Easy Parisian Crepes

22 Mar

Crepes3Nothing is better than Paris in the spring. Therefore, to celebrate the first few days of spring I decided to make crepes! Traditionally, crepes are a bit of a headache. With such a thin batter, crepes easily tear and often cook unevenly. Instead of going through the hassle, I found pre-made crepes in the supermarket.

Melissa’s crepes are all-natural, no-preservative pieces of heaven. They can be found in the fruit section of the supermarket and are incredibly easy to use.

Here’s my recipe for easy Nutella and strawberry crepes.

Ingredients: (Serves 10)

  • 1 Package of Melissa’s pre-made crepes
  • 1 Container of strawberries (sliced)
  • 1 Jar of Nutella
  • Powdered sugar

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Traditional Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day

16 Mar

Irish Soda BreadHappy (almost) Saint Patrick’s Day! Last year, I discussed the health benefits of St. Patrick’s Day. This year, I’m celebrating by making a traditional Irish dish — soda bread. Irish soda bread is a quick, no-yeast bread that’s absolutely amazing. It taste similar to a British scone, slightly sweet and peppered with juicy raisins.

Want to get in the Irish spirit? Try my Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Irish Soda Bread recipe

Ingredients: (Yield 1 loaf)

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons or 1/2 stick cold, unsalted butter diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 cup yellow raisins

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All-American Buffalo Chicken Dip

23 Feb

BuffaloChickenDip1I honor of the Olympic closing ceremonies in Sochi, I decided to make the most American dish I know … buffalo chicken dip! It’s the epitome of everything American. It stares down the country’s most popular bar food and asks, “how do I make this better?” It doesn’t settle for just being great, it strives to reach excellence. And in this case, excellence is achieve with a block of cream cheese and pre-canned chicken.

Plus this dips is smooth yet packs a punch. I know, the American similarities are frightening.

If you want to bid farewell to the Olympics is style, why not grab a group of friend and chow down on some buffalo chicken dip.

All-American Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe

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Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake Valentine’s Day Dessert

14 Feb

Cheesecake7Yet again, my food loving-boyfriend and I are making dinner together this Valentine’s Day. Last year we made butternut squash soup, mushroom risotto, and grilled salmon. Never ones to settle, this year’s menu consists of bacon wrapped dates, mushroom and scallop linguine, and a super secret surprise dessert.

This year we decided to make our dinner together, but he plans to surprise with a specialty cocktail and I plan to surprise him with an ultimate Valentine’s Day dessert. The problem is that I want to share my decadent dessert recipe with you without him discovering what I’m preparing.

That said, I already warned him not to read my blog, but I have a sneaking suspicion he’ll check it out anyway.

Boyfriend — If you are reading this, this is your last chance to turn away. Go watch soccer or something.

For everyone else, here’s my sexy Valentine’s Day dessert recipe

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Top 5 Super Bowl Party Recipes — Recap

30 Jan

beercheesefinalSuper Bowl XLVIII is almost upon us. If you’re not a Seahawks or Broncos fan, that means you’re spending your time focusing on one thing — Super Bowl food. I’m not a huge football fan, but I am a huge food fan (if you haven’t already guessed). That means this Sunday gives me yet another reason to create and consume mounds of delectable goodies.

I was attempting to finalize this weekend’s menu when I found myself scrolling through some of my own Cooking On Empty recipes. To my surprise, I have a lot a dishes that would be perfect for an easy, cheap, and delicious Super Bowl party. To make it easier, I’ve complied them all in one place.

Here are the top five Cooking On Empty dishes for the perfect Super Bowl party.

5. Super Bowl Sunday White Sangria

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Diced Potato, Leek, and Pepper Hash

27 Jan

Potato hashI recently took a knife skills class and like any good educational experience, it inspired me to dice. Dicing is the term for cutting food into small 1/4 inch squares.

Dicing is a rarity in my cooking repertoire. There are very few times I must summon my dicing skills with dinner go-tos like baked chicken and fish tacos. So, I had to pick the right recipe to practice my new craft. In an effort to continue my education, I pulled out a pound of potatoes and began dicing.

After completing my potato-cutting marathon, I decided to make the one dish where diced potatoes are the star — home fries.

Diced Potato, Leek, and Pepper Hash Recipe

Ingredients: (Serves 6-8)

  • 6 potatoes (diced)
  • 1 bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 leek (diced)
  • 6 strips of bacon (chopped)
  • Light beer
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Butternut Squash and Tofu Panang Curry

19 Jan

Panang7I’m a panang curry fiend! Ever since I tried the dish four years ago, it’s been my go to order at every Thai restaurant. The problem is that not all panang curries are equally delicious. I’ve cried through devilishly spicy panang, pouted through watery panang, and choked down panang served over canned green beans. But every once in a while I order a panang that perfectly combines coconut milk with curry powder for a heavenly sweet, spicy, and creamy dish.

Since I’ve yet to find a good panang within a five hour drive, I’ve resorted to attempting the dish on my own. I recently stumbled across a lighter recipe that was too good not to share.

Here’s my one-dish, winter panang curry.

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