Life in the Kitchen

The story of a girl and her kitchen!

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Summer BBQ’s

Last night I threw a summer BBQ for my friends. It was real simple. I didn’t have time to cook because I was at school all day (summer school. it sucks). Anyways, I got hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon and baked beans. Everyone was happy, there was soda and chips. It was so so simple and not even that expensive. I expected about 30 people to come and so everything was under $60. I really would recommend it, I love doing things for other people, so it was great for me! 

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Yummy Chocolate Chip Scones. They were so good. Great with coffee in the morning before work! Here is the recipe. Mine had a strong taste of flour, I am not sure if that is suppose to be the case or if that was my fault. But try it out and see how you like them. 
Ingredients:
3/4 cup cold buttermilk
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup all purpose flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
1 cup white whole wheat flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp chilled butter (must be cold) cut into small pieces
3/4 cup chocolate chips
cooking spray
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
Directions:Preheat oven to 375°. Combine the first four ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.Combine flour, baking powder, salt, in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender, or you could use 2 knives, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Gently fold in chocolate chips. Add milk mixture, stirring just until moist.Place dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly four times with floured hands.Form dough into an 9-inch circle onto baking sheet, about 3/4” thick. Using a knife,cut dough into 12 wedges all the way through.
Brush egg white over dough and sprinkle evenly with sugar. Bake until golden, about 18-20 minutes, depending on your oven. Serve warm.

Yummy Chocolate Chip Scones. They were so good. Great with coffee in the morning before work! Here is the recipe. Mine had a strong taste of flour, I am not sure if that is suppose to be the case or if that was my fault. But try it out and see how you like them. 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup cold buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp chilled butter (must be cold) cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • cooking spray
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar


Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°. Combine the first four ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Cut in chilled butter with a pastry blender, or you could use 2 knives, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Gently fold in chocolate chips. Add milk mixture, stirring just until moist.

Place dough onto a floured surface and knead lightly four times with floured hands.Form dough into an 9-inch circle onto baking sheet, about 3/4” thick. Using a knife,cut dough into 12 wedges all the way through.

Brush egg white over dough and sprinkle evenly with sugar. Bake until golden, about 18-20 minutes, depending on your oven. Serve warm.

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Mac and Cheese

I finally made it to the kitchen the last couple nights. My family has left me at home for 3 whole weeks so hopefully I will take this advantage to get in the kitchen. So I made this Macaroni and Cheese tonight for dinner and it was pretty great. I just followed the recipe exactly and it turned out fantastic.

Revolutionary Mac & Cheese
Source: Cate’s World Kitchen  adapted from White on Rice

Ingredients:
2 cups dried pasta
2 1/2 cups skim milk**
1 cup loosely packed cheddar cheese, shredded by hand
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dijon mustard, can omit and substitute nutmeg instead (for either, start with a little and add more to taste)
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions:

In a small saucepan, add pasta and milk.  Bring to simmer, then reduce heat to low and cook for 20 to 25 minutes, until pasta is soft, stirring frequently and ensuring milk does not boil.

Turn heat off, add cheese & salt & and stir to combine.  Stir in the mustard or nutmeg & cayenne a little at a time, to taste. Cover and let stand for a couple of minutes, then stir again and serve. If not creamy enough, add milk a little at a time, and gently stir.

If you would like to bake it at this point, place in a baking dish and top with a generous sprinkling of cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 10 minutes until cheese has melted.

As a side dish this makes enough for 4 people with no leftovers (can easily be doubled).


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I HAVENT COOKED YET

I am so sorry I haven’t cooked yet. I feel terrible but I’ve just been so busy with summer school mainly. And I don’t really have too many idea’s of what I should make, it’s depressing. If anyone has some idea’s of what they want to see me conquer (make) in the kitchen let me know and I will see what I can do! 

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We’re BACK!

Life in the Kitchen is back. Unfortunately only for a couple months again. I am back from college living in my parents house for the summer. Dorm life is rough without a private kitchen. Living at home means I get a kitchen to myself (for the most part) and free ingredients to work with! I have a few idea’s and hopefully this summer I will have time to share some of the things I make with you! Right now I am home sick with the flu, I am taking an online class, but as soon as I am done with my work for the day I am heading up to the kitchen to see what I can find! What will it be? I don’t know yet, but I will keep you updated with my conquer in the kitchen and (of course) my failures. 

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Only Six Days

I only have 6 days with a kitchen. Then I move to school and won’t have a kitchen to experiment it. Maybe I will make a friend with a kitchen and they will let me use it. Who knows. 

I have been on a missions trip so I haven’t cooked for about 2 weeks. And I am so sorry! This week I promise to try to find my way back to the kitchen! 

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Red Velvet Chip Cookies

Makes about 20

1/2 cup butter

 1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup heavy cream or milk*

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon red food coloring

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375.

Cream butter and sugars together until fluffy.

Add egg, vanilla, and heavy cream and combine until smooth. Beat in red food coloring.

Stir in cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt until just combined.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out 1 tablespoon of dough and set on baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

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Failure in the Kitchen

So I thought my kitchen and I had been getting along pretty good the last couple weeks. But tonight, the kitchen won. I made some ‘Fudgy Brownies’ that didn’t turn out as expected. They are so bland and unsatisfying. The picture I got off the internet looked great, but they just ended up being boring. I could try adding something to them, and maybe I will do that one day and see how they turn out. But if that doesn’t work this recipe is going away for life. 

And here I sit, sad and unsatisfied with my brownies. Let’s hope when people wake up tomorrow and try them they like them more than I did. I could never throw them away, so it may take awhile for them to be eaten up. 

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