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American Idol has only been off the air since last year. The juggernaut saw it's commercial peak wane after Paula and Simon called it quits, and although the forebarer to The Voice, in the words of Nelly Furtado, “all good things must come to an end.” A-List stars Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj couldn't save the show.
Scream Queens got canceled, but somehow American Idol got picked up by ABC- switching networks from Fox- for the 2018 season. You've got a solid 6+ months to get ready to decide if your going to binge this rework. With the reemergence of Will & Grace, Roseanne, Full House, and The Gilmore Girls, to name only a few it's questionable if this brand is heading for a comeback too soon.
So, far all we know is that Katy Perry is on the judging panel for a cool $25 million dollars. ABC is banking on Katy Perry having personality, but global superstars aren't going to give it to the people auditioning good like we want. We need a Simon Cowell. A Natalia Kills to say “as someone who respects creative integrity and intellectual property... I'm disgusted!” Jennifer Lopez was sweet. Same with Britney. We need a little edge and Katy Perry can only kiss a girl so many times for ratings.
Waffles are the brutally shaped version of the pancake. The pancake is slim and circular, sometimes shaped. It must be torture being molded and shaped into the perfect waffle. Just like the American education system or the children of evangelical pastors. In other news I wonder why we don't hear more about waffle rebellion.
Waffle Houses are the center of all drama and all prostitutes in America. Country singer, Brandy Clark recently sang, “we don't have have Waffle House, but we always have something to talk about.” Bitch what are you talking about.
This is just a PSA from your friendly neighborhood blogger to love the waffle like it is your child. Although most of us have pancakes (sometimes known as flapjack), you should not discriminate against the waffle just because it's look different from other breakfast foods. Waffles have feelings too.
Wheat Bran Waffles
1 ½ cups of Flour
½ cup of Wheat Bran
1 teaspoon of Salt
4 tablespoons of Butter
1 ¾ cups of Buttermilk
¼ cup of Honey
Prepare and heat waffle iron.
Whisk together the flour, wheat bran, salt, and baking soda in bowl. In a seperate bowl whisk together egg yolks, butter, honey, and buttermilk. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until still peaks form. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, pour the buttermilk mixture into well, and whisk gently until the mixture is just incorporated. Fold the whipped egg whites into the batter.
Spread the appropriate amount of batter onto the waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
2 cups of All Purpose Baking Mix
1 1/3 cup of Buttermilk
½ cup of Parmesan Cheese
2 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
5 Large Eggs
½ teaspoon of White Vinegar
0.9 ounce envelope of Hollondaise Sauce Mix
1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice
¼ teaspoon of Dried Tarragon
8 slices of Prosciutto
Stir together baking mix, next 3 ingredients, and 1 egg into a bowl until well blended. Let stand for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, add water to a depth of 3 inches in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and maintain a light simmer. Add vinegar. Break remaining 4 eggs, and slip into water, 1 at a time, as close as possible to surface. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Remove with a slotted spoon. Trim edges if desired.
Cook batter in a preheated, lightly greased waffle iron until golden.
Prepare the hollandaise sauce according to package directions, adding lemon juice and tarragon.
Stack 2 waffles, and top with 2 prosciutto slices, 1 poached egg, and desired amount of hollandaise sauce.
Forewarning now, this Tasty Tuesday does not attempt to teach you how to make your own cereal, but instead incorporate cereal into your daily life. And, yes this basic bitch included a recipe for rice krispy treats.
Recently, I read about Baby Boomers judging us, the youngins, for not eating cereal for breakfast. We're essentially pisssing on American culture, by going to Starbucks and getting that delicious outmeal with all the dried fruit and brown sugar in the morning. Like, I'm sorry Susie, but isn't it time to put in your catheter?
I have a very boring taste in cereal. It's all very simple, I have dentures kind of food. I love me some Grape Nuts, like the grandma I am. Clearly I'm down with the Life. And, I have been known to enjoy some Corn Flakes in my spare time.
If I'm going for sweet cereal I do like my Lucky Charms. I feel a draw to them. My father's ancestry runs Irish and I feel connected to my people that way.
Also a fun fact about cereal is that the first cereal was created by a vegetarian (not a vegan thank god). It happened in 1863 by a man named James Caleb Jackson. Apparently her ran a sanitorium. Isn't that just a great hearty fact to convince you that cereal is made for you.
Corn Flake Crusted Chicken
4 Chicken Breasts
3 cups of Corn Flakes
2 tablespoons of Butter
1 teaspoon of Water
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine, salt and pepper. Covering the chicken breasts on front and back Mix egg and water in a bowl. Crush cornflakes and mix in butter. Dip chicken breasts into egg and water mixture and roll in the cornflake crust to coat. Bake for 30 minutes or until done.
Rice Krispy Treats
¼ cup of Butter
4 cups of Marshmallows
5 cups of Rice Krispies
Melt butter in large sauce pan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until melted and well blended. Cook 2 minutes longer, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
There are so many ways to drink coffee. You can make instant. Buy some Dunkin Donuts blend. Grind up your own beans you bought at the farmer's market. You can make coffee through a cold drip, which only takes a few hours. And who doesn't have that kind of time? My point is that coffee is a versatile wonder of the natural world.
The long and short is that Starbucks is my shit. Once I drove a 100 miles through the heartland of America without seeing a single Starbucks. I now know what hell is like.
And, the best part of coffee is not only can you drink it, but it can also be mixed into your normal every day cooking. Hopefully, these recipes capture that magic.
Cinnamon Laced Coffee Cake
½ cup of chopped Pecans
2 cups and 2 tablespoons of Sugar
1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
1 cup of Butter
2 cups of Flour
1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/8 teaspoon of Salt
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
8 ounces of Sour Cream
Preheat oven to 350 degreees.
Lightly grease and flour a 10 x 4 inch tube pan.
Combine pecans, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and cinnamon.
Cream butter in a large mixer bowl. Add remaining 2 cups of sugar and beat at medium speed until well blended. Beat in eggs one at a time.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add gradually to butter mixture, mixing well until blended. Stir in vanilla. Fold in sour cream.
Transfer half of batter to pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle half of pecan mixture over batter. Transfer remaining batter to pan and top with remaining pecan mixture. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until a tester inserted in center comes out clean. Col in pan. Invert onto a cake plate to serve.
¾ cup of Sugar
1 ½ cups of Milk
1 ½ cups of cold Coffee
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
2 cups of Whipped Cream
Combine sugar and milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Allow to cool.
Add coffee, vanilla, and 1 cup of the whipping cream to milk mixture, stirring until well blended. Pour mixture into a loaf pan. Freeze until slushy. 1 to 2 hours.
Just before serving, beat remaining cup of whipping cream until stiff peaks begin to form. Stir slush mixture, spoon it into dessert dishes, and top with a dollop of whipped cream.
Now, your asking me how does Andrew Lowe work into a Tasty Tuesday? It's simple my beloved eight readers. He has this wonderful series called “Holiday Cooking With Andrew”. Which, has seasons. It's legit. It's basically like watching the Food Network, but with better recipes. He's just always so well put together and most of these videos rarely take place over the holidays.
His humor is very me. It's all self deprecating and wonderful. It does make me low key worried about him sometimes, but it's okay. We're millenial's none of us are really doing that great right. It's kind of our thing.
I put my confession of my celebrity youtube crush on him on social media, tumblr to be specific, and it went viral. I didn't event tag it and it got 15 notes. And, I was like who knows I might end up like Dan and Phil.
Below are some fantastic recipes. I've also included some of Andrew's videos. I could try to recreate some of Andrew's recipes, but it wouldn't be quite the same. You just have to experience live through your flip phone or wireless tablet.
1 pound of shredded Chicken
2 tablespoons of Canola Oil
1 Red Bell Pepper
4 cloves of Garlic
1 teaspoon of Cumin
¼ fresh Cilantro
2 cups of Colby Jack
1 cup of Sour Cream
Pico de Gallo
Saute the onion, red bell pepper, and garlic in the canola oil until softened. Add the cumin and chicken, mixing well. Set aside.
Spoon the chicken mixture into half of the flour tortilla, sprinkle with cheese and cilantro, then using a griddle, lightly brown the tortilla on both sides.
Serve with guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo.
Mac & Cheese
12 ounces of cooked Egg Noodles
1 ½ cup of Milk
1 cup of Heavy Cream
2 teaspoons of Flour
½ teaspoons of Salt
¼ teaspoons of Pepper
2 cups of grated Fontina Cheese
¾ cups of Parmesan Cheese
¾ cups of Mozzarella Cheeese
2 tablespoons of fresh Parsley
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Whisk the milk, heavy cream, flour, salt, and pepper, blending well. Stir in 1 cup of the fontina cheese, ½ cup of the Parmesan cheese, ½ cup of the mozzarella cheese, and parsley. Add the noodles, tossing to coat them well. Pour the mixture into a buttered baking dish.
Combine the 1 cup of fontina cheese, ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese, and ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle them over the noodles. Bake for 15 minutes or until the sauce bubbles and the cheese melts, and begins to brown.
Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
1 bunch of Broccoli
1 cups of Mozzarella Cheese
½ cup of Red Onion
8 slices of Bacon
¼ cup of Sugar
1 tablespoon of Red Wine Vinegar
½ cup of Mayonnaise
Combine the broccoli, mozzarella cheese, red onion, and bacon mixing well. Set aside.
Heat the sugar and red wine vinegar to a simmer, allowing the sugar to melt. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Combine the mayonnaise and red wine vinegar mixture, whisking until is smooth. Pour it into the broccoli salad, stirring to coat well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
However, we did make up for it in the snack department. We didn't make anything. Although, I had considered throwing together some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. I didn't do it. I'm a lazy person had Friends episodes to rewatch.
My mother does not allow eating in her car. It's a used/new car to the family that my mother sprung on the family last year. It was wonderful I came home to see this tan luxury item in my driveway, blocking my parking spot. Not that I minded.
This time we splurged and stopped to get lunch. We did a little shopping. Not that we could afford any of it, but that's okay because we're on vacation.
It was a rocky, but wonderful and beautiful road. It was like the icecream. That Rascall Flatt's song and it just goes to prove that if you buy and bring the right food any trip can be fun. Below are some recipes to get you in the trip of your lifetime feelings.
Pecan Almond Praline
2 cups of Brown Sugar
¾ cup of Heavy Cream
1 tablespoon of Butter
½ teaspoon of Salt
1 cup of Pecans
1 cup of Almonds
3 quarts of popped Popcorn
Combine the pecans, almonds, and popcorn .Set aside.
Combine the heavy cream, brown sugar, butter, and salt, cooking until the mixture reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer, about 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes, then stir the mixture until it coats a spoon.
Pour the syrup over the popcorn, stirring to coat popcorn evenly. Allow the popcorn to cool then break it into small pieces.
2 ½ cups of Flour
2 teaspoons of Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon of Ginger
½ teaspoon of Allspice
½ teaspoon of Cinnamon
½ teaspoon of Cloves
¾ cup of Butter
¼ cup of Molasses
¼ cup of Powdered Sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Combine, the flour, baking soda, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy. Add the egg and molasses, mixing well. Add the flour mixture, beating until it is well blended. Refrigerate the dough until it is firm enough to roll into balls.
Roll the dough into 1 inch balls, then roll them in powdered sugar, and place them on a greased baking sheet. Flatten the cookies slightly with a glass that has been dipped in sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they are light brown.
Remove from the baking sheet to a wire rack and dust them with powdered sugar.
It was “discovered” by Christopher Columbus. The one and only original father of genocide. He sailed there in 1492 and was convinced that he found India. And I found recently that much like Italy is the boot, Cuba is the crocodile. Do I see it? No. But, it has the nickname of El Cocodrilo, which I personally find very sexy.
They have a mixture of influences, which makes for an interesting cuisine. The island has it's indigenous tribes. The mother oppressor of Spain as inspiration. And, an eclectic array of Greece and France to liven up their sources of things to draw on.
10 quarts of Water
1 pound of Beef Jerky
2 pounds of Flank Steak
2 pounds of Pork
4 ear of Corn
2 pounds of Malanga
4 Green Plantains
2 pounds of Yuca
2 pounds of Cuban Boniato
2 pounds of Pumpkin
1 pound of Name
1 pound of Guagui
Full recipe here
4 slices of Ham
4 slices Roast Pork
3 slices of Swiss cheese
Full recipe here
It's not that I try not to eat meat. It's just what happens in my life. I could never be vegan. Cheese is part of my life. Pizza is the answer.
You also can't eat a burger. The only meat I really indulge in. Steak is not for me. I used to be able to eat it, but now I'm like. How was I so blood thirsty? How was I so carnivorous and testosterone charged that I thought this was a good idea?
Below are all my beautiful fish recipes that I've wanted to share with you. If you were looking for a recipe on how to make goldfish or Swedish fish, you need to go to a store. I don't understand why your being so difficult. Go to Walmart. Save money. Save time. And buy a family sized box of goldfish. There is no reason to be this difficult.
6 Salmon Steaks
1 cup of Rum
1 cup of Brown Sugar
½ cup of Salt
1 tablespoon of Pepper
Pour the rum over the salmon steaks and let it marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
Combine the brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Spread 1/3 in a casserole dish, place the salmon steaks on top, and the remaining brown sugar mixture over the salmon. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
Grill for 4-6 minutes per side.
2 pounds of uncooked Shrimp
3 cloves of minced Garlic
1/3 cup of Lime Juice
3 tablespoon of Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon of Chili Powder
1 teaspoon of Cumin
½ teaspoon of Red Pepper
Combine the garlic, lime juice, lemon juice, chili powder, cumin, and red pepper. Marinate the shrimp for 10 minutes, turning once. Grill the shrimp.
In the meantime heat or fry your tortillas.
Serve with sour cream and salsa.
Everything's a competition when you're raised by the television.