Oven Fried Pickles


Oven Fried Pickles
These oven-fried pickles are seriously addictive and have become a total Delish snack staple. They’re super easy to make and are a perfect afternoon snack when you’re craving something salty and crunchy.

The best part of these pickles is their versatility. Not a fan of dill chips? Try bread and butter, or any other flavor you’re crazy about! Same goes for the spices in the breading — if you’re not a fan of spice you could tone it down with some freshly cracked pepper. If you love spice, amp up the cayenne — or even try putting a dash of your favorite hot sauce into the egg dredge! The possibilities are endless.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced pickles
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons  melted butter
  • 4 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Ranch dressing, for dipping

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 450° and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Pat pickles dry with paper towels.
  3. In a medium shallow bowl, mix together panko, butter, dill, garlic powder and cayenne. Season mixture with salt and pepper.
  4. Working in batches, toss pickle coins in flour until lightly coated, then toss pickles in eggs. Dredge the pickles in the panko mixture until fully coated.
  5. Place pickles on prepared baking sheet and bake until the coating is golden and crispy, about 15 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with ranch dressing.

Smashed Blackberry and Goat Cheese Toasts


Smashed Blackberry and Goat Cheese Toasts
What’s great about this recipe is that it’s uniquely scaled for you, a duo, or a whole damn crew. The blackberry jam keeps nicely in the refrigerator for about two weeks, so this is a toast you can remake countless times. It’s hearty enough for a meal, delicate enough as a snack, and downright georgous as an appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons cornstarch, sifted
  • 8 oz challah bread, sliced (or your bread of choice!)
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Procedure

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan combine the blackberries, blueberries, vanilla, sugar, and water (covered) over a medium low flame. Once simmering and the fruit begins to burst (about 5 minutes) gently mash with a fork or potato masher, then whisk in the cornstarch until well incorporated.* Cover once more and simmer over a low flame until needed.
  2. Meanwhile, toast the challah bread as desired — I recommend extra crispy.
  3. When ready, smear each slice of challah bread with a thick layer of goat cheese, then spoon over with the smashed blackberries. Garnish with mint, then eat!

* Add 1 teaspoon if you want the blackberries more runny, 2 teaspoons for a thicker texture!

Cook’s Notes

  • If eating for one, still follow the recipe! the leftover blackberries can be refrigerated in a glass container for up to two weeks, so you make this toast even quicker the next time you crave it.

Chipotle Taco Seasoning


Chipotle Taco Seasoning
Ready for a smokier taco?

If you’re a fan of smoky flavor, prepping up a chipotle taco seasoning before taco night will make you very happy. This spice blend uses common spice rack ingredients and brings the smoke through both chipotle powder and smoked paprika. We kick in a little cayenne pepper to increase the overall heat just a touch.

Don’t limit this tasty seasoning to tacos. You can use it anywhere taco of Mexican seasoning is called for to add a little south-of-the-border flare to your meal. It’s delicious simply mixed with ranch dressing for a quick dip or use it as a dry rub on chicken, pork, or steak to add a smoky, earthy heat.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Preparation

  1. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  2. Use immediately or store in a sealable jar (airtight) for future use.

Cook’s Notes

  • The additional cayenne pepper is optional. Chipotle pepper already brings jalapeño level heat to the seasoning (chipotle chilies are dried and smoked jalapeño peppers). Cut it completely if you prefer a low to medium level heat.

Tomato Juice


Tomato Juice
Ingredients

  • 46 ounces tomato juice
  • 3 Tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worchestshire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon MSG

Procedure

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 1 minute or until mixture is ultra-smooth.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until the flavors meld and the mix is chilled, at least 2 hours or preferably overnight.

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake


Ooey Gooey Butter Cake
Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), melted

Filling

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), melted
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine cake mix, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla and melted butter. Mash together with a fork until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Spray 9-inch by 3-inch round cake pan or a 9×13 pan with baking spray or use a piece of parchment in the bottom of the pan.
  4. Press cake mixture into bottom of prepared pan and get as flat as possible.
  5. Place cream cheese, remaining eggs, vanilla and melted butter in stand mixer and beat on medium speed until creamy.
  6. Add in confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time (and on low speed) until all sugar has been added.
  7. Pour cream cheese mixture over cake mixture.
  8. Bake for 35-45 minutes. I moved mine from the oven when the edges were brown, but the center was still a bit giggly. You do not want to over cook.
  9. Allow to cool before serving.

Egg Crepes


EGG CREPES

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch/flour
  • 5 Tablespoons finely diced chives or scallions
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper and white pepper each
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • White pepper for dusting

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Preparation

  1. Prepare a flat, shallow and round non-stick skillet. There are two ways of forming the crepes.
  2. Set it aside to rest for at least 30 min.
  3. Add the water and vegetable oil, and whisk vigorously until the mixture is smoothly combined without any lumps.
  4. Mix together flour, tapioca starch, finely diced chives (or scallions), sugar, salt, black pepper and white pepper in a bowl.
    • You could either start with a cold pan, add the batter and swirl the pan to let the batter run in different directions to form a circle.
    • Or you could start with a hot pan, and use a wooden “T-shape” stick to spread the batter into a circle. I find that the wooden stick method is easier because this is quite a thick batter to let “swirl”, and I’m not psyched of the idea of cooling down the pan for every new crepe. So I made my own T-stick by sticking two disposable chopsticks together, which has proven to be a flimsy, one-time-use-only device that was released from its duty right after this. But I thought it did the job pretty well.
  5. Heat up the non-stick skillet over medium heat. Depending on the size of your pan, add enough batter so it can be spread into a thin crepe that fits the diameter of the pan. Use the T-shape stick to swirl over the batter and spread it out. This will take a couple of practices but after the second (or third…) one, it would all come together.
  6. Let the crepe toast on the pan until some bubbles start to form and rise up. Flip the crepe over when the first side starts to brown, and do the same for the other side. When both sides are slightly browned, it can be taken out of the pan and cool on a plate. Repeat this for the rest of the batter.
  7. When ready to make the egg crepe, whisk the eggs, milk and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  8. Heat up the same non-stick skillet used for making the crepe over medium-high heat.
  9. Add 1 teaspoon of oil then approx 3~4 Tablespoons of the eggs mixture. The pan should be hot enough so the eggs would immediately start to sizzle and bubble. QUICKLY lay 1 crepe over the eggs BEFORE THE EGG COOKS so that the crepe could stick to the eggs. Sprinkle a bit of white pepper over the crepe and flip the crepe when the bottom of the eggs is browned. This would happen VERY QUICKLY, like within 30 sec if the temperature of the pan is correctly hot. Toast the crepe side until it’s nicely browned as well, then fold it in half and take it out of the pan.
  10. Repeat with the rest of the eggs and crepes.

    Cook’s  Notes

    These crepes can be frozen for whenever they are needed. Just insert a piece of parchment paper in between each crepe, slide into an air-tight bag and freeze.

    When ready to make the egg crepe, whisk the eggs, milk and salt in a bowl and set aside. Heat up the same non-stick skillet used for making the crepe over medium-high heat. Add 1 tsp of oil then approx 3~4 tbsp of the eggs mixture. The pan should be hot enough so the eggs would immediately start to sizzle and bubble. QUICKLY lay 1 crepe over the eggs BEFORE THE EGG COOKS so that the crepe could stick to the eggs. Sprinkle a bit of white pepper over the crepe and flip the crepe when the bottom of the eggs is browned. This would happen VERY QUICKLY, like within 30 sec if the temperature of the pan is correctly hot. Toast the crepe side until it’s nicely browned as well, then fold it in half and take it out of the pan. Repeat with the rest of the eggs and crepes.
    These crepes can be folded, or rolled, or into whatever form you like, but chili sauce is a MUST companion in my kitchen.

  11. Let the crepe toast on the pan until some bubbles start to form and rise up.

Flip the crepe over when the first side starts to brown, and do the same for the other side. When both sides are slightly browned, it can be taken out of the pan and cool on a plate. Repeat this for the rest of the batter.