My step-daughter had a birthday sleepover last night so we had cake and drinks at the movies and let's just say a lot of sugar! So, I thought, well, I'll make something a little less 'sugar bomb' for breakfast. I decided to make what I have read are Joanna Gaines amazing biscuit recipe that took her a year to develop...and of course bacon!
When I got up in the morning I thought that kids really like donuts (not biscuits; adults like biscuits, duh!) So I gave in and bought donuts. They were meh but the biscuits which I made anyway were yuummmeee!
They're more work than Bisquick and you have to plan ahead because they require a 30 min chill in the refrigerator but they're pretty good. While they look like bricks they are light and salty and buttery.
My husband's eyes got big when he took a bit and said, "These are pretty good," with a half laugh (read: wow, these are amazing!) A big reaction from him.
A few notes on the recipe...
- I didn't have self-rising flour and wasn't going to buy even more flour after I went a little nuts and bought the giant bag from Costco, so I made my own from a recipe online. Very easy.
- If you use parchment paper (which I highly recommend; a box is cheap, lasts a long time, and makes for easier clean up) it is a little bit slippery. In other words, I dropped one biscuits into the over door crease while trying to get the pan out of the oven. Sigh. It was less of a big deal than scraping out the giant cookie cake residue from the day before when it ran over the side of the pizza pan onto the oven floor. Double sign. Hey, if it tastes good in the end, who cares, right?
Sometimes it's just a mac and cheese night. Sometimes I'm too tired to lazy or am just cooked out. I cooked something every day for weeks and this is what the end result was...tired mac and cheese.
PS sometimes the mac and cheese doesn't work out either then it's a pizza night. :)
These are so good. They are harder to cook than one might realize. The thumbprint looks funny. The edges crack. The bottoms don't cook all the way. I have a lot more practicing to do. I think I did 4-5 test batches. They are stupid good but still more practice is needed.
Hi everyone! Just to set the record straight I've never actually set the kitchen on fire. The pan including the garlic bread yes, but never the kitchen. Kept the pan, threw the garlic bread while on fire out the front door and the flames went out. (insert unbelievable exasperation and look of shock!)
I love to cook. I love to learn and try new recipes. I want things to taste good and look good and sometimes they do. However, when I try a new recipe from a book or online source I often end up saying, "mine doesn't look like that." "What did I do wrong?"
In real life, I have to adjust the ingredients, use whatever tools I have, and learn to live with substandard results. Well, I'm here to tell you they aren't substandard. Hmpfh. My results are real life. I spill, drop stuff on the ground, go way too fast, forget ingredients (hello, middle age), and am a messy cook.
I have to get dinner on the table for 6 people 5 nights a week, and it's hard. It's fun, and hard. This blog is the journey of real life cooking and baking. The glorious and the failures. This is a blog about what the end product really looks like and tastes like.
Like many of you, I suspect you have some level of insecurity about making things that turn out well and look right.
I hope this blog makes you feel normal and I hope to be able to offer some tips from a real life home cook along the way.
If you are interested in cooking, are in a rush to get homemade food on the table you're in the right place. If chief among your goals is to get the food actually on the table and not burn the house down, you're in the right place. If you love to cook, and bake, and learn about cooking and baking you're in the right place! If your meals don't look like the pros on tv or the food bloggers who all seem to have professional photographers on retainer, you're in the right place.
Join me as I experiment, learn, screw up, have fun, and create some delicious items. Tallyho! Let's get started!
03/07/18 - When you’ve had a crappy, horrible day and you could give Murphy a run for his money the solution is Julie and Julia. Exhale. Almost instantly better. Just the thought of watching this movie calms me down. Watched it as I carried my laptop around the kitchen desperately trying to get souvlaki and tzatkiki made on time for dinner.
Have you ever tried to make Tzatziki? Seems like an easy enough recipe: cucumbers, lemon juice, garlic, and some spices. Yeah, right. It never turns out right. Too bland, too strong – dill, ugh! The chicken is still frozen (5pm and we’re all starving) and while trying to thaw it in a plastic bag in a small rectangular glass dish the ‘juice’ spills on the counter and under the utensil containers. Sigh.
03/08/18- It took me two days to finish the movie. Of course it was worth it. Every time it’s worth it.
The chicken and steak souvlaki turned out great. The tzatziki…not so much. The recipe called for 2 tbsp of dill! That’s a lot and I kind of new it but wanted to follow the recipe. That error in judgment resulted in me throwing over two cups of the sauce away and adding in a ton more plain Greek yogurt to try and balance out the flavors. Yesterday was a tough day and a tough cooking day.
BBQ pork spare ribs tomorrow.
After two years of experimenting with "things to make with teenagers". I give chocolate dipped pretzels a yay and decorated sugar cookies a big nay. The sugar cookies are messy, sprinkles evveerrywhere, half of the frosting in the mouths of babes, they give up half way through and you have to finish making 789 cookies...blah, blah, blah. I'm tired just thinking about it. Oh and they don't cook to a pleasing shape. The candlesticks and snowmen morph into formless blobs in the oven and they're not particularly tasty. Pretty sure there is a way to fix the formless blob thing but not sure I have the inclination or desire to figure it out. Oh, wait, I am sure, I don't. Also, the tube cookies just aren't good.
Now...chocolate dipped pretzels on the other hand are a big hit. You melt chocolate chips and white chocolate chips in separate bowls (ps. no chocolate in white chocolate, it's candy), buy all the sprinkles at Michael's, place pretzel rods on sheet pans, and wax paper, and away we go. Drizzle, dip, sprinkle, and freeze. You can use red hots and marshmallows, the Kim K. butt made of marshmallows was a huge hit. You can even dye the white chocolate if you want...the options are endless. Everyone likes them and if you can keep them around long enough they freeze at least through the Christmas season.
I'm pretty sure that this IS the perfect cheesecake. I don't really like cheesecake. It never tastes good to me. And that 'factory' has too many flavors that don't taste like what I think cheesecake should taste like. My husband is Italian and loves cheesecake so I thought I would give the "Perfect Cheesecake' a try. Well, it was hard to make but sooo delicious. So very delicious; with chocolate or raspberry sauce or without.
I bought a spring form pan for the occasion - pack of 3 for almost nothing at Ross. Happy. :) But as usual I didn't read the directions all the way through and didn't realize there was a 'water bath' involved. I looked for a silicone encasement to put the pan in but couldn't find one so I took a deep breath and wrapped the bottom of the pan in four layers of aluminum foil. The recipe says to use three but I was scared so I went with more is better. I went slowly, putting the pan in the water bath and miracle of all miracles no water got in and it turned out delish. I highly recommend this recipe.
Tip: Follow the directions and read this and pretty much all recipes all the way through before you begin.
The ups and downs of cooking. Caught the French bread on fire 🔥, burned myself by grabbing a hot pan from the oven (just grabbed it; no oven mits. Who does that?) and made what could be the driest cinnamon rolls on earth in a two day span. Bleck. Sigh. 😞😕 Justin cut off the burned and the bread that survived wasn’t bad. Husbands. Nice. :)
Not sure if it's carmels or caramels. Either way it requires hours, no exaggeration, hours of stirring to reach soft ball stage. My husband and step-daughter loved them and she asked to make them again. This is one of those recipes that is not wort it to me. Standing and stirring is just annoying. She did at least half of the stirring but was still just too much time.
Homemade soft Pretzels are a close second on the annoyance scale and very messy to put them in the baking soda bath but they're so good that it's worth it to me.
Pretzels = Yes
Caramels = NO
I know this is titled Chocolate Pot de Creme and the picture is of my beautiful step-daughter but they're related.
I made the Pot de Creme for us to eat along with sandwiches for my step-sons final baseball tournament before he graduates from high school. I wrapped them in plastic wrap and put them in an ice filled cooler. Everyone was super impressed with my skills (that's right, dawg) of making and then bringing them to the game. Guess it was a little bit fancy for a game but it was so fun. I had to go all over tarnation (read: three different stores) to find Mexican chocolate for the recipe, which I only used a little bit of and now will have for the rest of my life. (insert eye roll) I also decided that this is the reason I seem to have 9 Ramekins of different sizes. Try the recipe, it's good, like extra special chocolate pudding. It's worth it but I am sure you can make it with something besides Mexican chocolate.
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Hi everyone! If you are interested in cooking, are in a rush to get homemade food on the table you're in the right place. If chief among your goals is to not burn the house down, you're in the right place. If you love to cook, and bake, and learn about cooking and baking you're in the right place! If you end up having messy, imperfect end results...well....you know.