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You learn something new every day.
From Ragamuffin to Studmuffin.
Internship with N20 Youth.
Needless to say the youth were greatly impacted in these past three weeks, having been challenged, charged, and encouraged to walk out the life God has before them. We love you N20 youth!!
Fresh tasting and super easy marinating process... it was nice to change up the cuisine with this Greek inspired dish. And Ryan who isn't usually a fan of pasta salad, said he actually liked the orzo salad!
Chicken Shawarma with Homemade Hummus, Cilantro Rice and Mediterranean Salad
This was another change from the norm with some really fresh and vibrant flavors. It's a dish inspired by Albasha's signature Chicken Shawarma dish. Felt just like we were there!!
Coconut Cream Pie
I was DESPERATELY craving this pie. Alas, I ended up making it for an event at church and didn't get a chance to partake. Although I got rave reviews for it, so it is a must to try again!
Traditional Flan Dessert
I took a different approach to making flan. I made it by processing all the ingredients in a blender and then pouring it straight into a dish for baking. It was a super easy process, and it made a ton! Be careful to watch the caramelized sugar for the bottom of the dish (kinda burnt mine). And also a big key thing.. let it sit and chill in the fridge for a good 4 hours or until completely firm.
Meal FAILS: Braised Chicken Thighs & Crawfish Pasta Concoction
I won't waste my breath on these for too long. I followed a recipe for braised chicken thighs that had an obscene amount of vinegar in the recipe. It was GROSS! My logic didn't kick in for this recipe. And the Crawfish Pasta Concoction was ruined when I took a risk by adding white wine that never really cooked out and it just ruined the whole thing.
Tomato Vinaigrette Marinated Chicken with Corn Barley Salad
A great healthy way to prepare boring old chicken breasts along with a paired nicely with a fresh corn barley salad. Great summer dish! This is officially one of my favorites!
Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Guacamole
Can't go wrong with Mexican and this was a nice alternative to chicken enchiladas. Wish I had the exact recipe for Ryan's homemade guacamole, but I will have to post it in the future!
Turkey Spinach Manicotti
The original recipe calls for ground chicken, but I couldn't find any readily available at the store so I went with ground turkey instead. It's a nice lean meat, and by no means is there any skimping on flavor for this dish! This is my favorite italian dish to order at restaurants, and having made it for our neighbors who aren't particularly fond of mushrooms, we disguised them so well, they didn't even know 'til we told them! :D
Raspberry Ice Cream Layer Cake
A semi-homemade dessert that is quick and easy when you're in a pinch. The only time consuming thing about this is waiting for it to freeze, but the layering process takes no more than 10 minutes :) Great way to cool down this summer and satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time!!
If you haven't discovered the European Cookie Spread that is Biscoff, you're missing out! This is so much better than Nutella and highly addictive. For the church Picnic Potluck this past weekend, I made a cookie out of this spread. So technically..... it's a Cookie Cookie... hahaha. Try it, you'll be hooked!!
Baked Salmon with Tomato Mushroom Bisque Sauce over Angel Hair Pasta
So I did a little tweaking with this recipe. I didn't have shrimp on hand, but I did have some salmon filets. So I baked the salmon fillets in the toaster oven for about 20 minutes, just seasoned them generously with salt and pepper and brushed a little dijon mustard on top. While those were baking I prepared the sauce just as the recipe instructs. Plated it with angel hair, sauce, then salmon with a little basil added in for flavor. YUUUUM!! Ryan didn't know the recipe called for shrimp at first and he and I agreed that we like it better with salmon.
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