The Pinterest Diaries

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My mom was making these little cupcakes today and this happened, aka what I’m calling “baker’s rage”.
So to all you bakers out there: HELP! We’re at a high altitude in Colorado, so if you have any tips/tricks to prevent this, please lemme hear them!
P.S. Sorry I haven’t updated this blog in forever! Hopefully more to come soon. :)

My mom was making these little cupcakes today and this happened, aka what I’m calling “baker’s rage”.

So to all you bakers out there: HELP! We’re at a high altitude in Colorado, so if you have any tips/tricks to prevent this, please lemme hear them!

P.S. Sorry I haven’t updated this blog in forever! Hopefully more to come soon. :)

— 9 months ago with 2 notes
#baking  #high altitude baking  #cupcakes  #baking tips 

Nutella Mug Cake - Two Ways

OK, this didn’t technically originate on Pinterest, but this list of microwaveable foods from BuzzFeed. Since Nutella is basically the greatest thing ever, the mug cake interested me. 

The picture on the left is from last Thursday night. I just made a half-recipe to see how I liked it, which is good because it actually makes quite a bit. Might have been a bubbling mess if I made the full thing. It’s also quite rich. Anyway, it turned out well, but just didn’t really have the Nutella taste I was hoping for. Mostly chocolate.

The half-recipe calls for 2 tablespoons flour and 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder, so the next night I had the idea to try replacing the cocoa powder with more flour and a tad more Nutella. MUCH better! Still rich, but the Nutella flavor was much stronger in version B. 

So here’s my adjusted version (half-recipe):

3.5 T flour
2 T sugar
1 egg
1.5 T Nutella (plus a bit extra if you want…and I do)
1.5 T milk
1.5 T vegetable oil (I used canola since that was all I had)

Combine everything in a mug and microwave for 1.5 minutes!

Here’s the original post from Live Love Pasta

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#nutella  #mug cake  #cake  #microwave food 
Burt’s Beef Stew
So excited to finally share this recipe with…all 2 of my followers. :P
Anyway, this isn’t a Pinterest find, but it’s one of my favorite recipes and meals ever. It comes from Dom Deluise’s awesome cookbook Eat This…It’ll Make You Feel Better!, which my mom has had for years. 

See? Nice and splotchy from years of use.
This stew recipe was given to Dom by Burt Reynolds and is very similar to beef bourguignon but with more of a tomato base. The red wine really adds a lot to it, too. Of all the beef bourguignon recipes I’ve made, this one’s my favorite.
Full recipe, in case it’s hard to read in the photo
It can be a bit labor-intensive but is well worth it. I like to do all of the chopping, etc. first so all that’s left is to braise the meat, put it together and let it cook on the stove.

You also get to braise beef in bacon fat. Life is good.

I love my Food Network cast-iron dutch oven, which is perfect for braising.

It cooks for about 2 hours on the stove, and you’re left with a pot of hearty wonderfulness. Serve with warm, crusty bread and a glass of wine. Hope you love it as much as I do!

Burt’s Beef Stew

So excited to finally share this recipe with…all 2 of my followers. :P

Anyway, this isn’t a Pinterest find, but it’s one of my favorite recipes and meals ever. It comes from Dom Deluise’s awesome cookbook Eat This…It’ll Make You Feel Better!, which my mom has had for years. 

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See? Nice and splotchy from years of use.

This stew recipe was given to Dom by Burt Reynolds and is very similar to beef bourguignon but with more of a tomato base. The red wine really adds a lot to it, too. Of all the beef bourguignon recipes I’ve made, this one’s my favorite.

Full recipe, in case it’s hard to read in the photo

It can be a bit labor-intensive but is well worth it. I like to do all of the chopping, etc. first so all that’s left is to braise the meat, put it together and let it cook on the stove.

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You also get to braise beef in bacon fat. Life is good.

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I love my Food Network cast-iron dutch oven, which is perfect for braising.

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It cooks for about 2 hours on the stove, and you’re left with a pot of hearty wonderfulness. Serve with warm, crusty bread and a glass of wine. Hope you love it as much as I do!

— 1 year ago with 7 notes
#beef stew  #beef bourguignon  #cooking  #stew recipes  #burt reynolds  #dom deluise  #cooking with wine  #red wine 
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

I’ve made this on several weeknights and it always comes out really tasty! You partially cook it in a skillet with some oil, but you don’t have to deep fry for this recipe, so that’s always nice. It’s perfect with some fried rice, which is also included in the recipe.

Full recipe from Life as a Lofthouse

I found this on Pinterest at least a year ago and it’s still one of my very favorites!

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#sweet and sour chicken  #life as a lofthouse  #chinese food 
Cafe Mexicali Sweet Pork

Some context: Cafe Mexicali is a really good Mexican food place with two locations in Colorado (one of which is in the town where I went to college, and there was often a line back to the door). The sweet pork there is delicious…I don’t think I ever got anything else there.

Apparently there’s something similar at Cafe Rio, and I found a recipe for it that tastes VERY close to the real thing!

Full recipe from Fav Family Recipes

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It’s pretty easy to put together in the crock pot and put into tacos, etc.  

It’s a good go-to if I’m ever craving Mexicali. :)

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#cafe mexicali  #cafe rio  #sweet pork  #fav family recipes 
Cilantro Lime Chicken Bake

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I only found this recipe a few weeks ago, but it’s by far one of the best Pinterest recipes I’ve made!

Full recipe from Sugar Baby Boutique

There are a few components that take a little while to make, but it’s well worth the effort. You could definitely make the tomatillo ranch, marinade, and/or cilantro lime rice (which tastes like the rice from Chipotle!) ahead of time to save a step the day you bake it.

I left out the mango salsa part, although I’m sure it would taste good in there. I also got a rotisserie chicken and shredded the meat with a fork instead of grilling it.

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Slightly blurry, cheesy wonderfulness.

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I’ll be keeping this recipe around for a long time!

— 1 year ago with 1 note
#cilantro lime chicken bake  #sugar baby boutique  #casserole 
Cake Batter Fudge *drool*

I’m a sucker for anything cake batter-flavored…ice cream, martinis, popcorn (YES! I’ll post that later), anything, so I was really excited to find a recipe for cake batter fudge. I’ve made this several times now, and a huge bonus is that it’s SUPER easy! It’s only five ingredients and literally takes about 10 minutes to make the batter and get it into the fridge to chill. 

Full recipe from Baked From a Box

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Perfect!

Another cool thing is that you can use the recipe as a guideline and make variations, so I’ve also used red velvet cake mix and swirled some cream cheese frosting on top before chilling it.

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I haven’t tried it with chocolate mix yet, but that’ll be next. Maybe with some orange or almond extract.

This fudge is pretty dang sweet, but so good!

— 1 year ago with 6 notes
#fudge  #cake batter fudge  #red velvet fudge 
Pineapple Chicken Quesadillas

I’ve made these several times and honestly, the only word I use to describe them is “bitchin’”. 

So. Here’s the recipe for these bitchin’ quesadillas.

Full recipe from The Novice Chef

There are a lot of great flavors in this recipe. There’s the sweet and tangy pineapple with the spicy jalapeno and smoky BBQ sauce. I used rotisserie chicken for this recipe as well, but I’ve also used grilled chicken and pulled pork in them.

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Soooo tasty! Great with some sour cream and guacamole on the side. :)

— 1 year ago with 2 notes
#pineapple chicken quesadillas  #quesadillas 
Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. That’s Right.

Kicking off the blog with one of my all-time favorite Pinterest finds!

I love Irish Car Bombs, so imagine my excitement when I found a recipe that combined one of my favorite drinks with a cupcake! *__*

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*Mine aren’t nearly this^ pretty, but they tasted really, really good.

Full recipe from Brown Eyed Baker

I found the recipe last year and decided to make them for a Super Bowl party. They went over so well that I made another two dozen for this year’s party. 

The cupcake base has chocolate and Guinness in it…best batter ever. It’s also just a good batter recipe in general. The sour cream and butter gave them a nice texture and moistness.

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The only problem was that they cratered a little, but I think it might have had something to do with either the altitude or the fact that I was baking them at someone else’s house this time and wasn’t used to that oven.

Very frustrating, but luckily you’re supposed to make a dent in the middle for the chocolate/Jameson ganache, so the cratering actually kind of helped for this particular recipe.

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Then comes the Bailey’s butter cream frosting to top it all off. DELICIOUS!

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Then I decided to overachieve and sprinkle some Ravens/49ers-themed sugar on top. :)

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They were a hit once again! I didn’t make it home with any. Next time, I think I’d like to try making the recipe into a two-layer cake with the ganache in the middle and frosting all over.

Alcohol + cupcakes = 

— 1 year ago with 10 notes
#irish car bomb  #cupcakes  #irish car bomb cupcakes  #bailey's  #guinness  #jameson  #super bowl