11.20.2012

This Thanksgiving!!!






Place setting image via Southern Living


Thanksgiving Day Outfit

Boots/Pants/Sweater


I'm tired already... so this year we are headed to Ohio to have Thanksgiving at my mom's house.. I.. as in me..as in Erika has signed up to do most of the cooking, baking, and planning..yes even down to my outfit!
I've made several list and checked them twice, I think I have everything... I think.. 

I hope that all y'all enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family. And if you're doing all the cooking and feeling overwhelmed.. remember Uncle Gary keeps a bottle of Jack Daniel's in the cabinet behind the sofa.. He'll never miss it.. 

xoxo
Erika 

11.16.2012

White Chicken Chili



Have you ever been to Cincinnati Ohio.. 
Yea.. cool.. NO.. that’s ok.. just follow along and act like you have
My mother moved there about 5 years ago and on my first trip to the Buck-eye zone I noticed that there was a chili restaurant on just about every corner…. And a white Castle burger with those weird shaped burgers that I think (no matter what people say) is kangaroo meat.. how could that be.. no clue but just go with it..


Anyway.. seeing all the neon lit signs boosting about having the best chili, drive through chili, homestyle chili….cajun chili.. grilled chicken chili.. I immediately thought how there had to be some rank fumes floating from underneath the bathroom doors in this city, as well as a shortage of tums tablets at the local CVS and Walgreens…


 As we draw closer to the Thanksgiving holiday (which I will be spending in the great city of chili) I thought I would go ahead and get the chiliness out of my system to avoid any stomach aliments that might occur as a result of that drive through concoctions that I have tried in the past..  never trust “drive-thru” chili…

But I promise this recipe will not have you in the bathroom praying to Jesus..
Let’s eat..



White Chicken Chili:
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This recipe was adapted from a recipe that my dear friend Melanie makes that is outstanding.. Thanks Mel!!! 



2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cooked chicken breast, shredded
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoons of ground cumin
1 tablespoon of ground coriander
1 cup of mild or hot tomatillo salsa
4 cups chicken stock
1 can (15oz) cannellini or Great Northern Beans
1 handful fresh cilantro roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Shredded Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack cheese


Heat a medium soup pot over medium-high heat with the vegetable oil.  Add the chicken to the hot oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.  Add the onion, garlic, jalapeno, cumin and coriander and cook for 3-4 minutes, continuing to stir.  Add tomatillo salsa and the chicken stock.  Bring the chili up to a simmer.  Add half of the beans.  With a fork thoroughly mash the other half of the beans, then add to the chili.  This method will help to thicken the chili.
Simmer the chili for 10 minutes.  Remove the chili from the heat and add the cilantro and lime juice.

Serve each bowl with a little Monterey Jack cheese on top.

Super Simple.. 



11.09.2012

Marshmallow Mocha Cakes



Hello there....

It’s fall, lots of delicious pumpkin recipes floating around..

I would love to share some with you

But I really don’t like pumpkin

I know your thinking.... "Surely, you can't be serious?" 

"I am serious. And don't call me Shirley"

Sorry,  I had an 80's movie moment.. where was I.. oh yea.. 

My issues with pumpkin







 I haven’t posted any pumpkin recipes… not that there is a need for one. Just about every food blogger in the universe has something to offer you which contains that gourd-like squash that I would rather use to carve into something freaky, stick in a light and put on my front step to scare people away..

Which I did.. 




I wish I could make something for y’all.. maybe a nice pumpkin spice bread or pumpkin pie.. but it’s a requirement that I taste what I post on here.. 

and I think I told you that don’t like pumpkin..




You see..It started with an term of endearment.. My boyfriend in the  10th grade used to call me pumpkin.. until one day he didn’t meet me at my locker so I went looking for him. Only to discover "my" boyfriend outside kissing some girl and calling her pumpkin…

I’ve hated them ever since…



So unfortunately there won’t be any pumpkin recipes on here, maybe in the future I’ll get someone to guest post about pumpkins and such… but in the meantime.. let me make it up to you..

With chocolate.. 




The chocolate center of these little beauties definitely over powers the marshmallow.. add more marshmallows or even the large marshmallows to get a more fluffy gooey marshmallow-y center. 

Marshmallow Mocha Cakes 

You might need these:

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup butter
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate morsels
4 egg yolks
4 large eggs
2 cups powdered sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon instant espresso or instant coffee granules
1 cup small marshmallows 



Preheat oven to 425°. Grease 6 (6-oz.) ramekins or individual soufflĂ© dishes with 1 Tbsp. butter.
Microwave 1 cup butter and chocolate morsels in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 2 minutes or until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth, whisking at 30 second intervals.
Beat egg yolks and eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Gradually add chocolate mixture, beating at low speed until well blended.
Sift together sugar , flour and instant espresso. Gradually whisk sugar mixture into chocolate mixture until well blended. Fill six buttered, floured ramekins, about halfway. Press about 5 marshmallows into the center of the batter in each ramekin. Spoon remaining batter equally over marshmallows, completely covering.. Place ramekins in a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.
Bake at 425° for 16 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into cakes registers 165°. Remove from oven, and let stand 10 minutes. Run a knife around outer edge of each cake to loosen. Carefully invert cakes onto dessert plates. Garnish, if desired.