Warning: Cooking Horror Story

I have truly loved learning to cook, but if I am being honest, there have been some serious cooking disasters during my culinary education. Thankfully, Daniel is kind enough to taste everything I cook, and will sweetly say, “Not a repeat,” instead of telling me to turn in my apron. For life.

My most disgusting concoction to date was a “healthy cookie dough” recipe I found on Pinterest. Girls were raving about how it tasted just like cookie dough, but it was good for you! What? This sounds too good to be true!

It was.

The healthy cookie dough recipe called for chickpeas/garbanzo beans/whatever you want to call them as the main ingredient. You then added chocolate chips, oats, sweetener, etc.

The smell was intolerable. It smelled like feet. Nasty, sweaty, feet.

As a testament to his devotion to me, Daniel tasted the healthy cookie dough. We both did.

We both immediately rolled around on the kitchen floor, gagging and trying to scrape the tastebuds off our tounges. I was willing to sacrifice my ability to taste forever, so long as I never had to taste the horror known as healthy cookie dough again. The memory of it will always haunt me.

After about 18 glasses of water and 700 Ritz crackers, I was pretty sure the taste was gone. I used the leftover chocolate chips to make cookies. Real cookies. Sugar and butter-laden cookies.

My point? It’s okay to make mistakes in the kitchen. You move on. We’re all learning how to cook, and making mistakes is part of the process. Until I see paying customers in my dining room, I ain’t gonna worry ’bout it.

Movin’ On Up

Dear Diary Blogging Community,

We are moving.

It is stressful.

I usually cook to destress.

My cooking utensils are here:

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Cooking is not possible.

We have lived on cereal, frozen pizza, and Chinese food.

Feel free to pray for us.

Love,

Krista

Blackberry Toast Bites

This is one of my favorite recipes!

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First of all, these little bites are absolutely delicious. The creaminess of the goat cheese mixed with the juiciness of the blackberries makes the perfect appetizer.

More importantly, these little bites will impress your guests, and they are so, so, so easy to make!

Your guests will assume you spent hours in the kitchen, honing your culinary genius, when you really watched three back to back episodes of Law and Order. (Don’t judge me.)

For this recipe, you will need:

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First, cut the baguette into thin slices.

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Then, place the sliced bread on a cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 250 degree oven for about 5-7 minutes, or until the bread is warm and toasted.

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Spread a dollop of goat cheese on each toast bite.

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Then, put a fresh blackberry on top of each toast bite.

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Enjoy gobbling these little toast bites up!

No Excuses, but…

Alright, so I haven’t been putting up many recipes lately. I have to tell you the truth…

I haven’t been cooking lately!

We have had some fun, wonderful summer days that have required no cooking on my part.

Let me show you my great excuses for staying out of the kitchen:

We had a family dinner with literally my favorite people in the world.

I was in heaven.

We celebrated a dear friend’s wedding with other dear friends.

And most importantly, I met Maddalena. She is a sweet bundle of goodness who belongs to my dear friend Brittany.

You can see more of her cuteness as http://www.lifeofcharmings.com.

my sweet friends and a sweet baby

So, family, friends, and a baby…those are all fantastic reasons to stay out of the kitchen. Unfortunately for Daniel, we had cereal for dinner on Tuesday night. Whoops. Sorry hubs.

Brown Sugar Chicken Marinade

When Daniel and I were in college, he invited me to a cookout with some of his friends. In an attempt to be the coolest girlfriend e-v-e-r, I knew I had to bring the perfect item to grill. I bought some chicken tenders, and I doused them, I repeat doused them in a store bought marinade. They were so overly seasoned that Daniel couldn’t even fake enjoy them, which he usually does to spare hurting my feelings.

Now, four years later, I have finally mastered a good marinade for grilled chicken. Daniel eats it, and he ask for seconds! Whoop whoop!

For this recipe, you will need:

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brown sugar, garlic, salt, pepper, soy sauce, olive oil, white wine, paprika, rosemary, and fresh basil

First, add the following ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 2 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp paprika

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Mix together, and then add 1/4 cup white wine, 1/4 cup soy sauce, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Mix well.

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Add chicken breasts (I used 3), and make sure they are fully immersed in the marinade.

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Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Grill until cooked through.

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Garnish with fresh chopped basil. Serve and enjoy!

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WAIT WAIT WAIT! What is that beautiful summery saladness perched in the background? That, amigos, is a  fresh and delicious Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad that can be found at my dear friends’ Molly and Allison’s blog, A Bike Built for 2. It is a mecca of thoughts, ideas, and advice on having a healthy and whole life. It is a must read, so check it out!

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is my dad.

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 He loves his family, cars, Christmas, and…

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

So, when he and my mom came to visit us this past weekend, I took a little spin from the traditional route, and I made these…

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Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies.

They are little bites of cinnamon-y, nutmeg-y, chewy, chocolate-y, feel like you are in your happy place goodness.

If you need sweet comfort, this is the ticket.

First, you will need these ingredients:

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butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, honey, flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, rolled oats, raisins, semisweet chocolate chips
Can you tell I love Kroger?

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Then, melt 1 cup of butter. (I did not promote this as one of my healthier recipes.)

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Put the melted butter and 1 cup packed brown sugar in a bowl.

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Using a hand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar.

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You will know it’s done when it looks like this:

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You are done with the hand mixer.

Now, add 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon honey, honey. (Sorry, I had to.)

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Use a spoon to mix it all together.

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When it’s done it should look like this:

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Set it aside.

Get out a large lovely mixing bowl, and add 1 1/2 cups floor, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon nutmeg.

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Mix it together with a fork.

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Until it looks like this:

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this may look like a bowl of sand, but it smells like cinnamon and nutmeg goodness.

Now, add your bowl of dry ingredients to the bowl you had set aside.

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Stir it up real good. (What a horrific lack of proper adverbs.)

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 Add 3 cups of rolled oats. I would stir them in one cup at a time, so it is not too difficult to stir.

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When you have added all the oats, add 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips.

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Then add 1 cup of raisins.

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Mix it all together well.

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Grab a spoonful, roll it into a ball, and place them on a non-stick or greased cookie sheet.

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Cook at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

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Set them on a cooling rack.

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Now, gobble them up. I highly recommend a glass of milk.

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I was going to take a picture of all of us enjoying them when my parents were here, but we were too busying scarfing them down to take pictures. YUM!