Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cheddar Biscuit Pot Pies

I've said it once and I'll say it again I LOVE ramekins. Everything is instantly adorable and delicious when you put it in a ramekin.

This time around I made my own biscuits to top some chicken pot pies with. We used Bisquik mix and grated up some cheddar cheese to throw inside of them. I rolled them out with a glass, couldn't find the rolling pin, and used the same glass to cut the biscuits out.

Here they are atop the finished pies:

Want an innards shot? Well I forgot to take one, but you can check out a previous one.

I think making the biscuits yourself really takes it to another level and it is not difficult or time consuming so I will definitely do it again.

I'll leave you with this, a bacon cheddar biscuit:

Suck on that Red Lobster!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Another Snow Day?!!?

Once again I am sitting at home, trapped inside by a snowstorm. Lunch time rolled around and I wanted a sandwich and some potato chips, but potato chips were no where in sight and I certainly was not venturing out in this storm. So I thought, why not cook up a batch!? I do love using that mandolin...
I used the wavy blade to make some ruffled chips. Here they are doing for a swim in the oil:

I sprinkled them with the best seasoning in the world, Old Bay and voila!

I ate them alongside a dark chocolate and white chocolate peanut butter with fluff sandwich.

I can't think of a better way to spend a snow day.

P.S. turns out there were potato chips, I'm just too short to see into the cabinets, Ha.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Partial Fail

I totally forgot to post about my Sunday morning breakfast treat. Perhaps this is because it is quite the unattractive product.

Anyway after months of lusting over pictures and descriptions of monkey bread (totalllly appetizing name I know) I decided to try my hand at it. There's really nothing to the recipe, biscuit dough cut into quarters rolled around in brown sugar and cinnamon and baked in the oven. Unfortunately I didn't grease the pan enough so the reveal was not as impressive as the taste. I made a cream cheese glaze for it which was quite delightful.

Here is my monkey bread:

Good god it's even uglier than I thought! Why am I showing this to the world?

Anyway check out what is should look like over at the Smitten Kitchen.

I will try to make a more beautiful one sometime in the near future.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Greek Eats

I finally delved into I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. I came across a delightful recipe for zucchini fritters and the whole Greek themed menu branched off of that.

*Note: There was no Greek music and no Greek costumes or tablescapes. Sorry Rachel Ray and Sandra Lee.

The zucchini fritters were really a 4 ingredient master piece and probably the part of the meal I will most likely make again. Just grated zucchini, flour, egg, and feta all fried up.

I know you are eying that translucent paper towel...

Next up was the chicken souvlaki with tzatziki dipping sauce a la Rachel Ray. I know what you're thinking, KTC made a dipping sauce? it's unheard of!, but I did it and I liked it so there.

And of course I had to round it out with some starch. I made this Greek orzo salad it's a Bobby Flay recipe, but I did not follow it very closely.

That my friends was my meal this Saturday night and no there aren't any left overs so back off.

Stay tuned for my Sunday morning monkey bread! It's not nearly as attractive as dinner, but every bit as tasty.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Diners, Take Note

Every time I order a burger at a diner they present me with a bowl of coleslaw. It's wrong on so many levels, mayo being the first and most serious of offenses. I cringe as they bring it to the table like some tempting appetizer I'm supposed to lap up while waiting for my burger.

Now that I got that out of my system I give you: Spicy Thai Coleslaw!

I got this recipe from my Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives cookbook. It's from Joe's Farm Grill in Arizona. The slaw features ginger, garlic, sesame oil and seeds, rice wine vinegar, and other assorted non-mayo-based ingredients. Seriously, if diners could bring me this we could eliminate that awkward fake "thank you" I have to dish out when that other slaw is delivered.

*I apologize to anyone who actually relishes in the delight of the diner coleslaw delivery.*

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentines Day Extravoganza

I have made it a habit of making food gifts for every holiday that rolls around. So this year I made my valentine some homemade gummy treats.

I put a few in some festive molds I received for Christmas and the rest in mini cupcake molds. I also stuck a few Sweet Tart conversation hearts in a few for good measure.

Scary clown or reindeer? You decide.

For dinner we made chicken stuffed with provolone cheese and spinach, some rice pilaf and roasted asparagus.

(Note: all this food was not for just the 2 of us)

And of course nothing spells romance like a nice cold glass of Pepsi Throwback.

The meal ended with a mango crumble in heart shaped ramekins because I am super cute like that. (I forgot the cinnamon and will never forgive myself)

The feasting continued with breakfast this morning. We whipped up some cinnamon sugar pancakes and broke-in our Disney 5-in-1 tasty baker.

It made an incredible quantity and this time this was food for just the 2 of us.

Here is a close up shot of all 6 characters. I put some chocolate chips in a few of them as an attempt at eyes.

I wish you all a tasty Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Peanut butter and Potatoes

That is what it was like outside my house today so I figured I could treat you all to a mid-week blog post.

I scoured the internet for hours trying to find a recipe that worked with the ingredients in the cabinet. Good ol' Paula Deen offered this one up to me, with a mere 4 ingredients couldn't say no.

In order to make this somewhat lackluster recipe more blog-worthy I used white chocolate peanut butter

Then to really outdo myself I used a combination of dark chocolate peanut butter and milk chocolate to make a coating for the cookies

Here are the finished results just waiting to be eaten:

And now on to the potato portion! Making potato skins required me to scoop out potato innards, but I refused to let them go to waste so my mom and I embarked on a gnocchi adventure.

Here are the gnocchi awaiting to be boiled:

They weren't the tastiest gnocchi we have ever eaten, far too soft and fragile, so we did a little parmesan-ing in hopes that they would solidify a bit in the oven. Here is the finished product sitting on my plate:

They weren't too terrible, but we are determined to make them again with improvements.

I hope you all stayed warm and dry today!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Scrumptious Super Bowl part 3

And for the last leg of the Super Bowl, a broccoli cheese bread:

it's pizza dough stuffed with broccoli pepper jack and cheddar cheeses rolled up into one glorious bread.

You might be thinking, that's it KTC? No dessert? Well let me take you to our snack cabinet:

Yes, you counted correctly. We have 9 boxes of cookies at the moment. There was no need for me to bake tonight.

Hope everyone had a great Super Bowl feast!

Scrumptious Super Bowl part 2

Next up, potato skins! They have been on my "to make" list for quite some time now. I was pretty amazed at how simple these were to put together. I used Bac-O's because of the vegetarians in the house and because I really was not interested in frying up any bacon.

Here's a nice close up shot:

There is still more to come!

Scrumptious Super Bowl throwback

The Super Bowl began this whole sharing my food with the world thing so I thought it was only fair to give a shout to the picture that started it all.

Here is last year's Super Bowl feast:

Scrumptious Super Bowl part 1

I thought I should really be live blogging my Super Bowl feast. This post is a bit behind because we are animals here at the This Is Why I'm Hot abode and we have already been eating for a good 2 hours.

The evening started off with a light snack of veggies and dip (LAAAAMME, but nutrition is important to some)oh and some guacamole too.

Then we moved in the complete opposite direction and had some pigs in a blanket, here is an action shot of them sizzling in the convection oven:

Next we moved into the living room for the start of the game for potato chips, tortilla chips, and crackers to dip in some delightful hot spinach artichoke dip:

And here is an innards close up shot:

Stay tuned to see what's coming out of the oven next!