Friday, February 27, 2015

Recipes 233 - 238: Amazing seasoned shrimp, Apple cheddar quesadilla, and more

Recipe 233 - Pepperoni Pizza Lasagna Rolls from Rachel Cooks I love making Lasagna rolls because for some reason they just seem so innovative!!! These lasagna rolls had pepperoni that not only made the meat-hungry in the house happy, but also added another notch to my 'pizza themed recipes' I've been gravitating towards lately. They were also doused in a (delicious) homemade tomato sauce. My only change I would make next time is that I accidentally got the turkey pepperoni. There just wasn't enough greasy goodness in those little meat disks for me.

Recipe 234- Cereal Cookies from (the comment at) simple cooking recipes
These cookies have picture directions that are completely void of any words, so I followed the recipe a kind soul left in the comments that was so easy and quick I might just be making these every night... Plus it only involved the microwave! The cookies were delicious. I used cornflakes, and after reassuring hubby about 20 times that yes, I was sure the recipe didn't call for me to blend up the cereal (he always has to double, no, triple, no, what's the word for way too many times check that I'm doing things correctly), we ended with delicious and chewy cookies that were devoured very quickly!

Recipe 235 - Homemade Brownies from Cook Like your Grandmother

Now, I might have made brownies from scratch before, but I certainly don't remember a time off the top of my head. I was amazed at how easy these were to make without a box. The recipe has very few ingredients and therefore stresses the importance of very good quality chocolate like ghirardelli, but I'm broke and love in NYC so I instead went with the nestle chocolate chips I had on hand, and store-brand Cocoa. And guess what? They're delicious. Now, don't ever let me try ones made out of the good stuff.

Recipe 236 - Lemon Italian Shrimp from Pinterest:

The original link to this pin went only to the imgr picture, so I screen-shot the directions for you. Yup, those are the only directions I used for the best shrimp I've ever had in my life. I made these shrimp in a series of recipes I tried out during the week hubby was on a business trip and I had the kitchen to myself, but I kind of feel guilty about that now because of how amazing these shrimp were. But I also don't feel guilty because it means I got to eat these amazing little devils two nights in a row. Shellfish much?
I don't think I needed a whole stick of butter as I dumped a ton down the drain after cooking, but it could have added to the flavor, who knows? I also love all the flavor the lemon-italian dressing mix added to them, next time I might use two lemons!!! Trust me, there WILL be a next time.
Oh, I also think it's important to note that I used frozen shrimp for this instead of the fresh shrimp the recipe called for. Cause, ya know, the whole broke-living-in-NYC thing. And they turned out great! I just thawed them before sprinkling the seasoning to make sure it stuck.

Recipe 237: Apple Cheddar Quesadillas from Vegetarian Cooking

One of the first things you will learn about me if you meet me is that I love fruit and cheese. Grapes and cheese especially. I like putting two grapes and a piece of cheese in my mouth at the same time and let the flavors mix - I think of it as cold fondue. 
I'm by sure why people learn this so quickly about me, but for some odd reason it just always comes up...
Anyways, another love is Granny Smith apples, and adding those apples to my sandwiches, such as a turkey Brie panini (yum!) so when I saw the recipe for this apple cheddar quesadilla I knew I would have a hit.
I smothering my quesadillas in sour cream, but that didn't seem right for this purpose. Lucky for me, I just happened to accidentally order a huge carton of greek yogurt from the online grocery, and this was the perfect chance to use some of it. So, I had my amazing quesadilla with apples and cheddar dipped in greek yogurt drizzled with honey.
Because what isn't better drizzled with honey?

Recipe 238 - Quiche Toast Cups from

I'm a quiche fan, but the hubby isnt, so it's rare I make a quiche. These little cups seemed like the perfect little portioned solution. Mine didn't turn out nearly as pretty as the recipe, but I also didn't exactly use the fresh bread it called for, but instead the loaf that had been sitting in my fridge for two weeks (broke, NYC, you know the drill). My favorite part about this recipe wasn't how easy and pastry-less the little bites were, but instead that I was able to use up all my little bits and bobs from my fridge to fill them. Three of the cups I filled with spinach and mozzarella, while the other three I filled with cheddar and leftover ham cold cuts.
Mine took much longer to cook than called for (like double the time), but that always happens to me with quiches.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Wedding Picture Copycats

A few weeks ago, I posted all about Our Wedding and the hard work that went into all the little details and DIY things. One thing I didn't mention was all the picture copycats we took.  These were poses that were inspired by pinterest or other online resources, and my photographer was nice enough to set up for me. On the left you will find the original inspiration picture, and on the right was our version... links to the original picture are included (just click on the picture) when I was able!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Recipes 227 - 232

I've been on a recipe roll lately! Check them out:

Recipe #227: Buffalo Chicken Beer Cheese Dip from
This recipe came about for Superbowl... Hubby requested that I make the buffalo chicken dip that I've made so many times before, and because of my desire to try so many new recipes (and therefore refuse to make the same recipe twice), I hesitated and looked through my pinterest boards instead. When I saw this recipe, I figured it was a perfect compromise. I was also drawn to the recipe because I had had beer cheese twice before - once at Tilted Kilt (beer cheese soup... yum!) and once at Buffalo Wild Wings (fries with beer cheese dip... yum yum!).
The recipe was very good, and it took us all week to munch it all down. I used a blender instead of a food processor (don't own a processor), so I'm not sure if that changed anything.

Recipe #228: Red Velvet Cheese Ball from SnapCreativity
This is another Superbowl recipe that was a variation of something I had made previously.  In fall 2013, I made Peanut Butter Football Dip (and blogged about it here) and paired it with pretzels. This year, I saw the recipe for this football-themed food and got right on it. Plus, red velvet is hubby's favorite.
By the way, I'm running out of football-themed recipes.
We paired this with crackers and shortbread cookies, and it also took us all week to finish.
That was a really good week.

 Recipe #229: Easy Salsa Roll Ups from BabyLovingMama
These salsa roll-ups were very quick, filling, and yummy. I loved the kick of spice with the cheese and cream cheese. Hubby added chicken to his for a little more protein.

 Recipe #230: Crock Pot Pizza Dip from FeistyFoodies
I've noticed a theme of a lot of pizza-flavored foods in my repertoire lately, and this was just another version of that. This crock pot pizza dip was a mix of pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni that cooked in the crock pot for about an hour, then we ate with bread.
Full disclosure, this was dinner. To be fair, I added a nice big salad to mine. Husband, not so much.

 Recipe #231: Maryland Crab Cakes from OnceUponaChef
I was so excited (and a little intimidated) to make these crab cakes, and it sat on my 'To do ASAP' pinterest board for almost a year, mainly because I couldn't convince myself to buy super nice lump crab meat.
In the end, I opted for the cheap canned stuff at the grocery store (even though the Chelsea Market is literally right next door and has an AWESOME fish market), but the cakes still turned out great! I had mine with lemon juice (I didn't make the sauce), and some yummy corn muffins.

 Recipe #232: Garlic Cheese Fries from DamnDelicious:
Fries, with garlic cheese sauce smothered all over them.
How could you go wrong?
Note: I opted away from making my own fries and went with a frozen bag. Call me a cheater, that's fine, but I also didn't have to deal with a smelly apartment for the next three days.

Finished Sky Scarf!

Back in March, I told you all about how I was so excited to have started my sky scarf, I shared pictures of my progress from January and February, and promised to share more throughout the year.

But, then I didn't.


But, now I'm here, and I'm finished, and I'm ready to share my year-long creation!

A sky scarf is a kind of concept knitting; you knit a row each day with the two colors that best match the sky for that day.

Below is a series of pictures throughout my year, and my growing sky scarf. I chose to do this for 2014 because it was the year of our wedding, and it ended up being one of the most exciting years of my life with our move to New York City, travels, new job, new apartment, and getting married! If you look really closely, you can see one row of red in December... that's the day of our wedding!

If you also look very closely, you'll see there's only 11 months here. June somehow didn't get a picture. Sorry!

I used size US8 needles with size 4 yarn (I used Vanna White's yarn from Lion's Brand... it's called Vanna's Choice and I found it at Michael's. It has a great range of sky colors).  I knitted 40 stitches per row.

The scarf ended up being HUGE, which was extremely convenient for when the NYC winter weather days would get in the single digits or negatives, but if I were to do it again I would probably only knit 20 stitches per row.

I made it to an infinity scarf at first by stitching together the two ends, but found I had more flexibility by keeping it a straight scarf, so I unstitched the ends.

Can't wait to cuddle in this on more cold days coming up!

Ps. Oh, and I knitted hubby a nice warm hat with my leftover yarn :)