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French Toast

12 Apr

Quick & Easy Home Cooked Breakfast…

Some days you’re just in the mood to have a warm, home cooked breakfast. Pancakes, French toast, cinnamon rolls, you name it; they all sound pretty appetizing, but can take up a significant amount of time and effort.  Well thanks to Pinterest, here’s a quick and easy recipe for some classic French toast. Another bonus to this recipe: it makes two pieces of French toast, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with leftovers if you’re just making breakfast for one.

french toast ingredientsOne of the nice things about French toast is that the ingredients are pretty basic, so you probably have everything you need lying around in your kitchen. Simply whisk together your eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract, and you’re ready to start dipping your bread! Don’t forget to start heating up your pan (or griddle) while you mix all your ingredients. Although the recipe says to heat your pan to medium-high, it might be best to cook your French toast at a medium to medium-low heat so that you can cook the French toast through and not just burn the coating (I learned the hard way).

If You Know What You’re Doing

french toast dippingWhen dipping your bread, try not to let the bread soak in the egg mixture. Although the recipe simply said to dip and coat the bread, I let it soak in the mixture for a bit and I’m pretty sure that’s what made my French toast a little unappetizing (this was also my first time ever making French toast).

Once you’ve dipped your bread, lay it on your pan and cook both sides until golden brown. Add some syrup and sprinkle on a little powdered sugar (of which there was none in my pantry) and enjoy! Quick and easy French toast that is ready to enjoy in just minutes. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a big fan of the taste, but you already know why. If you have any tips for making the most pinperfect French toast, please share with us all in the comments below.  Enjoy!

french toast

 

Bacon-Wrapped Beer Meatloaf

10 Apr

When you start thinking of Southern comfort foods, a nice meatloaf might cross your mind.  If you never had meatloaf growing up, you have been deprived! It’s a pretty simple dish to make and can be tweaked for your taste buds. In this case, a recipe for “beer meatloaf” caught my attention when searching through Pinterest.

bacon-wrapped meatloaf

Bacon!

Then try kicking this recipe up a notch and wrap the meatloaf in bacon! YUM! Turns out, the bacon not only tasted delicious, but it really helped keep all the juices in the meatloaf and prevented it from drying out. Also, don’t worry about using all the meats used in this recipe; if you’re not a fan of veal or ground turkey, then just stick to ground beef or ground pork.

Glaze

This glaze is pretty spectacular as well. It’s just the perfect balance between sweet and tangy. If you’re not too sure about it, then just cook the glaze in a small pot or sauce pan on your stove top, and pour it over your piece of meatloaf later. But between the beer, the bacon, and the ketchup-based topping, this meatloaf makes for a pinperfect dish. Add some mashed potatoes on the side, and you’ll have a real comfort meal.

Brownie In A Mug

3 Apr

Have you ever had those nights where you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, but don’t want to go through the time and effort of making the whole cake? Well imagine coming across a pin that teaches you how to make a brownie in a mug! It’s the perfect single serving for a little self-indulgence, and takes less than two minutes in the microwave. Sounds too good to be true right?

If you like to bake, then you’ll find that the ingredients are probably always stalked in your kitchen. The prep-time is very quick, and the recipe does not call for any eggs. Just measure, mix, and pop it in the microwave.

brownie in mug

Not So Sweet

When I took my brownie out of the microwave, I was delighted with the results and couldn’t wait to taste it. Unfortunately, this single-serving treat did not live up to my expectations. The consistency was good and very fudgy (not sure if that’s a word but you get it), but the taste was far from sweet.

Perhaps it needed more sugar, or maybe some brown sugar, but it would have probably been more satisfying to just take 30 minutes a make a whole tray of brownies. Maybe you really shouldn’t take the easy way out… at least not when it comes to dessert.

But perhaps not all single-serving treats in a mug turn out as failures. I would love to hear about any desserts you’ve tried in a mug that have come out absolutely pinperfect.

brownie in mug with ice cream

At least the ice cream was yummy.

Lasagna Roll Ups

28 Feb

Homemade Italian… Yum!

Who doesn’t like Italian food? Honestly, there are very few people who are not fans of the rich, flavorful, sometimes spicy cuisine. Unfortunately, for most of us, the fanciest our Italian cooking has every gotten is chicken alfredo or a lemon-butter sauce. Very few would attempt the laborious task of homemade lasagna.

But when I found this pin for lasagna roll ups, I just had to try! Instead of creating layers, you simply roll up each piece of lasagna and each roll is a perfect single serving. But don’t be fooled! This does NOT take away from the time-consuming aspect of making lasagna.

ImageI made the meat sauce from scratch. Grated the cheese and chopped the parsley for the cheese sauce. And carefully stirred the pasta as it boiled. Once everything was cooked and ready, I spread the cheese and sauce onto each noodle and rolled it up and placed it in the dish.

Personalize It

I only made a few alterations to the recipe I found on Pinterest. I added Italian sausage to the ground beef to give it some extra flavor (if you like spicy, use spicy Italian sausage). I also skipped out on running the ground beef through the food processor (just sounded weird & unnecessary to me).

I must say this dish was ABSOLUTELY pinperfect! Not to toot my own horn, but I’ve had homemade lasagna from actual Italian families, and this lasagna was pretty high up there. I must warn you though, this meal is not for your average Tuesday night dinner. I would save it for a more special occasion (unless Tuesday nights are your thing).

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Individual Lasagna Roll