Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pepper and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

This is such an easy meal to make, and I personally believe that anything with goat cheese is going to be delicious.  Quesadillas in general are a favorite for me because it's such a simple dinner that you can remix in tons of different ways- you can even use it for breakfast!

For four quesadillas, you will need:

  • 3 sweet peppers (I went with red, orange, and yellow)
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion
  • Oil for cooking
  • 4 ounces of goat cheese
  • 8, 8 inch flour tortillas
  • Small amount of olive oil, butter, or margarine to coat the tortillas
Slice up your peppers and onions while a teaspoon of oil heats over medium.  When the oil is hot, add the onions and cook until browned.  Then, add the peppers and cook until tender.

On a nonstick cooking pan, heat a small amount of oil over medium-low heat.  Lay your tortilla onto the oil, rubbing it around to distribute the oil evenly.  Top with peppers, goat cheese, and a second tortilla.  Flip when the first side is golden brown, adding a touch more oil to the pan as you turn the quesadilla over.  Cook the second side until golden brown.  Slice and serve.  Enjoy!

Yum :)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ann's Delicious Cookies

I've got another Granny recipe for you today!

 I have no idea who Ann is, but her cookies are, in fact, delicious.  They taste sort of like a buttery sugar cookie...

You will need:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 sticks of butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Combine all of your ingredients and mix until the dough becomes smooth.

Roll the dough into small balls (about golfball sized) and place on a baking sheet.

Dip a fork into sugar and press down on each cookie.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until the bottoms of the cookies are browned.

Allow your cookies to cool on a wire rack, then do your best not to eat them all at once!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Grilled Asparagus and Shallot Pizza

It's that time of year again where all I want to eat is ice cream and grilled foods :)  If only I could grill ice cream...

Anyway, this is a yummy dish that came about because I meant to make open faced grilled sandwiches, but the bread was moldy!  So I used my quick pizza crust recipe and we grilled up a pizza instead!

You will need:

  • Pizza crust
  • 1 bunch of asparagus
  • 2 shallots
  • Sliced provolone
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Splash of white wine

Before making your crust, you will want to precook your veggies.  Heat the olive oil over medium heat.  While it is heating, thinly slice your shallots and trim the ends off your asparagus.  Add the shallots to the pan first, letting them brown slightly.  Then, add your asparagus, allowing it to brown a little as well.  Hit the veggies with your white wine and cook until the asparagus is bright green and tender with a little bit of crunch.

Remove the veggies from the heat and make your pizza crust.  You could also use a store bought crust, but I really love this homemade recipe!

Place the crust on tin foil and grill for about 5 minutes, until the bottom of the crust is browned.  Flip the crust over onto a new piece of foil and add your toppings.  Grill for another 5 minutes or so until the crust is cooked through.

Move the pizza to a plate, slice it up, and serve!


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mars Bar Rice Krispie Treats

During my third year of law school, I took a semester to study abroad in Ireland.  Actually, that trip was the impetus for this little blog!  While I was there, I ate my weight in chocolate.  One of my favorites was Mars Bars- the equivalent of a Milky Way here in the U.S.  Near my dorm, there was a little coffee shop that occasionally served Mars Bars Rice Krispie treats and they were heavenly!!

Well, lately I have been going through all of our things and organizing/purging as we continue our house hunt.  Among the things I stumbled upon was my journal from my Ireland trip, which reminded me of these amazing treats and got me craving them.  So, I decided to see if I could make them myself!  Turns out, it's not too hard :)

You will need:

  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 7 ounce package of Milky Way minis (for my European readers, cut up 7 ounces of Mars Bars)
  • 3 cups chocolate marshmallows
  • 3 cups plain mini marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Caramel topping, to taste

Measure out your Rice Krispies and pour them into a large bowl.

In a large pot, melt the butter and the Milky Way minis over medium-low heat.

Turn the heat down to low and pour in your marshmallows (both the mini regular ones and the chocolate ones).  Stir until mostly melted.  Then, add the vanilla and stir until it is a creamy, gooey, smooth consistency.

Pour the marshmallow mixture over the Rice Krispies and stir until well mixed.  For anyone who has made Rice Krispie treats before, you'll know that "stirring" is a loose term.  It's more like sticking a sticky mass of goo to more sticky stuff until everything is pretty well stuck.

Put the whole sticky pile into a lightly greased casserole dish.  Let it rest for about 5 minutes, and then press the mixture to distribute it evenly across the pan.

Pour your caramel sauce over the top, using as much or as little as you'd like.  The more you use, the gooey your treats will be, so exercise some restraint... or not ;)

Let the treats set for about 30 minutes before cutting into them to serve.  This not only helps firm the whole mix, but it also gives the caramel time to seep into the nooks and crannies.

Easy peasy and SO tasty!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

DIY Book Bookmark

No, the title is not a typo.  This is a bookmark made from a book!  I saw an image of this pinned on Pinterest, and the original credit goes to Green Paper for such an awesome idea.  I decided to make my own, and you can too!

You will need:
  • A book, preferably an old book in horrible shape that no one would want (for example, my Unemployment: A Problem of Industry was so rough that not even law students were desperate enough to save it from the stack of free books in the law library)
  • Heavy card stock
  • Glue (I used basic Elmer's)
  • Ribbon
  • Box cutter
  • Scissors

Open your book to the middle and place it face down.  Use your box cutter to cut the spine on both sides.

Take your scissors and trim up any shaggy bits.

Glue the spine onto your card stock.  I chose a matching color, but you can mix it up - try a pattern!

Trim the excess paper around the spine.  Then, let the two pieces dry together underneath something flat and heavy... an old (spineless) book perhaps.

Once the bookmark is dry, take your box cutter and cut a tiny rectangle out near the top of the spine, only as wide as the ribbon you are using.  If this part feels a little tricky, try using your box cutter to make slow, small stabs into the book spine.  This lets you have more control over how big the incision is, letting you be more precise.

Thread the ribbon through the hole and cut and tie it off.

Ta da!  How easy is that?  And, if you feel really ambitious, you can use up the rest of the book by making the pages into art!

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