Day 17 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – CinnamonRoll Waffle

Brownies and Cinnamon Roll Waffles

Are you craving a donut? Well, you probably are now! We had an extra tube of Cinnamon Rolls, specifically the Maple brown sugar kind, but didn’t want to wait like 20 minutes. The waffle iron was already out so we thought, go for it!

These literally take 3 minutes and are freaking delicious. Cinna-Waffle? Waffle-bun? Just put it in my mouth?! Just eat it. You’ll be so happy.

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Day 16 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Mac and Cheese with French’s Fried Onions

Mac and Cheese is just amazing. Pasta in a cheese sauce is always delicious and ours is pretty darn good we must admit.  We added French’s Fried Onions on top ours because it’s not just for thanksgiving green beans!  Don’t get too caught up in the fried onions, they are addictive.

Mac&Cheese

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Day 5 of 20 (4/20 Foods) – Snacking Cookie Dough

When we did research on classic stoner foods, cookie dough popped up in every list. This recipe is perfect for the munchies or anyone who feels a little dangerous every time you eat the cookie dough you know someone’s grandmother told you not to. This specific cookie dough is made to be eaten raw, because there is no egg. The only thing baked might be you.

P.S. Don’t try to bake this, it’s for snacking purposes only. Make this cookie dough, popcorn and pick a show on Netflix, that’s what we call church.

Eggless Edible Cookie Dough

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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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S’more Brownies

 

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Are you missing the summer months? Are you a camper who dreams of the perfect s’more? Or are you a glamper like us who just loves the idea of a s’more? Either way these bumped up brownie s’mores are for you!

We love homemade brownies, but there is something about boxed brownies (specifically Ghirardelli’s) that really tickles our pickle. Of course, you can make your own brownies if you’re feeling especially Ina-centric that day, but boxed brownies are a perfectly perfect substitute. Amen.

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TYL Ribs and Rub

TYL RIB(S) RUB

TYL RIB(S) RUB

BBQ Lesson Number 1: Perfect ribs shouldn’t fall off the bone, there should be a little give when pulling the meat off the bone.

We’ve made ribs before, but we made them in the oven. And while they were delicious and fell off the bone, they were almost too tender for ribs, there needs to be some texture. In our (not so) humble opinion, smoked ribs are the best. The slow and low smoke of Pecan/Maple/Mesquite/Hickory wood, is the best!  We like Baby Back Ribs, but you can use St. Louis Style too. While a lot of people think BBQ is about the sauce, it’s actually about the meat, and you want to let the meat to shine through. The sauce is like a light jacket, just keeping the ribs warm.

This recipe is actually a two in one, the first part is for what we think, is the best rib rub. It’s sweet, it’s spicy, it’s full of flavor and will make your mouth water. And the second is for smoked Baby Back Ribs.

This rib rub isn’t just for ribs, it can me used on any meat of your choosing, but for today, and the rest of the weekend, it’s going to be used on pork! This is the perfect Fourth of July BBQ recipe, because you can put it in the smoker, and leave it! Very little work, and the results are MAGICAL.

Rib Rub

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ground espresso, ground (or coffee)
  • ¼ cup smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed

 

Step 1: In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Use as at least ¼ of a cup per rack of rib. Season liberally.

 

TYL RIB(S) RUB

TYL RIB(S) RUB

TYL RIB(S) RUB

TYL RIB(S) RUB

TYL RIB(S) RUB

  • For Smoked Ribs:  Season the ribs, using the dry rub and a little bit of apple cider vinegar to help the mixture stay on the ribs. Allow the ribs to “marinate” for a minimum of six hours, for best results, we suggest overnight.
  • Set you smoker to the lowest setting (we use an electric smoker) allow to heat up for five minutes. Place the ribs on the grill for four to five hours. Periodically, spray the ribs with pineapple or apple juice.
  • Remove the ribs from the grill and place in foil, brush lightly with your favorite BBQ sauce (about ½ cup).
  • Increase the temperature of your smoker or oven to 350°F and finish the ribs off for another 40 minutes.

TYL RIB(S) RUB

TYL RIB(S) RUB

TYL RIB(S) RUB

TYL RIB(S) RUB

According to the FDA pork ribs are “done” when they reach 145°F internally, but we like to get ours to 190°F–203°F for perfect ribs.

 

Classy Bolognese Sauce

One of our favorite dishes to make is Pasta Bolognese. We can’t tell you how many times we’ve made different variations of this dish, but we never tire of making it. For the first time we made our own version of Pasta Bolognese. That’s right, no recipe. We just did it straight from our brains. And it turned out pretty fucking great.

This recipe is a no frills kind of recipe, just classically beautiful, like two young ladies should be!

Classy Bolognese 

Classy Bolognese

Classy Bolognese

Ingredients

  • 1 Shallot (finely diced)
  • 1 Cup Celery (About 4 Stalks, finely diced)
  • 1 Cup Carrots (3 Large, finely diced)
  • 1 Medium Onion (finely diced)
  • 1 Cup Baby Bella Mushrooms (About 9 mushrooms), finely diced)
  • Meat Trio 1lb Each (Beef, Pork, Veal, Italian Sausage, it’s really up to you which ones you use)
  • Garlic Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Cup Red Wine
  • 2/3 Cup Whole Milk
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1 28oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 28oz Can Whole Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Basil Leaves ( Cut into Ribbons)
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Crushed Red Peppers
  • Few Chunks of a Parmesan Rind
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic
  • Kosher Salt
  • Pepper

Classy Bolognese

Step 1: 

In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons of garlic olive oil and one tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat.

Step 2: 

When the oil is shimmering add the diced onions, mushrooms and shallot. Sauté for two to three minutes.

See how the oil dances?

Classy Bolognese

Classy Bolognese

Classy Bolognese

Step 3: 

Add the carrots and sauté for another three minutes. Finally, add the celery and continue cooking for at least 1 minute.

Classy Bolognese

Classy Bolognese

Celery has a lot of water, so adding it last is a must!

Classy Bolognese

Step 4: 

If needed, at a little more oil, and then add your Meat Trio. Season liberally with Kosher salt and pepper. Break and brown the meat until the meat is just barely pink.

Classy Bolognese

Step 5: 

Next, add your red wine and raise the heat to high. Cook until all the liquid has cooked off, about 3 to 5 minutes.

It’s okay if it takes longer, we all have different stoves, so don’t be alarmed!

Step 6: 

Once the wine has been cooked off, lower the heat to medium and add the milk. Cook until most of the liquid is gone, this can take anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes.

Classy Bolognese

Step 7: 

Add the tomato paste in and mix well.

Classy Bolognese

Step 8: 

If you haven’t, squish your whole tomatoes in a separate bowl, you can do it in the pot, but you run the risk of hot splatter, and we don’t think anyone wants that.

Pour your tomatoes in the pot and stir until combined. Add the 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. At this point you can add a splash of red wine.

Classy Bolognese

Step 9: 

Stir in the basil, bay leaf, onion powder, garlic powder, parmesan rinds and red peppers. Taste and season accordingly, if it needs more salt or pepper or any seasoning…add it!

Lower the heat and cook un-covered for 1.5 hours.

Classy Bolognese

Step 10: 

After 1.5 hours of cooking, add 1 hearing tablespoon of chopped garlic. Continue cooking un-covered for 2 to 3 hours. Stir occasionally.

Again, at this point, taste and season accordingly. But go easy on the salt, the rinds have a really nice salty flavor, and release the salt flavor as they melt.

Step 11: 

During the last hour of cooking, you can slowly start to defeat your sauce. This step isn’t necessary but we always defat in the last hour.

Classy Bolognese

Step 12: 

When the sauce is ready, cook your pasta and toss the sauce and pasta together.

*We always reserve at least a cup and half of our pasta water (after the pasta is cooked, but before you drain) and use to toss with the pasta and the sauce.

Classy Bolognese

Classy Bolognese

Classy Bolognese

Black Magic Brownies

These brownies will change your life, we’re not kidding. They’re so moist and chocolatey, and not overly sweet. When we make brownies we want to showcase the chocolate wonderfulness, so we use dark chocolate and coffee to highlight the chocolate flavor!

You can’t go wrong with these brownies, I mean, that’s why we call them MAGIC brownies. 😉

Black Magic Brownies


Ingredients 

  • 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 1.5 oz dark chocolate powder
  • 1 oz milk chocolate powder
  • 3 tbs of espresso (if powder, prepare as instructed on container and then add 3tbs it or brewed)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp. kosher or fine salt

Step 1: 

Heat oven to 325°. Grease an 8″ x 8″ baking pan with butter or baking Pam.

Step 2: 

Melt butter, then in a bowl, mix in chocolate and espresso. Stir until combined.

Step 3: 

Add sugars (brown and white), then add the eggs and vanilla. Mix with a wooden spoon until batter is smooth.

Step 4: 

With a rubber spatula, scrape batter into greased baked pan. Tap the pan on a hard surface a few times to release all the air bubbles. Doing this will create a smoother end result.

Step 5: 

Bake for 33-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. But some crumbs are okay!

Black Magic Brownies

Paska French Toast

It’s Sunday and we all know what that means! Brunch Day! And one of our favorite brunch items is French Toast! But not that kind of French Toast that has excess eggs. That’s actually one of our breakfast pet peeves, we ordered French Toast, not egg toast.

A couple of weeks ago we had breakfast at one of our favorite deli’s, Nate and Al’s. And I (Marlee) ordered the French Toast and was totally disappointed when my French Toast had all that extra egg business. So when we came home, we wanted to make the kind of French Toast we like.

Bad French Toast:

Eggy No No

Good French Toast:

Paska French Toast

We obviously utilized our delicious Easter Bread, but you can very easily use challah, brioche, or really any bread of your choosing. But if you happen to make our Paska Bread, then you must try our Paska French Toast!


Ingredients 

  • 1 loaf of Paska
  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla pasta
  • pinch salt
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups semi crushed Corn Flakes (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons butter

**This recipe is easily halved, if you only have half a loaf don’t worry just half everything (except for the cinnamon, vanilla, and salt)!

Paska French Toast

Step 1: 

Preheat your griddle to 350°.

Step 2: 

In a bowl beat your eggs and transfer to a shallow baking dish.

Paska French Toast

Step 3: 

Next, pour in your milk, heavy cream, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Mix well.

Paska French Toast

Step 4: 

If your bread isn’t cut, go ahead a do that, we did about an inch, but it’s really up to you.

Paska French Toast

Paska French Toast

Step 5: 

Melt one tablespoon of butter on the hot griddle and spread around as evenly as you can.

Paska French Toast

Dip your Paska into the milk mixture and repeat on both sides. If you like the added crunch dip the Paska into the Corn Flakes, if you don’t skip this and put the Paska on the hot griddle.

Paska French Toast

Paska French Toast

Paska French Toast

Paska French Toast

(The crunch-ifed version is delicious!!!)

Step 6: 

Cook for four minutes on each side. Cook until all the bread is finished. In between batches, re-butter the grill.

Paska French Toast

Step 7: 

Serve with warm Brown Sugar Maple Butter Carmel. You’ll thank us. We promise.

Paska French Toast

Paska French Toast

Crunchy French Toast is the best French Toast!!

We’re Hammin’ Creamy Pasta

This is a recipe that one of our Moms (Marlee’s) makes whenever we have leftover Honey Baked Ham.

This is such a simple recipe and it utilizes a lot of ingredients you may already have in your pantry. So it’s delicious and it helps you clear your pantry.

Also, be mindful about adding salt. Ham is already incredibly salty and if you add too much, the dish can very easily be over salted! And it’s much easier to fix and under salted dish than an over salted dish.

We’re Hammin’ Creamy Pasta


Ingredients

  • Leftover ham from Easter (or any other fun Ham-casion)
  • All those leftover peas in the freezer
  • Onion or shallot or BOTH
  • Chicken broth
  • Cream of mushroom or chicken soup
  • Pasta
  • Cayenne pepper
  • White pepper
  • Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Step 1: Dice the shalion (shallot/onion) and ham.

Step 2: Heat pan with some olive oil, when ready, sauté the shalions. (We added a splash of white wine to deglaze the pan, INA style).

Step 3: Add chicken broth, then cream of mushroom soup. Whisk until it’s smooth.

Step 4: Add spices: cayenne, white pepper, salt and black pepper.

Step 5: Cook pasta, drain, put back into the boiling pot, and add the sauce.

Step 6: Mix in ham and peas, give it all a good mix and enjoy!

We’re Hammin’ Creamy Pasta