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Kitchen Diaries: Sloppy Joes

June 10, 2014

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When’s the last time you had a Sloppy Joe? I know, right?! It’s been quite some time since I feasted on that time-honored union of saucy meat and toasted buns. Honestly, having eaten more than my share of them during my childhood, I vowed never to have one again — or at least not for a long, long time. But feeling a bit nostalgic, I decided to give the Joes a go.

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Kitchen Diaries: Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream Sandwich

April 23, 2014

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This is what happens when you have more cookie dough than you know what to do with. My mom recently gave me tub of oatmeal raisin cookie dough — you know, the kind sold for fundraisers. So I chose to throw some vanilla ice cream in the mix and make an oatmeal raisin ice cream sammich. Needless to say, it was simply scrumptious! I foresee many of these in the near future.

Kitchen Diaries: Taco Omelette

April 16, 2014

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This is what happens when you have so many leftover taco ingredients that you don’t know what to do with them. I love omelettes and I thoroughly enjoy a good taco, so I combined the two and made this glorious concoction: the taco omelette. Seasoned ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream are the ingredients I included, but you could use shredded chicken, refried beans or rice — the sky’s the limit.

Kitchen Diaries: Taco Pizza

November 11, 2013

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Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is: taco toppings on a pizza crust. And it was simply delightful (and a great way to polish off the leftovers from the tacos I made last week).

With a ready-made 7-inch pizza crust, I spread on a layer of refried beans with jalapeño. Next, I added small scoops of salsa, a layer of cheddar and Monterey jack cheese blend and seasoned ground beef, and then another layer of cheese. I then baked the pizza for eight minutes. As it cooled, I cut it into quarter slices, and added a pinch of shredded lettuce and a generous dollop of sour cream.

I thought it was a nice change of pace from the dull of regular soft tacos, and much easier to eat than a Mexican pizza. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

Kitchen Diaries: Pepperoni Pizza Omelette

October 23, 2013

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I can get used to this improvisation thing. I was looking for something to eat for a late breakfast and didn’t want a plain old omelette. Upon browsing through my fridge, I saw the makings of a pepperoni pizza minus the crust (after baking some homemade pizza for Monday night’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story movie viewing party), so I blended the two and came up with this delightful pepperoni pizza omelette.

Combining two eggs, pepper and some pizza seasoning, I proceeded to make an omelette, but added some pan-seared pepperoni and bell pepper, pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese inside. Amazing and simple! It was a pizza party in my mouth!

Kitchen Diaries: Asian-Flavored Tilapia

May 15, 2013

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This was one of those meals I made on the fly a couple days ago. I wanted to venture out from my usual lemon baked tilapia recipe and try something different. Luckily, I had some stir fry sauce handy. After a light salt and pepper seasoning, I coated the fish on both sides with the sauce, using a brush to ensure an even distribution of the flavor. Then I baked it for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. I paired the tilapia with some sticky rice and steamed broccoli, and was pleasantly surprised at my improvisational skills.