Friday, December 9, 2011

Triple Eff!

Food and Fashion Friday!

Happy Friday, love bugs!!

Here are the deets: I've been asked a lot about specifics on recipes that I don't provide links for, since they weren't found electronically, and the such, so here's my answer! The amazing Becca from here and here is going to give the bliggity-blog a face lift in the not too distant future, which will include a "Recipes" button near the top of the page. So, I'll make sure to go back through all the foody posts and get the recipes in there for ya! Even the recipes I got from my cookbooks and magazines will be typed up in there so I hope you enjoy! :-) I know it's easy to fall into a routine with cooking so I hope that'll make it easier to try new things!

First things first, OH. EM. GEE. it has been cold as genitalia here. The other night it got down to -4. This California girl finds that completely inappropro. So, we've been staying inside leaving me with only one blog-worthy ensemble:

Hi, I'm Samantha ::: Hi, Samantha ::: And, I have an obsession with boots + leggings + skirts

Otherwise, it's been a whole lot of jammies and only-cute-around-the-house clothing, and gym-wear. Sad day. But, listen, I'VE NEVER BEEN IN NEGATIVE TEMPERATURES. Oh, and Pee Ess, me and Brooke have decided when you go to the gym when it's all stupidcold out extra calories should be burned just for the magnificence that is you walking outside your warm casa.

That's legit.

Speaking of burning calories....FOOD!

Herb Cheese Twists:
This is from one of my cookbooks, so I'll be giving specifics on this recipe :-)

I made these because we eat a lot of leftovers in this house. I go grocery shopping twice a month and get ingredients for 4 meals each shopping trip. The meals really stretch so I try to add a little something the second time we have it so it doesn't get too boring. knowwhatimean??

You need one can of refrigerated biscuits, but, since I don't buy biscuits, I made some really quickly.

I haven't been able to find my biscuit cutters since the move (not that I've been risking life and limb to do so...) so I used one of our glasses :-)

Pat each biscuit into a 5 x 2 rectangle (or get it as close as you really has no bearing on anything) and add a teaspoon of a parmesan mixture (2 tblsp's melted butter, 1/4 c grated parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon each of dried parsley flakes and dried basil leaves. Couple things: I doubled the mixture because I doubled the amount of biscuits and 2) I used 2 teaspoons oregano rather than the parsley and basil because that's what I had. And, I love oregano) to each biscuit.

Spread the parmesan mixture, then cut each biscuit in half and twist 3-4 times. Place on lightly-greased baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes at 400*

These are very, VERY good. My only suggestion is to double the parmesan mixture. I doubled it because I had double the biscuits, but, next time, I'll double it again because I'd want the twists to taste more of the parmesan mixture instead of a more biscuit:parmesan mixture ratio.

Yankee Pot Roast!

As I mentioned earlier, IT'S FREEZING HERE. So, I knew this was the perfect meal for cold weather. A nice, belly-filler. Not to mention, I'm surrounded by testosterone, so this is now dubbed "The man's meal"

You need one beef chuck pot roast, 2.5 lbs. Trim the fat and cut into serving size pieces, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cut up 3 baking potatoes, one medium onion-sliced, and 2 large carrots. The recipe also calls for 2 ribs celery, but I think celery is the antichrist so I leave that out. Toss into your slow cooker and season with oregano. Don't be afraid to be a little generous. Oregano isn't terribly overpowering.

Top with your cut-up roast. Then, pour 1/2 c beef broth over everything. Cook on low 8-9 hours, until beef is fork-tender.

Doesn't photograph especially well, but this roast made the house smell amazing!! Who cares if it's the black sheep of meals as long as it tastes great?!

Pizza Pie Meatloaf

This meal to me: "it's on like Donkey Kong"

It's so ridiculously flavorful I almost couldn't handle it. Fo sho. It's just so different and that's what I love; I love branching out and trying new stuff. Especially when it works out like this!

2 lbs ground beef, 1/2 c mozzarella, 1/2 c unseasoned dry breadcrumbs (I used a flavored breadcrumb and the food police didn't show up), 1/2 c tomato sauce (I used a pasta sauce I had on hand because I had forgotten tomato. No biggie), 1/4 c parmesan, 1/4 c Worcestershire sauce, and 1 tblsp oregano.

Stir with fork until blended.

Place meat mixture into round pizza pan, or pie plate like I did. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center and internal temp reads 160*. Drain fat.

Top with 1/2 c tomato (or pasta!) sauce, 1 c mozzarella, then 1 1/3 c french fried onions.

The meatloaf comes out stupidgood. The flavors are just outta this world!

I chose to pair it with green beans (I couldn't believe that was the first thing Jake reached for!) and alfredo pasta. Here's the alfredo sauce I make. But, be careful. Once you make this sauce you never go back to pre-made sauces. Evah.

Cinnamon rolls and homemade glaze!

These may have been Pinterest-inspired, but no matter where the desire arose it was embedded into my soul LIKE WHOA. I could not not make them. And, once I released the words, "I should make cinnamon rolls" like a flock of doves into the universe Gary needed them in his life. He's so deprived.

I've never worked with yeast; it scares me. All this rising and doubling business made me nervous for whatever reason. But, then I realized that's lame as Justin Bieber and headed to the kitchen.

I mixed the flour and yeast in my KitchenAid's mixer bowl because it was going to end up there anywho.

Milk, sugar, butter, salt
Remember to check the link for the specifics!

Combine the milk mixture with the flour/yeast mixture and add eggs.

Mix in the remaining flour. Have your husband do it, or otherwise capable man. That biatch is tough!

Shape into a ball on a lightly-floured surface.

I put it into a bowl, which had been lightly-greased with shortening, and covered with saran wrap. I'm not sure if that's exactly the correct way to do it, but it worked for me!

I forgot to include the picture of dividing the ball in two and allowing to rest, so just use that imagination!

Roll out each ball of dough and cover with cinnamon, brown sugar, and butter.

Do not
be on a diet the day you make this.

After you roll the flattened brown sugar-cinnamon-butter dough into a log, cut up and place in your baking pan! PRETTY! The four rejects you see in there are the ends of the two logs.

Bake, remember to adjust for your altitude--mine took way longer than the recipe said, and immediately remove from your pan because they'll keep cooking from the heat of the pan itself.


I didn't use the icing suggestions under the cinnamon roll recipe link because I wanted it to be specific measurements so that they turned out perfectly! Other than that, choose whatever your little heart desires :-)

Then? pull out your old sweats and EAT.


Becca said...

Thanks for the shoutout sweet friend! & I LOVE YOUR BOOTS!

Daily Dose of Dahl said...

Awww...I'm all giddy that you mentioned me in your blog!

I wonder if being giddy burns extra calories...