Wonton Soup

Takeaway wonton soup is one of my favorite meals when I am looking for something warm and comforting. The thought of making wonton soup always seemed out of reach, like how do you even make wontons?! Do not fret, I found a recipe from Delish that didn’t seem too difficult, so I added a little bit of a flair to it, and BOOM easy peasy wonton soup that you can make at home. Making the wontons did take some focus and time, but I found it to be a very mindful task. Serve warm and enjoy.

Ingredients

For Wontons

  • 2/3 lb Ground Pork
  • 2 TSP Soy Sauce
  • 2 TSP Chives, Thinly sliced
  • 1 TSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 TSP Grated Ginger
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • 1/2 TSP Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 TSP Sesame Oil
  • 1 Package Square Wonton Wrappers
  • 1/4 Cup Water

For the Broth:

  • 6 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 3″ Piece of Peeled Ginger
  • 2 TSP Soy Sauce
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Smashed
  • 1/4 TSP Sesame Oil
  • 2 TBSP Sliced Green Onions
  • 1 Bundle of Bok Choy, Chopped
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 1 Handful of Bean Sprouts

Lets Get Cooking

In a large stockpot bring together all of the broth ingredients except the bok choy and the bean sprouts. Bring up to a boil and then simmer on low for 10 minutes. Remove the garlic and ginger and bring back up to a boil.

While the broth is coming together, combine pork + soy sauce + chives + vinegar + ginger + garlic + red pepper flakes + sesame oil in a large bowl.

On a clean dry surface bring out your wonton wrappers. Keep a bowl of water close by and wet the edges of the wonton wrapper with water. Place about 1/2 TBSP of the pork filling into the center of the wonton wrapper. Fold the wonton diagonally in half to make a triangle, seal the edges. Fold the two bottom corners in on each other and press again to seal. Repeat on all wrappers. Use extra water if needed to seal.

Bring a pot of water up to boiling and place in a few wontons at a time. These cook fast so be sure to watch them. When they float to the top remove them from the water. It is a small amount of meat so it will cook through and it will also continue to cook in the hot broth.

Once all the wontons are cooked, add the chopped bok choy and bean sprouts into the broth and simmer for about 5 minutes.

When you’re ready to eat. Place 3 wontons in a bowl and pour the hot broth over top.

Enjoy warm.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Chicken & Autumn Veggie Skillet

When the seasons begin to change it is super important to begin utilizing vegetables that are being harvested during the season. This recipe is a take on the whole, one sheet pan meals, but instead, it’s all done in a big cast-iron skillet. The recipe comes from Well Plated, and it is perfect for work lunches. The recipe does call for bacon, but I took it out. Bacon can overpower a lot of dishes and this being with seasonal vegetables I wanted them to shine!

Ingredients

  • 1TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 LB Chicken Breast, cut into bite sized cubes
  • 1 TSP Kosher Salt
  • 1 TSP Black Pepper
  • 3 Cups Brussel Sprouts, quartered
  • 1 Medium Sweet Potato, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1/2 TSP Dried Thyme
  • 1 TSP Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Reduced Sodium Chicken Brother

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Once hot add in the chicken + salt + pepper. Cook until all the chicken is browned. Remove from the skillet and place on paper towels.

Reduce the heat to low and add in a little extra olive oil. Add in the brussels sprouts + sweet potatoes + onion + salt. Cook until the onions begin to get translucent.

Stir in the apples + garlic + thyme + cinnamon. Mix well and then add in half of the broth. Cook until it evaporates, add in the remaining broth, and cook for about 2 more minutes.

Serve on its own or over rice.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Texas Chainsaw Massa-Curd Burger

IT’S HALLOWEEN, cue the bats and the ‘Ghost Busters’ Theme song. It’s been a little while since I did a Bob’s Burger recipe and I thought it was fitting due to mine & Linda’s love of the holiday. This burger has everything you need, cheese, HEAT, and homemade ketchup. There is also that added element of fear when cutting up fresh habanero’s. As a warning, PLEASE be careful with habanero’s if you have rubber gloves please do use them and wash your hands, cutting board, and knife immediately after touching them. This is not an exaggeration, those buggers will ruin your day in a SECOND. With that being said, let’s get into it.

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium White Onion, chopped
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Minced Fresh Ginger
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 28 oz. Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 LBS Ground Beef
  • 4 Habaneros, or to taste, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
  • 2 Cups Fresh Cheese Curds
  • Boston Leafe Lettuce
  • 4 Burger Buns

Let’s Get Cookin’

Saute the chopped onion in a large pan with some olive oil over MED-HIGH heat, just until they get soft. Turn heat to low, and add in ginger + garlic, cook until the onions are translucent.

Turn the heat back up to MED-HIGH and add vinegar + brown sugar, stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the tomatoes and simmer for 30 min, add in salt + pepper. WOW YOU’RE AMAZING YOU JUST MADE KETCHUP. You can blend it if you prefer it smoother, just wait until it cools to do so.

Without touching absolutely anything on your body, mix in the chopped habaneros with the beef and form 4 patties. WASH YOUR HANDS ASAP. Season both sides with salt + pepper and wash your hands again.

Cook the patties to your liking, I do about 6 minutes each side on a hot skillet for Med-Rare. Right before the burgers are done, top with the cheese curds and cover so they get all melty.

Build the burger: Bottom bun, lettuce, burger with melty cheese curds, LOTS of homemade ketchup & top bun.

The book mentions you need to turn to your guests and say this before taking a bite: “Has it oc-curd to you that you’re about to eat one of the best meals of your lives?”

Amazing I know, now go enjoy this spicy burger, that actually is extremely balanced with the cheese and ketcup.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN,

Hannah

Apple Cider Whoopie Pies

Sorry, I was MIA for a few weeks, school is back in session and blah blah blah. BUT It’s October so we know that means all things pumpkin and apple cider. The cooler weather always makes me want to stay in the kitchen and baking, staying warm with the oven. This is a delicious recipe featuring all things apple cider. The recipe is from Parsley and Icing, she has many amazing options for frostings as well, I used a bourbon buttercream for the filling but you can use whatever your heart desires.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Apple Cider reduced to 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 Cups Unsalted Butter, room temp, divided 6 TBSP for dough + 2 TBSP melted
  • 1 3/4 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/4 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 TSP Cinnamon + 1/2 TSP for Coating
  • 1//4 TSP Ginger
  • 1/2 TSP Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar + 1/4 Cup for Coating
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 TSP Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1/4 Cup Applesauce
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 TSP Vanilla

Bourbon Butter Cream

  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temp
  • 1 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar, sifted
  • 2 TBSP Your Choice of Bourban
  • Pinch of Salt

Let’s Get Baking

Heat the oven to 350F

Bring the apple cider to boil over MED-HIGH heat and let reduce until it’s down to 1/4 cup

In a medium sized bowl, sift the flour + baking powder + baking soda + salt + cinnamon + ginger + nutmeg together

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the 6 TBSP of butter with the sugars until combined. Add in the vanilla + eggs, make sure you are scraping down the sides while completing. Add in the apple cider + applesauce and combine on low, slowly pour in the flour.

Place cookies onto lined baking sheets, about 1/2 TBSP each, bake about 11-13 minutes each, depending on your oven. Once out of the oven, brush with melted butter and sprinkle them with the cinnamon + sugar.

While the cookies are baking and cooling, make the buttercream. Beat the butter then add in the powdered sugar and bourbon.

Once the cookies are cool, full them with the homemade buttercream.

Enjoy with your friends and fam and a cold glass of apple cider.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Anthony Bourdain’s New Mexico-Style Beef Chili

I know I’ve been talking a lot about soup szn but don’t forget, it’s also CHILI SZN. I love chili, especially all the extra toppings that go along with it. If you are eating your chili plain without any extra cheese, tortillas, and sour cream then you need to reevaluate your life. This recipe from Anthony Bourdain is New Mexico style, ft. no rice, no beans, and a whole bunch of peppers. I couldn’t find Hatch chili’s myself at the store but check out your canned isle, or go with a substitute like Anaheim peppers. This recipe makes your house smell like fall and peppers, what more could you want. Pair with delicious sides like my jalapeño skillet corn bread.

Ingredients

  • 4 Poblano Peppers
  • 1 lbs Hatch Chilis, fresh, frozen, or canned [ or sub in Anaheim pepper]
  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 lbs Beef Chuck, cut into 1-2 in pieces
  • 2-3 TBSP Canola Oil
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 TSP Cumin
  • 1 1/2 TSP Coriander
  • 1 1/2 Dried Oregano [I used 1 TSP Fresh Oregano]
  • 2 TBSP Tomato Paste or Harissa
  • 1 Cup of Beer
  • 3 Cups Chicken Stock
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Toppings of your choosing: jalapeños, cilantro, sour cream, cheese, tortilla chips

Let’s Get Cooking

Put your oven’s broiler on LOW. Broiler’s low key scare me so I like to keep hawk eyes on them. Place your peppers, poblano’s and hatch (if they are fresh, if canned skip this), on a baking sheet. Place the peppers in the broiler and let the pepper’s skin blacken, turn them as needed. This takes about 15 minutes or so and be sure to keep an eye on them, they can go fast. Remove from oven when done and let cool.

Once cool, remove stem and some seeds along with the blackened skin. Chop the peppers coarsely and set aside.

Place the flour in a large bowl and add in about TBSP each of salt + pepper. Coat the beef in the flour.

In a dutch oven, heat the oil, add in the beef in small batches when the oil gets hot. Let the beef get brown on all sides but do not cook all the way through. Place cooked beef on a plate and finish with the remaining beef.

Once the meat is all cooked, add in the onion + garlic into the hot pan with salt + pepper. Add in a little extra oil if needed. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon while mixing the garlic and onion to get the browned bits on the bottom. After the onion has softened, add the cumin + coriander + oregano and cook for about 2 more minutes.

Stir in the tomato paste and then the beer. Bring this up to a boil and allow the liquid to reduce, you will know it’s done when you don’t smell the beer anymore. Add in the stick and the cooked beef into the pot. Add in the chopped peppers and bring up to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to simmer, cover, and cook for 90 minutes.

Serve however you like once finished, Anthony recommends LOTS of cold beer.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Jalapeño Skillet Corn Bread

Corn bread is the perfect side dish, especially in the fall, and with chili. It’s crumbly and sweet which pairs so beautifully with spicy main dishes. I like a skillet cornbread because the crispy edges are my fav. I took a spin off of this Food Network Skillet cornbread and made it my own ft. bacon fat and jalapeños (obvi makes it 10 times better). Make using your grandma’s cast iron skillet, or one that you thrifted, like me.

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Slices of Bacon
  • 2 Jalapeños, finely diced
  • 1 1/4 Cups Coarsely Ground Cornmeal
  • 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 TSP Kosher Salt
  • 2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
  • 1 1/3 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 TBSP Unsalted butter, melted.
  • 1 TBSP Honey

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F

Grab your cast iron and begin cooking your bacon on MED heat. Cook the bacon until done and remove and set aside. [We only need the bacon fat so if you want to eat it, give it to the dogs, or even through it in the cornbread if you so wish, do what you want].

Keep the bacon fat in the cast iron and place it in the hot oven.

In a large bowl mix together the cornmeal + flour + sugar + salt + baking powder + baking soda. Add in the butter milk + eggs + melted butter. Add in the jalapeño’s and mix well.

Carefully grab the hot cast iron and pour the batter into the skillet. Place back in the oven and cook for about 25-30 minutes.

After removing from the oven, drizzle the honey over and brush to coat the top of the cornbread. Once cool, cut and enjoy.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Creamy Tortellini Vegetable Soup

If you like food blogs then you must know about Half-Baked Harvest. I absolutely love her recipes, especially trying out her seasonal ones. This recipe is the perfect fall soup and made enough for the whole week of lunches. Be sure to fit this recipe in this soup season.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Chopped
  • 2-4 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Thyme Leaves
  • 1 TBSP Dried Basil
  • 1 TBSP Dried Oregano
  • 1 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 2 TBSP Tomato Paste
  • 6 Carrots, chopped ( I used about 10 baby carrots)
  • 4 Celery Stalks, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine, I like cooking with Pinot Grigio
  • 6 Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 4-6 Cups Kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 LB Cheese Tortellini
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over MED-HIGH heat. When the oil gets hot add in the onion and cook until golden, about 5 minutes. Add in the carrots + garlic + celery + thyme + basil + oregano + paprika + salt + pepper. Cook for another 5 min or so and stir in the tomato paste.

Add in the wine + broth + red pepper flakes and simmer over medium heat for about 20-30 minutes.

Following, stir in the cream + chopped kale + parmesan + tortellini.

Top with additional cheese & serve!

Made with Love,

Hannah

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