Big Mclargehuge post of food

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Been cooking a decent amount but not deviating from recipes, so this is a log for my own reference! 

Banana-Nutella Frozen Yogurt – did sub out half of the peanut butter for nutella. best life decision. 

Chicken breasts with balsamic vinegar – not a huge favorite. think I might boil the noodles in chicken stock to get rid of the lingering vinegar flavor that was too much. also not use shitty balsamic vinegar. 😐 

Buffalo – excellent recipe – less pepper next time, I think. 

Steak in a garlic dijon mustard sauce – HOLY MUSTARD BATMAN. Good, just not as good as normal au poivre. May adjust levels to make it more creamy. 

Parm baked potato bites!

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I ended up getting some buffalo meat at the store, which was great! Except halfway through marinading it I realized that I didn’t have a side for it, oops.  So I googled some different things and this lovely recipe came up. 

I actually didn’t deviate that much from it – I used parm cheese at the very end, not during the baking, and it turned out great. Super easy!

Jambalaya!

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I haven’t made jambalaya before so I figured this was a good chance to. I looked through a ton of recipes but this looked the best. I intend to swap some things out, see what works, but here it is in all its spicy glory. Link! Note: I removed a TON of things.
Ingredients
1/4 pound of tiny shrimp, no tails, deveined
2 chicken breasts, pieces chopped into 1/2 inch chunks
2 whole Andouille pork (or normal) sausages, sliced to 1/4th inch thick and then in half
4 tablespoons cajun seasoning
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup finely diced onion
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
3 bay leaves
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons hot sauce (any)
1 tablespoon sriracha
1 cup long grain rice
3 cups chicken stock
Thick, crusty french bread (optional)Directions

If you’re making your own Creole seasoning, make that first.  In my case, I went to the store and purchased seasoning that had the normal stuff in it (garlic, paprika, pepper, salt, etc) and was the reddest color I could find.
Chop all your meat up and dump the seasoning in. I ended up adding quite a bit more as time went on, so keep it out.
In a pot, melt your butter and just as it starts to steam, turn the heat to high and  add in your onion. Heat for  3-4 minutes, adding garlic as the onion starts to darken.  Add bay leaves, stir to mix everything evenly.
Dump your rice in and add your broth 1/4th cup at a time, mixing and letting it boil and heat up again after every addition.  Stir at medium-low heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until rice is almost cooked.  Add in your meats and stir intermittently.
Here is where you can add more seasoning as needed. I ended up adding more in, and then dumping in more hot sauce, too, because I like mine extremely spicy.  After it’s boiled down a little (you want to be able to see the water/soupy mixture, but not have it slosh around) taste and add more seasoning as needed. Serve with bread.

Austin trip and review!

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Austin is a fantastic city full of really great bars (aka 90% of the trip) and really good food. This is not an in-depth review or anything of the sort, more a commentary on what we did there. 🙂 The dates we were in town were the 2nd to the 8th, along with 10,000 other Red vs Blue fans, which was fantastic. I made a ton of friends and had a blast. 

Picture heavy!

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The crew, some old, some new. Myself on the far left. 

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Spicy Garlic-Ginger Pork

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I’m starting to think I’m allergic to pictures because all I have is a camera phone and the quality is less than acceptable. Instead I ought to lure you in with badly photoshopped pictures of food and kittens. 

ANYWAY, way back when I was doing technical writing classes we had to pick food to cook and write a technical handbook for and then bring it in. It was pretty great, honestly, tons of free food. I don’t remember where the recipe came from that I used, but it follows this recipe pretty evenly. 

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Strawberry and Cream Cheese Danishes

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Why am I forever the slowest blogger. 😦 I get so distracted so easily, it’s horrible.  These last few months have been a rush of movies and fandom and general amazing things. 🙂 I recently went to Austin Texas, where I ate an absurd amount of delicious food – I’ll do a post on that later. 

It took me a while to get back into the swing of cooking, but the roomie and I went to Starbucks to grab drinks and I saw some cream cheese danishes, and thought that I should really try making those. So, here we go!  Taken from the following site: here!

 

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Spicy Honey Chicken!

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We have been on a spicy kick this week, hot damn. First the egg boats I made, except I added steak that I tossed with chili pepper flakes. Then last night’s spicy chicken salad, and now tonight. I made two different chickens because one roomie was scared of the spice on the initial one. I will say that this came out way better, and didn’t scare said roomie off, so success? The recipe was ganked from: here. Edits were minimal (mostly adding MORE PEPPER) so all credit goes to them, because goddamn, delicious.

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