cookin and eatin

Here are some things I’ve been cooking! Some simple, some fancy. Some cooked FOR me!

A simple weeknight dinner…

  • Trader Joe’s chopped Southwest salad kit
  • Shrimp pan fried real quick with a bit of oil and chile lime seasoning

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Random assortment:

  • kale chips
  • avocado toast
  • ineptly fried egg
  • 1/2 a banana with some PB

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  • black bean chips
  • avocado tzaziki dip from Trader Joe’s (v good!0
  • salad with chopped up apple, nuts, cheddar, vinaigrette

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Smitten Kitchen’s crispy rice bowl! I’ve already sung the praises. Further documentation I can’t stop making variations on it!

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My friend Emily had a birthday shindig so I made her a cake! Not for the first time, Smitten Kitchen’s homemade ho ho/ding dong/whatever you call the Little Debbie product. Delicious, BUT, it’s a fool’s errand to try to make marshmallow frosting on a humid day. Too goopy!

I confirmed my card carrying introvert ways by spending much of the party petting the hostess’s dog.

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Mm look at that perfect crumb on that cake!

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Shortly thereafter was my cousin’s birthday and I made her one of her all time faves… banana cream pie:

  • Trader Joe’s pie crust (I just loathe making pie crust and am terrible at it)
  • bananas (duh)
  • random vanilla custard I cobbled together from various internet sources
  • barely sweetened whipped cream
  • chocolate shavings around the edge for beauty

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Cottage cheese pancakes! Gosh, these were good. Shame I can’t remember where I got the recipe hahaha.

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Topped with leftover fruit salad I’d made for something or other.

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A perfect springtime combo:

  • asparagus, either steamed or sauteed in olive oil
  • fried egg
  • balsamic reduction (or your thickest syrupiest balsamic vinegar)

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The egg yolk and the vinegar together are moneyyyy

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A random lunch…

  • avocado toast
  • cottage cheese with some strawberries I’d cooked down with a bit of sugar and balsamic and maybe some other berries too?
  • these cold brew lattes which became the death of me… I’ve been trying to quit caffeine?! story for another blog post.

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Brunch for frens!

  • Cold brew, as discussed hahaha
  • tomato, onion and goat cheese quiche
  • homemade french toast casserole thrown together with various berries and a bunch of nutella (WHOOOOAAA)
  • fresh watermelon
  • manfriend brought his homemade fried chicken!

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I threw this together for a weeknight dinner and I think it would’ve made good drunk food hahaha. (I had not been drinking to be clear.)

  • Black beans cooked with enchilada sauce and a bunch of cheese
  • frozen sweet potato fries baked til crispy
  • avocado
  • green onoins

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Yet another odd collection of items:

  • two small veggie hot dogs with sauerkraut
  • steamed artichoke with mayo
  • watermelon
  • kale chips

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Oh LOOK, it’s yet again that crispy rice bowl! I told you! This time I made it with the carrots and cucumbers as written.

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Smitten Kitchen’s tzaziki potato salad. One of the few times one of her recipes has been a dud for me. It just was unremarkable. If I’m craving potatoes+ Mediterranean flavors again I’ll just make potato salad the way my mom makes it (with olive oil and TONS of fresh oregano)

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Ahhh okay so the manfriend and I had pizza night! He loves making homemade pizza. We also had some pizza sauce he’d gotten from a local restaurant.

Here’s one of our finished slices:

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Pizza making can take awhile between letting dough rise and prepping toppings and preheating oven and so on. So we had a bit of a lull. Plus, we had leftover toppings.

That resulted in him making this unbelievable creation:

  • toast fried in butter
  • assorted leftover pizza toppings including sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions, black olives, a few little meat bits
  • jalapeno queso (!!!) poured on top. Good grief.

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The pepperoni/mushroom/onion pizza pictured above ended up looking like this sliced. Quite dense in the crust.

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The other pizza was puffier and the toppings were my personal favorite…

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  • sausage
  • caramelized onions
  • sauteed garlic (like, LOTS OF GARLIC)
  • black olives

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The fella was about to leave town so he sent me home with a bit more sauce and a bit more dough… so I made this guy with mushrooms and kale. Astonishing no one, opting for a healthier pizza (veggie toppings, no fatty porky things, more modest amount of cheese) was less delicious hahaha.

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