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Love Me Some Alfredo

9 Oct

please pay no attention to the burnt bread. that broiler is tricky.

Seriously. My mouth is watering and I haven’t even begun to type up this recipe!

I feel like I need to explain that I love a good alfredo sauce. I’ve tried many store-bought ones and just don’t care for them much. My husband, yes, you read that right, makes a stellar alfredo sauce. It’s rich, creamy, and has an ingredient list that’s about 40 items long. Real butter, freshly grated parm, and heavy cream included. I can forgive him of the fact that he’s only made it 3 times (our second Valentine’s Day, our 5th Valentine’s Day, and our 2nd wedding anniversary), because it’s just that good! That, and because I know the cost of the ingredient list isn’t exactly bank account friendly. It does make me sad that we don’t have it more often, though.

Enter this new recipe! It isn’t exactly the same, but man oh man, when I want my rich alfredo sauce, now I can have it! It’s super yummy, fixes my craving asap, and the cream cheese makes this sauce silky smooth. I’m happy that I was able to find this recipe on Cooks.com (I made a few changes of my own), and you’ll be glad to hear it’s so easy to do. Seriously y’all. Easy.

Warning though, when I say rich, I mean rich. If you like your sauce like I do, you’re in good hands!

Ingredient List

-1/2 cup butter

- 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, room temp and cubed

- 1 clove garlic, minced

- 2 cups milk

- 6 oz grated parm cheese

- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

- 1 tsp dried oregano

- 1 dash nutmeg

1. Melt butter in a medium pan over medium heat.

I know it looks like a lot. I'm channeling my inner Paula Deen.

2. When butter is melted, add the garlic and let simmer for a minute. This is where the recipe called for 1 clove, but I know my husband and myself well, and we like our garlic. So I may have added 2. Or 2 and a half. Just add what you want.

I really wish I could bottle this smell.

3. Add cream cheese, stirring with a wire whisk until smooth. You’ll be stirring for a bit, and you’ll feel like the cream cheese will never incorporate, but it’ll get there. Keep in mind it will still be slightly lumpy.

I love cream cheese!

This isn't done yet, but it's getting there. Keep stirring.

4. Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to smooth out lumps.

this makes me smile

5. Stir in parmesan. Then add pepper, oregano and nutmeg.

I may or may not eat this straight out of the pan with a spoon.

6. Remove from heat when sauce reaches desired consistency. Sauce will thicken rapidly. You can thin it with milk if it gets too thick.

7. Toss with hot pasta to serve.

8. Devour.

Also, I wanted to let you know that this recipe makes plenty of sauce. We have enough for leftovers, twice. We like to have ours with grilled chicken, bread, and salad.

If you end up making this, please let me know what you think of it.

 

New Recipe Challenge

1 Sep

*This post does not contain pictures. Please don’t cry. It would make me very sad, and I promise to make up for it next time.*

In my last post I mentioned that I was making a new recipe and that I would explain more about that in a future post. Oh! Why, hello Future!

A few months ago, I noticed I was in a rut when it came to making dinner. I felt like we were having the same things repeatedly (my wonderful Husband never complained) and I really dreaded making dinner. The latter was unusual for me. I love to cook! To combat the chokehold the dinner rut had on me I decided I would challenge myself. Why not make it a little more interesting, eh? So here it is. Brace yourself; it’s a doozy!

Once  a week I find a new recipe and I make it for dinner.

Blows the mind, doesn’t it? ;)

Seriously though, I’ve found it’s helped. I even enjoy planning out our weekly menu (I actually plan a week and a half) because I get to search for our next new meal and because I have a growing selection to choose from now. I find something new I think my fam would enjoy, make it, and add the recipe to my book if it’s a winner. Simple enough.

Just thought I’d share with you my fix for the dinner time blues. Maybe it might help you sometime, too.

P.S. I have a date with a girl friend tonight. It’s Momma’s Night Out! These evenings don’t come around very often, but man am I glad when they do! I’ve got to finish whipping up some snacks for tonight and making sure there aren’t any hidden snacks between the couch cushions or puzzle pieces located where they don’t belong (kitchen cabinets, shoes, toilet, my purse).

P.S.S. My favorite time of year starts THIS Saturday!!! It’s college football season, baby! And you betcha this little Wildcat family will be decked out in overwhelming amounts of purple! A-Waa-hoo!

Banana Bites

21 Aug

chocolatey banana goodness

When I first started toying with the idea of a blog, I had two routes I thought I wanted to take. The first being stories of life. Obviously that’s the route I chose to start with (it is the most important, after all). The second is posting about food. Need I say more? It wouldn’t be anything fancy, AT. ALL. Just a collection of recipes I love, my thoughts about certain grub items, etc. This is not intended to be a food blog, whatsoever. In my blog, I write about things I like. I love my daughter, my husband, and I like food, so I might occasionally blog about something yummy. So lower those expectations. I’m talking low, like lowest rung on the limbo bar. Thanks!

Now that we have that settled, I wanna tell you about these banana bites. I have a major sweet tooth (and a slightly larger junk food tooth, but that’s another story). I love me some chocolate and instead of forcing asking my sweet husband to run to the store at 10pm to fetch me yet another pint of Ben and Jerry’s Brownie Batter, or trek across town to my fav, Baskin Robbins, I reach for these little ones. I love that they’re individually wrapped and freeze nicely, I love that they’re healthier than the before mentioned ice cream, and I really love that when the banana is frozen it could almost pass as vanilla ice cream! I found these little babies on some other blog, but I can’t remember where, which makes me sad that I can’t give credit where it’s due.*  So for the record, I’m totally not taking credit for these. My favorite about these though, is that 1) they’re super easy and 2) they’re super yummy.

*Disclaimer: the photos were taken with my iPhone. It’s what was nearest, peeps.

The Step-by-Steps
Cover a plate with waxed paper.

Place 1/3 cup chocolate chips (I love semi-sweet) and a scant (means a little less) 1/4 cup peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl.

Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each time, until all is melted.

Cut banana into small chunks. I usually do mine in about 1 to 1.5 inch pieces.

chunks on a plate

Coat banana piece in chocolate mixture, then put on waxed paper. Repeat with all pieces.

Try not to eat the chocolate with a spoon. It's difficult, I know.

Put plate in the freezer for an hour to let the chocolate set up, then remove from freezer and wrap each banana bite in plastic wrap.

frozen yumminess

Place all wrapped banana bites in a ziploc bag and keep in the freezer until ready to be devoured, err I mean, eaten with dignity, pinky pointing out and all.

Of course, this is simple enough to make your own. If you’re a huge peanut butter fan, add more, and vice versa. It might also be yummy to add some coconut or chopped nuts on the top before the chocolate hardens. Do whatever sounds good to you!

*If you’re the creator of the recipe, get in touch with me and I’ll add a link back to your original post.