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Holiday Meatloaf – #Cooking for #Beginners

23 Mar

Made a delicious and pretty #meatloaf from scratch!

2.5 pound Homemade hamburger (we shredded the #beef ourselves cause hamburger isn’t always available in China)
+ 1/2 head of #garlic (never can have too much garlic!)
+3 eggs
+2 Green Peppers
+1 Onion
+3 TBSP Wostershire Sauce
+1 TBSP Liquid Smoke
+1/2 Cup #BBQ sauce
+2TBSP Honey Dijon Mustard
+1/2 Cup Cream
+1.5ish cups #Oatmeal (till it held shape but still wet).
Random salt & pepper
+4 small tomatoes sliced into 4 pieces.

Throw everything except oatmeal & tomatoes into a big bowl. Mix together with a spoon or fork.
Add oatmeal – mix again.

Take a large #castiron skillet and smooth it out. It shouldn’t be more than 2inches thick or it doesn’t cookas fast. Not less than 1inch thick or it dries out.

Cooking = Easy! Cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil (keeps it from being dry).
Oven on 425 (190C) and give it 45minutes. Check. If done, you’re good. If not, maybe keep adding 15 minutes then check until it is done.

It was a big hit! 😃 Easy for #beginner cooking

Potato Salad with Bacon and Peas

20 Oct

(Difficulty: Middle)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3lb of Red-Skinned Potatos 
  • 1 & 1/4 Cup of Mayonnaise
  • 2-3 TBSP of Dijon Mustard
  • 5 Eggs 
  • 1/2 a Medium Onion
  • 1 Can of Small Peas
  • 1/4 – 1/2 TSP of Ground Pepper
  • 1 package of Bacon (about 9-10 slices)

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large sauce pan, put the Potatoes on until they boil. Cook until you can easily slice then. Stop. Do not cook them so long they smoosh (You don’t want them soft enough to make mashed potatoes. Still a little crunchy.)
  • Take the potatoes off and put them in a covered pan. Stick in the refrigerator until cold. If you want, you can cook them the day before and leave them in the fridge overnight. 
  • Cook the Bacon. (I use a strong microwave, put them in for about 4-5 minutes.). Put the bacon in the fridge to get cold.
  • Hard Boil the Eggs. Put them in a pan with warm water on medium-high heat. Cook until boiling, then another 15-20 minutes. Take off and cool in cold water.  
  • Peel and slice the eggs finely. 
  • Slice the Onion finely (Mince).
  • In a large bowl, add the Mayonnaise, Mustard, Eggs, Onion, Peas, Pepper, Cold Bacon (crumbled).
  • Mix together. Put in the Refrigerator for 1 hour to allow spice to spread out. 
  • ENJOY!

Gingerbread House–Epic Fail!

22 Dec

A few days ago, I mentioned that I was attempting to build a Gingerbread House for the first time in years.  Here are the results–which came out delicious if less than presentationally delightful 🙂 

This is what I started with–The Gingerbread slabs came from a pre-made package, the candy and icing I added myself! You can tell that trouble started a little early; the walls went up fine but the back portion of the roof was broken in half and the front gable wasn’t cut correctly so the tips overlapped instead of meeting.  It was all supposed to go up really easily, but the roof kept falling in and sliding off the top (After the fourth attempt I had to call in back-up 😛 ) so I ended up gluing it with extra icing and propping it up for the night to harden. 

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Twenty-four hours later I began the decorating process, and it seemed to be going really well!  Law school isn’t exactly a creative outlet, so I was soooo happy to finally get to spend some time doing something artsy, and I think the design turned out great 🙂 It was a mixture of peanut butter pieces, York patty chips, hard rock candy, stick candy, Twizzlers, and more.  Honestly, I don’t see how anyone could eat more than one teeny-tiny piece a week 😛 Definitely hits the sweet tooth!

So off I went, icing and eating half of the candy I put on when disaster struck!  I turned and put one dab of icing on the front and the entire thing exploded!  The roof caved in, walls fell outwards, and it all landed Icing down!

Oops!! So my efforts at a Gingerbread House ended in kind of an epic fail. After this collapse it was unrecoverable and the front never had a chance to be completed. So instead I have plenty of candied gingerbread walls for guests and a plain gingerbread front for tea time.  Yum!! 🙂

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