Every year we have a picnic at work. Several departments get together and there is always good food and fun games. It’s nice to take an afternoon off work and hang out with your coworkers in a non-work setting.
There is always a dessert contest at this picnic and I’ve always participated in the eating of the dessert until I was too full to move. But I’ve never actually made a dessert, mostly because we have some people in our department who are ridiculously good bakers. Several of them even took professional cake decorating classes (!!). I just always felt like I can’t compete, so why bother? Just show up and eat dessert.
But this year I felt like I wouldn’t be a legit food blogger if I didn’t make something for the picnic. Which is probably not a rational thought whatsoever, but I guess a part of me also wanted to bake something other than banana bread chia seed muffins or peach bread (recipe coming soon!).
About a year ago I came up with the brilliant idea of making piña colada tres leches cake – imagine a tres leches cake with a piña colada taste… yum!! (more…)
The second I saw this recipe by the Pioneer Woman, I knew I needed to make oven baked BBQ chicken. It’s funny that we’ve been to about a dozen barbecues this summer, but we haven’t had anything that is actually covered in delicious sweet tangy sticky finger-licking-good BBQ sauce in ages. It was time to change that.
This turned out amazing. And so easy. This oven baked BBQ chicken only has 5 ingredients. If you want, it can even be cut down to two ingredients – chicken and BBQ sauce. It’s that simple. (more…)
Someone recently asked me if I am a vegetarian or a pescatarian, since they see a lot of vegetarian and seafood recipes on here. Well, here’s my answer to that question:
We had a steak that almost took up a permanent residence in our freezer after we made this Steak with Fresh Herbs over two months ago. It was time for the steak to get evicted, except I didn’t know what to make with it – I was sure that thawing it and cooking it would result in tough meat. Luckily, I came across this video that talked about frying frozen steak without thawing it.
We tried it, and it came out awesome! It was more tender than the first time we cooked the steak when it was fresh. It didn’t taste greasy either, just tender and delicious.
From now on we will definitely be buying larger chunks of meat because that is cheaper, freezing what we don’t use, and then frying the rest when we are ready. No need to plan ahead. Want steak for dinner? Just grab one out of the freezer and fry it.
Check out the video below for more detail and for safety tips on how to avoid a grease fire:
Have you ever cooked a steak from frozen without defrosting? Are you willing to try it?
When Aldo saw the shopping list for the week, he got super excited because he saw that cookies were on the list. But the cookies were on the list because I needed to get them for an event at work. The look of disappointment on his face was heartbreaking. So I told him I would make a dessert for us.
I didn’t want to mess around with making cookie dough, so I made these super simple peach tarts using frozen puff pastry. (more…)
We were in the seafood section of our grocery store, and none of the fresh fish options looked appetizing – it was the end of the day and everything good was gone. We walked over to the frozen seafood section and saw Swai fillets for $3.99 a pound. So cheap! What is swai? We’ve never heard of it. After doing some quick googling and learning that it is low in mercury and tastes like catfish, we decided to try it.
We ended up loving it. (more…)