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Kitchen Diaries: Sloppy Joes

June 10, 2014


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




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





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




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




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


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.