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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.

Chimichurri and Parsley Potatoes

20 Mar

If you’ve ever gone to a Spanish or Latin restaurant and ordered some sort of steak, you’ve probably tried chimichurri at some point. Being Hispanic myself, chimichurri is almost always a must whenever making steaks. Since I’m away from home, I figured I could look up a chimichurri recipe on Pinterest and see if it matches up to my mom’s. As a side dish, I usually just make baked potatoes to go with my steak, but I figured I’d try something new while I was testing recipes.

Chimichurri

When I found this pin for a chimichurri recipe, I thought it mirrored my mom’s pretty well but with a few added ingredients. I don’t think I’ve ever made chimichurri with red wine vinegar, oregano, or red pepper flakes, but you can’t knock it ‘til you try it right? Overall, it was pretty good. But I have to admit, I’m just too accustomed to my mom’s recipe and still think hers is the best chimichurri I’ve ever had. I think it was a mix of the oregano and the red wine vinegar that kind of threw my taste buds off.

Chimichurri

Potatoes

The potatoes were a piece of cake to make, and I just used the extra parsley from the chimichurri (thinking ahead). Also, instead of using baby potatoes, I just used regular sized potatoes and cut them into chunks.

Parsley Potatoes

Enjoy

Cook up some simple steaks, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine or sweet tea, and this dish is absolutely pinperfect! I would also suggest looking around through some other chimichurri recipes and trying a few so you can decide which you like best.

Chimichurri & Parsley Potatoes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

16 Mar

It’s that time of year again! When you pull out every green item you own, pretend to be Irish and have a good ‘ole time. What started out simply a religious holiday has turned into a celebration known for fun treats and beer! This year I’m hoping to celebrate St. Patty’s with fun Irish drinks that won’t take up too much time or money. Don’t worry, thanks to Pinterest, I found some great treats for both kids and adults to enjoy.

Kid-friendly Irish Car Bomb

Kid Irish Car Bomb Not all people are fans of Irish Car Bombs, but whether or not you like the adult version, you might be a fan of this kid-friendly version. All it takes is root beer and some vanilla ice cream (basically, a root beer float). Personally, I’m not a fan of root beer but my friends are and they loved it.

Guinness Float

Guinness FloatWhile the kids are enjoying their non-alcoholic Irish, the adults can sip on some Guinness floats. It’s basically the same concept, but instead of using root beer you use that famous Irish beer. Just pour yourself a glass of Guinness, add some ice cream, and you can drizzle with chocolate syrup and whip cream. This recipe has homemade versions of the syrup and cream, but ready-made is fine too. I also just used regular Guinness beer instead of Guinness Stout.

Green Soda

Green SodaBut of course the kids are going to want to join in on the fun of having green drinks, and not all adults enjoy beer, so how about green Sprite? Just add some green food coloring. I had some ginger ale in my refrigerator so decided to use that instead, but you get the idea.

Green Beer

Perhaps the simplest way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day is by making your very own green beer! All you need is beer and a few drops of green food coloring and you’re good to go.  I found that if you pour a little bit of beer, add the food coloring, and then pour the rest of the beer, you won’t need to mix or stir anything and the food dye won’t stick to the bottom.

Green Beer Mixing green beer

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, these drinks are sure to make your St. Patrick’s Day a pinperfect celebration. Cheers!