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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!

 

 

 

Oven Roasted Vegetable Quinoa with Crunchy Chickpeas

12 Oct

Good Morning all. I hope everyone is having a great day so far.

TGIF, am I right?

I’m pretty excited to get this weekend going. We don’t have much planned which is nice, other than helping my sister and her boyfriend move for a couple hours on Sunday, we are pretty much free. This means I’m going to be spending countless hours in my PJ’s watching trash TV. Which, by the way, I haven’t been doing very often lately, but sometimes you just need a day to do nothing.

As I promised, I made a vegetarian dish to put on the blog since Mr. Delish made his pact to only eat vegetables for a week. Unfortunately, that plan is falling by the wayside today since we are going to my parents for homemade turkey soup. Sooo excited.

I must say that turkey soup and turkey sandwiches are pretty much my favorite thing about thanksgiving. The dinner itself is great but its almost too much. There’s just so much going on that it is hard to enjoy each dish as much as you should.

Plus, I always feel like I’m in a food coma for the next 3 days. That’s almost never good.

Anyways, lets get to vegetables.

Mr. Delish is on a big Quinoa kick. Yes that is right. The burger king himself is obsessing over a grain. He reminded me at least 3 times to remember to buy more quinoa when I went to the store yesterday.

What is happening?

I think it all started when I made this and then just spiraled out of control after that. As usual he wanted me to make the same recipe over again, in which I replied “Arrggggg I can’t because then I can’t post it on my blog….why don’t you understand my liiiiffffeeee”

Just joking about the last part….sort of.

Since he needed the quinoa in his life, I made this easy dish full of roasted veggies, caramelized onion, honey vinaigrette and these aaaamazing oven roasted chickpeas.

I know, I am super behind the times on this one, I’ve seen it all over pinterest but I just discovered it now so give me a break, okay?

Roast em up and top them on a salad or just eat them plain cause they are just so damn good.

They’ll change your life, I’m just sayin’.

Oven Roasted Vegetable Quinoa with Crunchy Chickpeas:

Serves 4 as a main, 6 as a side

4 cups hot cooked quinoa (cooked according to package directions)

1 can (15oz) chickpeas

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 tbsp cumin

1 1/2 cups chopped green beans

1 small zucchini, cut into cubes

1 yellow pepper, cut into cubes

1 tbsp butter

1 sweet onion, sliced thinly

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Drain and rinse the chickpeas and then pour them onto a non stick baking sheet. Drizzle with about 2 tbsp olive oil and then sprinkle on the cumin, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Using your hands just coat the chickpeas in the seasoning and oil and stick them into the preheated oven for 40 minutes total.

While the chickpeas are going, get a small pot of water boiling, and blanch the green beans for about 3-4 minutes until tender. Remove from the water and drain.

Add the beans, peppers and zucchini to another non stick sheet pan and pour on the remaining oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper and toss to coat. When there is about 25 minutes left on the chickpeas, put the tray of vegetables in the oven as well.

In a small pot over medium low, add the butter and melt until bubbly. Add the sliced onion and stir. Cook over medium low for 15-20 minutes until softened and caramelized. Set aside.

While the veggies are cooking, add the olive oil, vinegar, honey and dijon into a mason jar, season to taste with salt and pepper and screw on the lid tightly shake it up until it is all combined and set aside, do not refrigerate.

Once the 40 minutes is up on the chickpeas, they should be super crunchy and will have shrunk in size. The other vegetables should be cooked through and beginning to brown a bit. If you want some extra browning on the veggies, you can always stick them under the broiler for a minute or two.

In a large serving bowl, add the cooked hot quinoa, roasted vegetables, caramelized onion, and chopped parsley. Top with the roasted chickpeas and then pour on the dressing, you may not need all of it. Toss to coat completely and then serve hot with extra chopped parsley for garnish.

 

Epic Thanksgiving and Epic Blog Post

11 Oct

Hey all!

As promised, I am doing a complete rundown of our menu for Thanksgiving. Hopefully this will help with planning your meal. Feel free to not go absolutely nuts and over the top like we did. We are some crazy people to take on this menu, and there was 4 of us helping over the course of two days, so don’t think you can do this all with one or two people in a few hours. That would be scary.

Speaking of scary. We had some kitchen injuries! Luckily no burns or cuts or ER visits. We did have a bruised knee (me) because I smashed it on our kitchen counter when I was chopping vegetables on a bar stool. I was sitting on the bar stool to be exact.

Then Carley opened the fridge and a jar of olives fell right on the top of her foot! OW!

We were both hobbling.

I will do a post in a couple days with photos of our decor and a run down of our fall fun day. For now let’s just get to the recipes.

Each item was either our own creation, or a borrowed recipe. If it is our creation, the recipe will be at the bottom of the post, if it is a borrowed recipe, the title will be a link that takes you right to it :)

Enjoy and please comment below if you have any questions!

Drinks
– White Wine & Apple Sangria with Cranberry Ice Cubes

– Mulled Hot Apple Cider

 

Appetizers
–  Goat Cheese Spread with Roasted Garlic and Truffle Oil

– Butternut Squash and Sage Tart

Salad
– Pear Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

 

Main
– Turkey with gravy Pioneer Woman Brine
– Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage, Fennel and Sage
– Brussel Sprout Gratin with Bacon
– Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
– Caramelized Sweet Potatoes
– Heirloom Carrots with Butter and Herbs
Green Bean Casserole with Frizzled Leeks and Shallots
Homemade Dinner Rolls

 

Dessert
Chocolate Pecan Pie
– Pumpkin Pie
– Earl Grey Crème Brulee

 

White Wine & Apple Sangria with Cranberry Ice Cubes:

Serves 8

2 cups fresh cranberries

Water

6.5 cups light white wine, we used Pinot Grigio

2 large honeycrisp apples, cored and cut into cubes

5 cups dry sparkling apple cider (strongbow or any hard cider works, just make sure it isn’t too sweet)

 

At least the day before: In two ice cube trays, divide the cranberries throughout the trays, you don’t have to use them all if they don’t fit. Fill the trays with boiled water, this will help the cubes to be nice and clear, not cloudy. Freeze them overnight.

The night before or in the morning: In a large pitcher, add the cubed apple and the wine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours. When you are ready to serve, add the cider and stir to combine. Serve in wine glasses with a couple of those cranberry ice cubes!

 

Mulled Hot Apple Cider:

Serves 10

This is an easy one.

 

8 cups non alcoholic apple cider

2 cinnamon sticks

 

In a slow cooker, add the cider and cinnamon sticks. Set for 6 hours and allow the cider to stay warm during your dinner!

 

Goat Cheese Spread with Roasted Garlic and Truffle Oil:

Serves 6

 

1 head garlic

1 large log goat cheese

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tbsp truffle oil or truffle olive oil

 

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Grab your head of garlic and chop it in half, cover each half with plastic wrap and bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until very soft. Set aside to cool completely.

In a mixing bowl, combine the roasted garlic, goat cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Place in a serving dish and then drizzle with the truffle oil.

Serve with crackers or baguette.

 

Butternut Squash and Sage Tart:

Serves 10

2 cups cubed butternut squash

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1/2 package Phyllo pastry

1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly

1 cup grated white cheddar

2 tbsp chopped fresh sage

 

On a baking sheet, add the cubed butternut squash, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Use your hands and toss to coat.

Roast at 375 for 20-25 minutes until softened. Remove and allow to cool.

On a baking sheet, lay down a couple sheets of the phyllo, then brush with some butter, repeat until you have used all the phyllo sheets. Leaving a 1 inch border on all sides, top with the grated white cheddar, roasted butternut squash and sprinkle with sage.

Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the pastry is golden brown.

 

 

Pear Salad with Honey Maple Vinaigrette:

Serves 10

1 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup honey

2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

4 ripe pears, sliced thinly

2 heads of romaine, cleaned and torn into small pieces

1/2 cup shaved romano cheese

1 1/2 cups roasted pumpkin seeds

 

In a large mason jar, shake up the oil, vinegar, honey and salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a large salad bowl, mix together the romaine, pears, cheese and pumpkin seeds. Add the dressing and toss to coat, you might not need all the dressing, go slowly.

Serve immediately.

 

 

Cornbread Stuffing with Sausage, Fennel and Sage:

Serves 10

1 cup flour

3/4 cornmeal

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg, beaten

1 cup milk

1/4 cup melted butter

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tbsp fennel seeds

1/2 lb pork sausage, not in casings or taken out of the casings

1 tsp fresh chopped sage

1 cup chicken broth

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

 

Preheat your oven to 425 and butter an 8×8 baking pan.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, and baking powder. In a seperate bowl, mix together the egg, milk and melted butter. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix just until combined. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.

Once the cornbread is cooled completely. Cut it into 1 inch cubes, set aside.

In a pan over medium high heat, add the vegetable oil and heat. Once the oil is hot add the fennel and allow that to cook for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the sausage and cook until browned and  cooked through, breaking up into small pieces as you go.

Once the sausage is fully cooked, lower the heat to medium low and add the sage, cornbread, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Stir to coat.

Add the cornbread mixture to a 9×12 baking pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until browned and crispy on the top.

 

Brussel Sprout and Bacon Gratin:

Serves 10

6 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 1/4 inch pieces

3 cloves garlic, minced

About 40 brussel sprouts, cleaned and quartered

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1/4 cup butter cut into a bunch of little pieces

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×12 baking pan.

In a large saute pan over medium high heat, saute the bacon until crisp, add the garlic and cook for about 1 minute then add the brussel sprouts and cook until softened and cooked through, season with salt and pepper.

Add the brussel sprout and bacon mixture to the prepared baking sheet and top with the panko and pats of butter. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden brown.

 

 

Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes:

Serves 10

6 lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered

1  1/2 cups  heavy cream

1/2 cup butter

2 tbsp kosher salt

 

In a large pot add the potatoes and enough water to cover, place over high heat until boiling. Lower heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are fork tender (no resistence when you poke a fork into them) about 20-25 minutes. Drain and put them back into the pot with the lid on.

In a large measuring cup or microwavable bowl, add the cream and butter. Microwave for about 1-1.5 minutes, until the butter is fully melted and the mixture is hot.

Mash all the potatoes without any liquid, until there are not any lumps. Add the cream mixture slowly while mashing, until smooth. Add the salt and mix again. Serve hot!

 

Caramelized Sweet Potatoes:

Serves 10

6 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch rounds

1 cup butter

2 cups brown sugar

 

Add the sweet potato rounds to a large pot and cover with cold water. Heat over high heat until boiling. Once boiling, lower the heat to medium and cook until almost cooked through, about 18-20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool completely.

Heat a griddle or pan over medium heat and melt about 1/4 of the butter on the griddle. Add about 1/2 cup of the brown sugar and allow the sugar to melt into the butter, stirring it around the griddle with a spatula or flipper.

Add some of the cooked and cooled rounds of sweet potato, and brown in the sugar butter mixture. Remove to a 9×13 baking dish and repeat with the remaining sweet potatoes, adding more brown sugar and butter each time until you’ve cooked all of the potato rounds. Drizzle any extra caramel over top at the end.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes until heated through before serving.

 

 

Heirloom Carrots with Butter and Herbs:

Serves 10

 

10-12 heirloom carrots

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp salt

1/4 cup chopped parsley

 

In a large pot of boiling water, par boil the carrots until they are tender. Drain and set aside.

In a large frying pan, add the butter and cook over medium high heat until bubbly. Add the carrots and saute until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Add the salt and Parsley and stir.

Serve hot.

 

Pumpkin Pie:

3 large eggs

2 cups pumpkin puree

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 pre-baked pie crust (we used this recipe)

2 cups fresh whipped cream for serving

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, pumpkin, cream, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.

Add to the prepared pie crust and bake for 40-45 minutes until set. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Slice and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

 

Earl Grey Creme Brulee:

Makes 10 creme brulees

4 1/4 cups (1 litre) heavy cream

2 earl grey tea bags or loose leaf tea in a steeper

12 egg yolks

1/2 cup sugar

Extra sugar for brulee-ing

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

In a large pot, heat the cream over medium until steaming. Lower the heat to medium low and add the tea bags or steeper with tea and allow the tea to steep in the cream for about 2 minutes, not allowing the cream to simmer or boil.

Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and sugar until fluffy.

Remove tea bags from the cream and then slowly whisk the cream into the egg mixture. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and then pour into 10 ramekins.

Place the ramekins into two seperate 9×12 baking dishes and pour in some very hot water to come about halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes until set.

Remove from the water bath and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 3-4 hours.

Once you are ready to serve, dust the tops of each creme brulee with about 1 tsp sugar and then brown with a kitchen torch. Serve immediately.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

27 Sep

Bring on the fall recipes, people!

This is justtt the beginning, so I hope you’re ready for some squashy, roasty, soupy, caramelized goodness, because there will be a lot of it.

On another note, this will be the first year that Mr. Delish and I will be hosting Thanksgiving at our house! Luckily, we won’t be doing it alone. My sister in law Carley and her husband Graham will be staying with us for the weekend and we are going to make a feast and a half! We also lucked out because Graham is a chef and I am hoping he will teach me some awesome turkey tricks.

We bought a 14 lb turkey for 10 people, so I think we should be okay on the Turkey front.

If you want to know what we are planning, check out our Pinterest board. It’s looking pretty sad right now but Carley and I will be pinning like crazy this week, so stay tuned.

Since I was craving some fall comfort food yesterday, I decided to whip up this quick and easy mac and cheese, using ALL ingredients I already had in the house. I love it when that happens!

This may seem a little weird, but the base for the cheese sauce is Butternut Squash soup!

You can use homemade, storebought, or if you don’t have any, you can always use butternut squash puree. If you do use the puree I would just nix the addition of flour all together, because it should be thick enough on its own!

You add some yummy cheeses to that butternut base, sprinkle in some sage, pour into a baking dish and top with more cheese and panko.

Bake that baby up and you’ve got an easy, comforting, fall meal!

Plus maybe like 4 lbs added to your love handles, but hey, it’s sweater season!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese:

Serves 6

1 box pasta of your choice, cooked according to package directions

2 cups butternut squash soup

2 tbsp flour

1 cup milk

2 cups grated gruyere cheese

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

2 tbsp chopped fresh sage

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

 

Preheat your oven to 375 and grease a 9 x 12 baking dish.

In a medium saucepan, heat the soup over medium high heat until simmering. Add the flour and whisk until smooth. Add the milk and again whisk until smooth.

Once the butternut/milk mixture has come to a boil and is thickened, stir in most of the gruyere, leaving about a 1/4 cup aside. Add the parmesan and sage and stir constantly until the cheese is melted and the mixture is nice and hot. Taste and season as needed, some brands of soup may be saltier than others.

Toss the pasta in the cheese sauce and pour into the  prepared baking dish. Top with the rest of the gruyere and the panko.

Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly and browned, about 20 minutes.

Serve hot out of the oven!

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