meals to Cook for Your Man.”

  1. I’m cooking for myself thank you very much.
  2. Why is the article writer only cooking for her man? Does she not like tacos?

Anyway.

This is a pretty simple casserole style dish. Layer everything on, throw it in the oven, ta-da.

I will say, I wrestled with the crescent rolls a bit. The recipe didn’t specify the size of the pan. I ended up using an 8 inch square pan. This was of course after trying that pan, thinking that was too small, switching to a longer 8×11 pan, which the crescent rolls didn’t cover the bottom, then going back to the original pan. All the while, the crescent rolls were not easy to work with. They were more stuck together than usual.

But I digress. From there, it’s just layering. I will say, the recipe says to crush an entire bag of tortilla chips. I crushed maybe 10-15 chips and I was good. In fact, if I make this again, I would probably omit the tortilla chips. They don’t go on a fork well, and I didn’t miss the crunchy texture, which is I assume what they are there for.

I also added avocado because I’m basic.

Anyway, give this one a shot! It’s a good one.

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Recipe: http://madamenoire.com/34112/easy-meals-to-cook-for-your-man/8/

“Skinny” Texas Cheese Fries

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So. The recipe may be for “skinny” fries, but I don’t know how skinny these are after how much shit I added to them.

But they were delicious sooooo…

To start with, I looked at the recipe and saw that it required only two potatoes. I thought that this surely wasn’t enough, so I doubled everything, and got the monster tray of fries that you see above. At least now there is leftovers!

So, for the modifications. I stuck to the spices from the recipe, which made for some really nice seasoned fries. They came out not as crispy as I had expected, but they were still very good. I skipped the jalepenos because those are too spicy for my white girl taste buds. I made up for that in cheese. The recipe calls for 1/3c, I doubled to 2/3, and I still thought that it wasn’t enough. So I just kept putting on cheese until I was happy. I probably used about 1 1/2 c.

I really like cheese.

I then got the idea to add sour cream to it. I then got the more BRILLIANT idea of piping the sour cream onto the fries with my frosting piping kit. It wasn’t quite as pretty as I imagined it in my head, but the effect still got across. I then cubed up an avocado and threw that on there.

So. Skinny fries? Not so much. Delicious fries? Hell yes.

Recipe: http://www.skinnytaste.com/skinny-texas-cheese-fries/

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler

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So, I’ve never made a cobbler before, so this was an interesting new experience.

To start with, I think that there is a typo in the recipe. It calls for 2 quarts of Strawberries. I get to the store, and 1 carton of strawberries was 16 oz. There is 32 oz in a quart. So, I stood in the produce section for a solid five minutes contemplating whether I was about to buy 4 cartons of strawberries. Eventually I did because they were on sale for $.97 haha.

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Side note. Look how huge these strawberries are. It’s like they’re on steroids or something.

Anyway, I get to the point of the recipe where I’m using them and…

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Yup. 2 quarts my ass. That’s maybe a carton and a half right there. It would have maybe been two if it wasn’t for the giant strawberries.

So. Moral of the story. By 2 cartons. Not 2 quarts.

Anyway, rest of the recipe was pretty standard. Except for the cooking part. I put it in for 45 minutes, and it was not fully done. I could see the butter still pooling at the bottom. I would say it took about 15 more minutes and rotating the pan before it was at a place where I was happy with it. I put a little bit of ice cream with it (Ben and Jerry’s Tonight Dough to be exact). And it was pretty good! Maybe not the most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted, but still pretty good.

Recipe: https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/fruit-dessert/strawberry-cream-cheese-cobbler.html

Southwestern Avocado and Black Bean Salad

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So salads are pretty easy to put together, which is exciting. And this one sounded pretty good. Well, I thought the ingredients sounded good, don’t know how I felt about the dressing (cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, and hot sauce). Spoiler, it’s not bad. Not the best thing I’ve ever had, but also not bad. I had to guesstimate with some of the ingredients. Like corn. It says 2 cups of corn. That’s 16oz, and there’s 15oz in a can, so I figured I would be good. But it also called for 2 cans of black beans, which are also 15oz. So, I decided to play it by ear. In the end, I thought the 1 can of corn was sufficient, and I only used 1 can of black beans, which was honestly a little too much. So. Guess it depends on the individual person I guess. I also added more cheese than was called for (when have I not).

Overall, this wasn’t bad. I will say the combo of the black bean juice (even after draining), the cut tomatoes, the drained corn, and the dressing made this salad a little soggy. Didn’t hate it, but would probably make some adjustments if I wanted to make it in the future.

Recipe: http://www.pauladeen.com/southwestern-avocado-and-black-bean-salad

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