Spicy Tuna Dip

This spicy tuna tip is perfect for a holiday appetizer. The tuna is from Wild planet foods which you can find at Walmart, the tuna is caught sustainably and the product is quality! Check out the reel from my Instagram, @ahangryhannah for the how-to on an already simple recipe! Serve with crackers or chips.

Ingredients

  • 1 Clove of Garlic, minced
  • 1 Package of Cream Cheese, room temp.
  • 1 Can Wild planet foods Albacore Tuna, no need to drain!
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 TBSP Old Bay
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Squeeze of Sriracha
  • Parsley to Garnish

Let’s Get Cookin’

Combine the cream cheese + tuna + sour cream + old bay and mix well.

Squeeze in the lemon, add in the salt + pepper + sriracha, and mix well again making sure there are no clumps from the cream cheese.

Feel free to add in a little extra old bay and sriracha as needed.

Garnish with parsley and enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake

Recently, one of my coworkers asked when I would be bringing in dessert again. I love bringing in my baking creations to share with my teammates and so since it was requested I thought it would be prime time to make something that screams “AUTUMN”. What stood out to me the most from this recipe from Eating Well was the gingersnap crust. I love gingersnaps and I was so excited to try it out rather than the boring and bland graham cracker crust. I have to say this is going to now be my go-to crust, and maybe even my new Thanksgiving pie!

Ingredients

  • 8oz Gingersnap Cookies
  • 1/4 TSP Salt, divided
  • 3 TBSP Melted Butter
  • 3 8oz Packages Reduced-Fat Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 15 oz Unseasoned Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract
  • 2 TSP Pumpkin Pie Spice (Nutmeg, Ginger, Cinnamon)

Let’s Get Bakin’

Preheat the oven to 325F

Coat a 9in springform pan with butter. Tightly wrap the outside of the pan with foil, making sure to cover the bottom and sides.

Grab a small sauce pan and fill with water, bring to a boil.

In a food processor or blender, pulse the gingersnap cookies and 1/8 TSP of salt. Once finely ground, drizzle in the butter and scrape down the sides as needed. Make sure all the crumbs are all softened. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan and about 1/2in up the sides. Place in the freezer.

Clean the food processor/blender and then combine the cream cheese + sugar + eggs + 1/8 TSP Salt and blend well until smooth. Remove 1/4 cup of the batter and reserve. Add in the pumpkin + vanilla + pie spices to the remaining mixture and process until smooth.

Pour the pumpkin batter into the chilled crust. Drizzle the reserved batter over the top and run a knife through the batters to swirl together.

Place the pan in a roasting pan [I used a baking sheet]. Pour in the boiling water to come up about 1in up the sides of the springform pan.

Bake the cheesebake until set around the edges but the center is slightly wiggly, about 1hr 30 min.

Remove from the oven and let the cheesecake cool in the wter bath for about 1hr.

Remove from the water bath and remove the foil, refridgerate for atleast 3 hours before serving.

Serve with whip cream if you desire & enjoy!

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

Malted “Forever” Brownies

One of my best friends just took a job as the Director of Athlete Mental Wellness at Michigan State. We are all so freaking proud of her but going to miss her like crazy, so of course, there was a going away party involved. There is no better crowd-pleaser than brownies. It was finally time to break open Claire’s book for her ‘forever’ brownies as she claims that this is the only brownie recipe she will ever create. These brownies are extra chewy and you can add in the optional malted powder for a little extra dose of chocolate. You need an 8×8 in pan, Claire calls for preferably metal.

Ingredients

  • Butter for the pan
  • 1/4 Cup Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • 5oz Semisweet Chocolate [64-68% Cacao]
  • 6 TBSP Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 Cup Neutral Oil, vegetable
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 1/2 TSP Vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 TBSP Malted Milk Powder, optional
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 1 Cup Milk Chocolate, coarsely chopped

Let’s Get Baking

Preheat the oven to 350F and line the pan with 2 sheets of foil, crossing one over the other and pressing into the corners. Lightly butter and set aside.

In a large heatproof bowl, whisk the cocoa powder into 1/4 cup boiling water until smooth.

Add in the semisweet chocolate + butter + oil into the large bowl with the cocoa mixture and set it over a medium saucepan filled with about 1in of simmering water, make sure the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the water. Warm the mixture, gently stirring occasionally until the butter and chocolate are melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from heat and let it cool until lukewarm.

Whisk in the granulated and brown sugar into the chocolate mixture. Add in the whole egg, egg yolks, and vanilla and whisk ‘vigorously’ until the mixture comes together and looks glossy and thick.

Add in the flour + malted milk powder [if using] + salt and whisk slowly until everything is combined. Add in the milk chocolate and fold in with a spatula. Scrap the batter into the prepared ban, spreading it into an even layer.

Bake the brownies until the surface is shiny and puffed, for about 25-30 minutes. [I had to bake for 35, it all depends on your oven].

Allow the brownies to cool for an hour before placing them into the fridge for another hour [allows for chewier texture]. Use the foil to lift out of the pan and cut into about 16 squares & 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

Chicken + Bok Choy

I love this time of year because I LOVE FARMERS MARKETS. I go to one by me called the Hudson Farmers market which they have every Saturday at 9am. I stopped by this stand with beautiful bok choy and I thought it would be perfect with chicken and rice. I plated the dish over some sushi rice with some kimchi on the side. This recipe is for one person you can always make a little more for lunch the next day.

Ingredients

  • 1 Chicken Breast, cubed
  • 1 bunch bok choy, diced removing the ends
  • 3-6 small Carrots, diced
  • 1 Green Onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP Soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1 TSP Fish Sauce
  • Sushi Rice
  • Kimchi

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large bowl, combine the diced chicken + garlic + soy sauce + rice wine vinegar + fish sauce, and let marinate for at least 10 minutes.

In a large skillet, add a little more soy sauce and add in the marinated chicken, cook on MED heat for at least 5 minutes.

Add in the carrots and bok choy and cook until the carrots begin to soften and the chicken is done.

Place your cooked rice in a bowl and top with the chicken and bok choy. Top with diced green onions and kimchi.

Made with Love,

Hannah

French Loaf

I miss the local Boulangeries in France, with all the amazing pastries and warm baguettes. This recipe is from the NYT Cookbook, and I was thinking that it was for a baguette; I was very wrong. The bread is more of a sandwich bread, not as crispy and crunchy as baguettes are. This is the perfect loaf for weekend sandwiches, garlic bread, or even homemade croutons. Bread-skill wise I give this about a 2.5/5 difficulty.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/8 TSP Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/4 Cup Lukewarm Water
  • 1 Cup Cold Water
  • 2 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 3 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 TSP Salt

Let’s Get Bakin’

In a small bowl, blend the yeast + lukewarm water until the yeast is dissolved, let sit until foamy.

In a small saucepan, combine the cold water + butter. Heat on LOW until the butter melts.

Combine the flour + salt and mix well. Add in the yeast mixture and combine using a mixer or your hands. Add in the dissolved butter and mix until it forms a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough quickly and gently into a ball. Place the dough ball into a buttered bowl and let rest covered for about 30-40 minutes.

After the first rise, turn out into a lightly floured surface and briefly knead and shape into a ball. Return to the bowl and cover and let rest for about 60 minutes, or until doubled in size.

After the second rise, turn the dough out onto a floured surface, roll into a loose ball, and let sit for 5 minutes.

Turn the dough seam side up and flatten with your fingers into a rough rectangle shape. Fold one-third of the dough toward the center of the rectangle, then roll it up like a jelly roll.

Transger the loaf to a baking sheet seam down and the ends folded under. The NYT says the loaf should be about 13 1/2 in long.

Cover with a clean town and let proof again for about 15-30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450F. Using a sharp knife cut 3 parallel diagonal slashes in the top of the dough.

Place the baking sheet into the oven and put 4 ice cubes into the floor of the oven. Bake for 5 minutes and then add an additional 4 ice cubes.

Turn the pan and bake for 10 more minues. Reduce the heat to 400F and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Use for sandwiches, make garlic bread, dip in your soup, do whatever you please with it!

Enjoy,

Hannah