Chicken Katsu

April 8, 2014
Chicken Katsu

Chicken Katsu and Tonkatsu are two of the dishes that (assuming I’m not craving sushi) I have to get when we go to Japanese restaurants. I don’t often let myself eat fried food, but it’s impossible to resist the lure of crispy, tender, breaded/fried meat (mmmm, pork) smothered in a thick savory-sweet sauce over a giant pile of rice, you know? Impossible! Cannot be done. At least not by me. Up until now, however, I have never successfully created katsu-anything in my kitchen. I am a terrible fryer. Did you know that if you have the heat on too high your oil starts smoking and everything you put in it burns to a crisp without cooking all the way through? And then you’re left with...

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Sticky Baked Bourbon Chicken

April 1, 2014
Sticky Baked Bourbon Chicken

So, I’ve been putting off writing this post because (1) I was not loving the way my pictures turned out, and (2) somehow I had absolutely zero things to say about either the recipe or my reasons for making it (which is crazy, because I literally always have some kind of back story). It’s been seriously depressing the last week or so, y’all – I thought maybe I’d lost my blogging mojo! But then I read this post by Pinch of Yum, and realized that it’s my blog, I can write whatever the hell I want, and when in doubt write about the food. So, here we go: This is a recipe for sticky baked bourbon chicken, and it’s awesome. There’s really nothing else to say about...

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Teeny Tiny Chocolate Chip Cookies (Cookie Sprinkles)

March 16, 2014
Teeny Tiny Chocolate Chip Cookies (Cookie Sprinkles)

You guys. Can you handle how cute these teeny weenie cookies are? I don’t think I can. No, I definitely cannot. All last week, even though I had a ridiculous amount of non-blog work to do, I kept logging in to WordPress to sneak peaks at my draft for this post, grinning foolishly at the screen, and fighting the urge to reach out and lightly pet the pictures. Because, you know…sanity and self respect are things that I have. As I’m sure you all know by now, I am a big fan of things in miniature. (Did you guys actually know this? I forget, but I feel like I must have mentioned it by now.) I’ve made bite-sized cookies before, but these “sprinkles” are by...

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Skillet Chili Mac

March 9, 2014
Skillet Chili Mac

Growing up, the commercials on TV lead me to believe that the only things Americans ate for dinner were tacos, Sloppy Joes, various forms of mac n’ cheese, and delivery/take out junk food (fried chicken, pizza, burgers, etc). To a kid, especially one being forced to suffer through endless helpings of eggplant at dinner, this all looked amazing. I mean, it still looks amazing to adult Tina, but kid Tina was all WAHHH, I WANT AMERICAN FOOD NOW NOW NOW!!! Once I went off to school and was left to my own devices, I definitely did my share of indulging in so-called “American food.” College Tina ate a lot of burritos/tacos, fried chicken, pizza, and other delightfully artery-clogging foods. College Tina also gained 15-20 lbs and quickly realized...

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Hurricanes

March 4, 2014
Hurricanes

Happy Mardi Gras, everyone! Is anyone doing anything fun? In a perfect world, I would be down in New Orleans right now, stuffing my face with fried, powdered sugar-covered beignets, drinking like a fish, and enjoying 60-degree weather. Instead, however, I’m sipping a healthy green smoothie, glaring out the window at the giant muddy snow piles on the sidewalks, and wishing it weren’t 22 degrees outside. Things could be worse…but they could also be way better, ya know? My original plan for my Mardi Gras post was to make Nutella-stuffed beignets. I found this great recipe online, and was actually looking forward to working with yeast again (excuse to break out my awesome wedding-gifted stand mixer). But then it snowed a bunch, and we...

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Eggplant Parmesan

March 2, 2014
Eggplant Parmesan

You know how there are some foods that, as a kid, are the grossest things ever, but as soon as you reach a certain age your tongue is all OMG what is this deliciousness?!?!? For a lot of people, it seems to be brussel sprouts and spinach (see e.g., the explosion of brussel sprout recipes on FoodGawker, Tastespotting, etc.). For me, it was eggplants. I can still remember (strangely vividly) the first time my mom made me eat eggplant. It was cooked Chinese-style – cut into slices, sauteed until soft with ginger, a ton of garlic and soy sauce. It looked…super gross. Mushy, gray-ish-purple chunks in goopy looking sauce? Seven year old Tina was not on board with that. Of course, seven year old Tina...

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Balls…and a Giveaway! {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

February 13, 2014
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake Balls…and a Giveaway! {GIVEAWAY  CLOSED}

Guys, can I be honest with you for a second? These cake balls started out as cupcakes. Gorgeous, moist, fluffy chocolate cupcakes that I decided to top with a strawberry cream cheese frosting that had just a smidge too much strawberry puree in it and ended up dripping and oozing all over the plate (and my dining table). Oh, and for some reason I decided that chocolate ganache would help the ooze-factor, so I spooned that on top of everything. But guys? It didn’t help. At all. I have never seen less appealing cupcakes in my life. But, being the thrifty optimist that I am, I decided to make lemonade out of my cupcake lemons and turn the whole sticky, drippy mess into something more...

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Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

January 27, 2014
Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

This post is inspired by the three-layer chocolate mousse cake I had at my friend Dave’s house last weekend. Our friend Doug was in town to celebrate his last pre-30s birthday, and his brother’s awesome girlfriend made him this gorgeous cake as a special birthday treat. And let me just say that, although I’ve only met this girl once, based on this case alone she’s my new favorite person in the world. It. Was. AMAZING. Picture (and taste) this: two gorgeous, thick layers of airy mousse on top of a rich chocolate cake base that’s so moist and fluffy that it’s almost mousse-like in consistency. You take a bite and it just melts in your mouth – but, not before the distinct yet complementary...

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DIY Nutella

January 24, 2014
DIY Nutella

Guys. Remember how I have a rule about not letting myself keep Nutella in the house? Because I have serious Nutella-addiction issues and am prone to gorging myself on that smooth, creamy, choco-nutty crack by the spoonful until I make myself sick? Well. I threw that rule right out the window last weekend and made my own Nutella. Made. My. Own. Nutella. It was delicious. It tasted like the store-bought stuff I love so much (maybe a tad less creamy/smooth?). And it was super easy to make. Like, really easy. So easy I could definitely make my own Nutella in less than an hour any time I have a craving. This could be…a serious problem. So far, though, I have exercised extraordinary will power and...

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Salmon & Avocado Poke Bowl

January 20, 2014
Salmon & Avocado Poke Bowl

When Dan and I first started dating, he told me that he didn’t really like Asian food. Rice was too bland, and anything more adventurous than Orange Chicken was too much. His idea of Chinese food was Panda Express and the over-sweet, candy-red BBQ ribs and fried egg rolls from some place called China Villa. Spicy food gave him indigestion, and sushi (of course) was a no go because he refused to eat raw fish. Sigh. Sob. This was, as you can imagine, devastating to me. Like, almost a deal breaker. I liked Dan (a lot), but I couldn’t bring someone who didn’t even like rice home to my parents, ya know? But more importantly, Asian food is awesome and Dan needed to know that. So I took...

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