It’s at this point that I give another excuse for my lack of posts.
The camera on my (not so) beloved Droid has passed away. It looks like it takes a photo, and leaves me with a gray square/house picture meaning “no photo.” In reality, it’s just another reason I need an iPhone again. Life just isn’t the same.
And do you want me to blog food without any pictures?
Didn’t think so.
Plus, my roommate found a case that would allow me to drop my iPhone in the toilet without causing damage! Glory!
Despite my lack of photography abilities, I still think I should share with you what I’ve been cooking up over the past couple weeks. Yes, even without blogging, many delicious meals have been consumed and I want to share them with YOU!
And so I present, my list of recent culinary endeavors (links to recipes provided):
I made this on a whim because it was hot out for two days and I was craving “Summer food.” It was good, but I probably wouldn’t make it again because Erin’s black bean salsa is much more my thang. In other news, I had actual Chipotle for the first time a couple weeks ago and went back yesterday. OmgSoGood.
YUM. I will be making this again (and again and again). So flavorful. I followed Tina’s recipe to a T (which I rarely do) and it was absolutely delicious. Honestly, if you want to make a sandwich for company, make it this. I’m getting hungry thinking about it.
Or, as my roommate calls it, “the best salad I’ve ever had.” I didn’t make the salad according to Ree’s recipe completely, but instead used it for inspiration. I had flank steak and cooked it to medium-rare in my shiny new cast iron skillet according to these directions. Then I made Ree’s onion straws, and served both on a bed of arugula sprinkled with blue cheese and chopped cucumber. A touch of this dressing and the deliciousness was complete. We enjoyed it with a side of crusty sourdough and a bottle of Bud Light Platinum. It was my favorite dinner of recent months.
To be completely honest, I didn’t make these, my roommate did. But they were too delectable not to share! The only changes he made were using whole frozen strawberries instead of fresh and using vodka whipped cream as garnish. They also took forever to strain so we accepted some strawberry seeds in our drinks for the sake of timeliness. And they tasted just like fresh strawberry shortcake, it was pretty amazing.
I made this pizza crust after watching my roommate discard all his crust two weekends in a row. I LOVE pizza crust and I was getting mad! I used my own pizza dough, but followed Jess’ recipe for the garlic bread crust “toppings” with the exception of subbing shaved romano for grated parmesan. The actual pizza this crust contained was of a clean-the-fridge-chicken-parm variety (marinara, breaded chicken, sauteed peppers and onions, olives, and lots of mozzarella). The pizza itself was one worth repeating, but guess what… he even ate the crust.
Also known as “How to make one old potato suffice as a dinner for two when you desperately need to go to the grocery store.” A comforting treat after a six-hour car ride. I used fresh bacon (uh, what is picnic bacon?), omitted the scallions, and replaced pepper jack cheese with extra sharp cheddar shreds. Just plain good.
Okay, I’ve mentioned this sandwich before but PLEASE do yourself a favor and make it. I’m mentioning it here because I’ve made it twice since I last posted about it. Seriously, get sourdough (I got a big day-old loaf from a local bakery for $1.99) and make it with these directions in mind. I leave out the carrots and celery (who needs veggies?) and used extra wing sauce. I served the sandwiches alongside baked dill pickle fries and had a very happy roommate.
Just. Perfection. I followed her recipe exactly (Tina never fails, I swear) with the exception of the porcini salt; I subbed it for regular kosher salt and served the steak and balsamic with garlic bread, her creamy red smashed potatoes, and roasted green beans. The steak was creamy (how is that even possible?!) and full of flavor. If I weren’t poor and watching my red meat intake, I’d make this all the time. You won’t be missing the grill.
Erin’s already told you how these delicious these were, but I made these today and I can give you a second opinion: Amazing! So chewy and doughy and rich. None of the flavors overpower the others and my roommate who doesn’t like banana or peanut butter baked goods seems to be having no trouble eating these. Thank you, miss!
I have a pretty big girl crush on Chrissy Teigen. She’s a model, John Legend’s fiancee, a food blogger, and just a hilarious individual to follow on Twitter. This recipe was one she recommended on Twitter and her blog. I made it tonight and very patiently waited for it to be cold before I dug in. Really, really good. Highly recommend for Summer lunches or dinners.
I hope my recent meals can inspire you to cook something delicious even though I can’t “blog” them appropriately. Let’s hope I get rid of my technology woes soon!