Friday, October 26, 2012

Delectable Details

Ever since I finished my MBA, I've been promising myself I will blog more. Yet... That hasn't happened.
Why might that be? Honestly- I'm just going to full & completely blame Pinterest. I think I had pinned 749592940 things while I was in school, so now all of my free time is devoted to crafting & cooking.
Has everything turned out great?
Hellllllls no. Unless you ask my mother Who loves everything i do, I'd say my craft projects have about a 40% success rate.
My recipes, on the other hand, have more like a 90% success rate.
Don't worry y'all, I don't get too crazy or gourmet like with my cooking by any means. But honestly, even before Pinterest (GASP, can you picture your life without it now? I...can't even go there.  That thought terrifies me.) I have always thoroughly enjoyed cooking. For me, I feel like cooking dinner (& whatever else) is almost therapeutic.  I actually even cook in complete silence, if you can believe it. Kev snapped this picture a few weeks ago because he relishes  marvels the fact I can be so content by myself for an hour or so every night :)

Anyway, I know I've said it before & I'll say it again, but finding recipes that please both Kev & myself can be a bit of a nightmare headache challenge because he has the eating habits of an 11 year old. Like an 11 year old that prefers Pizza over Filet Mignon.  However, through lots of encouragement & a bit of pushing from yours truly, homeboy has come a loooong way. Just ask him :)  I mean, when he ate peas for the first time, you would have thought he had found a cure for cancer.
So if you deal with choosey kids (or have an insanely picky husband like myself), here are some sure fire crowd pleaser recipes that will make everyone happy :)

Pleasing Pinterest-Inspired Recipes

Fried Rice
-1-2 boil in a bag white rice, cooked
-1 bag peas & carrots, cooked as directed on packaging for 5-7 minutes w/ salt, pepper & butter
-1 cup chopped onion
-2 cloves garlic
-2 tablespoons of olive oil (Honestly-any kind of oil would do)
-2 eggs, beaten
-1/2 cup teriyaki sauce

-Heat the oil in skillet for 3-4 minutes on Medium heat
-Add the chopped onion, garlic, and peas/Carrot mix & sautee for 5 minutes.
-Scramble the two eggs, using either one side of the skillet (you can push over your veggie mix), or you could use another skillet to do this.  I'm super lazy, so I just scrambled it in the same pan.
-Once scrambled, mix it in with the veggie mix.
-Add & mix in your cooked rice (I typically cook the rice while I'm sauteeing everything together)
-Pour in your 1/2 cup of Teriyaki sauce, and mix everything up.  
*I usually have Kevin marinate & grill some chicken to have with this, but I could honestly eat it plain.  It is that delicious!!*

Sooooo Good!!!

One additional note-- I highly HIGHLY recommend using this specific type of teriyaki sauce- it can be found in the "international" aisle at the grocery store.  It is phenom.  

Pinterest Inspired Recipe #2
Spicy Chicken w/ Peas Rigatoni
-3 tablespoons olive oil
-1/2 tablespoon of crushed red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt & pepper
- 2 Medium cloves of garlic
-Two chicken breasts, cooked & shredded (I usually bake my chicken at 400 degrees, for about 35-40 mins, and then shred it.  Much better flavor vs. boiling it)
-1 jar marinara sauce (I prefer Ragu, parmesan & romano)
-1 Jar Alfredo sauce
-1 cup of early/young peas, cooked w/ salt & butter
-3/4 box of cooked penne pasta (honestly- again- any pasta would work, minus lasagna sheets or jumbo shells)

-Let olive oil heat in large pot for 3-4 minutes, then sautee all of the spices together until cooked through.
-Add cooked/shredded chicken in with the spices & mix together thoroughly.
-Add cooked peas in with chicken mixture
-Drain pasta & add in with chicken/pea mixture.  Mix well.
-Add both jars of sauces.
*Top with mozzarella* 


Andddd... for the grand finale...

Jan's Red Chili Recipe (perfected by Caroline)
 *Side note- You all should feel incredibly special that I'm sharing this amazingness with you.  This recipe has been adjusted numerous times over the years & it is now simply the most perfect Red chili recipe you will EVER ever try.  I promise.  Kev said this recipe even trumps his mother's recipe (ear muffs, Pat G!- This is the only item he says this about.), which is pretty much the highest praise a wife could ever get from their husband as it pertains to cooking!*

-1 onion, chopped
-2 cloves of garlic
-1.5-2lbs of ground beef
-2 cans of diced, chili ready tomatoes
-3 cans of chili beans (2 hot, 1 medium)
-1 1/2 Tablespoons of chili powder
-1 teaspoon cumin
-1 teaspoon of salt
-1 teaspoon of black pepper
-1/2-1 teaspoon of white pepper (best kick there is!)
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon
-2-3 teaspoons of sugar or brown sugar (I usually do a bit of both)
-1 teaspoon oregano
-1 Teaspoon basil
-1/2 box of elbow macaroni (optional- as I know not everyone likes pasta in their chili)
-1 cup water, as needed

-Brown onion, garlic, and beef together, until meat has browned.
-Drain off grease
-Add beans, tomatoes, & spices.
-Let marinate together for 1 hour or so (**personally, I think it just gets better & better the longer it sits**)
-Add in water (as needed-you might not need the whole cup of water, or you might need more. It just depends)
-Add in cooked elbow mac.
-Let sit for 15 mins & serve
-And you're done!!

**TWO MAJOR NOTES- I typically taste my chili about 20 times while I make it.  I seriously always wind up adding a bit more of the various spices listed above, depending on what I think it needs.  I also make Kevin taste it numerous times, so I can get the taste just right.  It SHOULD wind up having a twinge of sweetness w/ a pretty big kick of spice.  If not, just keep adding more/less of those spices**

With cold weather fixing to invade Kentucky this weekend, these recipes are the perfect solution to a good home-cooked meal.  I hope yall enjoy them as much as Kev & I have :)
And as always- if you have any questions regarding any ingredients or instructions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me!

With that, I hope yall have a fantastic Friday!!  


  1. Your arms look amazing! These recipes look almost as amazing as your arms. :)

  2. I will be trying all of the above :)