Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

As I am sure I have stated by now, I love potatoes in all their beautiful forms. I also love how delicious they are when you incorporate roasted garlic, which are the most beautiful, golden, delicious, little nuggets in the whole world. Try out these roasted garlic mashed potatoes the next time you need a side dish. This recipe is a Hannah recipe, so the measurements aren’t precise, so use your judgment, be a chef.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Potatoes, peeled if you’d like, quartered
  • 2-3 TBSP Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Milk + more if needed
  • 1 Head of Roasted Garlic
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Prep and roast your garlic as outlined here!

When you have 30 minutes left on the garlic, bring a pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, drop in the potatoes and cook until tender, about 20 minutes. Drail and put back into the pot.

Mash the potatoes until they are all broken down. Add in the milk + sour cream + butter and continue to mash.

Add in the roasted garlic + salt + pepper and mash until you are at your desired consistency. Add in more milk & butter if you need.

Enjoy as a side to your favorite cozy meal!

Made with Love,
Hannah

Winter Minestrone

Another day another soup. Perfect for a cozy winter weeknight, this Minestrone from the Barefoot Contessa takes advantage of all the winter veggies, making you feel as though you are getting your daily intake. Ina recommends that you serve the soup with garlic bread and extra parm.

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 4 oz Pancetta, 1/2 in diced, [I also used bacon]
  • 1 1/2 Cup Chopped Yellow Onions
  • 2 Cups 1/2 in Diced Carrots, 3 carrots
  • 2 Cups 1/2in Diced Celery, 3 Stalks
  • 2 1/2 Cups Butternut Squash, diced and peeled
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Mince Garlic, 4 cloves
  • 2 TSP Chopped Fresh Thyme
  • 26 oz Canned/Boxed Chopped Tomatoes
  • 6-8 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 1 15oz can Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Cups Cooked Small Pasta
  • 8-10oz Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 2 TBSP Pesto

Let’s Get Cookin

Heat 2 TBSP olive oil over MED heat in a large dutch oven.

Add in the pancetta and cook over MED-LOW heat, for about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the onions + carrots + celery + squash + garlic + thyme and cook over MED heat, cooking until the vegetables begin to soften.

Add in the tomatoes + chicken stock + bay leaf + 1 TBSP Salt + 1-1/2 TSP Pepper. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf and add in the beans + cooked pasta and stir well to combine.

Add in the spinach + white wine + pesto. Take a taste test and add more salt if needed.

Serve with extra parm cheese & a drizzle of olive oil.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Spicy Salmon Airfryer Bowls

As we can tell from the recipes on this blog I love rice. It is just as universal as a potato; it can be breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Due to being in the interrum before the new year, grocery shopping is really one of the last things I want to do. In my house, I never fail to have rice and some sort of vegetable on hand. That is where these rice bowls really come in handy. Past-Hannah picked up a salmon filet at ALDI [she was thinking ahead] so I decided these spicy salmon airfryer bowls would be the perfect week-night meal. Being that it is only me, it also makes the perfect work-day lunch.

Ingredients

  • 1 Salmon Filet
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Honey, I used Hot Honey, but use whatever you have
  • 3 TSP Sriracha
  • 1 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 TSP Grated Ginger
  • Cooked Rice
  • Cleveland Kitchen Kimchi, or your favorite
  • 1/2 Cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 Avocado, sliced
  • 1 TBSP Cream Cheese, cubed
  • Fly by Jing Chili Crisps, possibly my new favorite thing
  • Any additional toppings: Nori, Egg, Sriracha

Let’s Get Cookin

Start with a small bowl and combine soy sauce + honey + sriracha + rice wine vinegar + garlic + ginger and mix well. Place salmon in the bowl skin side up. Let marinate for at least an hour. Once done, remove from the bowl and pat dry. Cut the salmon into bite-sized pieces.

Preheat the air fryer to 350F. Either line with parchment paper or add a little olive oil to prevent sticking. Cook in batches if you need to, frying for about 8 minutes.

While the salmon cooks prep your toppings.

Once the salmon is done, build your bowl!

Staring with rice + a little extra soy sauce and sriracha + cucumber + avocado + salmon + kimchi + cream cheese + Sichuan chili crisps [my new obsession, they aren’t wrong when they say you can put it on everything].

Made with Love,

Hannah

Potato Leek Soup

It’s November, which means it’s time for hearty, soul-warming meals. This soup from Alison Roman gives you everything you need in a soup, the texture from the potatoes, the grassiness from the dill, and the creaminess from the sour cream, it’s perfect. I love the extra vinegar-iness as the finish for a little something special on the palate.

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil or Unsalted Butter
  • 2 LBS Waxy Potatoes, fingerlings, sliced about 1/2″ thick
  • 2 Leeks (the whole thing) chopped and rinsed well
  • Salt + pepper
  • 6 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Large Bunch of leafy greens, [kale, swiss chard, spinach] stems removed and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream + more for serving
  • 1 TSP White Wine Vinegar
  • 4 Scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup Dill, coarsely chopped

Let’s Get Cooking

Before getting started be sure to really WASH the leeks, a lot of sediment gets caught in the leaves and you want to make sure to get it all clean. Let the leeks sit in a bowl of water, while you are prepping the rest of the ingredients.

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy bottom pot over MED-HIGH heat. Add in the potatoes + leeks + salt + pepper.

Stir occasionally until the leeks are bright green and have started to break down about 5-8 minutes. Add in water + bouillion/broth and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the potatoes have started to fall apart and the broth has reduced, about 30-40 minutes. Smoosh a few of the potatoes with a wooden spoon [or whatever] to thicken the soup a little more.

Add in your greens and stir them into the soup, wait about 3-5 minutes and allow them to wilt. Add in the sour cream + vinegar and let simmer for another minute. Season with more salt + pepper + more vinegar if you’d like!

Serve the soup in bowls and top with more sour cream + LOADS OF DILL + more black pepper. I also liked another dash of vinegar.

Serve with some crispy crunchy bread, optimal for dipping!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Crispy Fried Chicken

Next to cheese fries and a few other amazing things, fried chicken is up there in my top 5 favorite foods. There is nothing better than that perfect crispy breading, and juicy meat, and you can’t forget all the delicious sides that go along. I found this Hot Honey at ALDI and I knew I had to have it with some fried chicken. I learned a life-changing trick from Meg’s Everyday Indulgence that makes sure the breading stays on the chicken while frying. I make this after pickle brining the chicken for 24 hours. You can always omit that or marinade with buttermilk. Serve this fried chicken up with your favorite sides, like mac & cheese, french fries, or a side salad.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Pickle juice
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 2 Smashed Garlic for Brine
  • 1 LB Chicken cut of choice, I used drumsticks, can use thighs or breast
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Hot Sauce
  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 2 TSP Pepper
  • 2 TSP Paprika
  • 1 TSBP Cayenne Pepper
  • Berryhill Hot Honey [can buy at ALDI]
  • Peanut or Vegetable Oil for fryer

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large bowl, place the pickle juice + garlic + 1 cup of water and add in the chicken. Cover with foil and place in the fridge to rest for 24 hours. Drain chicken from brine and pat dry when ready to use.

In a bowl, whisk together the eggs + water + hot sauce and set aside.

On a large plate, whisk together flour + salt + pepper + paprika + cayenne.

Dredge the chicken in the flour, then egg wash, then flour again and place the chicken on the wire rack or baking pan and let rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. Meg ensures that this allows the breading to stick to the chicken and she is absolutely right!

Heat the frying oil to 350F and work in batches frying the chicken for about 15-18 minutes or until cooked through.

Drizzle over with hot honey when warm and enjoy.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Fall Tortellini Skillet

When I make lunches for the week I love a dish that can be thrown together in one pan and be done. This recipe from Julia’s Album features roasted fall vegetables and chicken that makes for a perfect one-pan meal. I changed up the spices a little on the butternut squash, taking inspiration from my dad’s “Crack” Roasted Butternut Squash. Just because it’s your lunch for work doesn’t mean it has to lack flavor. For one person, this makes more than enough for 5 days.

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Butternut Squash, peeled, seeded, cubed
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP Nutmeg
  • 1 TBSP Cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP Ginger
  • Honey
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 12 oz Brussel Sprouts [I used frozen Brussel sprouts, you can roast them off if you’d like]
  • 9 oz Cheese Tortellini
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast, cubed
  • 1 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 3 TBSP Butter
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • Fresh Thyme

Let’s Get Cooking

Start with preheating the oven to 400F.

In a large bowl toss together the butternut squash + 1 TBSP Olive Oil + Chili Powder + Nutmeg + Cinnamon + Ginger + Salt + Pepper + drizzle with honey. Once coated well, spread on a lined baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes.

You can roast off the brussels sprouts, cut the ends off and in half, with olive oil and salt and pepper for 20-30 minutes in the 400F preheated oven with the squash. I used frozen brussels sprouts in the microwave to save some time.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the tortellini per package instructions. Drain and set aside.

In a skillet, add the 2 TBSP of olive oil. Add in the chicken breast when the oil heats. Season the chicken with paprika + salt + pepper. Cook the chicken through and remove from the pan when done.

To the same skillet add butter + 1 TBSP Olive oil + garlic, and cook until garlic softens. Add in the cooked tortellini and coat with butter. Add in the roasted vegetables + chicken and mix until everything is well distributed.

Top with fresh thyme and enjoy.

Made with love,

Hannah

Cooking with Friends: Claire/Alison Roman’s Pantry Pasta

I came to see Harry Styles for his first night in Chicago on Thursday, as I landed, I learned that it was postponed until Monday. After my emotional breakdown at the airport and I changed my whole life around, I decided to stay until Monday to see my man. Thanks to the generosity of my friend Claire, I stayed with her all week and she introduced me to Alison Roman. Not sure if I was living under a rock, but I am so happy to learn about her because she has some beautiful recipes. We decided to make Alison’s Pantry Pasta, with a Claire flare. I am considering this as the first post in an upcoming series on the blog; “Cooking with Friends”. These posts will showcase awesome recipes brought to me by my friends! First up we have this amazing pasta recipe that truly does utilize whatever we have in the kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Lemon, Halved
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil + 1 TBSP Chili Oil [or just 2 TBSP Olive Oil]
  • 2 Large Shallots or 1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 2oz Tin Anchovies [we didn’t have]
  • 2 TBSP Capers, finely chopped
  • Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 12 oz of whatever Pasta you have
  • 1 Cup Herbs, Oregano, Parsley, Chives, finely chopped
  • 1 Cup Pasta Water
  • Parmesan or Pecorino for serving

Let’s Get Cooking

Grab a large pot of water and boil, season it heavily with salt

Finely chop one garlic clove and place it in a small bowl. Thinly slice the remaining garlic.

Chop the lemon in half and squeeze half into the small bowl with the chopped garlic, season with salt and set aside.

Heat the 1/3 cup olive oil in a large skillet over MED heat. Add in the shallots and thinly sliced garlic, and season with salt & pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until lightly browned at the edges. Add in the chopped capers + crushed red pepper + anchovies [if you have], stirring to encourage everything to melt into the oil. Set aside.

Cook the pasta until just al dente. Using tongs, transfer the pasta into the skillet along with about 1 cup of pasta water. Cook the pasta, stirring often until the sauce has thickened. Add in the herbs [whatever you have] + lemon and garlic + an additional squeeze of lemon juice.

Sprinkle over some parm & enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Snoop Dog’s ‘Mack & Cheese’

I first off want to clarify that this is Snoop Dog’s WIFE’s, Shante Broadus’s, mac and cheese recipe. I feel that is important to point out because she deserves all the credit here. The original recipe calls for 5 cups of extra sharp cheddar. Instead, I did half with Colby-jack but you do not have to! I bought fall-shaped noodles from ALDI so I was incredibly excited to make this. I have nothing more to say about this recipe other than you need to make it and the nutmeg is game-changing.

Ingredients

  • 2 TSP Salt + more for the water
  • 1lb Elbow macaroni, or cute fall shapes
  • 2 Cups Whole Milk
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 4 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 2 1/2 Cups Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar
  • 2 1/2 Cups Shredded Colby Jack
  • 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 TSP Cracked Black Pepper
  • 2 TSP Dry Mustard
  • 1/2 TSP Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 TSP Worchestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 TSP Cayenne Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 400F. Lightly butter a 9×13 in baking dish.

Bring a large pot of water, heavily salted, to boil. Add in the macaroni and cook 1 minute less than the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

In a small saucepan over MED heat, combine the milk and cream and gently heat. Be careful not to boil.

While the milk heats, in a large skillet over MED heat, melt the butter. Sprinkle the flour and whisk constantly for 2-3 minutes. Gradually add in the warmed milk. Cook for 2 minutes whisking frequently or until thickened. Adjust the heat as needed so the milk does not boil.

Gradually add in half of the Colby jack and half the cheddar cheese. Whisk until fully incorporated and smooth. Add in the sour cream and whisk until smooth. Add in pepper + dry mustard + cayenne + Worcestershire sauce + nutmeg. Season with salt.

Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until combined. Spoon the mixture into the buttered dish and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Serve warm and enjoy.

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

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