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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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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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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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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BBQ’s

Last Friday I had a BBQ at my house. Super simple, because I knew people wouldn’t care all that much. All I did was buy some beans, hot dogs and chips, and made an amazing pasta salad. I love the pasta salad and so do many of my friends. It has pasta, baby arugala, beans and red onions. It is super healthy and yummy yummy. I will post the recipe soon for you! 

I’ve been enjoying summer a little too much and not cooking a whole lot. I did make my brownies the other day and some chocolate chip pancakes for my best friend. But other than that my kitchen time as been limited. And soon I won’t even have a kitchen to cook in because I will be living in a dorm. OH CRAP! But I am sure I can use this blog for other food things. 

Any idea’s of what I can blog about after I move in August?

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I’m a lier.

Okay, so I lied about my diet. I backed out before I even started. But starting tomorrow morning I am going to start eating healthier and making healthier choices. As well as cooking healthier treats and foods. I will of course share with you my ups and downs and if I happen to find any good recipes that are healthy I will post them! 

Here I goooooo! 

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Dieting!

So my friend and I are going to start a diet. The purpose of the diet is to reset your metabolism. 

All I can eat in this diet is water, beans, and veggies. Although I have one free day a week to eat what I want. So cooking is going to be very interesting! I won’t be making as many treats. Hopefully this will help with my health and after I will eat healthier and less food. 

I am not sure how long I will be on the diet, and it’s going to be very difficult. But I know I can do this! 

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Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Pretty good. But make sure you have milk around to wash it down! 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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