9.18.2014

Foodcation: Journeys Into The World of French Pastries

 
Last week I felt adventurous... so adventurous in fact that I decided to buy the contents that were needed to try my hand at French macarons! But once I bought the almond meal/flour I was almost too scared to make them (have you seen the price of that stuff? Lol).
 
It took me a few days to start feeling brave enough to consider making them again but once I gathered up enough gumption I decided that yesterday afternoon was the day! Yes, I made french macarons! But not just any French macarons... these were chocolate hazelnut french macarons!

Um, can we say... Yum! (Lol me and my nutella addiction).

Anyway though, they didn't turn out perfect, really the only thing wrong with them was they didn't have the famous macaron "foot" but I'm pretty sure I know what to do next time to correct that. I was very disappointed at first, but then I realized "Hey! Nobody gets these perfect the first time!" so I cheered up a bit... but oh the taste... and did I mention that the ganaché literally was perfect! I thought I died and went to heaven! Such deliciousness! And they're even better today after being refrigerated overnight.
 
Can't wait to try my hand at them again, and who knows, maybe, just maybe they'll turn out perfect! (and just maybe when the day comes that I perfect them
I'll share the recipe:)...but if not I'll try, try again!
 
Have you ever made french macarons before? How did they turn out?

 

9.12.2014

The Easiest Chicken Dinner You Will Ever Make

We all know that time is short and precious and while no one seems to have a lot of it these days its always nice (and important if you ask me) to sit down as a family at the dinner table for good home cooked meal. If you agree well have I got the recipe for you! Seriously only takes a few minutes to prepare and is so good that not only will your taste buds thank you but so will your family!



Prep Time: 10 mins or less 
Cook Time: 1 hour
Oven Temp: 400 Degrees
Makes 2-4 servings

What You Will Need:

1 package Chicken breasts

1 package whole mushrooms

2 carrots (peeled and cut up)

3 cups broccoli florets

1/2 stick real butter

Montreal steak seasoning



Preheat oven to 400 degrees, lightly spray a 9x13 cake pan with spray oil (optional), lay chicken breasts in pan and sprinkle with steak seasoning, wash mushrooms and lay around chicken along with the cut up carrots and broccoli florets, sprinkle everything again with steak seasoning (you'll want to cover the chicken pretty good but only lightly sprinkle the veggies), cut up the half stick of butter and toss over top of the chicken and veggies cover with tin foil and bake in oven for 1 hour. Adding water is unnecessary since by the time it has finished baking there will be a decent amount of broth in the bottom of the pan (gives it SO MUCH flavor) from the water content in the chicken and veggies! After finished cooking, let cool for 5 mins and enjoy!

(This post first appeared on The Happy Cupcake)

9.10.2014

Crust-less Pumpkin Pie

We all love pumpkin (especially around this time of year) and what better way to welcome the approaching season of autumn than with a delicious (a bit untraditional) Crust-less Pumpkin Pie! So simple yet so delicious and only takes a few minutes to whip up! Hope you all enjoy making and eating it as much as us!

4 eggs, beaten
29-oz. can pumpkin
12-oz. evaporated milk (or half and half)
1 and 1/2 c. sugar
2 t. pumpkin pie spice
1 t. salt
1/4 t. nutmeg
18-1/2 oz. pkg. butter (or yellow) cake mix
1 and 1/2 sticks butter, melted
Optional: Chopped pecans sprinkled on top of the cake mix.

Combine eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk (or half and half), sugar, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and salt. Mix well; pour into a 13"x9" baking pan very lightly sprayed with baking spray. Sprinkle dry cake mix and nuts over top. Drizzle with melted butter; do not stir. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour and 10 mins (just whatever you think, I cook it closer to an hour and 10 mins cause I like it where it was just starting to brown on top, but every oven is different). Let cool before serving. Serve with whipped topping (or its just as good without). Makes 8 to 10 servings.
 
 
Enjoy!