Pinteresting – June’s Recipes

Over the past few months, I have fallen into the Pinterest craze along with millions of other people.  At first, I didn’t know exactly what to do… but once I got the hang of it, I found myself spending hours on the weekends checking out neat Do-It-Yourself tricks for around the house, finding cute clothes that I needed to add to my wish list, learning interesting beauty and hair techniques, and probably my biggest downfall, discovering recipes that I absolutely must try.

Now it’s time for this month’s Pintersting post where I share a few Pinterest ideas I have grabbed from other users and share whether or not they work.

Today, we’re taking on a few of the recipes…

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“Baked” Poached Eggs
“Baked” Poached Eggs – Before…

Poached eggs in the oven?  What?  You are kidding me, right?

Nope!

I love eggs… and for the most part, they’re not that bad for me either.  But one thing I can’t stand is hovering over the pan and/or pot at watching them cook, stirring when necessary.  Which is why when I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I simply had to try it!

Just like our “baked” hard-boiled egg recipe last month, get out that trusty-worthy muffin pan.  Spray with cooking spray (I use olive oil spray) and crack an egg open in each one—you do not have to break the yolk, not matter how “runny” you like the eggs.  Season as preferred and bake at 350 degrees (ten minutes for a runnier yolk and fifteen minutes for a hard yolk).

We’ve even played around with making mini-omlettes this way.  While, I don’t have any pictures, it’s just as easy… only this time, break the yolk and stir in whatever ingredients you wish to use (chopped onion, olives, ham, tomatoes, pesto, etc.)  and bake at 350 degrees for fifteen minutes.

Baked Eggs with Toast
After – on toast with a little Chipotle Cholula

It’s that easy.  And trust me—YUM!

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Drunken Italian Sausage Pasta
Drunken Italian Sausage Pasta

My godmother’s husband hails from Italy; therefore, I’ve grown up absolutely loving a good, homemade pasta dish.  And while I don’t make the actual pasta from scratch like he does, there’s nothing wrong with braving the heat and making a tasty homemade sauce.

Or so I thought… this dish had great flavor, but it definitely took a lot of work.  Maybe it’s because I’ve never made it before, but let’s just say I was a bit moody and on my very last nerve while prepping this dish.

But like I said, the dish was very tasty.  We had family in town the night I chose to make this, and luckily they pitched in where they could to help me keep my sanity… but bottom line—everybody loved it!

Olive Oil
4 or more spicy Italian sausage links (casings removed)
**had I paid attention to this part, “casings removed,” my life would have been much simpler that night…
1 onion, thinly sliced
3 or more bell peppers, any color, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, pressed through a garlic press
**Thank you, Pampered Chef for my fabOoolous garlic press.  I love it!
½ cup white wine
1 can (28 ounce) diced tomatoes (with juice)
2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
8 ounces of pasta (recipe called for Pappardelle noodles, but I used rigatoni because I love it!)
Salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in large pan (or braising pot)
Crumble the spicy Italian sausage into the pan, keeping it fairly chunky, and brown it like you do hamburger meat
Remove the browned sausage from the pot with a slotted spoon and place in a small bowl for later
Add sliced onion into the pan, allowing it to caramelize or become golden (approximately 5 minutes)
Add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning
Stir
Add bell pepper, sautéing with the onion for about two minutes
Add garlic, allowing to cook just long enough until aromatic
Add wine, reducing for a few moments (until completely reduced—this took longer than I expected…)
Add tomatoes
Add sausage back into pan, folding into the mixture
Simmer for 3-4 minutes
Drizzle in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to create a silky, rich flavor
Add parsley and basil
Stir and keep warm while cooking pasta

Prepare pasta according to the instructions on the package

Serve, top with Parmesan cheese if so desired.

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Two Ingredient Lemon Bars - Before...
Two Ingredient Lemon Bars – Before…

Oh, yeah!  Only two ingredients.  No joke.

I found this recipe floating around Facebook before Easter.  Considering I love lemon flavored desserts, I knew I had to try this:

1 box Angel Food cake mix
2 cans lemon pie filling (I used Lucky Leaf for a total of 44 ounces)

Mix dry cake mix and cans of pie filling together in a large bowl by hand
Pour into greased 9X13 pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until tip starts to brown
**I would bake a bit longer than 25 minutes, my bars were more like a runny lemon-mud pie… but still tasty.

After...
After… with a little powdered sugar

Besides the fact I could have cooked mine for longer and will next time, I did have an even bigger issue when making this—I could never find the lemon pie filling anywhere in the DFW area.  Seriously.  I tried multiple Wal-Marts, Krogers, Tom Thumbs, and even Whole Foods.  Nothing.

So finally, my parents brought me two cans from Midland’s Albertsons.  Who would have thought Midland, Texas would have had something DFW did not?

After much anticipation, I wasn’t very impressed but I will try again.

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Your turn—have you tried any Pinterest recipes that you would like to share?  Did it taste as good as its picture looked?  I’d love to hear from you!

Original Pinterest recipes found on these sites:

http://www.amyskitchencreations.blogspot.com/2012/05/eggs-for-breakfast-sandwiches.html
http://thecozyapron.com/a-cozy-pasta-italian-drunken-noodles-and-shaking-things-up-a-bit/

And, feel free to follow me on Pinterest.

Pinteresting – Recipes

Over the past few months, I have fallen into the Pinterest craze along with millions of other people.  At first, I didn’t know exactly what to do… but once I got the hang of it, I found myself spending hours on the weekends checking out neat Do-It-Yourself tricks for around the house, finding cute clothes that I needed to add to my wish list, learning interesting beauty and hair techniques, and probably my biggest downfall, discovering recipes that I absolutely must try.

So, I’ve decided to start a new Friday FabOoolousness blog series.  At least once a month, I will share a few Pinterest ideas I have grabbed from other users and share whether or not they work.

Today, we’re taking on a few of the recipes…

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Oven Baked Hard Boiled Eggs
Oven-Baked Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-Boiled Eggs in the oven?  What?  You’re kidding me, right?

Nope!

I love hard-boiled eggs, but I hate peeling them.  After baking in a muffin pan for thirty minutes at 325 degrees and chilling in cold water, these eggs peeled easier than any hard-boiled egg I have ever made.  I usually pass the peeling task off to my guy because he has more patience than I do (I want to throw the eggs across the room when I try to carefully pry the silly shells off the darn things), but not this time!  I was super impressed!

When I removed the eggs from the oven, there were a few small brown dots on them… but these spots washed right off when I soaked the eggs in water.

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Baked Chicken Fajitas
Baked Chicken Fajitas

We try to eat healthy as often as we can, especially chicken dishes—baked chicken, grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken, boiled chicken, etc…  But we have a rule in our house: I handle the inside and my guy takes on the outdoor tasks, including grilling.  To be honest, and I must admit I am somewhat embarrassed by this, I have never once operated the big stainless steel grill I bought for my guy a few years ago.  Not once.  That said, I don’t get to enjoy many grilled meats and veggies very often because it’s hot in Texas and I don’t want to ask him to go stand over a fire when it’s already scorching outside.

So, when I discovered this Baked Chicken Fajita recipe on Pinterest, I knew we had to try it!

It smelled oh so good as it was baking, but it wasn’t nearly as pretty as the picture I had seen on Pinterest when I pulled it out of the oven.  But it doesn’t matter—it tastes GREAT!

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
Diced tomatoes (or 1 – fifteen ounce can)
Diced Green Chilis (or 1 – four ounce can)
1 onion, sliced
1 bell pepper, seeded and sliced (or more if you like them as much as we do)
2 tablespoon oil (we use grape seed oil for pretty much everything, but any baking oil—vegetable, olive—should work)
2  teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Grease a 13×9 baking dish
Mix together chicken, tomatoes, chilies, peppers, and onions in the baking dish
In a small bowl combine the oil and spices
Drizzle the spice mixture over the chicken and veggies and toss to coat
Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender

Serve with warmed tortillas and all the fixin’s (rice, pinto beans, guacamole, etc)…  and enjoy!

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Dreamsicle Salad
Dreamsicle Salad

And no meal is complete in our house without something sweet.  Now, it doesn’t always have to be something elaborate like a cake or pie; however, we do like our desserts.

So, since summer is technically already here in Texas (we’ve hit 90 a few times already), I thought something cool and light sounded good.  Enter this *Sugar-Free* Dreamsicle Salad from Pinterest.  I used asterisks around “sugar-free” because I didn’t technically stick to the recipe where it called for the healthier mixes…  Sorry; we’re not really big on the SF stuff in our house.

It might look like a mess once the finished product is chilled, but this sweet treat definitely hits the spot when it’s hot outside.

1 package orange jello mix
1 package instant vanilla pudding
1 tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 ten ounce can of mandarin oranges, drained
1/4 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts

Dissolve jello in one cup of boiling water. Add 1/2 cup of cold water to mixture and let set in fridge for 20 minutes
Once chilled, add dry vanilla pudding mix and beat until smooth with a mixer (or a whisk)
Fold in mandarin oranges, whipped topping, and pecans/walnuts (since we don’t have any nut allergies in our house) by hand
Refrigerate

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Your turn—have you tried any Pinterest recipes that you would like to share?  Did it taste as good as its picture?  I’d love to hear from you!

The original Pinterest recipes were found on these sites:

http://dancingoffthepounds.tumblr.com/post/24248559882
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/01/baked-chicken-fajitas-recipe.html
http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2011/09/sugar-free-dreamsicle-salad.html

And, feel free to follow me on Pinterest.

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