Oh my pasta!

So yesterday I decided to use up some heavy cream and make some pasta 🙂
So I started off by making a rue.

Melt down some butter and add some flour . Then cook down your rue. This will act as a thickening agent as well as make site the flour dissolves and doesn’t clump

Meanwhile.. I boiled my noodles with some olive oil to prevent sticking and salt to add flavor

Then I added some fresh chicken broth salt and pepper.
Once I got the flavor I wanted I added my heavy cream and cheese.

Then to add some inclusions 🙂 I put some oven dried tomatoes and sausage over a flame and let them cook in their own oils and added it to the sauce.
From there I just tossed the sauce and noodles in a pan, thre more cheese on top, and broiled it to get a nice crunch on top! 🙂

But unfortunately I didn’t think of taking pics until the very end. sorry!

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Coconut cream pie!

Well hello there!

Several years ago I found this awesome recipe for coconut cream pie.. okay let’s back track. First I tasted one at this small town cafe. It was like something my tastebuds had never experienced. Up until this point the only coconut I liked was a virgin pina colada haha

So I decided I had to make my own..

*tip: it does not tell you to whip the heavy cream. but it is important to whip before folding in.

recipe:
Ingredients
3 1/2 cups whole, 2 percent fat, or 1 percent fat milk
1/2 cup canned cream of coconut (recommended: Coco Lopez)
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
8 egg yolks
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3/8 cup chilled heavy cream
3/4 cup flaked or shredded coconut
Directions

In the top half of a double boiler set over barely simmering water, stir the chocolate until melted. Using a pastry brush, brush the baked pie shell up to the rim with the melted chocolate. Set aside to cool and harden at room temperature or, uncovered, in the refrigerator. In a large saucepan, bring the milk, cream of coconut, and vanilla bean to a simmer over medium heat. Immediately turn off the heat and set aside to infuse for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer), whip the egg yolks and sugar together until pale yellow and fluffy. With the mixer running at low speed, mix in the cornstarch, then gradually pour in the hot milk mixture.

Strain the mixture back into the saucepan to smooth it and remove the vanilla bean. Whisking constantly, cook over medium-high heat until thick and just boiling. When the mixture thickens, the whisk will leave trail marks on the bottom of the pot and the mixture will have a few large bubbles boiling up to the top. Pour the mixture into a medium bowl and stir in the butter. Half-fill a large bowl with ice water. Rest the bowl containing the custard in the ice water and let cool, stirring frequently to cool the mixture. When the custard is cool, whip the cream until stiff. Fold the whipped cream and coconut into the custard. Pour the mixture into the chocolate-coated pie shell and smooth the top. Refrigerate uncovered at least 2 hours. (Or refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 24 hours.) Serve cold.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gale-gand/coconut-cream-pie-with-chocolate-painted-crust-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback

Step 1: I gathered all my ingredients before starting
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Above are some of the ingredients. As well as a vanilla bean slit and I scraped the inside.

I then put my milk vanilla bean and cream of coconut in a saucepan and let come to a simmer over medium high heat.
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Meanwhile… I threw my pie shells into the oven to brown. Normally I would make my own pie shell but I had some frozen ones so I just used those and they worked just fine 🙂
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After the milk mixture has come to a simmer I set it aside for 15 min to let the vanilla infuse.

Step 2: whip your egg yolks with your sugar until fluffy and pale yellow. Add your cornstarch while mixer is on low.
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Step 3:Then slowly had milk mixture. After fully mixed, take vanilla bean out and discard. put back over heat and bring to boil where it will thicken.
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Step 4: Once its boiled take it off the heat and pour into bowl. Add butter and put over ice. Stir quickly to cool. Then fold in whipped cream and coconut and pour into pie shells.

Optional: make whipped cream and toast coconut to top
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Yumm

Chicken sandwich

So after a long yet wonderful day at work i came home with an appetite! So I made myself a chicken sandwich!

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I’m in a baking class and had some bread rolls in the freezer that I just thawed.. and my mom made some killer chicken!

Step one:  boil chicken with dill. The flavor of the dill infuses with the chicken. Yumm

Step two: break down the chicken and mix with some mayo for moisture. My mom added a little fresh dill just for color 🙂

Step three: get some delicious bread. Homemade or just find some really good store bought ones. Toast your bread and as soon as it comes out put a tad bit of butter mayo and mustard on the bread.

Step four: load that baby with as much chicken as your little heart desires!

Step five: optional… I put a tiny bit of butter on the outside of the bread and heated it on a pan to get a nice crispy outer layer

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New years resolution?

So I’ve shared my resolutions..

Bake once a week! Take lots of pictures! Blog about it! And…. If time allows it I would like to invite people over to eat what I make 🙂

And get fit so I don’t look like I’m preparing for hibernation and eating anything I set my eyes on haha.. but really….. What about you? I would love to know what your giving up? Or committing to? Or both like me! So feel free to share! And make sure to come and check of I’m keeping my promise and baking every week 🙂

New year new me?

Hello and happy new year!
Any new years resolutions?
I have two 🙂
1. Bake once a week and blog about it!:)
2. Get healthy and get fit so I don’t look like I eat everything I bake! Haha

So today… I didn’t exactly bake.. but my little sister made ramen for me and I took pictures as she did.. and it was delish!!!

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We started out with chicken broth and this stuff^^
*forgive me I don’t know what everything is called.

Then we added  noodles, some carrots, soy sauce, pepper, sugar and cayenne

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As it came to a boil we threw in an egg and scrambled it all up!

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Then we ate our delicious ramen!

Gift exchange!

Oh man 🙂 so I haven’t seen my friend since before Christmas and we fiallyet up to give eachother gifts! 🙂

I got the best gifts ever!
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Crochet boots and a knit headband! I have been begging her to make the boots! Both gifts were a first time for her and they look fab! I’m so happy I have such a great friend 🙂
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My snapchat to her 🙂

Plus I got some coffee liquor.. I see tiramisu in my blogging future 🙂

I made her some headbands a bow and cookies of course 🙂
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My chocolate Oreos aren’t too pretty.. but I saw that Martha Stewart used a chocolate mold and even uses a design up top 🙂 so i will def have to go buy some molds asap