Thursday, August 16, 2018

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken & Rice

A hearty and fantastic slow cooker recipe with a kick - perfect for "Taco Tuesday"

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken & Rice #recipe #chicken #slowcooker #crockpot #rice #maindish

I adore chicken and rice crockpot meals. I feel like even with the little time the rice spends in the crockpot, it just soaks up all that slow cooked goodness that the crockpot makes. This particular recipe has Rotel to add some kick plus a chipotle pepper, which adds some nice smokiness with an added kick. I don't always make tacos for Taco Tuesday and I love to switch up proteins from week to week, so this one is part of our permanent meal rotation for sure!

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken & Rice #recipe #chicken #slowcooker #crockpot #rice #maindish

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Eggs Benedict Fail #FantasticalFoodFight

Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger's own creation! For more details, check out this page.

This month's Fantastical Food Fight theme is JULIA CHILD. Why is that? Because it's Julia Child's birthday today. I thought it would be super fun to open up the recipes quite a bit to celebrate this wonderful lady.

As you can tell by my title...my recipe was a fail. I had it in my mind that I was going to make Julia's hollandaise sauce. I have never had hollandaise and really wanted to make it. I recently made macarons and they were super nerve-wracking, so I thought hollandaise should be a cinch if I made macarons successfully. I was absolutely wrong. I messed up three times and then tried to make the hollandaise in a blender...and still messed it up. I wasted a dozen eggs and a whole pound of butter. My kitchen was so greasy. I also was so flustered that I left my poached eggs in longer than I was going to (4 1/2 minutes instead of 3 1/2 minutes), so they were overcooked.

All the egg whites...my third broken hollandaise...the egg/broken sauce graveyard.

Overcooked poached egg...booooooo!

If you haven't made hollandaise, you take egg yolks and add butter to them (with lemon juice and cayenne) and it's this really rich wonderful sauce. But the method is very tricky. Most that I have seen, you do it over a double boiler. Because if it gets too hot, you'll cook your egg yolks and have scrambled eggs. If you don't whisk enough or add too much butter, you'll have a separated mixture, which is referred to as "the sauce breaking". This was my issue. The first time I was super close. I whisked my little heart out and counted 15 seconds on the heat and 15 off the heat. The second time, I thought maybe while adding my hot butter, I was supposed to take it off the heat completely (WRONG). The third time, I forgot my second pat of cold butter before adding the hot butter. It was honestly the most frustrating thing I've ever done in my life. I don't like not being good at something, so this was infuriating. I will attempt it again because I'm determined to nail it. I think instead of doing it directly in the saucepan (or the blender which didn't work because I don't have the right blender for it), I will attempt it over a double boiler.

I'm sorry, Julia! I may attempt your recipe once again...one day, but I am definitely going to have to recover from the fiasco first.

You may be wondering...Sarah, why didn't you just make another Julia recipe? Well, my overly confident self didn't plan ahead and waited until the weekend before to make my recipe expecting success :P That's what I get haha. I cannot wait to see what everyone else made to honor Julia Child today. And Happy Birthday, Julia!

Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.



The winner of the KEBABS Food Fight is Michaela from An Affair from the Heart and her Chicken Fajita Kabobs. I'm always looking for new Taco Tuesday grub and I love the selection of veggies she picked :)

 
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Easy M&M Cookie Bars

These bars are the perfect treat for any time of year, but especially back to school!

Easy M&M Cookie Bars #recipe #dessert #bars #cookies #chocolate

Back to school time just makes me think of M&M cookies and I don't know why. That I can recall, we didn't have M&M cookies for after school snacks or anything. But I'm not going to question it. I love making sweet treats for my kids for after school snacks on occasion. I made these last year and they loved them! It's such a great recipe - not too much skill needed to make it :)

Monday, August 13, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - August 13, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for Aug 13, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Another week is here and it is also the first full week of school for my big kids. I expect soccer will be starting soon, so September's meals are going to be quicker during the weekdays for sure. Trying out some new quick recipes this week. AND doing a little belated Harry Potter's birthday celebration with some butterbeer cupcakes!

Monday - One Pot Pesto Chicken Alfredo Zoodles
Tuesday - 20 Minute Taco Salad
Wednesday - Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins // Cheddar Broccoli Soup with Chicken
Thursday - Hawaiian Steak Kabobs
Friday - Jalapeno Popper Pizza
Saturday - Swedish Coffee Cake // Mississippi Pot Roast
Sunday - Butterbeer Cupcakes

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Homesick Texan Pot Roast

The perfect smoky pot roast that is served up with a horseradish jalapeno sauce that is to die for!

Homesick Texan Pot Roast #recipe #maindish #potroast #brisket #beef

This recipe was supposed to be Homesick Texan Brisket because if my brother-in-law has conveyed anything about Texans...it's that they love their brisket. However, brisket is an expensive cut of meat, so I opted for the cheaper chuck roast. Sorry, not sorry, Texans. This is still a pretty great recipe and if you have a brisket to make, definitely use this recipe for it! I really love that there is molasses in this because it adds such a nice smoky richness to the meat. It also has a jalapeno horseradish sauce which was the most surprising part of the recipe to me. It's not pictured, but it was absolutely wonderful and I wish I always had some on hand. In fact, I'm not sure why I don't always have some on hand. I need to make some asap!