The Rattlesnake Mac & Cheese

I love a charcuterie board and trying out new and interesting cheeses. Recently, I came across this Tequila Habanero Cheese from DeerCreek called The Rattlesnake. So obviously I had to try it out. It’s a delicious and creamy sharp cheddar with a kick of habanero. It’s definitely hot, but it has an amazing flavor. With a cheese this amazing I had to try and incorporate it into other dishes, so obviously I made mac & cheese. It’s spicy, it’s creamy, and it’s definitely cheesy.

Ingredients

  • 1 Clove Garlic, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 TBSP Flour
  • 5 TBSP Cream Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cup Rattlesnake Cheese
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar + more for on top
  • 8 oz Macaroni Noodles
  • 2 32 oz Chicken Broth

Let’s Get Cooking

Bring the chicken broth to boil and cook the macaroni noodles per box instructions. Strain and put to the side.

Preheat the oven to 425 F

In a large pot, on MED HIGH melt the butter and add in the garlic. Add in the flour and stir well, making sure all the flour is coated. Turn the heat down to LOW and slowly add in the heavy cream + milk, stirring as you pour in. Add in the cream cheese + rattlesnake + cheddar [save some for on top].

Stir to make sure all the cheese melts. Once all the cheese is melted, add in the cooked and strained noodles. Stir to combine.

Pour the mac and cheese into a non stick pan and top with the extra cheddar cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Kimchi Burger

As we’ve seen from my recent postings, I’ve been wanting to put Kimchi in just about everything I can. I’m late to the party in being obsessed with it I know. But it’s packed with such good probiotics, and as a girl with gut issues, how can I not love it. I love using burgers as a medium to fuse different cuisines together, it’s the perfect mix of silky egg, and spicy kimchi.

Ingredients

  • 4 Burger Buns
  • 1 LB Ground Beef
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • 4 Eggs, Fried
  • 4 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Kimchi, split amongst the 4 burgers
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Let’s Get Cooking

To make your burger, grab a slice of cheese and place it in the middle of the ground beef, form the burger around the cheese. Place on a plate once formed and season both sides with salt and pepper.

Cook your burgers to your liking, I go med-rare so about 6/7 minutes each side. While the burgers are cooking, grab a small frying pan and fry up the eggs in a small amount of oil. Once done, remove from the pan and place on a paper towel.

To build the burger start with the bottom bun, lettuce, burger, kimchi, fried egg, then top bun.

Serve with fries or whatever you enjoy.

Cacio e Pepe

I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for a little while and I finally had all the ingredients in my pantry this week. This pasta dish is incredibly simple, focusing on the two stars of the show, cheese and pepper. I followed Bon Appetit’s recipe for this dish.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz Pasta, your choice
  • 3/4 Cup Pasta Water
  • 3 TBSP Unsalted Butter, cubed, divided
  • 1 TSP Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Pecorino

Lets Get Cooking

Bring water to a boil and season with salt. Cook the pasta per package instructions, making sure it’s just to al dente. Reserve 3/4 cup pasta water.

In a large skillet melt 2 TBSP butter. Add in the pepper and lightly toast for about 1 minute.

Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Add in cooked pasta + remaining butter.

Reduce heat to low and add in the cheeses until they melt. Add in the extra pasta water if the sauce seems dry.

Serve & enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Tuna Poke Bowl

Poke bowls have been my recent food obsession, mostly because I can have a heaping helping of kimchi with it. Poke, which means to cut, is a native Hawaiian dish. You can make it with a variety of different fishes, vegetables, and fats. This has been a favorite lunch/dinner of mine that is easy to throw together. You can get sushi-grade tuna from your local fish monger or you can get frozen tuna and thaw it in a bowl of water in the fridge.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Sushi Rice/ whatever rice you have
  • 1 piece Frozen/Fresh Tuna, cut into bite sized pieces. I’ve also used canned tuna and salmon
  • 2 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 TSP Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Avocado, diced
  • Cucumber, diced
  • 1 TBSP Cream Cheese (I like it for that extra tang)
  • 1/4 Cup Kimchi, I like Cleveland Kitchen’s
  • Nori sheets, to eat with
  • Kewpie Mayo
  • Hot Sauce

Let’s Get Cooking

If you’re making your rice for the first time cook per package instructions and then add in your rice wine vinegar. Mix thoroughly.

Begin prepping all your ingredients until they are in bite sized pieces. You can add any other veggies you want that, like my Asian-inspired zucchini.

Place the tuna in a bowl with soy sauce and some ground ginger, let marinate while you get the bowl ready.

Grab a bowl and fill with your rice, if you want drizzle with some kewpie mayo, hot sauce & soy sauce, mix well.

Top the rice with your veggies, kimchi, avocado, cream cheese, nori, and finally your tuna.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Brad’s Big Stock

I love Brad Leone, I named my sourdough starter after him. He is what got me into learning about fermentation and the science of food. I love how focused he is on farm to table, and taking what you can from nature while being sustainable. This is Brad’s stock recipe from his new cookbook Field Notes for Food Adventures. You can use this stock in a variety of different recipes. I used it this past week to make use of the rotisserie chicken bones I saved from meal prepping. You can cut down this recipe as needed, since I only had about 2lbs of bones I cut back on a few items. Do what feels right to you.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Medium Onions, halved
  • 1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 Medium Carrots, chopped
  • 3 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 10 lbs Mixed Bones, I used chicken, you can use whatever you have
  • 1 Parsley Bunch
  • Additional Herbs, like thyme, rosemary, whatever you want
  • 2 Garlic Heads
  • 6 Bay Leaves
  • 1 TBSP Whole Peppercorns
  • 1 Cup White Wine
  • 4 Gallons Filtered Water
  • Salt

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large pot heat up the oil and brown off the onions + mushrooms + carrots + celery.

Add in the bones + parsley + additional herbs + garlic + bay leaves + peppercorn and stir.

Add in the wine and let reduce down for a few minutes. Then add in the water and bring to a low simmer.

Turn down the heat to LOW, allowing it to gently simmer.

Let this go for hours until it reduces. I let mine go for about 6 hours. The color will darken and the stock will thicken.

Strain the stock and taste, salt now if the stock needs it.

Store in the fridge or put in the freezer to use later.

Make something decision with this stock!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Pink Pepper Sauce

I’ve seen this pasta across a variety of different platforms and called a bunch of different names, like ‘The Gigi Hadid Pasta’. Gigi Hadid did not invent vodka sauce, so no, I’m not calling it that. In my hometown, a local restaurant, Combine Brothers, calls this pink pepper sauce. It’s spicy, creamy, tomatoey, garlicky, and brilliantly delicious. You can add vodka to this, but I didn’t and it is still spot on.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz Tomato Paste
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • 1 Yellow Onion, finely diced
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 TBSP of Red Pepper Flakes, depending on taste
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Pasta Water
  • Pasta of your choice
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Pinch of Sugar

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil on MED heat. Add in the garlic + onion and saute until the onions become translucent and fragrant. Add in the heavy cream + tomato paste and stir gently to combine.

Once combined add in the red pepper flakes + parmesan+ butter + pinch of sugar + salt + pepper. Stir to combine. Taste test to see if it is spicy enough for you or add more RPF if needed.

While the sauce is cooking, cook your pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, take 1/4 cup of pasta water and add it to the tomato sauce.

When the pasta has finished cooking, drain, but DON’T RINSE and add to the tomato sauce. Gently stir to cover the pasta well in the sauce.

Transfer to a bowl and top with additional cheese.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Chic-Fil-A Mac & Cheese

Chil-Fil-A makes some of the best mac and cheese ever. However, you can’t go to chic-fil-a every day just to get this mac & cheese, well you can but that’s not very healthy, no offense. So instead of spending all your money by going to chic-fil-a every day, you can make it at home! Thanks to Hot Rods Recipes, I got an idea of exactly how I can make this at home. I made some slight changes because I feel that more Colby jack should be added into the melty cheese rather than just on top.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Macaroni, or noodle of your choicee
  • 1 1/4 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese
  • 1 TBSP Romano Cheese
  • 4 oz Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook the macaroni per package instructions. Drain the pasta, but do not rinse.

In a large pot over MED heat, add heavy cream + parmesan cheese + Velveeta + romano + half of the shredded Colby jack. Keep an eye on it to not let it burn. Stir occasionally until melted.

Once melted, pour the cooked noodles into the pot of cheese and stir to combine well. Pour the noodle/cheese mixture into a baking dish. Top the mac & cheese with the remaining shredded Colby cheese.

Turn the broiler on LOW and place in the mac + cheese. This is another time that it is vital that you keep an eye on this so it doesn’t get burnt. Broil until the cheese on top is bubbly and slightly beginning to brown.

Remove from the broiler and serve immeditately.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Sausage Meatballs

My mom wanted spaghetti and meatballs the other day so that is just what we did. You can never go wrong with this classic. I got a new cookbook for Christmas that incorporates spicy sausage into the mixture rather than pork or veal. This gives the meatballs amazing new flavor, I added in more sausage and less ground beef than called for because I love the sausage flavor, but as usual, do what makes you happy. This makes about 12 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Dried Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 2 LBS 85% Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 LBS Spicy Italian Sausage, casing removed
  • 1 Cup Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 TSP Dried Oregano
  • 1 TSP Dried Chili Flakes
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 1 TSP Pepper
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 26 oz Jar of Marinara Sauce

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 400F and line your baking sheets

In a large mixing bowl combine with your hands: bread crumbs + milk + beef + sausage + cheese + oregano + chili flakes + salt + pepper.

Add in the eggs and mix until well combined. Don’t over mix, it will make the meat tough.

Using about 1/2 cup measure scoop the meatball mixture out and roll with your hands to make a ball.

Place on baking sheets and bake for about 25 minutes.

Serve with your favorite marinara sauce and pasta.

Made with Love,

Hannah

White Lasagne Soup

You are probably asking yourself, wtf is white lasagne soup. To explain, it’s not made with a tomato base, instead, it’s made with coconut milk, giving it a more creamy color rather than red, and well, tomato-ey. Also, I know the cover photo isn’t exactly the most appetizing photo you have ever seen, but get over it and just try it for yourself. The recipe is from Half-Baked Harvest, and she makes an important point that I did not follow. If you are making the soup for the week, store the cooked noodles separately, that way they don’t soak up all the broth the way mine did as you can see in the lovely photo.

Ingredients

  • 2 TBSP Salted Butter
  • 2 TBSP All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Yellow Onion, Chopped
  • 2 Cups Mushroom, sliced
  • 2-4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Thyme Leaves /2TSP Dried
  • 1 TBSP Fresh Basil/ 1 TSP Dried
  • 2 TSP Dried Oregano
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 6 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 3/4 LBS Chicken Breast
  • 8 Lasagne Noodles, broken into pieces
  • 4-6 Cups Spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 Cup Canned Coconut Milk or heavy cream
  • 1 Cup Shredded Provolone Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 2 oz. Proscuitto Torn

Let’s Get Cooking

Melt the butter + flour in a large pot. Cook about 1-2 min until the butter is melted. Add in the onion + mushroom + thyme + basil + oregano + garlic and stir to combine.

Add in the chicken broth + uncooked chicken + red pepper flakes + salt + pepper. Cover and cook on MED-HIGH for about 20-25 min or until the chicken is cooked. Remove the chicken, shred it, and add it back to the soup.

While the chicken is cooking, preheat the oven to 350F and bake the prosciutto in a single layer until crisp, about 10-15 minutes.

Bring the soup to a boil and add in the noodles + spinach + coconut milk/cream. Cook until the noodles are soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in the cheeses.

Serve the soup topped with the crispy prosciutto.

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