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

Julia Child’s Apple Tart

Julia Child is the end all be all. I received her both volumes of her cookbook Mastering The Art of French Cooking for Christmas one year and they are both something I would grab if my house was on fire. This recipe is all homemade, from the tart shell to the apple filling. This will 100% impress your friends and family when you present this. Be ready to set some time aside, but it is totally worth it.

Ingredients

Pastry Shell:

  • 2 Cups Sifted All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 2 Pinches of Sugar [her words not mine]
  • 1/4 lb Chilled Butter cut into 1/2 in cubes [again this is where a kitchen scale really comes in handy]
  • 3 TBSP Chilled Vegetable Shortening
  • 5 TBSP Cold Water

Apple Tart

  • 4 lbs Crisp Cooking apples, I used half granny smith and half honeycrisp hybrid
  • 1 TSP Lemon
  • 2 TBSP Sugar + 2/3 Cup
  • 1/3 Cup Apricot Preserves, forced through a sieve
  • 1/4 Cup Calvados, Rum, or Cognac [can substitute for a TBSP of Vanilla extract]
  • 3 TBSP Butter
  • 1/2 TSP Cinnamon & grated rind of 1 lemon/orange

Let’s Get Baking

I love Julia Child, but jeez her recipes can be unnecessarily complicated so I am going to do my best to make this simple.

We are going to start with the pastry shell. You are going to add together the flour + salt + sugar + butter + vegetable shortening into a large bowl. Using the tips of your fingers, rub together the fat until it has broken into small pieces. Don’t worry about them getting incredibly small they will blend more later.

Slowly add the water and blend the mixture with the other hand. The goal is to gather the dough into a large mass. Sprinkle up to another TBSP more of water over any parts that have not added to the main ball of dough. Press the dough into a firmly shaped ball, it should hold together but not be sticky.

Lightly flour a cutting board and with the heel of one hand, rapidly press the dough down onto the board. I did this a couple times to fully incorporate the butter. Scrape together all the dough and knead it slightly into a smooth ball. Cover with wax paper and place into the fridge for an hour, or freeze up to 3 days.

When it’s time to bake the shell, preheat the oven to 375F. Carefully roll out the shell into a 10inch circle. Gently place the shell into a tart pan and press down until the pastry fills the tin. Cook for 5-6 minutes. Then remove the shell, prick the bottom of the shell with a fork and bake for about 8-10 minutes more. The shell will remove slightly from the mold and will brown.

Now onto the apple tart. You are going to quarter, core, and peel all of the apples. Cut the apples into about 1/8 inch slices, enough for about 3 cups. I recommend using a mandolin. Once you have 3 cups, add in the lemon juice and 2 TBSP of sugar, mix together and reserve for the top.

The rest of the apples will be cut into rough slice, about 8 cups. Add the apples into a pan and cook covered on low heat for about 20 minutes. Stir here and there until tender. Beat the remaining ingredients into the pan, including the remaining 2/3 cups of sugar. Increase the heat until it bowls and is thick enough to hold a mass on the spoon.

Preheat the oven to 375. & spread the apple sauce on the precooked pastry shell.

Cover the applesauce with the left over apples in concentric circles. Top off with some of the apricot glaze and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove and place on a cooling rack, service warm or cold.

I say warm with vanilla ice cream is always the way to go.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

‘Crack’ Roasted Butternut Squash

This is my dad’s recipe, [hey dad!] he made it the other night for dinner and I could not stop eating it. I am not that big of a squash person, but I think this recipe might have converted me. Squash is so in now, (right?) so grab your butternut squash and let’s get roastin. Remember, this is a home cook recipe so we don’t get all exact with the measurements.

Ingredients

  • 1 Butternut Squash, skin peeled, sliced and diced into bite-sized pieces
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s get Roastin’

Preheat your oven to 375F.

Take your diced squash and place it in a zip-lock bag. Or if you prefer, place it on a pan lined with aluminum foil.

Drizzle over, or pour into the bag, some olive oil, enough to coat the squash.

Then sprinkle about a TBSP of both cinnamon + allspice + ginger.

If you’re using the bag method, or just on the lined pan, mix everything together well until it is all coated. Then finish off with salt + pepper.

Place in the oven for about 40 min or until soft to the bite.

Now you have the perfect roasted butternut squash that you just cannot stop eating!

Always Hungry,

Hannah