Strawberry Lime Bars

Strawberry Lime Bars

I had some grand plans to make these pictures better with a little photoshop action before writing this post, but the urge to get it posted sooner won out.  Let me tell y’all – these were muy delicioso.  And pretty simple.  The hardest part is waiting for the dang things to chill so you can stuff your face. Continue reading

Taco Pizza and Weight-Loss Contest Update. And Yes, Those are Oxymorons.

Hi everyone!  I am in a vicious circle with the blog, I think.  On one hand, I want to have great photos, because I have the knowledge and equipment to make great photos happen.  On  the other hand, I want to post frequently.  Unfortunately both of those things can’t happen right now.  Sigh.  So I have decided it is better to post more often at this point.  Maybe someday I will also have nice photos, but for now, please enjoy the mediocre to terrible iPhone photography.

It’s funny that I had planned on posting this recipe for Taco Pizza when I made it last week, because another blog that I really love recently posted her version of Taco Pizza this week!  (Click here to visit her awesome cooking blog )Divine inspiration?  Perhaps.  ;)  While we are on the subject of the Divine, I’m basically certain that in heaven we will all be eating pizza and tacos.  And taco pizza.

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Yum.  If this picture wasn’t ridiculously blurry, your mouth would be watering.  Anyway, this is a recipe that is really straightforward and of course super simple to change up to suit your tastes.

Here’s how Husband and I made it: Continue reading

Simple Roasted Chicken

Hola, amigos.  I hope life has been treating everyone well.  Things have been nuts at our house the last couple of weeks!  Mostly because husband and I have been really busy with work and we have spent lots of time on the weekends house hunting.  House hunting has been a somewhat emotionally exhausting experience.  I would compare finding a house to the difficulty of finding a date in seventh grade.  However, hopefully I will have better news on that front soon.

This post is really about chicken.

Roasted Chicken

I know the quality of this photo sucks. I was hungry, ok?

I love chicken.  It goes with so many flavors!  You can really dress it with almost any spice you want and get great results.  But to me, the most heavenly chicken combo is when chicken meets garlic.  Mmmm.  So if you love tasting heavenly combinations, make this roasted chicken.  Plus it is ridiculously simple and quite economical. Continue reading

Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

muffins1I really wish I could call these something other than muffins, because that m is really throwing off the fantastic alliteration I have going on.  I suppose if I had a mini muffin pan they could be Blueberry Banana Bran Bites, but I don’t.  *sigh*  I suppose we could go with Blueberry Banana Bran Bombs, but there is really something terrifying about any food that can be described as a Bran Bomb.  And these are delicious, and I don’t want you to be scared to make them. Continue reading

They are Gonna Serve These Sweet Potatoes in Heaven

Hi y’all.  Wow, I’ve been a terrible blogger the past two weeks!  Apologies.  I was super busy getting ready for our four parents, Husband’s grandmother, and my brother to all come to our apartment for Thanksgiving.  Then I did Black Friday and promptly got sick :( and then had tons of catching up to do at work.  So that being said, I had planned on posting this recipe before Thanksgiving, but alas, it didn’t happen.  But that’s alright because after you try this you will eat sweet potatoes on a regular basis year-round.  Promise.

ImageJust look at the crispy, sweet n’ salty goodness!  No marshmallows in sight.  And while I am certainly not anti-marshmallow by any means, I don’t want ’em on my sweet potatoes. Continue reading

My Enchiladas That Might Someday be Famous

One of the best things about Texas is TexMex.  This isn’t really something that can be explained in words, you just have to experience it.  Like having beignets in New Orleans.  Or crepes in France.

Side note – TexMex might be part of the reason Texas usually ranks pretty high on those “fattest cities/states in America”… but I don’t want to speculate.  We’re all just fat’n’happy.

Anyway, I love enchiladas.  LOVE.  I created this recipe when I was in college – I don’t remember any reason other than the fact that I love enchiladas.  Maybe because I was too poor to go get them from a restaurant?  Probably.  I’ve been making this for years, though.enchiladas

Be warned, these aren’t technically traditional TexMex enchiladas.  For one thing, they are green chili based with a green sauce, and they are made with flour tortillas instead of corn.  The chili thing is because I love green chilies and when you write your own recipe you get to use ingredients you love, so calm down.  If you want chili con carne, make up your own recipe.  Ok.  The tortilla change is because I am kinda lazy.  For corn tortillas to really taste their best and roll well, you really need to give them a quick fry.  And that is too much work for me and makes a big mess.  And I would probably burn myself.

But I promise, these enchiladas are really, really good and they come together really quickly. Continue reading

Perfectly Easy Pizza Crust

Hello lovelies.  I have been slacking on my blogging lately!  This seemed to be a particularly busy week; it certainly went by in a whirlwind at our house.

Friday night is pizza night in the Stein household.  This did not begin with our Stein household; it probably goes way back to the Stein ancestors in Germany and Poland in the fifteenth century.  Herr Gustav Herman Olav Stein probably gathered his brood around the ancient brick oven as his children came in and asked, “Can we have Hawaiian pizza tonight?” “Did anyone remember to record Shark Tank?” “Did you get some Shiner?” “Grimm is new tonight!”.  So who am I to mess with hundreds of years of tradition?

Yeah, I made that up.

Anyway, Friday night pizza is a tradition from Jared’s childhood, and I think you all know how I feel about carbs and cheese, so I was all too happy to continue it at our house. Continue reading

Thai-Inspired Chicken, Butchered by Bad Photography

Happy Monday!

I’m not feeling quite as Garfield-like as usual this Monday morning, which I suppose is good.  Less negativity is a good thing.

We had a nice weekend; we accomplished quite a bit.  Although we did have to make a trip to the vet on Saturday after I discovered that Sgt. Pepper has tapeworms.  (I actually came to the surprisingly simple conclusion that whether or not you will check someone/something’s poop for things that shouldn’t be there is a good rubric for determining whether or not you love that person/thing.) After a ridiculous battle on Sunday morning, he took the de-worming pill and hopefully all will be well shortly.  But this is a food post, so let’s move on to something not-disgusting.

As a segway from dog poop to food, let’s talk about something else for a minute.  My food photography is really horrible.  This bothers me.  Mostly because I have formal training in both photography itself and the creation of lovely, meaningful images.  I do know how to take a great picture.  But let me tell you, photographing what you are doing as you are cooking is pretty hard.  And while my iPhone camera is surprisingly good, it isn’t giving me the results I want.  So I’m exploring ways to improve.  Right now I am considering bringing my Nikon into the kitchen, but that still doesn’t solve all the issues I am having.  Although the photos of the finished product would definitely be better.  Because the photos I took for this post are terrible.  I’m just letting you know in advance.  Now on to the food!!

On Saturday night, we popped in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and enjoyed the comedic genius of John Candy while devouring this Thai-inspired stir-fry.Thai Chicken

While that photo is terrible, I promise this was an amazing bowl of deliciousness.  My love for Thai food began in college.  The husband loves Thai food as well.  One day last year, I decided that I was going to figure out how to make my own peanut sauce.  After many trial batches and some research, I have a recipe that is not only easy, it is awesome.  Husband actually said on Saturday that this sauce is one of the reasons he married me.  So you should try it. Continue reading

Mom’s Banana Nut Bread [in Muffin Form], or Solving Your Problem as a Chronic Banana-Waster

One thing we bought with our wedding gift gift-cards was this really cool fruit bowl that has a banana hanger.  Supposedly this is the best way to store bananas and they are supposed to magically last longer.  This is a semi-lie.  They were getting some serious age spots 5 days after green purchase.  Side note – I love bananas, but I can only enjoy them when they are still a little green.  When they are ripe enough that the peel leaves those little strings on the banana and you have to try to pull them off with your fingers and your hands get all banana-y, that makes me almost want to gag.  Sorry.  Tangent ended.

So on Saturday, I decided that these bananas were destined for something better.  Of course I could have made something really healthy, subbing the mashed banana for oil or something, but I decided instead to make my mom’s banana bread.  Mom’s banana bread is borderline-famous because it is delicious and she regularly makes it for sharing with others.  It’s just one of those great comfort food recipes that is worth making every once in a while.  So go get some bananas today and you can whip this up on Saturday.

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The ingredients.  Notice the pecans – they are very important.  No, you cannot leave them out.  No, you cannot substitute walnuts; walnuts taste like dirt.  Ok, moving on. Continue reading

Coconut Poke Cake, a.k.a. Start Your Diet Next Week Cake

Hello all!

I’ve been hoarding these photos for a while – Mom actually made this cake for my birthday, which was quite a few months ago.  I took the pictures with the intention of blogging this recipe, and here it is four months later.  If procrastination was an Olympic sport I’d be heading off to my Wheaties box photo shoot.

This is a recipe from my Nini.  She actually called it Pina Colada Cake, but I feel like that name isn’t really the best because there is no pineapple anything in this cake.  But it is one of the most delicious, creamy coconut-ty  things EVER.  Just look at it.yummmm

Plus, it is super easy.  Really.  The only real problem is that you have to be patient enough to wait 24 hours before you can eat it.  And that’s pretty tough. Continue reading