Pickles Go With Everything

A Cooking & Food Blog by Liz and Julia

Super Bowl Sunday!

So Liz and I aren’t huge American Football fans but we decided to make something yummy for the game.

We made garlic parm chicken tenders and sweet potato fries. 

Next time I will add more garlic though. The breading was a bit bland.

For dipping sauces we had ranch dressing and sriracha mayo.

I am waiting a bit before eating one of my almond milk chocolate pudding cups :D 

Being lactose intolerant sucks sometimes…

- Julia

It was my birthday on Jan 22! 
Liz made me Hello Kitty pancakes, eggs, and SO MUCH BACON.
There is nothing special about this post.
Since it was ridiculously cold here I decided to spend my 28th bday inside playing video games.
I regret nothing.

It was my birthday on Jan 22! 

Liz made me Hello Kitty pancakes, eggs, and SO MUCH BACON.

There is nothing special about this post.

Since it was ridiculously cold here I decided to spend my 28th bday inside playing video games.

I regret nothing.

I’ve made these before, Roasted Corn and Zucchini Tacos from Budget Bytes.
I make this in a bigger batch so we can eat it throughout the week.
The taco seasoning packet makes the filling really spicy. 
This time around I decided to add in some caramelized onions. 
I have never caramelized onions so I winged it. While the onions were cooking a slipped in a bit of red wine. 

Adding the onions to these “tacos” was a great idea. They were a big sweet and smokey which worked well with the hot from the spice and the creamy from the cheese.

I’ve made these before, Roasted Corn and Zucchini Tacos from Budget Bytes.

I make this in a bigger batch so we can eat it throughout the week.

The taco seasoning packet makes the filling really spicy. 

This time around I decided to add in some caramelized onions. 

I have never caramelized onions so I winged it. While the onions were cooking a slipped in a bit of red wine. 

Adding the onions to these “tacos” was a great idea. They were a big sweet and smokey which worked well with the hot from the spice and the creamy from the cheese.

Liz wanted more veggie based meals since we are both trying to keep to our exercise routines. She is making it and I am not…
BBQ Bean Sliders with Monterey Jack cheese and a simple slaw.
Again from Budget Bytes.
I added some chipotle chili powder into the beans to give it a little more of a kick. 
The slaw is a pretty simple recipe from my neighbor.
Half a purple cabbage, salt, pepper, mayo, and rice vinegar.
I didn’t really measure anything for the slaw and went by taste. 
- Julia

Liz wanted more veggie based meals since we are both trying to keep to our exercise routines. She is making it and I am not…

BBQ Bean Sliders with Monterey Jack cheese and a simple slaw.

Again from Budget Bytes.

I added some chipotle chili powder into the beans to give it a little more of a kick. 

The slaw is a pretty simple recipe from my neighbor.

Half a purple cabbage, salt, pepper, mayo, and rice vinegar.

I didn’t really measure anything for the slaw and went by taste. 

- Julia

A lot of change has happened to Liz and I over these past few months.
I finally quit my soul sucking 8 year old retail job.
Liz got laid off from her job.
Sad times.
Due to money constraints we have tried to spend as little as possible.
I’ve taken a lot of recipes from Budget Bytes. I cook from this place a lot but now that I do not have a job it is even more useful.

We love sriracha so this Honey Sriracha Chicken recipe was perfect! 
As you can see I have already eaten half of it in this picture. Sorry.
I paired it with a Chinese lager, TsingTao.
The glaze on top was perfect. A mix between spicy and sweet. Liz couldn’t get enough of it. 
I added a bit of hot water into the pot while I heated it. The glaze thickens very quickly due to the cornstarch.
- Julia
Oh I am also watching an amazing anime about food and food hunters called Toriko. 
It is amazing. Think DBZ mixed with Hunter Hunter with food.

A lot of change has happened to Liz and I over these past few months.

I finally quit my soul sucking 8 year old retail job.

Liz got laid off from her job.

Sad times.

Due to money constraints we have tried to spend as little as possible.

I’ve taken a lot of recipes from Budget Bytes. I cook from this place a lot but now that I do not have a job it is even more useful.

We love sriracha so this Honey Sriracha Chicken recipe was perfect! 

As you can see I have already eaten half of it in this picture. Sorry.

I paired it with a Chinese lager, TsingTao.

The glaze on top was perfect. A mix between spicy and sweet. Liz couldn’t get enough of it. 

I added a bit of hot water into the pot while I heated it. The glaze thickens very quickly due to the cornstarch.

- Julia

Oh I am also watching an amazing anime about food and food hunters called Toriko. 

It is amazing. Think DBZ mixed with Hunter Hunter with food.

This is one of our favorite dishes to make, Mapo tofu!
We added peas and carrots to the mix so we could have more veggies.
- Julia

This is one of our favorite dishes to make, Mapo tofu!

We added peas and carrots to the mix so we could have more veggies.

- Julia

Chicken Katsu from one of my favorite places, Ittyo in Porter Square.
- Julia

Chicken Katsu from one of my favorite places, Ittyo in Porter Square.

- Julia

So this isn’t really a food post. This is more of a “MY GOD YOU ARE A MUTANT” post.

The day before Thanksgiving I got into a knife fight with some fresh sage.

Needless to say I lost and cut off the tip of my finger. I rushed to the hospital with a pad wrapped around my left index finger.

They numbed my finger and cut off the now dead tip and wrapped it.

I then went back home to continue cooking through the next day.

The bandage is finally off and I have a finger tip again!

So watch yoself around knives people. That shit hurts. 

Oh! Yes that is my traditional cooking outfit.

Not pictured is my Hooters Tshirt I got in Atlanta on a drunken college night and my beautiful panda slippers!

My famous banana bread muffin recipe is from epicurious but with several modifications.
First of all, the recipe is intended to make 2 loaves, so I half everything in the recipe. I replace the vegetable oil with apple sauce and the creme fraiche with plain green yogurt. I also only use about 1/3 cup of brown sugar instead of the sugar it calls for.  If not brown sugar, I have used cane sugar.  The result is a delicious, low-calorie, guilt-free banana bread muffin recipe without using tons of sugar, oil, and butter!  

My famous banana bread muffin recipe is from epicurious but with several modifications.

First of all, the recipe is intended to make 2 loaves, so I half everything in the recipe. I replace the vegetable oil with apple sauce and the creme fraiche with plain green yogurt. I also only use about 1/3 cup of brown sugar instead of the sugar it calls for.  If not brown sugar, I have used cane sugar.  The result is a delicious, low-calorie, guilt-free banana bread muffin recipe without using tons of sugar, oil, and butter!  

Chana Saag recipe from Budget Bytes.  My only mistake was not mashing up the garbanzo beans slightly for texture.  I used almond milk instead of evaporated and fresh spinach instead of frozen. Delicious!