Tag Archives: autumn

Pumpkin Spice Latte

3 Oct

Who doesn’t love a good pumpkin spice latte? Or pumpkin spice anything, really.

I posted a copycat recipe for a lightened up Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte over on Hello Giggles this morning. You can Check it out here.

 

Please leave a comment over at Hello Giggles if you have an idea you’d like me to re-create for Take Out Fake Out!

Have a wonderful day, everybody!

Garlic and Sage Pork Chops with the Creamiest Mashed Potatoes Everrrr

27 Sep

We have the creamiest mashed potatoes ever, and we have the longest title ever.

Sometimes you just have to make a long title to get your point across.

First lets talk about some TV things. We all know it’s the season for new and returning series and to be honest, I am feeling overwhelmed with the amount of new shows that look amazing. The shows that I am continuing to watch from last season are:

- Modern Family

- Big Bang Theory

- New Girl

- Girls (which isn’t on till later in the year)

- then just randoms like Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover, SNL, ect.

But now I am really screwed. There are like 10 new shows that I want to start watching and I know I just don’t have the time it’s not good for you to watch that much TV.

The other night, I started watching Hostages, and now of course I am hooked. Can we just talk about how much drama they managed to jam into that first episode. WOW. Also, I am intrigued by this show because it seems more like a movie plot, rather than a TV series. It will be interesting to see how they continue with the show.

We also caught an episode of The Goldbergs, which was hilarious. I absolutely love Wendy McLendon-Covey, pure comedy right there.

I’m also super interested in:

-Trophy Wife

-Hello Ladies

-The Blacklist

What have you guys been watching!? Do you have an insight as to which shows I should commit to?

Anyhoo, on to the goods.

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I made this last week when I just felt like a ‘fall’ meal. I wanted something hearty, with some type of pan sauce. I threw this meal together pretty quickly and it was delish. Typically you would want to have some veggies with your meal. Don’t worry, we had salad which is not pictured.

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I seared off the pork chops and then removed them from the pan, added some olive oil, chopped garlic and sage. Then added some chicken stock and white wine to de-glaze. I seasoned it up and then added the pork chops back to the pan, covered it and simmered for a couple minutes to cook the chops through. Then I served the pork chops and pan sauce, over a scoop of the best mashed potatoes ever.

The end.

Miss Delish asks:

What new/returning shows are you into this season?

What dish comes to mind when you think of fall?

 

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Pumpkin Spice Donuts

26 Sep

So, I made these little cuties.

They’re just so….*ahhhh* angels singing.

And to boot they’re freakin’ easy and quick to make.

All you need is a spice cake mix, can of pumpkin puree, oil, eggs, cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk. OH and sprinkles, can’t forget the sprinkles.

Mind are just terrible looking, compared to the beauties on this pinterest pic.

I just chalk it up to the fact that none of my pinterest endeavors will ever look like the picture. Much less disappointing that way.

Check out the recipe here!

Talk to ya’ll later.

Pumpkin & 3 Cheese Cannelloni

29 Oct

Good Morning!

How was everyone’s weekend? Was it spooky?

I went to a Halloween party on Saturday and my friend dressed as a “Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” bride, and I dressed as her bridesmaid. Let’s just say there was a whole lot of trashy going on. Pretty sure the pictures are highly inappropriate BUT hey, what other day of the year can you dress up as WHATEVER you want, and it would be totally acceptable.

I’m telling you, there is no other day.

Well I mean, there is Sunday when I find it totally appropriate to wear sweatpants that have a hole in the butt. I have other sweatpants, trust me, I do. I just like the holey ones. There’s something about them that’s just better. I also like the suspense of the possibility that someone will knock at the door and I have to madly scramble to put different pants on.

It’s exhilarating.

Anyways, now that I have confirmed you have completely lost your appetite. Let’s get to some food, shall we?

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Brown Butter, Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken

23 Oct

What’d you guys think of those cupcakes yesterday?

Yum, right? I may have eaten a few of those guys over the last couple days.

Can we all talk about our guilty pleasures when it comes to food? Let’s be honest, we all have them. At least one!

Maybe you’re like my Dad and you will eat a whole row of cake…over the sink…for breakfast.

Or maybe you’re like Mr. Delish and you’ll eat two three grilled cheeses (made with that plastic cheese in the blue package) for lunch, dipped in copious amounts of ketchup.

Or maybe you’re like me, and you will eat a cupcake in two bites when you think no one is watching, but someone is watching, and then they make fun of you.

Cupcakes aren’t my only guilt ridden food, let see here…

- Kraft Dinner ( I don’t care what anyone says, I love this stuff)

- Fruit Snacks

- Chocolate Dipped Granola Bars

- Hawkins Cheezies (not the ones that are like packing peanuts!)

- Cereal for dinner (ok, maybe cereal isn’t normally a food you would describe as bad, but maybe I feel bad because I’m eating it for dinner? Or maybe it’s because it’s captain crunch…red berries?)

And I’m sure there are many more that I don’t want to say can’t think of right now.

Even though we all have our little guilty pleasures, I don’t think there is anything wrong about that. Sometimes you need indulgence in your life! As long as everything is in moderation, no harm there! It’s much worse when you have to deny every little craving you have, it just makes you go crazy!

I tame my crazy with KD, Okay?

Now for something that you can eat with no guilt, okay maybe a little guilt from the brown butter, but you gotta have the brown butter!!

I love roasting up a chicken. I find it gives Mr. Delish and I a nice dinner, plus leftovers for lunch or to make sandwiches. AND you have the bones to make stock or soup! Dollar for dollar it is usually less expensive to buy a whole chicken as opposed to pieces, so it’s also economical!

For this chicken, I made up some brown butter, then let that cool and mixed with some lemon rind and thyme, spread that deliciousness all over the chicken and roasted until golden brown and amazing.

I served mine up with some mashed potatoes and veggies as well!

To make the brown butter, you want to grab a stick of butter and melt it down.

Yum.

Then let it get nice and bubbly, and whisk, whisk, whisk.

Like that! Now let it cool and then pour it into a bowl and stick it in the fridge for a bit to thicken up.

Like that! Now, mix er up a little. If it’s too solid, you can stick it in the microwave for about 20 seconds to soften it slightly, you just need it to be spreadable.

Now chop up some thyme and grate some lemon zest.

Mix those babies right in with the butter.

Now grab your chicken that has been rinsed and thoroughly dried. And put those lemons inside the chicken cavity.

Season the chicken inside and out, with salt and pepper. BE GENEROUS people, you need the seasoning.

Now it’s the messy part. Spread that flavorful brown butter all over the chicken, making sure to get some under the skin to keep that chicken nice and juicy while it’s cooking.

Now stick the chicken into a roasting tray with a rack in the bottom. If you’re like me and don’t have the luxury of a roasting pan rack (feel bad for me.) You can do this!

Just roll up some tinfoil and stick it in the bottom of the pan. Works like a charm. This just keeps it from sticking to the bottom and maybe getting overcooked on the bottom side.

And you’re ready to go!

Roast it at 425 degrees for about 1 hour, covered. Then remove the lid and roast it for another 25-30 minutes, until nice and golden brown, and cooked through.

Looks good right?

Yummy.

Miss Delish asks:

What is your guilty pleasure?

What do you put on your chicken before you roast it?

 

Brown Butter, Lemon & Thyme Roasted Chicken:

Serves 4

1/2 cup butter

1 Lemon

2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme

One whole chicken about 5-6 lbs

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

 

In a small pot over medium heat, add the butter and melt until bubbly. Begin whisking and continue whisking as the butter browns, about 2-3 minutes. Once the butter is deep golden brown. Remove it from the heat and continue whisking. You will see little brown bits at the bottom and that is fine.

You will be able to tell if you burn it, trust me, but if you do, unfortunately you will have to start over.

Set the browned butter aside to cool. Once it has cooled slightly, pour it into a bowl, cover and refrigerate for about 30-40 minutes until thickened.

When you are ready to roast the chicken, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Get a roasting pan ready with a wire rack in the bottom.

Remove your browned butter from the fridge and it should be thickened but spreadable. If it has hardened too much just stick it in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

Take your lemon and zest the entire thing. Set the lemon itself aside for later. Add the lemon zest and chopped thyme to the browned butter. Mix together completely. Set aside while you get the chicken ready.

Make sure you rinse and dry the chicken completely. Season the whole thing with the salt and pepper, inside and out. Use your hands to massage in the browned butter mixture. Put it in the roasting pan and cover with the lid. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Remove the lid and bake for another 25-30 minutes, until the top is browned and the juices run clear.

Allow the chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes before carving. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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