Category Archives: Recipes

Sunday Night Dinner

Lately, Sunday nights have become a time for me and Rick to bookend the weekend and prepare for the looming work week by preparing dinner together and watching some TV. This week, we made crab stuffed bell peppers and a summer salad. Could have used a bit more spice…maybe some leftover jalapenos from last week’s chili…but still tasty nonetheless! Definitely a recipe to be repeated…

Crab Stuffed Bell Peppers

 

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Tilapia Tacos

In an effort to save some benjamins and switch up our routine, Rick and I decided to stay in on this long holiday weekend for dinner and a movie. We decided to make tilapia tacos. They ended up being both delicious and healthy! Rick “grilled” the tilapia on the stovetop without oil or butter – just a little garlic seasoning – and I prepped all the fixin’s: pico de gallo, chili verde, black beans, corn, napa cabbage, limes and some spicy-ass Habanero sauce. We each made our own little tacos on some warm corn tortillas. Quick. Healthy. Cheap. PLUS, we have enough for a few more dinners this week. We coupled it with a Boatswain American IPA and the Ryan Gosling flick, Drive. Yum!

Tilapia Tacos

 

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Simply Irresist- a- ball!!

So I recently stumbled on this awesome blog full of healthy, delectable, chocolatey desserts. I’m obsessed!! The recipes are amazing and super innovative. I decided to try out the German-Chocolate Fudge Bites. YUM YUM YUM!

German-Chocolate Fudge Balls

They’re raw and vegan!! (Except for the chocolate chips I opted to add). They are seriously delicious. So good, I’m going to make them for Rick’s Valentine’s Day chocolate bake off at his work. Can’t wait to hear what folks say about this delicious and healthy-er alternative!!

 

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UPDATE: 5 TIPS FOR BADASS CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

While my cookies turned out to be delicious (I’ve already plowed through about half the batch) I wanted to show you the dark and dangerous realities of cookie baking. While taking out my second batch from the oven, I was distracted by Tabatha’s Salon Takeover and accidentally burned my bicep with the scalding hot cookie sheet (see picture below).

Cookie Burn

It turned out to be quite a large battle wound. Now all I need to do is think of a better story that will make me look like more of a badass and less like a nincompoop.

Crystal

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5 Tips for Badass Chocolate Chip Cookies

To celebrate the holidays, I baked my favorite…chocolate chip cookies. Admittedly, I’m not a hugely savvy baker (I still have TONS to learn) but after many attempts and much trial-and-error, I have finally mastered this classic cookie. There’s not one specific recipe I follow (typically whatever is on the back of the chocolate chip bag) but it’s the tricks you implement that makes these cookies THE BOMB. Below are 5 tips I have for making these cookies better than most:

  1. You MUST refrigerate the dough for at least 8 hours, although 24 hours is preferred. This is crucial.
  2. Add and extra teaspoon of vanilla, so 3 teaspoons all together
  3. After plopping the dough balls onto the cookie sheet, add a little bit of sea salt to the tops. This gives a nice sweet and savory dynamic. (Note: only do this if you use unsalted butter).
  4. Bake the cookies for 8 minutes at 350 degrees. They may still look uncooked when you take them out, but they will continue to bake once you take them out.
  5. The better the quality of the chocolate chip, the better the cookie. I recommend Ghiradelli semi-sweet chips. These can be found at any major grocery store.
All these tips combined will bake some badass cookies that are sure to be the most popular at any party. Sandwich some ice cream in between or dip them into some chilled almond milk. Chocolate chip cookies will forever and always be my favorite cookie.
More baking tid-bits coming soon!

Crystal

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