Day 19 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Guac-a-Marlee

We’re almost there! Nineteen days of recipes and we still have one more to go.

Today’s recipe actually was inspired by a restaurant near us that we went to with our family friend, Julie. We didn’t like anything we had that night except for this amazing “Sweet and Spicy” guacamole that had pomegranate seeds and dried apricots. Thinking back, we don’t really remember what the spicy component was but we liked it so much, we decided to make our version.

Most people who are reading our blog hopefully have a general idea of how to cook/bake and make things, so the recipe below is missing quantities because we want to allow you to make the guacamole to your specific tastes and how much you want or need.

Enjoy our tasty and addictive creation below!

Guac-A-Marlin

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Day 10 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Ranch Dip and everything that offers

Ranch

Ranch! Who doesn’t love Ranch? Well actually, if I’m (Marlee) being perfectly honest, I used to HATE ranch. I thought ranch was the most disgusting sauce there was. And then one day, Christie, decided that we should make our own, and then she forced me to taste it and lo and behold, I didn’t hate it. Shocker.

From there on out, it opened a whole new door of flavor and dipping sauce possibilities. You can use this with carrots, french fries, chicken tenders, burgers, fried pickles, salads, sandwich spreads, just about anything. While the ingredients definitely scared me at first, once it’s mixed together, it becomes a magically delicious sauce that you could literally eat by the spoonful.

We gladly dedicate this recipe to our sweet little Marin, who absolutely LOVES ranch.

 

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Day 8 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Apple and Cheddar with Honey

 

Trader Joe's Special

Trader Joe’s Special! This snack is something we encountered at Trader Joe’s while our friend Kathy* was demoing it. We were standing there catching up with Kathy for like 20 minutes and in that time Christie had several samples. Sweet, salty, and floral = freaking delicious. Also, you feel a little healthier eating this because it’s just a honeycrisp apple, sharp cheddar and honey.

There really isn’t much instruction wise. Just cut your apples and cheese, lay said cheese on said apples and drizzle with honey. BAM. How bout them apples?

Trader Joe's Special

Trader Joe's Special

Trader Joe's Special

Trader Joe's Special

 

 

Day 4 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Bacon Jampanadas

Bacon Jampanadas

Bacon Jampanadas are the happiest accident we ever created. These were created because we had a lot of extra pie dough from making the pop-tarts, so we started searching the kitchen for other things to use so we don’t waste. I know, us and these damn pop-tarts! We can’t help that food-pockets are essential stoner food.

Anyway, an amazing idea presented itself, BACON JAM! Yes, smokey, sweet, savory goodness in a cute little portable pocket form. It’s like Polly Pocket, but Piggy Pocket, haha. Also, the name “Bacon Jampanadas” was an inspiration that was stumbled upon while eating these stoned.

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SUPER BOWL JALAPENO POPPERS

jalapenos

We’re back…again! Look at us, three days in a row. Or was it four? Either way, we’re here to get you through hump day and have another great recipe for your Super Bowl Party. These Jalapeño Poppers are out of this world! They’re sweet, tangy, and spicy. What could be better? Oh right…BACON. Bacon makes just about everything better.

We’ve made a few adjustments since we first made it and we think these will be a great addition to any super bowl party. Spicy jalapeños, cool green apples, and bacon. What could be better.

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SUPER BOWL CHEESY BEER BREAD

Cheesy Beer Bread

You know what’s awesome? Cheese, Beer and Bread. And you know what’s even better? When you combine all three into a delicious, cheesy, warm, bread. This is one of our EASIEST recipes. It’s damn near impossible to mess up that even a kitchen novice could master this bad boy.

Can you imagine showing up to your Super Bowl party with cheesy beer bread? You’d be the ultimate hero. And what’s great about this bread is that there is zero rising time, so you essentially mix it, dump it, and bake it. As our Queen Ina would say, how easy is that?

There isn’t much more to say other than, click below for this MVP recipe.

Cheesy Beer Bread

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SUPER BOWL FRIED PICKLES

Fried Pickles

It’s the week of the Super Bowl and we are dedicated to brining you Super Bowl inspired recipes! We’ll be bringing you some old recipes and a ton of new recipes to make your Super Bowl parties super incredible and filled with tasty food.

Our first recipe is one of the first recipes we ever posted and our first experience with fried food. We thought frying food was really intimidating but once you do it one or two times, it’s really is not that scary or hard. But we do recommending having a thermometer to know the temperature of your oil. It really truly helps. And just remember, every time you put something in the oil the oil temperature will drop. So, in between batches wait for your oil to reheat.

Fried pickles are the perfect way to start off your super bowl party. Who doesn’t love pickles? They’re tangy, they’re crunchy, they’re salty, and fried pickles are the perfect finger food. These are a must at all of our get togethers. So get on the pickle train, because it’s leaving for flavor town…wow that was incredibly awkward to write, I’m embarrassed. Click below for our scrumptious fried pickle recipe and save me from myself.

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Heavenly Rosemary Biscuits

Happy Saturday, today we celebrate the weekend with one of our favorite recipes…Rosemary Biscuits. We were inspired to make these after going to one of our favorite LA Eats, Gulfstream which had the most amazing, mouthwatering, soft, pillowy biscuits we’ve ever had. Unfortunately we found out the location closest to us has officially closed down. Thankfully, before the restaurant closed we were able to talk to the staff and pick their brains on how the biscuits were made and were able to make our own versions of the “worth the wait” rosemary biscuits.

Of course, we will miss the convince of being able to order these biscuits but not the ridiculous amount of traffic driving to and from Century City, but we thankful now to have our own version and we’re ready to share it with you. If you’re not a fan of rosemary, you’re more than welcome to leave the rosemary out and swap it for a herb you prefer, or leave it out entirely… these biscuits can hold up quite nicely on their own…but we we prefer the rosemary and think you should too!

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Holy Guacamole!

In preparation of the Fall heatwave in Los Angeles, we thought guacamole would be the perfect recipe to post today! Not only do we LOVE our avocados in this house/city/state, but we also didn’t want to make something that involved heat since it’s currently 97°F outside. The only heat we want is from the cayenne and chipotle peppers!

Holy Gu

Holy Gu

Holy Guacamole! 

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Has Avocados (Reserve one pit)
  • 1 Jalapeño (Deseed and diced)
  • 1/2 White Onion (Finely diced)
  • 2 Roma Tomatos (Deseeded and diced)
  • 1 Large Clove Garlic (Diced)
  • Garlic Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Chipotle Pepper
  • Green Onions (Chopped)

Step 1: 

In a large a bowl, using an electric mixer, blend the avocados until no longer large and chunky.

Step 2: 

Next, add the diced jalapeños, onion, tomatoes, and garlic and stir to combine.

Step 3: 

Add your garlic salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne and chipotle and mix well. Adjust seasonings to your liking.

Step 4:

To serve, place your reserved avocado pit in a bowl and cover with the guacamole. Sprinkle with chopped green onions and serve.

The pit will help the guacamole from oxidizing, but if you really want to prevent oxidation, sprinkle your guacamole with either fresh lemon or lime juice.

Holy Gu

Canadian Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam

HAPPY CANADA DAY to all our Canadian followers and and fellow Canadians out there! We’re 1/4 Canadian here, Marlee is a dual Citizen and Christie just loves maple syrup and beavers.

This Bacon jam will totally make your d-eh! It’s savory, sweet, spicy and has coffee and bourbon. Bacon jam can go on burgers, sandwiches, toasted bread, or just take a spoonful by itself!
Have a good d-eh!

Turn this:

Maple Burbon Bacon Jam

Into this:

Maple Burbon Bacon Jam

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Maple Burbon Bacon Jam 

Ingredients  

  • 1 lb Thick Cut Bacon
  • 1 Large Red Onion (Sliced)
  • 4 Large Cloves Garlic (Chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 3/4 Cup Coffee (Brewed)
  • 1/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Canadian Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Bourbon
  • 2 Chipotle Chilis in Adobo Sauce (Chopped)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • Pepper

Step 1: 

First thing you want to do is stick your bacon in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, this will make it easier to cut! Next, cut your bacon into about 1 inch pieces.

Step 2: 

In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium to low heat until the fat rendered and the bacon starts to become crispy. When the bacon become crispy, remove from the heat, and drain the fat.

Step 3: 

Using 1 tablespoon of the reserved bacon fat, heat and sauté the red onions until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes over medium heat.

Step 4: 

Next, add the chopped garlic and sauté until fragrant. No more than a minute.

Step 5: 

Deglaze the pan with cider vinegar.

Step 6: 

Add the coffee, brown sugar, syrup, bourbon, bacon pieces, chipotles, cumin, and pepper. Stir until combined, reduce the the heat to low and simmer for 1 to 2 hours. The jam will have a syrupy consistency, towards the end of the cooking time, you can defat the jam.

Step 7: 

In a mini food processor, pulse the jam three to four times to smooth out the jam.

Store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. We also feel, it’s best served warm, so microwave for about 20 to 30 seconds before serving.

Maple Burbon Bacon Jam