Tag Archives: Cooking

#Cooking Fun! (Or Tears)

14 Apr

Cooking is tragic work!!  Grating onions today, left me in tears.  😭😂

Home #Cooking

23 Feb

Having a #Birthday Party at #zaxbbq in Zhengzhou!  The ony place in our province that serves a real #American #cheeseburger!  Ordered a side of sweet potato fries and Ginger beer!  Delicious! A Touch of #home for the #homesick
#China #lifeabroad #foodie #diner #LifeinChina #Americanfood #tasteofhome #International

#Cooking Abroad

23 Feb

#cooking in #China 😄 When you live in a #itsybitsy apartment with no counter space and definitely nooven, you have to do a little engineering for #baking #chocolatechipcookies 😂  So instead we use an old #target game board and a table oven. My life is so much fun!
#foodie #Cookies #lifeisfun #travel #lifeabroad #international 

Classic Deviled Eggs

11 Jan

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 Eggs (White Eggs work best)
  • 2 TBSP of Mayonnaise
  • 1 TBSP of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 TBSP of Pickled Relish 
  • Ground Pepper to Taste
  • Pinch of Paprika (For Decoration Purposes Only)

DIRECTIONS

  • 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 cut the eggs in half the long ways.
  • Carefully pop out the yolk and put it in a bowl. Rinse off the egg whites.
  • In the bowl with yolk, use a fork to crush the yolk until all big chunks are smashed out.
  • Add Mayonnaise, Mustard, Pickled Relish, and Pepper.
  • DO NOT ADD Salt – the Mayonnaise and Yolk are salty enough without needing extra salt. In fact, some people use Ranch Dressing as an alternative to the Mayonnaise.  
  • Sprinkle the Paprika over the top.
  • ENJOY!

Nicely Moist Texas Sheet Cake

22 Nov

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INGREDIENTS:

CAKE

  • 2 Cups of White Sugar
  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) of Real Butter (Not Margarine)
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 3 TBSP of Cocoa
  • ½ Cup of Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TSP of Baking Soda
  • 2 TSP of Vanilla
  • 1 TSP of Cinnamon

ICING

  • 3 TBSP of Cocoa
  • ½ Cup (1 Stick) of Real Butter
  • 6 TBSP of Buttermilk
  • 1 Box (1 LB) of Powdered Sugar
  • ½ Cup of Chopped Pecans (Optional)

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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!

Tasty Recipes ~ South African Melktert

15 Jul

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BACKGROUND

I’m going International!

Last week, I shared a list of South African dishes that I’ve been interested in trying, and ever since I’ve been desperate to try my hand at cooking again.  I can’t do a lot of cooking at my China apartment because I lack both a kitchen and money for imported ingredients. You’d be surprised at how expensive things like Vanilla, Chocolate, Sauces, and even Cheese can get!

Anyway, July is a busy month for my family with a family reunion, fish fry, 4 Birthdays, and anniversary, and a Home Extension luncheon with my aunt.  Since I’m staying at my aunt’s house and have access to her extra awesome kitchen, I decided to whip some international dishes up.  

The Fish Fry was our first event, and I tried my hand at a South African Melktert!  Originally based on a Dutch dish, the Melktert is now a clearly South African custard dessert that requires no cooking but tastes delicious!  It has a strong cinnamon/almondy flavor and is kind of a cross between a cake and an egg custard.  Really unique, my uncle said he’s never had anything quite like it.  

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The recipe below makes two pies, and easily slices into 16 pieces.  Must be cooled, but can be served warm or cold.

**Although it’s been recommended as a possibility, I don’t suggest replacing cake flour with normal flour–its need that extra cakey touch. Continue reading

Cinnamon Apple Salad

15 Nov

Recipe for my Aunt’s famous Cinnamon Apple Salad!  (Great for bruncheons!)

2 cups chopped unpeeled apples
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup finely chopped pitted dates
1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Mix cinnamon and yogurt. Toss in the rest. Enjoy.

Classy Zebra Cake

1 Jun

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Zebra Print has never been my style (not really in my color scheme), but this is too cute to pass up. I’m pretty sure some of my animal-print-loving friends would LOVE this!

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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