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Chicken Parmesan Wraps

So. I came to this realization while making these that while I like eating egg roll/wonton wrappers, I don’t like working with them. I suck at folding them (see first picture) and they’re just a lot.

But damn do they taste good. Every other part of this recipe was easy, it was just folding the damn things.

Plus, everyone really liked them! Even my one roommate who makes fun of my cooking.

So hah! Success!




Creamy Cheesy Potatoes

You know, just another reason to eat as many potatoes as I want.

This recipe is simple. The only part that’s a bitch is cutting up the potatoes. I don’t have the fancy cutter thing that listed on the recipe page, and a knife works just fine, it just takes a little longer.

Also, I’m dumb. You’re supposed to cover in foil and poke holes in it for the 1 hr. 15 min. cooking time. Yeah…I forgot about the foil until about a half hour in. So, as you can see, the cheese is a little crispier than I would have wanted.

Eh, in the end, they were still potatoes, so I liked them just fine, I just want to make them right next time.

Recipe: http://www.justgetoffyourbuttandbake.com/2011/11/17/creamy-cheesy-potatoes-2/

Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Sauce

I need to read recipe pages more carefully sometimes. I thought these were baked. So, I had to fry something for the first time, and guess what? No one died or got a nasty oil burn! Victory!

Anyway, these were awesome. A little problem I ran into though was with breading the ravilois. You dip them in an egg/milk mixture (they recommend whole), then coat them with the breadcrumbs mixture. We only had skim milk in the house (ew) so I just had to go with it, and I think it actually made them not bread as well. I would have liked a thicker breadcrumb layer…so at least use 2 percent or something.

Also, this recipe says fry for a minute on each side, if I did more than 10 seconds per side, the breadcrumbs burned. Which was weird because I had it on the right temperature…oh well.

And lastly, there is a recipe for homemade marinara sauce…yeah I bought a jar of it at the store. No shame.

But in the end, I thought this was going to be a disaster, but they actually turned out great! Everyone loved them.



Cinnamon Roll Pulls

So. I gave the whole pull apart bread thing another shot. And I think I was more successful this time. I bought the biggest loaf of bread I could find. Which was an Italian bread, when it was supposed to be sourdough. I thought it wouldn’t make that much of a difference, but it actually did. It almost had a little too much flavor, which was interesting.

This recipe makes a vanilla honey butter to spread in between instead of regular butter. Holy shit that stuff is good. I just want to make that and put it in everything.

But yeah, this was pretty easy to make. A little messy, but I think it was worth it.



Rolo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Rolos are one of my dad’s favorite candies. So, when I saw this recipe online, I knew I had to make them.

And yeah, this is a pretty easy recipe. It’s a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe. It is sticky, so definitely have a lot of flour around when you’re working with it and putting the rolo in the middle.

Also, the recipe says you have to roll it into a ball, flatten it, and then put the rolo in. You don’t really need to. I just grabbed some dough formed it together, and put the rolo in, and then formed the dough around it. It saved some time I think.

So yeah, these are a quick easy dessert, that taste pretty good too!



Gouda and Apple Croissants with Baby Spinach


Sounds fancy right? Well it’s not really, but it looks fancy so yay haha.

The only major snag I hit was that I go to the store and there’s no gouda…which is obviously a major part of this. So, I bought some muenster cheese and called it a day.

So, this is super easy to make, you just pile everything on top of each other and eat it.

The only other thing is that I was making this and I was thinking, are these different types of foods going to taste good together? And actually, they do. The apple is definitely the strongest flavor, but it actually works with everything else.

Lastly, you only need like one of these are you’re full. So, I think I would actually make these again, but I would want to try them with gouda this time.



Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls

Well. Can’t say I didn’t try. I mean actually, this is a really simple recipe. So, I don’t quite know what I did. Made the cuts too deep in the bread? Spread it too far apart? I don’t know, maybe it wasn’t my fault and the loaf of bread was too small.

Also, normally I try and do healthy substitutes or something, yeah no. This is probably the most fattening thing I’ve made in awhile, and it was delicious. It’s nice to indulge every once in awhile right?

Anyway, this is a fun simple recipe that would be a great appetizer or something, granted the loaf of bread is big enough.



Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treats


I love cake batter. In all forms. Whether it be a flavoring of ice cream or the actual thing itself, or anything in between, I love that shit. So, obviously, I was excited to make these haha.

It’s just a fairly simple rice crispy treat recipe, just with adding in dry cake mix to give it that flavor.

So I made it with mostly no problem. Except for melting the marshmallows in the saucepan. That got really sticky and hard to stir really fast. And also it was a bitch to clean afterwards.

So anyway, I make them, they look great right? I go to taste them and they taste just fine. Which was a problem. I didn’t taste any cake batter. They just tasted like normal rice crispy treats. Not bad rice crispy treats, actually quite good, but there was nothing cake batter about them.

So, I would definitely put more of the cake mix in. Dare I say a whole cup? That might make it a little overwhelming, but I’d be curious as to how much I would have to put in it in order to taste anything.

But like I said, they were pretty good normal rice crispy treats. My family devoured the whole tray in one night. So, that part worked.



Chicken Pot Pie Bundles

So, basically, these are like chicken pot pie appetizers, and they are really good!

Egg roll wrappers/wonton wrappers are my new favorite thing. They are so easy to work with.

Anyway, this wasn’t too hard to make. A lot of mincing and cutting. Definitely pre slice everything before cooking, because there’s a lot and it cooks really quickly.

Also, this recipe makes exactly enough for 12, so if you want more, then double it.

Other than that, this was pretty easy. My dad loved them, so there’s the seal of approval there!



Cinnamon Sugar Pull Apart Bread

I wanted to try this one because I’ve never worked with yeast before, and I wanted to give it a shot. And I think I did pretty well.

This is a pretty simple recipe, but there are a lot of different parts to it, but it’s all pretty easy stuff.

The first problem came with rolling it out. The recipe says it’s supposed to be a 12×20 square. Yeah. That didn’t happen. It was more like a blob. Have no idea how big it was. So, I just started putting the cinnamon sugar filling on it.

Then, the recipe says you slice the square/blob into six vertical strips, stack those on top of each other, then slice that into six squares. Sounds easy right? Yeah no. Once I got it into the vertical strips. I had been rolling the dough for so long, it had absorbed the flour I put on the counter so the dough was sticking to the counter, and all of the cinnamon sugar I just put on it was falling off the moment I picked the dough up. So I basically just scooped the cinnamon sugar off the counter and put it back on each strip. So that was a pain in the ass.

From there, it was easy, and once all was said and done, it tasted pretty good too. The family liked it. I think the very middle might have been a tiny bit underdone, but I was afraid of burning the top, so it would have to do.



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