Sourdough Soft Pretzels

I love to find any sort of recipe that I can utilize my sourdough starter (it’s name is Brad). I found this recipe from Eat the Love for sourdough soft pretzels and I just had to try it out for myself. This recipe does take about 2 days, because you need to make sure your starter is fed and active & you need the dough to rise for about 4 hours. These are easy and delicious, perfect with mustard or some cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 TBSP Honey
  • 1 Cup Active Sourdough Starter, check out here how to begin your own starter/how to feed
  • 4 Cups Bread Flower, you can use All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 2 TSP Salt
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • Coarse Salt

Baking Soda Bath:

  • 2/3 Cup Baking Soda
  • 10 Cups Water

Let’s Get Cooking

I did all of this by hand, you can use a mixer with a dough hook. Combine the cup of warm water and honey in large bowl & stir until dissolved. Add in the active sourdough starter until it has loosened and combined with the water.

Add in the flour + butter + salt into the bowl. Mix well until it begins to form a shaggy dough. Remove from bowl and place the dough onto a lightly floured counter, knead until the dough becomes smooth and more elastic.

Once the dough is smooth, coat a clean bowl with cooking spray. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp towel and let rise, until the dough has doubled, about 3 to 4 hours.

Preheat the oven to 450F once the dough is done proving. Line two baking sheets with baking mats or parchment paper and divide the dough into about 10 even pieces/110g each. Cover with a damp towel once rolled out.

Take one piece of dough and roll into a long rope. Form a ‘U’ shape then take the two ends, cross over each other, then bring back down to the bottom of the ‘U’.

Bring the water & baking soda in a large pot up to a boil. Make sure that the baking soda has fully dissolved. Add in about 2-3 pretzels per time, letting them boil for about 50 seconds. Place on the baking sheet following.

Combine the egg yolk + water and brush on top of each pretzel, sprinkle with coarse salt.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the pretzels have browned. Let cook on the baking sheet for a few before moving to a wire rack.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Pappardelle in Saffron Cream

My mom gifted me with a container of saffron and I am trying to use it in the most responsible way. Saffron is so valuable and so freaking expensive so this is only the second recipe I have used it in the about 5 months of having it. I bought saffron noodles from Ohio City Pasta, which if you’re in the Akron/Cleveland area please check them out, and figured they would be perfect to pair with a saffron cream sauce. This recipe is so decadent and delicious, I am so proud of how this turned out and omg I want to eat it all the time now.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Small Shallot, minced
  • Pinch of Saffron threads
  • 2/3 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 TSP Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 4 oz Saffron Pasta/or Pappardelle
  • 2 TBSP Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 TBSP Roughly Chopped Chives
  • 1/2 TSP Grated Lemon Zest
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Salt water & bring to a boil, cook the pasta per directions, slightly under al dente so it can finish cooking in the sauce. Remove 1/4 Cup of the pasta water to save.

Melt butter in a large skillet over MED heat. Add in the shallot & saffron and cook until the shallot is softened. Add in the cream + 1/4 TSP salt + pepper to taste. Increase the heat to MED-HIGH and let the sauce thicken and simmer. Stir in the lemon juice + vanilla.

Transfer the cooked pasta to the sauce + the 1/4 Cup pasta water. Stir in the parmesan + chives.

Transfer into a bowl & top with lemon zest and a few more chives.

Savor this meal, please.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Lemon Chicken Soup

Soup season is coming, well, I’d like it to. We are now in that strange season of September where it’s not quite summer any more, but not yet fall, I can’t stand it. To speed up the transition to fall, try out this take on chicken soup from a spicy perspective.

Ingredients

  • 10 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 3 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 8 Cloves of Garlic, crushed and minced
  • 1/2 Sweet onion, sliced into thin half moons
  • Zest of 1 large lemon
  • 2 Chicken breasts
  • 1 Cup Pearl Couscous
  • 1/2 TSP Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 oz Crumbled Feta
  • 1/3 Cup Chopped Chive
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Grab a large pot and heat the olive oil. Add in the onion + garlic over med-low heat and saute until softened.

Add in the chicken broth + raw chicken breasts + lemon zest + rushed red pepper. Cover and bring to a boil, once boiling, reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.

Add in the couscous + salt + pepper, simmer for a few more minutes then turn off the heat.

Remove the chicken breast and use two forks to shred the chicken. Add the chicken back into the pot and stir in the feta cheese + chopped chive + any additional salt & pepper.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

My mom was going away for awhile and gave me this absolutely massive zucchini. I was racking my brain to think of all the possible recipes I could try to use up this monster of a vegetable. I used my hibachi recipe and I still had more to use, then it hit me. ZUCCHINI BREAD. So moist (ew) and delicious, I had to make some. I prefer chocolate zucchini bread, it packs more flavor, at least I think so. The recipe is used from Chocolate Covered Katie, I changed a few things but she gets all the credit, check out her site!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 TBSP Hersey’s Cocoa powder
  • 3/4 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1/4 TSP Salt
  • 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup grated Zucchini
  • 3/4 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil, or Canola/Vegetable
  • 1 TBSP Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Regular Chocolate Chips + extra for on top

Let’s Get Bakin’

Start off with grating the zucchini, it takes the longest. Grate on a cheese grater or food processor, whatever you have.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Add all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add in the zucchini + greek yogurt + coconut oil + vanilla + chocolate chips and stir until well combined.

Place the mixture into a greased 9×5 loaf pan. Press additional chocolate chips on top and bake for 35 minutes. Turn the oven off and let the loaf sit in the closed oven for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool for slicing in. It gets even better the next day so if you can resist temptations wait a day before trying.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Homemade Chipotle Bowls

I love chipotle, however, I often don’t want to drive out and get it, or pay for it to be delivered. Though you can’t always get the flavors spot on, you can get pretty damn close making your own bowl at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Cooked Basmati Rice
  • 2 TSP Lime Juice
  • Cilantro
  • 1 LB Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Cumin
  • 1/2 TSP Cayenne
  • Spinach/Lettuce, cut into ribbons
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 1 Can Black beans
  • Taco Cheese
  • Sour Cream/Greek Yogurt

Let’s Get Cooking

Combine the cooked rice with 2 TSP lime juice and chopped cilantro, mix throughly and add salt to taste if needed.

Combine the half of the diced onions + tomatoes and toss with salt. Set aside.

In a pan, heat olive oil, add in garlic + onion. Saute until fragrant. Add in the drained black beans + salt. Once the beans begin to cook, mash a few of the beans and continue to stir them in. Once soft, remove from heat.

Heat a skillet with olive oil to med-high heat. Add the chicken breast and season with the chili powder + cumin + cayenne + salt + pepper. Cook about 8 minutes each side or until done. Remove from heat and place on a cutting board to cool.

Now it’s time to combine your bowl: Start with rice, then chicken, your cooked beans, your salsa, cheese, spinach, and sour cream or greek yogurt to top!

Made with Love,

Hannah

‘Bleu by You’ Burger

Back with another Bob’s Burgers burger recipe. Who would have thought a cookbook based on a cartoon has some of the best burger recipes around, I WOULD HAVE. I would consider this burger fancy, I mean it involves a red wine reduction so pull out your fancy napkins and dive in.

Ingredients

  • 1 LB Thick-cut Bacon
  • 2 Small Onions, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 3 TBSP Butter
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • 1 1/2 Cups Red Wine, I like the Dark Horse red blend
  • 1 LB Ground Beef
  • 4 oz Bleu Cheese, diced
  • 1 Bunch Red Swiss Chard, stalks removed & leaves cut into thick ribbons
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 4 Buns

Let’s Get Cooking

Cook the bacon on the stove top or in the oven, until crispy

Saute the onions and garlic with 2 TBSP of butter over MED heat. Cook until the onions are translucent.

In the same pan, add in the tomatoes + wine and bring the mixture to a boil. Let it cook down for about 2 minutes, then lower the heat and bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally, and after about 5 minutes stir in the other TBSP of butter. Continue to simmer until the reduction thickens, enough to cover the back of a spoon, about 20 minutes. Pour through a straining into a bowl to remove the solids, set the red wine reduction aside.

Fold in the bleu cheese into the beef and gently form into 4 patties. Press a thumb gently into one side of the patty, creating a small indent. Season both sides with salt + pepper. The cheese may ooze a little so be careful flipping.

Saute the chard leaves with a bit of olive oil over MED heat. Add salt and stir continuously until wilted.

Toast the buns and then it’s time to build:

Bottom Bun – Burger – Bacon – Sautéed Chard – Red Wine Reduction – Top Bun

Serve with fries & enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Grandma A’s Pepperoni Rolls

My grandma Alexander made comfort food right, her cheesy potatoes, UNMATCHED, her pepperoni rolls, OUT OF THIS WORLD. The rolls had this sweet dough paired with the salty pepperoni and mozzarella. After she died I haven’t had them, I kept trying to re-create the recipe but I wasn’t getting it right. Finally, I hear that my aunt has my grandmother’s recipe, IN HER HANDWRITING, which was just absolutely amazing. It was awesome to see her hand-writing and make her recipe, and it turn out just like she used to make. Pulling one out of the fridge and putting it in the microwave brought back all these memories of Christmas time with my cousins and eating like 8 pepperoni rolls. It’s things like that, those memories, that remind us what cooking and sharing food is all about. This recipe makes about 40 pepperoni rolls

Ingredients

  • 15 Cups Flour (I used Bread Flour)
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 5 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 TBSP Salt
  • 2 Packets Dry Yeast
  • Pepperoni – 5 bags
  • Mozzarella – 3 bags

Let’s Get Cooking

Mix the packets of yeast in 4 cups of warm water. wait about 15 minutes or until the yeast becomes bubbly.

Combine the flour + sugar + oil + salt + remaining 1 Cup of water + bubbly yeast. Mix until there are no dry flour spots.

You’re going to proof the dough twice. Once for about an hour and a half, cover with a damp towel and set aside, I like to put the bowl in an unheated oven.

After an hour check the dough, gently knock it down, not all the way as to not let all the air out. Cover again and let proof for another hour.

After proofing, preheat the oven to 350F

Once the dough is ready, take a small/medium sized piece of dough (all depends on how big of a roll you want) and make it into an oval shape, or roll it out, whatever you find easier.

Place the pepperoni on the dough, then top with cheese, LOTS.

Roll up the dough and place on a baking sheet, seam side down. Place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Once baked you can store in freezer bags and microwave when ready to eat.

Made with Love from Grandma & I,

Hannah

Homemade Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are a childhood classic, they are like that baby blanket we still sleep with because we just can’t seem to let them go. Though you can buy them pre-frozen in the store [no shame] you can make them just as easy at home, with a little extra clean up. I prefer panko breadcrumbs for these, it adds to the texture and gives you that crunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Garlic Powder
  • Chicken Tenders
  • 2 Eggs
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F. Combine the panko + chili powder + garlic powder + salt + pepper.

Crack the egg in the bowl to make an egg wash.

Dip the chicken in the egg wash, then coat in the panko bread crumbs. Line on a baking sheet.

Cook in the oven for about 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy warm and with whatever condiments you love most.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Steak Salad

No one wants a lame salad at work. I am not one who enjoys getting like a rabbit, but I understand some people like it. Anyway, lets spice up this salad with some steak and pretty much whichever toppings you enjoy. Idea and recipe for the Balsamic dressing comes from Longbourn Farm.

Ingredients

  • Salad greens of your choosing
  • Steak, I used 2 smaller cuts I found at the store
  • Cherry Tomatoes, sliced
  • Cucumbers, quartered
  • Red onion, sliced into ribbons
  • Green Onions
  • Goat Cheese [or cheese of your choosing]
  • Salt + Pepper

For Dressing:

  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 TSP minced garlic
  • 2 TSP Honey
  • 1 TSP Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/4b TSP Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Heat a skillet on the stove to MED-HIGH heat. Cook the steak to your liking, I prefer med-rare so I went about 4 min per side. Remove steak from heat and LET IT REST! That part is important, this allows the juices to reabsorb and not get lost in the process of immediately cutting it.

Prep the rest of your ingredients and throw into a large bowl.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a closed container and shake to mix.

Cut the steak into strips once cooled and add to the salad. Place in your separate containers for lunches and keep the dressing on the side, or dress and serve immediately.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Duck Fat Potato Salad

Back at it again with a recipe from Antoni’s cookbook. I made this recipe for Memorial day, so I am just a few weeks late but that’s okay. You can use this recipe as a side for just about any family get together. And duck fat is involved, so you don’t want to miss out. I was a bit concerned about where to get duck fat, but you can actually get some at your local Wal-Mart, the company is called FatWorks. Like ew, gross, wal-mart I know, but it’s duck fat so get over it and just go. This is a potato salad that is tossed in a dressing and served with a yogurt size that you can plop on top!

Ingredients

  • 2 LBS Fingerling Potatoes, scrubbed and cut length-wise in half [I quartered mine to make for bite-sized pieces]
  • 2 TBSP Duck Fat, at room temp [can also use Olive Oil]
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 6 oz Thick-Sliced Pancetta/Bacon, cut into cubes
  • 3 TBSP Coarsely Chopped Tarragon

Dressing

  • 1/4 Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 TSP Grainy Dijon Mustard
  • 1 3/4 TSP Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 TSP Honey
  • 1/4 Salt
  • 1/4 TSP Pepper

Yogurt

  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
  • 2 TSP Grated Lemon Zest
  • 1 1/4 TSP Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 TSP Salt
  • 1/8 TSP Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

To start the potatoes, cut them and preheat the oven to 425F with the rack in the middle. Place the cut potatoes into a bowl and toss with the duck fat + salt. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet, cut-size down, and leave space in-between to let the potatoes crisp up. Cook for about 25-30 minutes, getting the potatoes nice and brown and crispy.

Place the pancetta/bacon in a large skillet over MED-HIGH heat cooking until golden and crispy, 8-12 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

In large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing until well combined.

In another bowl, stir together the ingredients for the yogurt sauce.

When the potatoes are nice and crispy transfer them into the bowl with the dressing and toss. Add in the pancetta/bacon + tarragon + salt + pepper.

Serve warm or at room temp with the yogurt on the side. This salad is so luxurious from the duck fat you’ll keep sneaking your fingers to grab a potato before the meal is served.

Made with Love,

Hannah