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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Posted by Anthony on October 22, 2017 in Soup


Serves: 8

Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

The other day, my wife requested that I make Tomato Basil soup some time. Rather than just getting a can of it at the store, I decided it was high time to try my hand at a new recipe. So I sought out some recipes and found one that seemed like a good one (though let’s be honest, most every recipe was about the same). Well, I gave the recipe a go, and admittedly, it was a complete bust. I followed the recipe exactly, and the end result was bland and overly brothy. So I had to improvise and add in some last-minute magic. In the end, my off-the-cuff efforts were worth it, as the final product was one of the best Tomato Basil soups that my wife and I have ever had. If you’re in the mood for a good, flavorful, and healthy soup to warm you up, look no further. You’ll be glad you tried this recipe!

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Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Potatoes

Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Potatoes

Posted by Anthony on October 4, 2017 in Entree


Serves: 6

Time: 45 min

Difficulty: Easy

Tonight, I decided to make this recipe that my wife shared with me for Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken & Potatoes. The recipe is courtesy of 12 Tomatoes, and proved to be an easy, cheesy, garlicy dish that was an instant crowd pleaser. If you’re looking for a nice, new comfort food recipe for the upcoming chilly months, look no further and make this recipe. You’ll be glad you did. I promise!

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Beignets

Beignets

Posted by Anthony on August 14, 2017 in Dessert


Serves: 15-20 (2 beignets/serving)

Time: 60 min (active); 4+ hrs (inactive)

Difficulty: Medium

This past Sunday morning, I wanted to surprise my wife with one of her favorites: Beignets. We had recently attended a food truck rally, which has a beignet truck that is her absolute favorite, so this treat was definitely on our minds. I found a beignet recipe from Just a Pinch Recipes, and whipped up a half-recipe, which ended up making about 20 beignets (sized about 2″ x 3″). The recipe for the dough isn’t hard at all — it’s the frying that can get a little messy. But that aside, the end result was absolutely delectable, totally worth the frying mess, and definitely a recipe I’ll be making again. So if you’re looking for a great sweet treat, look no further and try this recipe now. You’ll be glad you did!

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Fresh Corn Cakes

Fresh Corn Cakes

Posted by Anthony on June 30, 2017 in Side


Serves: 4-6

Time: 20-30 min

Difficulty: Easy

Last night, along with the new Strawberry Lemonade Sangria that I made, my wife and I were in the mood for some BBQ Kebabs. But I also wanted to try out a new recipe for a side dish, and ultimately landed on a recipe for Fresh Corn Cakes. I ended up making them without the “summer salsa” that the original recipe called for, opting instead to top with diced tomatoes, corn, and shredded lettuce. While I think the summer salsa from the original recipe would be delicious, I don’t think I missed it too much with just the tomatoes, corn, and lettuce. If you’re in the mood for a fresh way to use some corn this summer, give this recipe a shot. You’ll be glad you did!

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
  2. 1/2 c. cornmeal
  3. 2 tsp. baking powder
  4. 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  5. 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  6. 1 c. light sour cream
  7. 2 large eggs, beaten
  8. 1 1/4 c. fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  9. 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided

Directions

  1. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, eggs, and 1 tbsp. oil, and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the sour cream mixture and corn to the dry mixture, stirring until just combined.
  4. Heat remaining oil in a large nonstick griddle over medium-high heat.
  5. Divide the corn mixture into 8-12 equal portions (depending on how large you want each one), shaping into a patty.
  6. Add patties to the griddle and cook for 4-6 minutes per side, until browned and toasted.
  7. Serve topped with summer salsa (from original recipe), diced tomatoes and lettuce, salsa, etc.

Notes

As mentioned above, I ended up making the recipe without the summer salsa specified in the original recipe source. And if you’d like, since the cakes might be a bit dry for your liking, a dollop of sour cream or cottage cheese helps to keep each bite moist and equally as flavorful. It pairs perfectly with something like BBQ Kebabs, and I imagine it serves as a suitable side for pretty much anything grilled, especially if BBQ sauce is involved. However you top it and serve it, the end result is a delicious and fresh taste of summer that’s sure to please.

Bon Appétit!

 

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria

Posted by Anthony on June 30, 2017 in Drink


Serves: 6

Time: 5 min

Difficulty: Easy

Last night, I was once again in the mood for some new recipes. Since it was a nice warm summer day, I decided it was high time for a cool, refreshing drink. My wife found an article/video with 4 Frozen Sangria recipes, and we decided to try out this Strawberry Lemonade Sangria. Other than the process of freezing the wine and lemonade, this is a super quick and easy drink recipe that’s sure to cool you off on the warmest of days.

Ingredients

  1. 1 bottle white wine, half frozen into cubes
  2. 1 1/2 c. lemonade, frozen
  3. 1 1/2 c. strawberries, frozen
  4. 1/3 c. rum

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients into blender and mix until fully blended.
  2. Serve in glasses garnished with fresh fruit slice(s) of your choice (lemon, strawberry, etc).

Notes

Nothing special to note here, other than the fact that you will need to ensure you have enough time to freeze the wine and lemonade before blending and mixing. Other than that, super easy and sure to please.

Bon Appétit!