“The Bear” Spaghetti Sauce

If you’re obsessed with anything food-related like me, then I am sure that you watched “The Bear” on FX. If you haven’t, go watch it ASAP. I freaking loved the show and when my dad told me that he made the pasta sauce from the final episode, I knew I had to make it for myself. My dad claims this sauce is ‘life-changing’, and he’s not kidding. I fact-checked my memory of my dad recalling the recipe using this Buzzfeed article

Ingredients

  • 1 28oz Can of San Marzano tomatoes, which can be whole peeled or already blended [I used blended so I didn’t have to mash my tomatoes]
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, cut in half, through the root
  • 1/2 TSP Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Stick Unsalted Butter
  • Large handful of Basil, stems & all
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, peeled & smashed
  • 1 TBSP Neutral Oil [vegetable/canola]

Let’s Get Cookin’

In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 Cup oil + garlic + 1/2 TSP red pepper flakes + basil. Turn heat to MED-LOW and let come to a boil. Simmer for 1-2 minutes/until basil is wilted. Remove from heat and let steep.

In a large pot, add the butter + TBSP neutral oil, and allow to melt. Slice the onion through the root and peel off the skins. Once the butter is melted and beginning to brown, add in the onion halves cut-side down. Allow to sear for 2-3 minutes – as they begin to turn golden brown.

Add in the can of tomatoes, slowly, into the butter and oil, BE CAREFUL OF SPLASHING. Crush up your tomatoes if you used whole tomatoes. Bring up to a boil and season with salt. Let simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Once the infused oil has cooled, place in a blender and blend until the garlic and basil is chopped. Combine the oil into the tomato sauce and let simmer for 10 more minutes. Season with additional sauce if needed.

Serve with your favorite pasta, and don’t forget to reserve some of that pasta water to use when you are combining the sauce & pasta.

Made with Love,

Hannah

P.S don’t forget the garlic bread + meatballs + a good glass of wine.

Snoop Dog’s Cornbread Muffins

It’s September! Cozy meals are now on the menu and I am so stinkin’ excited. Hearty Chili’s, big pots of soup and stock it’s my favorite kind of food. Along with your chili, you need a little something extra to soak up all that goodness. In comes Snoop Dog’s cornbread muffins. To be honest I ate these warm with some honey on them and it’s really all you need. All I have to say is Snoop Dog knows what he is doing, check out his cookbook!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 Cups Yellow Cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/4 TSP Baking Soda
  • 4 TBSP Unsalted Butter, @ room temp
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  • 2/3 Cup Full-Fat Plain Yogurt/ Sour Cream [I used non-fat greek yogurt and they turned out amazing]

Let’s Get Bakin’

Preheat the oven to 425F and line the muffin tins with paper liners or butter them.

In a small bowl combine the flour + cornmeal + baking powder + baking soda + salt

In a larger bowl combine the butter + sugar and beat on medium speed until creamy. Add in the eggs and beat until blended – stir in the milk + sour cream/yogurt.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time. Mix on low or until just combined – the batter should be thick.

Spoon the batter unto the muffin tins about 3/4 full.

Bake for 16-18 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. They should be golden-brown when done.

Serve warm with chili or honey or with whatever you want. Store in a ziplock bag or in the freezer for a few months.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Air-Fryer Nachos with Pulled Chicken

I am not a corn-tortilla type of gal, but I needed them for one recipe so I had to make use of the rest of them. I found they make the PERFECT tortilla chips, as we all know. They are SOO easy to make at home that it’s ridiculous. Use for chips and dip, a more simplified nacho recipe, or this more ‘supreme’ nacho recipe. Either way, if it’s chips and cheese you can’t go wrong.

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 1 Chipotle in Adobo Sauce
  • 1/2 Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper, diced
  • 2 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TSP Cumin

Salsa:

  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • 1 Handful Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Onion, diced
  • 1/2 Lime Juice, squeezed

Cheese Sauce:

  • 4 TBSP Butter
  • 2 TBSP Flour
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 2 1/2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP Hot Sauce

Nachos:

  • 4 Corn Tortillas
  • Refried Beans
  • Spinach/Lettuce
  • Sour Cream
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt

Let Get Cookin’

I am using my air-fryer but you can also use your oven. Either one you use you need to preheat it to 375F.

Cut your tortillas into quarters, should get about 16 individual chips.

If using the air fryer, do small batches of the chips. For the first batch, lightly drizzle olive oil and cook for 15 minutes, about 7 minutes in, and shake the basket. Cook for longer if needed, until crispy. Continue with the rest of the batches, but you will not need more oil. Salt when done

If cooking in the oven: lightly drizzle with olive oil, and cook for about 20-25 minutes or until crispy. Salt when done.

For the chicken: preheat the oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment.

Season the chicken breast with salt + pepper + cumin + chili powder. Top with onions + peppers + chili. Drizzle with olive oil. Cook for 25 minutes. Once cooled, shred the chicken and chili with two forks.

While the chicken is cooking make the salsa and cheese sauce.

For the salsa: dice all of the ingredients and place into a small bowl. Add in the lime juice + salt and stir. Set aside.

For the cheese sauce: in a pot add in the butter and let melt. Then add in the flour and stir to combine. Once it’s made a paste, turn the heat on low and add in the milk. Continue to stir until combined. Once the rue is combined with the milk, add in the cheese one cup at a time. Remove from heat and continue to stir until all combined. Add in the hot sauce + chili powder + salt + pepper.

To build your nachos: start with chips + chicken + refried beans + cheese + salsa + lettuce + sour cream

Enjoy by yourself, or triple the batch and enjoy with friends for a football game.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Roquefort Quiche

In a French cafe, looking at Notre Dame in the distance, I ordered the quiche of the day, totally unexpecting for it to be one of the best things I’ve eaten. Blue cheese, or Roquefort, never really was my thing; I always thought that the taste was way too overpowering. But it appears that my taste buds are changing because when I got a taste of this Roquefort quiche, I had to recreate it when I got home. It was so creamy and savory; UGH, it was terrific. I made my own pastry crust, but you can always use pre-made crust from the store. La Cuisine d’Annie helped me with bringing this French classic back home.

Here’s a beautiful picture of that meal we had, ft. the quiche, escargot, and some frois gras so you really get the whole vibe.

Ingredients

Pie Crust

  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour, 200g
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, 100g, cut into small cubes
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 Cup water

Bechamel Sauce

  • 30g Flour
  • 30g Butter
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 5 oz, 150g Roquefort/Blue Cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • Salt & Pepper

Lets Get Cooking

We are starting with the pie crust as it needs to rest up & par-bake.

Combine the 200g of flour and 100g of butter in a large bowl. Incorporate the butter into the flour by crumbling it by hand. It should end up looking like breadcrumbs.

Slowly add in the water, mixing until it forms a soft ball, stopping as soon as it stops sticking to. thebowl. Lightly flour a work service and gently flatten out the the dough. Cover with a towel and let rest for 20-30 minutes.

Once risen, roll it out to fit the size of your pan. Once the pan is lined with the crust, prick the dough with a fork and par-bake for 5 minutes at 375F. Let cool.

Now it’s on to the bechemel. In a saucepan add in the 30g of butter and melt it on LOW. Add in the 30g of flour and mix, let sit until foamy.

Add in the milk and gently combine, add in the salt and pepper. Whisk until combined and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Remove the bechemel from heat, add in the nutmeg + roquefort + the egg. Mix well.

Heat the oven to 415F

Add the bechemel to the par-baked pie crust and cook for 25 minutes.

Enjoy, I hope you are transported to a cafe in Paris when you eat this.

Made with Love,
Hannah

Brunch Burger

This burger is created after I was torn between breakfast for dinner or a hamburger. I decided to combine them for the best of both worlds. The burger turned into an absolute monster, featuring avocado, a hashbrown patty, bacon, and a fried egg. I would not recommend this burger if you’re looking for a ‘light’ meal. I have no regrets about it, hell I’d serve it with a Bloody Mary if I could. This recipe is just for one, so modify it as needed if making for more!

Ingredients

  • Hamburger Bun
  • Hamburger patty [ I made this from a pre-made patty my mom gave me, can always make your own from ground beef]
  • Half an Avocado, sliced
  • 1 Hashbrown Patty
  • 1 Slice of Bacon
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Slice Cheddar Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

To get started, cook your hashbrown patty per your preference, I like to do it in the air fryer, but you can bake it in the oven as well. Cook per package directions. Cook your bacon in a pan to your desired doneness, I like mine a little bit chewy but to each their own. Remove the bacon from the pan and place cooked bacon on paper towels. Place the pan back on the stove as we will cook our patty using the same pan.

Form your patty, or if you are using a pre-made one, salt and pepper on both sides. Cook the patty to your desired doneness, I prefer med-rare, so about 6 minutes each side. Remove the burger from heat and fry your egg in the same pan. Add extra olive oil if needed.

Toast your buns and now it’s time to build.

Bottom bun + sliced avocado + hashbrown + bacon + burger + cheese + fried egg + top bun

Enjoy for brunch or whenever you want!

Made with Love,
Hannah

Giant Crinkled Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am on vacation in France right now so that is why I have been a little behind on my posting. However, passing all the Boulangeries, and smelling all the amazing baked goods has encouraged me to get this post out into the world. This recipe comes from the New York Times cookbook, again. These cookies are MASSIVE, due to the upped butter and the literal smashing of the cookie, you get these amazing ripples along the edges and an almost lacey finish.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 3/4 TSP Saly
  • 1/2 LB/ 2 Sticks Unsalted Bytter
  • 1 1/2 Cups Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 1/2 TSP Vanilla Extract
  • 2 TBSP Water
  • 6oz Bittersweet Chocolate, chopped coarsley

Let’s Get Baking

Preheat the oven to 350F & line two baking sheets with parchment.

Whisk the flour + baking soda + salt together in a small bowl.

Place the butter in bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, and beat until creamy [you can do this by hand or with a hand mixer, just be sure to beat it until it is creamy]. Add in the sugar + brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

Add in the egg + vanilla + water and mix on low to combine. Add in the flour mixture on slow and be sure to not let the flour spray all around your kitchen like I did. Stir/mix in the chocolate chips and then you’re good to let the dough rest in the fridge for a few hours or even overnight.

Shape 4 cookies at a time, using the 1/3 cup. Place the cookies on the parchment-lined pan and place the pan in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Prepare the second tray and place in the fridge while the other one is baking.

Remove the first chilled pan from the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Lift the baking sheet and let it drop down against the oven rack so the edges of the cookie set and fall back down. After the cookie center puffs up again, about 2-3 minutes, lift the tray and drop the pan again. Repeat a few more times, every 3 minutes. Bake for a total of 16-18 minutes, until the edges have spread and are golden brown but the center is lighter and not fully cooked. 

Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Repeat with the remaining trays, first letting the dough cool in the freezer first. 

Made with Love, 

Hannah

Pickle-Brined Chicken Sandwich

With our local Chic-Fil-A being shut down for a good part of 2 months now, I needed my chicken sandwich fill. I decided since I can’t get one there, I can just make it myself, without all the extreme beliefs attached. I got this idea after having some leftover pickle juice, instead of throwing it out, I decided to brine some chicken breast in it overnight. It may have been my best idea yet. Serve with french fries and you can leave out the ‘my pleasure’.

Ingredients

  • 2 Chicken Breast
  • 32 oz Pickle Juice, I used Grillos, but Claussen’s would also be good, or just whatever you have, I’m a pickle snob
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, smashed and roughly chopped
  • Handful fresh dill
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Cornmeal
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TSP Paprika
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable/Canola Oil, enough to cover the pan
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato, Sliced
  • Pickles, Sliced
  • Mayo

Let’s Get Cooking

We are brining overnight, if you can’t do 24 hours, I would recommend at least 3. Pour the pickle juice into a large bowl, and add in the extra garlic + dill + washed and dried chicken breast. Cover the bowl with foil and place in the fridge overnight.

After the bringing, take the chicken out, rinse it off and pat dry.

Whisk two eggs in a bowl and set aside. On a plate mix together flour + cornmeal + paprika + chili powder + salt + pepper.

In a large pan with high sides, add in the oil and heat on MED-HIGH.

While the oil is heating, dredge the chicken, first in the egg then flour, making sure the chicken is fully covered. Once the oil is hot, carefully add in the chicken, cooking for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

When the chicken is fully cooked, remove it and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Let rest.

Prepare the toppings, toast your buns and cut the tomatoes, pickles, and wash the lettuce.

Build your perfect sandwich: bottom bun, lettuce, chicken, pickles, tomatoes, mayo, top bun.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Lemon Pasta with Shrimp & Kale

I’ve been on a Kale kick recently, it’s such an easy green to add to so many dishes. It may also be because I am trying to find any recipe to convert my coworker into a kale lover. Though I did not sway her with this dish from Chenee Today, it is the perfect summer pasta dish. It’s bright and spicy with lemon and red pepper flakes, along with the zest shrimp, ugh so good!

Ingredients

  • 5 TBSP Olive Oil, divided
  • 3 Green onions, whites diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 2 Cups Kale, stems removed
  • 1/3 Cup White Wine
  • Pasta of your Choice
  • 1LB Raw Shrimp
  • 3 TBSP + 1 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 3 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 TBSP Red Pepper Flakes

Let’s Get Cooking

Place the deveined shrimp in a small bowl, add the 1 TBSP lemon juice + salt + pepper and let sit in the fridge.

In a large pan add 2 TBSP of olive oil and saute the garlic and whites of the green onion, salt and cook for 1 minute.

Add in Kale + White Wine + 2 TBSP Red Pepper Flakes and cook until kale is tender. Transfer into a separate bowl.

While the kale is cooking, cook your pasta according to the package directions.

Grab the shrimp from the fridge and pat dry. Season again with salt and pepper.

Add 3 TBSP of olive oil to the same large pan you cooked the kale in. Add the shrimp + lemon juice + 1 TSP Red Pepper Flakes. Cook 1 minute and flip.

Flip the shrimp and add butter, cook for another minute. Add in cooked kale + parmesan cheese. Stir together and then add in cooked pasta.

Top with additional red pepper flakes if needed.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Buttermilk Biscuits

This week is all about the New York Times Cookbook I guess because here I am with another recipe from it. I had been eyeing up this recipe because I freaking love a biscuit for breakfast. Top it with eggs, jam, ham, and bacon, the list is extensive. This recipe is incredibly easy and I feel that they are 2 key things with making biscuits, don’t overwork the dough, and don’t roll it out too thin. I rolled my dough out a little too thin, but you still get the flakes if you accidentally do too.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Sifted All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 TSP Baking Powder
  • 4 TBSP Vegetable Shortening [I used unsalted butter]
  • 3/4 Cup Buttermilk, more if needed. [if you don’t have buttermilk you can do 1 Cup Milk + 1 TBSP White Vinegar]

Let’s Get Bakin’

Heat the oven to 500F

Sift the dry ingredients together into a large bowl. Cut the butter into the dough with 2 knives until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.

Add enough buttermilk to produce a soft dough, stir until the mixture forms a ball.

Knead lightly in the bowl until the dough holds together, for about 30 seconds.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll to about 1/4 inch thick.

Cut out biscuits with a small biscuit cutter, any round cookie cutter will do.

Bake for 12 minutes.

Serve with whatever toppings you like. I love them with honey right out of the oven.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Rachel’s Green Beans with Dill

Another recipe from the MASSIVE New York Times Cookbook. This cookbook has come in handy a few times. I love the variety of recipes and how quick and easy some of them are. I made this dish as a side to some Honey-Mustard Salmon I had this week. The dish is quick and easy and I recommend fresh dill.

Ingredients

  • Sea Salt
  • 4 Large Handfuls of Green Beans, trimmed
  • 2 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 2-3 TBSP Chopped Dill, I event went for 3 1/2 TBSP, I love dill
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Fill a pot with water, season with salt, and bring to a boil.

Drop in the green beans in the water and cook for about 4 minutes or until tender. Drain the green beans.

Put the green beans back into the pot. Add in the butter + dill + pepper. Mix well over low heat.

Season with salt and transfer to a serving bowl. Top with more dill if desired.

Enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah