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Recipe: Baked Sweet Potato Fries

The farmers’ market is BACK and I’m so excited! This past weekend, I did a mini-haul and stocked up on produce for the week, including sweet potatoes. I’m normally not a fan of sweet foods as part of a meal (unless it’s breakfast or dessert) but I decided to be adventurous and try it out…not to mention sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins, potassium, and dietary fiber!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Since I usually don’t eat baked potatoes, I figured I probably wouldn’t eat baked sweet potatoes either. I decided to make sweet potato fries since it would last for a few days and they would be more “fun” to eat haha.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 sweet potatoes
  • diced garlic (optional)
  • salt and pepper (optional)

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Scrub and rinse your sweet potatoes.
  3. Slice them into french fry slices, or in wedges if you prefer!
  4. Line a baking tray with oil and spread your fries evenly across the pan.IMG_7405.JPG
  5. Sprinkle any seasonings you want to add extra flavor–less is more in this case!
  6. Pop them into the oven for 30 minutes and you’re done!

Now you have a healthy alternative to greasy french fries with this recipe! Enjoy 🙂

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Recipe: Baked Eggs in a Bell Pepper Cup

If you’re feeling tired of the same old, traditional breakfasts (think: scrambled eggs and hash browns, pancakes, or cereal), why not change it up if you have a bell pepper in your fridge?! This recipe is completely customizable depending on what you have in stock. You can add ground meat, assorted veggies that you’d normally put in an omelette, or keep it simple with just one egg and a bell pepper.

You can make it two ways: slice the pepper down the middle, and put an egg into each half and bake it, or you can cut the top off and add your egg.

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Step 1: Cut the top off of the pepper and core it. If you want, chop up whatever’s left and put it into the bell pepper

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Step 2: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Pop an egg into the pepper and season to your liking! (I added salt, pepper, cayenne powder, oregano flakes)

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Step 3: Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the egg whites have turned white!

I don’t know about you, but mine came out just a tad bit soggy, perhaps since I put so much diced peppers into my pepper cup and it added too much moisture (hey, you learn from your mistakes, right? haha) but it still tasted good! Maybe next time I’ll add different things into my cup to see how I can change things up 🙂

What is your favorite breakfast food?

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Recipe: Baked Chicken Drumsticks

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Since this is my first time living away from home for an extended period of time, my mom reminded me constantly to make sure I ate well and to cook enough food to survive. Since moving to Baltimore, it’s been a challenge to figure out a routine of cooking and meal prep, since whenever I have a decent amount of time to spare, I try to cook something new to add to my meal for lunch when I’m in school! I haven’t figured out the best days of the week I should be cooking, or if I want to just cook on the weekends to last me the school week, but I’m slowly but surely figuring things out 🙂

During my first week in Baltimore, I was on a mostly vegetable diet since I brought a lot of veggies with me from NY, and I hadn’t had time to buy any protein meats or eggs. It wasn’t too bad, but it started to get monotonous eating the same veggie dishes every day without something to change it up. After classes one day, I stopped by my grocery store that’s conveniently downstairs in our plaza and got some eggs, ground beef, and a pack of 8 decent-sized chicken legs for less than $4! Talk about a bargain!!! So, I decided I was going to cook half the pack to keep my belly happy for the week.

Ingredients:

  • chicken legs
  • olive oil
  • smoked paprika
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic and salt/pepper seasoning
  • multi-purpose seasoning mix
  • Worcestershire sauce

I wanted to experiment with different flavors, so I used all of the above seasonings to decorate my chicken legs so I could eat something new every day.

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line your baking tray with aluminum foil and pour enough oil to cover the entire bottom lightly. 14315968_3439042218769_977586746_o.jpg
  3. Add whatever seasonings you want to your chicken, to taste 🙂 For me, I seasoned them randomly like this:
    – 2 with smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and seasoning mix
    – 1 with garlic and salt/pepper seasoning
    – 1 with seasoning mix and Worcestershire sauce
    **quick tip: When you have skin on the chicken, you want to season underneath the skin. Cut slices into the meat  and season to make sure the meat will absorb as much flavor as possible!**
  4. When you place the chicken onto the tray, make sure you give each of them some breathing room so they don’t touch!
  5. Pop them in the oven for about 30 minutes until they’re ready.

Cooking in larger batches in general is a great idea for people who are in college and have access to a kitchen, or if they’ve recently moved out to live on their own since you can pretty much have your meals set for the week 🙂 I’m slowly learning that meal prep is a great way to save time on weekdays when you’re super tired from the day and just want a meal that you can microwave and eat once you get home. Hope you enjoyed reading!

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Recipe: Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastry

Ready for a deliciously sweet summer pastry? This 5-ingredient recipe to make strawberry cream cheese pastries will be a definite hit for your friends and family when you invite them over for a get-together on a summer day! The steps may be a little bit tedious, but I promise, it’s well-worth it once you take a bite out of your pastry!

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Ingredients (to make about 20 3×4 inch pastries):

  • firm, ripe red strawberries, chopped 13578663_3367853839104_233057731_n(more is better in case some are smaller than you want for presentation)
  • 8oz cream cheese at room temperature (you only need 6oz unless you want it really cheesy)
  • 6 tbsp of sugar (I used brown sugar, but I’m sure you can use white)
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract (feel free to use more if you love the vanilla flavor and don’t mind it extra sweet)
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 medium/large egg, beaten (this is used to glaze over the pastry so it has a nice golden-brown color after baking)

Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice your strawberries to the thickness of your preference **since this was my first time, some of mine came out looking weird since I used suuuuper small pieces haha**
  3. Beat 6oz of cream cheese FIRST (that was where I made my mistake -.- my mixture came out all clumpy since I added my sugar and vanilla altogether with my cream cheese and mixed)
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  4. Add the sugar and vanilla after the cream cheese is a smooth texture, and again beat it until it’s smooooooth!
  5. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, and put the puff pastries on top; slice the pastries into however many pastries you need (I cut them so there were about 20)!
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  6. Use a fork and poke holes on the edges (see picture).
  7. Beat the egg and then brush the egg on the edges of the pastries.
  8. Put the cream cheese mix in the center of each pastry, and lay strawberries on top in whatever pattern your heart desires 🙂
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  9. Pop them in the oven for 15-17 minutes until you see the top of your pastries start to look golden brown!
  10. Let them cool for an hour or so, and if you want, you can dust them with powdered sugar before serving 🙂

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Recipe: Lemon Soufflé

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When life gives you lemons, make lemon soufflé! I wanted to share with y’all a spring version of chocolate bark using pastel-colored marshmallows and chocolate, but it’s way past the time of year where it’s easy to find colorful marshmallows haha, but lemons are in season and there are so many recipes to try!

We decided to make lemon soufflés following this recipe and surprisingly we banged it out in one shot (who knew we’d have success on the first try, making SOUFFLÉS of all desserts!?). The recipe is rather complicated so I just linked it here, and I’ll provide the ingredients list as well as photos of our step by step process in making them!

Ingredients:

  • 4 lemons
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • confectioner’s sugar (for garnish)

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WARNING: lemon soufflés are definitely more sour in the peel than if you were to bake them in ramekins because of the juice! But if you’re into the tangy flavor of lemons, this is definitely the right recipe to try 😉

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Recipe: Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies

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I’m normally not a huge fan of sweets, but I’m a sucker for red velvet baked goods and cheesecake! When I came across this recipe, I was sold and had to make it. The recipe doesn’t look too difficult, so why not? I used to bake all the time for my sorority when we had bake sale fundraisers at school, but I never made cookies, let alone stuffed cookies!!

Ingredients:

  • red velvet cake mix
  • all-purpose flour
  • canola oil
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • cream cheese
  • vanilla candy melts (optional)

Steps:

  1. For the cookie batter, combine the cake mix, 2 tbsp of flour, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of canola oil, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.

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    I love the color of red velvet cake mix :3

  2. Wrap the batter in saran wrap, preventing any oxygen from getting in, and let it chill in the fridge for two hours.
  3. For the cheesecake filling, mix a box of 8oz cream cheese (at room temperature), with 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
  4. With this filling, scoop out 1/2-1 teaspoon-scoops into plates and put them in the freezer for two hours.
  5. If you have parchment baking paper, you can line your cookie trays; if not, you can spray non-stick spray onto your pans while you wait!
  6. After two hours pass, take out both the cookie batter and the cheesecake scoops.
  7. Preheat the oven to 355 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Roll the cookie batter into balls, flatten them, and add a cheesecake scoop. Roll it up into a ball again and slightly flatten it before you put them on your cookie trays.IMG_2265

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    I made these on Valentine’s Day, so of course I had to make some heart-shaped! 🙂

  9. Pop your trays into the oven for about 13 minutes, and when your timer is up, take a toothpick and stick it in the center of the fattest cookie to see if the toothpick is clean of crumbs. If it is, then your cookies are done!
  10. If you want to decorate your cookies, you can melt some vanilla candy melts and drizzle them over your cookies. We only did that for one tray, and it wasn’t the prettiest or easiest to do haha (if you guys have tips on how to drizzle on melts in a pretty way, please share! :))

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe! ❤

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Valentine’s Day Treats!

Hey everyone! I wanted to share some information about two truly talented individuals that I know that have started their own businesses 🙂 Stache of Goods and Wonton in a Million partnered up for a free giveaway on Instagram and I was lucky enough to be chosen to be a winner for their Valentine giveaway.

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Soup dumpling-shaped macarons and heart macarons with chocolate and black sesame filling!

Stache of Goods was started by one of my friends back in college, and she’s an amazingly talented pastry chef 😉 She makes super delicious macarons (both traditional shaped, as well as custom-shaped, as you can see from my pics)!

Wonton in a Million was started by one of my Sisters in my sorority, and she makes punny stationery products with cute little cartoon drawings that resemble the Cantonese style breakfast food dim sum (check out her Etsy shop here; her products are so adorable and super affordable if you want a unique gift for your friends and family!)

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Check out the envelope! If you look closely, it has the subtle watermarks of dim sum cartoons all over it! 🙂 Love the sticker (You stole my ‘tart’ ;))


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The sticker’s crest says “Designed with Love by Wonton in a Million” — super cute, personalized touch!


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One of my favorite cards from her Valentine’s Day card section on Etsy!


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I even got a handwritten note inside my envelope! ❤

If you have the time, please check out their Facebook pages (linked in my first paragraph), or their Instagram pages: Stache of Goods & Wonton in a Million ❤ Spread the word or even become a future customer if you’re in love with these goods 🙂

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