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This is where I try new things and show you how to try those same new things. I’m just an amateur and a terrible photographer, but I hope you can still follow my steps. Feel free to experiment and add your knowledge to the comments.

Mardi Gras Pasta

This is an adaptation of the recipe found here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grants-special-mardi-gras-pasta/detail.aspx.  I made just a few changes and they turned out great.  This is one of my favorite dishes now. [yumprint-recipe id=’3′]

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Bread Workshop

I intended to post a recipe I found for some French bread bowls, but they turned out poorly.  I believe the recipe itself was flawed, something I should have noticed.  A quick search revealed that a lot of people have had similar problems. When baking bread, it’s important to remember that you’re dealing with a rather finicky living creature — yeast.  Like any living creature, yeast has it’s own likes and dislikes.  It can also die. Problem 1: Yeast and water mixture fails to foam after 10 minutes. Here are a few common causes and their solutions: Yeast is dead.  Check the expiration date on the package.  Yeast has a …

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Pretzel Rolls

If you’re new to bread-making, it may behoove you to read my Bread Workshop post. Due to the popularity of my last post on bread, and the fact that it was very good bread and I like bread, I’m writing again about bread.  I love bread.  Scroll to the bottom if you only want the recipe without commentary or pictures. Here is what we’re making.  Pretzel rolls!  They look like rolls but taste like soft pretzels.  They’re the most amazing bread I had never heard of.  They’re also pretty easy to make.  They’re not as easy Crusty, Rustic, No Knead Bread, but few things in life are.  Just so you’re …

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Crusty, Rustic, No Knead Bread

If you’re new to bread-making, it may behoove you to read my Bread Workshop post. So, after my scathing review of popular culture yesterday, I will be posting pictures of food. I found a recipe for “Crusty, Rustic, No Knead Bread” on Kitchen Trials which has some really great stuff on it.  Check it out.  Now, I chose this recipe because I like fresh baked bread and had all of the ingredients, but there is a catch.  I don’t have any of the other things required to make it.  I don’t have a mixing bowl, my measuring cups were recently broken in an unfortunate flour scooping accident, and I certainly …

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Pecan Pie

Ingredients 1/4 cup butter (1/2 a stick) 2/3 cup brown sugar (packed) 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup corn syrup 3 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup pecans   Directions Combine ingredients in a big bowl. Stir. Pour into pie crust Bake on 450 degrees for 10 minutes Bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the filling stops being runny   Seriously, that’s it.  I was really surprised by how easy pie really is.

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Baked Chicken Rigatoni

This is an cheap and easy dish featuring just about any large tubular pasta you’d like. Cost: Under $15 Ingredients: One pound of rigatoni pasta — or, again, any kind of tubular pasta, or, really, any kind of pasta 2 thawed chicken breasts. 24 ounces of pasta or marinara sauce 2 Roma Tomatoes — Other kinds of tomatoes will work just fine, but I like the denser, meatier flavor of the Roma. 5 cups of shredded Mozzarella cheese Olive oil Minced garlic Diced onion Directions: Coat a skillet in olive oil and add raw chicken.  Place on medium heat. Please note, you are now browning chicken in olive oil.  Oil, …

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Easy Bruschetta

After an amazing experience at a small Italian restaurant in Ft. Wayne, my girlfriend and I decided to try making our own bruschetta. Bruschetta is a toasted bread with olive oil and often a topping.  In this case, our toppings will be tomato, green onion, and fresh mozzarella. Cost: Under $10 Ingredients: One tomato – Roma will probably work best, but cherry or globe tomato will work just fine.  If you use cherry tomatoes, you’ll need more than one. Two green onions A Squirt of House Italian Dressing Grated or shredded Parmesan cheese to taste Fresh (NOT aged) Mozzarella.  This is a soft white cheese, more like Brie than Swiss. …

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