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Twice Baked Potatoes

13 Mar

Twice Baked Potatoes

These twice baked potatoes are heavenly. Whenever I feel truly proud of something I’ve cooked, I always say, “This could be restaurant food,” because that’s my compliment of choice.

Twice Baked Potatoes

These are full of bacon, freshly grated cheeses, and potatoey goodness, a.k.a. the trifecta of flavors. The original recipe called for sour cream, but all I had was buttermilk, and I’m glad I used it because the potatoes didn’t feel quite as heavy that way. (Still wonderfully heavy, though—don’t get me wrong—just not AS heavy.) Feel free to use whatever cheese and other ingredients you have on hand. These potatoes don’t have to be made with an exact science or precise measurements to taste delicious.

Twice Baked Potatoes

In a large bowl, combine bacon pieces, butter, and cheeses.

Twice Baked Potatoes

After the potatoes finish baking, slice them in half. Use a tea towel to hold the potatoes—they’ll be piping hot!

Twice Baked Potatoes

Scoop the innards into the bacon/cheese bowl

Twice Baked Potatoes

Keep those potato skins nearby.

Twice Baked Potatoes

Add the buttermilk, onion powder, seasoning salt, and pepper, and start mashing and mixing until combined.

Twice Baked Potatoes

Tasty filling!

Twice Baked Potatoes

Fill each potato half with the filling and top with reserved cheese.

Twice Baked Potatoes

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until cheese melts. Ready for scarfing. (more…)

Broccoli Cheese Soup

5 Dec

My grandma is old-fashioned. That’s putting it mildly. She has a very ’50s-housewife mentality, bless her heart. Now you might think that since I have a cooking blog, that I, too, am old-fashioned, cutesy, and housewifey. You’d be wrong (although I don’t mind the cutesy part).

No matter how many times I try explaining to my grandma that it’s actually not necessary for me to fold my husband’s laundry, cook his favorite meals every day, and go to bed with curlers in my hair, she never stops trying to make me change (again, bless her heart).

On Black Friday, we were eating Thanksgiving leftovers for lunch like happy little turkeys. We were taking turns reheating our individual plates. My husband heated his plate up first, so he was almost finished eating by the time I was just sitting down. Seconds after I sat down, my grandma addressed my husband.

Grandma: “Now if you want any seconds, just tell Adrianne and she’ll go get them for you.”

Husband: Says nothing; stares at me.

Me: “Nice try, Grandma, but actually he can get them for himself.”

This is a typical scene when we’re at  Grandma’s house. She always laughs my comments off and thinks I’m being cheeky. I am amazed at her tenacity to make me a doting servant. She puts up a real fight, though—I’ll give her that.

This soup is one of my personal favorite meals. I make it a lot (whether or not my husband approves). He likes it, too, though, so I don’t think Grandma would get on my case too much.

Broccoli cheese soup is one of my favorite things to order at restaurants. It usually never disappoints. It’s hard for me to recreate it exactly at home, but this version might even be superior. It’s easy and even heartier with the addition of potatoes and carrots. It’s thick, chunky, and even has a creamy base—just like restaurant-style.

Chop broccoli, carrots, and potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Cover with water and the bouillon cube. Simmer veggies about 10 minutes, or until tender.

Stir in cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Mix until smooth. (more…)

Cheesy Cauliflower

7 Jun

Car salespeople are really good at what they do.

Lately we’ve been looking into buying a car. It’s pretty exciting, thinking that in a matter of months I could be driving around in a car made after the 1990s.

We’re in no hurry to buy a car, though, and we have a flexible timeline in place. Try explaining this to a salesperson at a car dealership. You’re suddenly from Mars if you aren’t prepared to buy the first car you show interest in on the spot.

The tricky part is, the more time you spend at car dealerships test-driving cars, the more you are convinced that you need to buy a car ASAP. Suddenly your timeline vanishes and you don’t want to be the sorry sap who misses out on this once-in-a-lifetime car/deal/gift of the earth.

Now would be a good time to take a breather from test-driving and visiting car dealerships. After you step back, the brain washing dissolves and you remember your timeline, you remember you’re in no hurry, and you remember all is well. You also remember car salespeople are really good at what they do.

Sometimes I’m good at what I do. When I first ate this cheesy cauliflower, I fell in love with it. Then I found out what it was made with (mayonnaise), and I felt sick and confused. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some mayonnaise on a BLT or tuna sandwich, but 1 cup of it seemed rather excessive.

Enter plain yogurt. The perfect swap. More healthy and more delicious—it really is possible.

This cauliflower is delicious—a real treat. If your kids say they don’t like any vegetables, then they haven’t tried this yet.

Start with a whole head of cauliflower. Chop off the leaves and thick stem. Then boil for 12 minutes.

Melt butter with chopped onion in the microwave.

Add yogurt and shredded cheese to butter and onion. Mix until smooth.

Spread mixture over cauliflower.

Bake until golden and bubbly on top. (more…)

Bean Dip

11 May

Raise your hand if you know where Alaska is.

If you look at a map of the United States, it always shows Alaska off to the side of the U.S. almost like a little island, floating there in the Pacific Ocean. (Go ahead, go Google it.) So is Alaska really located there? Do maps lie? Laugh all you want, but this is a serious point of confusion for me  people. A lot of people. Not just me.

One year my friends found out that I didn’t know where Alaska was. I mean, I sorta knew where it was, but not really. They made a point of incorporating U.S. geography in every subsequent conversation after their discovery.

Har har har. We can all look back on it now and laugh, but to be honest, I still don’t raise my hand when I ask myself if I know where Alaska is.

This recipe did not originate from the island of Alaska. This is a favorite family recipe on my husband’s side of the family, and it accompanies most holiday dinners and family get-togethers.

The dip takes about 5 minutes flat to stir up.

It can serve about 8-10 people—perfect for a party—or it can serve just one of those people who sit by the appetizer table and don’t move for 2 hours, eating chip after chip. You know who I’m talking about. (Sometimes that’s me, so I’m not judging.) (more…)