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

Grandma A’s Pepperoni Rolls

My grandma Alexander made comfort food right, her cheesy potatoes, UNMATCHED, her pepperoni rolls, OUT OF THIS WORLD. The rolls had this sweet dough paired with the salty pepperoni and mozzarella. After she died I haven’t had them, I kept trying to re-create the recipe but I wasn’t getting it right. Finally, I hear that my aunt has my grandmother’s recipe, IN HER HANDWRITING, which was just absolutely amazing. It was awesome to see her hand-writing and make her recipe, and it turn out just like she used to make. Pulling one out of the fridge and putting it in the microwave brought back all these memories of Christmas time with my cousins and eating like 8 pepperoni rolls. It’s things like that, those memories, that remind us what cooking and sharing food is all about. This recipe makes about 40 pepperoni rolls

Ingredients

  • 15 Cups Flour (I used Bread Flour)
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 5 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 TBSP Salt
  • 2 Packets Dry Yeast
  • Pepperoni – 5 bags
  • Mozzarella – 3 bags

Let’s Get Cooking

Mix the packets of yeast in 4 cups of warm water. wait about 15 minutes or until the yeast becomes bubbly.

Combine the flour + sugar + oil + salt + remaining 1 Cup of water + bubbly yeast. Mix until there are no dry flour spots.

You’re going to proof the dough twice. Once for about an hour and a half, cover with a damp towel and set aside, I like to put the bowl in an unheated oven.

After an hour check the dough, gently knock it down, not all the way as to not let all the air out. Cover again and let proof for another hour.

After proofing, preheat the oven to 350F

Once the dough is ready, take a small/medium sized piece of dough (all depends on how big of a roll you want) and make it into an oval shape, or roll it out, whatever you find easier.

Place the pepperoni on the dough, then top with cheese, LOTS.

Roll up the dough and place on a baking sheet, seam side down. Place into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Once baked you can store in freezer bags and microwave when ready to eat.

Made with Love from Grandma & I,

Hannah

Greek Pasta Salad

I think some of the best recipes come from scavenging in your fridge. I needed some lunches for the week but did not feel like going grocery shopping. I had a lot of different individual items so figured why not throw it into a pasta salad; that always ends up turning out well. Here is my little creation, I don’t know how greek it really is, but that’s the name I came up with.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Cherry/Grape Tomatos, quartered
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Olives, halved, Kalamata or Green
  • 2 Cups Cooked Rotini
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Feta Cheese
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Cook the noodles per package instruction, make sure you cook it al dente.

Prep the rest of your ingredients.

Grab a large bowl and place spinach on the bottom, then pour the cook pasta over top, add in the olives + tomatoes + feta cheese + olive oil and toss. This allows the spinach to slightly cook due to the warm pasta.

Season with salt + pepper and enjoy!

Have for your weekly lunches or for a quick pasta side dish.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Dill Potatoes

I planted a small herb garden on my patio, my very small patio. One of the herbs, dill began to completely take over, in a good way. I decided that I needed to use some to clear up some space and let its herb neighbors grow. I had some potatoes in the pantry and found this recipe from the Kitchn which is a Ukrainian Dill Potato recipe. I edited the recipe a bit, I prefer a crunchy potato with the grassy dill. This is a perfect summer side.

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Large Potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 2 TSP Duck Fat [optional]
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Dill
  • Salt

Let’s Get Cooking

After cutting the potatoes into cubes, boil in salted water until a fork can pierce them easily, but does not fall off.

Preheat the oven to 420F. Place the par-boiled potatoes on a baking sheet and toss with the duck fat. Roast in the oven for about 25-30 minutes.

Once the potatoes are done, place in a bowl and toss with the olive oil, salt, and chopped dill.

It’s as easy as that!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Homemade Bagels

I’ve said this so many times but it’s so true, bread is so much easier to make at home than people make it out to be. Your simple bagel and white bread is so much closer than the grocery store. Feel free to add cheese on top or do whatever you like, go crazy. These bagels take no time at all to make and you can enjoy them for breakfast or for whatever you please! I used the recipe from Finding Silver Linings!

Ingredients

  • One Packet of Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cups Warm Water
  • 3 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour + extra for kneading
  • 1 1/2 TSP Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Egg White for the egg wash

Lets Get Cooking

In a large measuring cup, add 1/2 cup warm water + sugar + yeast. DO NOT STIR. Let this sit for about 5 minutes to least the yeast build. After the five minutes, stir everything until it all dissolves.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour + salt. Make a well in the middle and add in the yeast mixture.

Pour the final 1/3 Cup of warm water into the flour mixture as well. Mix until you have a moist and firm dough. If you need to add water to achieve this add in a little at a time.

Flour a surface and knead the dough for about 7 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Clean the bowl that the dough was mixed in and lightly oil the sides. Add in the kneaded dough and turn it until it is covered in the oil. Cover the dough and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour. Punch the dough down and let rest for another 10 min.

Divide the dough into 8 pieces and round the pieces making them as smooth as possible. Press your finger into the center of each dough ball and form a ring. Stretch the ring out slightly and place on an oiled cookie sheet, cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425F and bring a large pot of water to boil. Boil about 4 bagels at a time for about 2 min each side. Remove from the water and place back on the sheet.

Once all the bagels have been boiled, brush with an egg wash and bake for 20 min.

Once they are golden brown, take them out, & enjoy!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Halušky

To complete this weeks theme of recipes from the homeland I bring you Halušky! One of the most simple, delicious meals you might ever have and guess what, it’s a no waste recipe if you are using the leftover cabbage from the Stuffed Cabbage recipe! Let’s get into this recipe and be sure to salute to the motherland before eating.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb Cabbage, cored, boiled, and sliced into long pieces
  • 6-8 slices of Bacon, diced
  • 6 TBSP Butter, cut into individual TBSP
  • 2 cups Onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 1/2 TSP Black Pepper
  • 6 oz Egg Noodles

Let’s Get Cooking

If you are using the left over cabbage that you already used for the stuffed cabbage, you are good to go, just slice length-wise the remaining cabbage. If you haven’t already boiled, don’t worry about it! Just core the cabbage and cut into length-wise pieces.

Get out a large skillet and add 2 TBSP of butter, left that melt and add the diced bacon, cook until it’s slightly crispy. Add in the diced onion and cook until they lighten in color.

Add in 2 more TBSP of butter + cabbage + salt & pepper. Mix until everything is combined, lower the heat to med & cook for about 10 min.

During this time cook the egg noodles by the package directions.

Check and make sure the cabbage is to the doneness of your liking, I like mine a bit more crunchy but that’s completely up to you. Once at your desired doneness, remove cover and add the cooked and drained egg noodles.

Add the remaining TBSP of butter and cook until all is combined.

Serve hot & with all the salt and pepper you desire!

You’ll want to eat the whole pan, trust me it’s hard not to.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Baked King’s Onion Soup

This has to be the all time BEST French Onion Soup recipe ever. Now, I do not say this lightly. This soup alone has caused countless trips to The Dobbin House Tavern in Gettysburg, PA. The stew meat and the gooey cheese are the KEY to this recipe. Seriously, I think I love this recipe so much solely because the amount of cheese that is involved. This recipe serves 6, but it is also perfect for leftover night!

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups of Beef Stock (If you’re grocery shopping you’ll need 2 containers of stock)
  • 2 TBSP Sweet Butter
  • 6 Medium Onions, Peeled & Diced
  • 1 Cup Stewing Beef, cut into 1/2 in. cubes
  • 1 Cup Dry Sherry
  • 6 Slices of White Bread
  • Provalone Cheese
  • Swiss Cheese

Let’s Get Cooking

Bring the beef stock to a low boil in a large saucepan.

While the beef stock is coming to a boil, melt butter in a skillet.

Add the diced onions to the skillet and sauté until they yellow.

In another skillet, brown the stew beef.

Once the onions have yellowed and the beef is cooked, add to the beef stock, along with the sherry.

Let the stock simmer for about 30 minutes.

Once ready to serve fill ovenproof bowls with the soup.

Add 1 slice of bread then comes the best part…

add 2 slices of the swiss cheese then 2 slices of provolone

Broil in the oven until the cheese browns and becomes ooey and gooey.

Trust me, just by looking at that melty cheese you are going to fall in love with this recipe. I also recommend going to the Dobbin House in Gettysburg, PA. It is such an experience, with history and food coming together, what’s not to love!

Made with Love,

Hannah

The Perfect Bagel & Lox

This combination is a classic. It’s hard to mess up. Now I am sure you don’t need a post from me explaining how to pair these ingredients together, but I am going to give you my version anyway!

Ingredients

  • Bagels
  • Tomato
  • Red Onion
  • Cream Cheese
  • Capers
  • Smoked Salmon

Let’s Get Cooking

Start out by cutting the tomato into slices and the red onion rings.

While you are cutting, toast up the bagel.

Spread the cream cheese onto the bagel and evenly distribute the capers on top.

Follow with, salmon + red onion + tomato to top it off.

Everyone layers the ingredients differently, but I feel this way gives you the best bite (even though I am sure it really does not matter lol)!

Enjoy this meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; and I mean who doesn’t feel fancy eating smoked salmon and capers?!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Macaroons

I have been wanting to make macaroons for a long time. However, people have mentioned to me how difficult they can be to make, so I strayed away. My pinterest feed recently has betrayed me, bringing up all sorts of different macaroon recipes. I decided to finally cave, despite the warnings people gave me, and attempt to make my own macaroons. I went with another internet recipe from Delish. I am so happy with the way they came out. With the success of these and my croissants last Sunday, I think I might just quit my job and open a bakery.

Ingredients

  • Parchment paper
  • 1 3/4 Powdered Sugar, spooned
  • 1 cup Super-fine Almond Flour, spooned
  • 3 Large Egg Whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • Pinch of Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Cup Superfine Sugar
  • 8 Drops Pink Food Coloring

Butter Cream

  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temp
  • 3/4 Cup Powder Sugar, spooned
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Let’s Get Cooking

Set a sieve over a bowl and sift powder sugar + almond flour. Press through until only solids remain.

Separate egg white and add into a mixing bowl. Add cream of tartar + salt to the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until frothy (it starts forming bubbles). Increase the speed to medium high & add the sugar. Beat until egg whites are stiff & glossy about 2-3 minutes.

Beat in the food coloring to make whatever color you desire. I went with pink like the recipe called for because I think they look so cute!

Carefully fold the dry ingredients into the whipped egg whites. Fill a pastry bag with the mixture.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pipe the batter into about 1 inch circles. Mine were not all exactly 1 inch circles so don’t stress about the measurements, I mean really who has time for that.

Tap the baking sheet on the counter a few times to release air bubbles, let sit for 45 minutes.

When your 45 minutes has passed, preheat the oven to 300F. Bake for 13 minutes, and turn the pan halfway through.

While you are waiting for your cookies to cool, make the buttercream!

When I made the buttercream I added a bit more vanilla and powdered sugar to the recipe, so you might have to adjust to your personal taste.

Place butter + powdered sugar + vanilla in a mixing bowl and whip until fluffy.

Spread icing on the cookie + top with remaining half.

Once you’re done don’t forget to share your cute & colorful little french cookies with the world. You will feel like a real baking pro after completing this, trust me!

Made with Love,

Hannah

P.S it’s all about how you whip the egg whites

Homemade Beef & Broccoli

I am all for creating new recipes with just the items laying around in the kitchen, it’s like my own personal game of Chopped. Instead of caving to my cravings of Chinese take-away I decided to make my own. My creation is as follows!

Ingredients

  • Flank Steak
  • 1 Cup Broccoli
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic
  • 2 Packages of Ramen Noodles – I used Lotus Foods Rice Ramen
  • 1 TBSP Flour + Water

Let’s Get Cooking

Cut the flank steak into strips, against the grain.

Combine Soy Sauce + Rice Wine Vinegar + Honey + Hot Sauce + Ginger + Garlic

Pour over the flank steak and marinate for an hour.

After marinating cook the steak into a hot pan with the marinade. Once fully cooked stir in the roux (water + flour)

While the steak is cooking, cook the ramen noodles according to the package, do not use the spice packet that is included.

Add broccoli to the steak and stir.

Time to Plate

Once the broccoli has fully incorporated and softened, pour the mixture over the rice noodles and enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah