Taste Testing: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Move over, cat videos. Tasty videos are the new online obsession.

We’ve all seen these posted on Facebook from Buzzfeed Food and others. These videos feature a person making a recipe, all filmed from his or her point of view. Some are narrated and others just feature catchy music and captions to go along with the video. The end result is often a delicious and mouthwatering dish that we’re lead to believe (because we just saw whole the process) is a cinch to make.

Tasty videos are always entertaining to watch, but there are some recipes I see and my immediate reaction is, Really? Looks like a hot mess to me…

About a month ago, one really caught my eye as something that could just be crazy enough to work: Chicken Bacon Ranch pasta, posted by Twisted Food on Facebook.

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Homemade Irish Cream

irish-cream-featureOriginally posted on Fuchsia-Revolver.org.

I came across a recipe for Homemade Irish Cream that presented me with a perfect excuse to imbibe over the holiday weekend while simultaneously knocking off one of my my foodie resolutions while doing so. Pretty cool. 😉

I guess Irish Cream is considered a cordial… or a liqueur. Serious Eats suggests that the terms are interchangeable, with cordial appearing more often on dessert-like products: liqueurs flavored with coffee, cream, chocolate, etc.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Homemade Mustard from Foodie Resolutions for 2015

In 2015, I set out to complete a list of foodie resolutions over the course of the year. The inspiration for the challenge came from an MSN Food & Drink article featuring 51 new things that foodies should try. Foodie Resolutions have since become a tradition for me to blog about, with goals set at the beginning of each year and progress updates along the way. 

In honor of Oktoberfest, here is a recap of my progress and experience completing one of my 2015 goals: to make homemade mustard. Updated September 2016. 

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Pantry Raid: Spinach-Tomato Alfredo with Rotini

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I came home hungry from work one day and was too lazy to make something from scratch. It happens, right? Rather than resulting to take-out, I peeked around in my pantry and freezer for pasta, a jarred sauce, cheese, and some veggies to make this tasty Alfredo pasta dish in about a half-hour or less.

Here’s how I make it. To make things easy, it starts with a good, jarred pasta sauce.

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Pantry Raid: Make-and-Freeze Stir-fry Meals

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Take-out is expensive and not really that great for you. Fortunately, it is really easy to make at home — especially with frozen ingredients that you can assemble, portion, and freeze ahead of time.

For the past few years I’ve made these make-and-freeze bagged meals. These are similar to ones that you can buy in the frozen section at the store, but customizable with the quantities and ingredients that you want to include. They’re also cheaper and healthier, in many cases, since you know exactly what you’re putting into them and can add the sauce later to your taste.

My two favorite meals to make are veggie stir-fry with soy chicken (or “fake chicken,” as my family likes to call it) and shrimp with broccoli. I combine all of the ingredients, sans sauce, in a bowl and use a cup measure to portion into quart- or gallon-sized freezer bags, mark with the number of servings, and pop in the freezer. They’re very simple to assemble, and even quicker to heat up and serve. Here’s how I make them.

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