Moving to once a week?

I found a recipe for frying string cheese. YUM! I am still being healthy (I only ate 2), so now I have the rest of them to worry about. Somehow….I will disperse them. Updating twice a week has become so hard… I don’t know why either? I think it is because I want to post in the morning, but I also have to work in the morning. Productivity or fun? Fun makes me fat and productivity gets me moneys. I really need to money and not the latter. Haha. One of my best friends is getting married in 3 weeks! I am so happy for her, but I’m kind of sad because that means she’s going to move! Lucky for you though because when I get sad I tend to eat, and to eat I have to cook! I will have to post the website later, but the recipe was pretty easy.

 http://bubblecrumb.blogspot.com/2010/01/fried-string-cheese-sticks-recipe.html 😀

Ingredients:

24 sticks of cheese (I used mozzarella and a cheddar twist one)

3 plates or pan pans

flour

italian style bread crumbs

2 eggs

1 tbs of water

Frying oil (Vegetable/Canola/etc)

Method:

1. Scramble eggs and tbs of water, then place this mixture in one of the pans

2. In another pan put some flour

3. In the last pan place your breadcrumbs

4. roll the cheese stick in the flour, eggwash, and then the breadcrumbs

5. Heat the oil to high/medium-high heat. When the oil is heated fry the sticks for about 15sec-20sec on each side.

6. Drain them on some paper towels and enjoy

Notes:

I dip these in ranch, but since I don’t have any ranch I improvised with some pizza sauce I had leftover. I put basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and some garlic into the sauce. It was pretty good. I made about 24 sticks of cheese with plenty leftover to make more. So, if you want to cook less you should definitely tweak the recipe. I think next time I am going to add some cajun powder to the bread crumbs or something because I like that kick. Did you know that humans are the one of the only animals (if not THE only) that actively seek out spicy things? Spicy isn’t a flavor…it is a feeling. So, we actively seek out pain. LOL. Isn’t that crazy? Anyway, next time I am going to make a ranch dip to go along with these…actually I may do that later because I only ate two of them. Gotta watch that waistline. Happy Nom noms!

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PS: as you can see by the title I am going to be moving to once a week posts. I don’t want blogging to feel like a chore, so I will fit it into my fun time *im updating at work*….but it will be our little secret…that I share with facebook, twitter, and the rest of the internet 😛

http://bubblecrumb.blogspot.com/2010/01/fried-string-cheese-sticks-recipe.html

Tasty Cardiac Arrest

My deep fryer has gotten more use now than it has ever. I thank my blog for that :D. I stumbled this recipe a while back, but made them recently when my friend said that she had never had them before. I told her that Hooter’s has the best fried pickles, but she refuses to believe that they have good food. I’ve only been once and it was because a friend of mine said that they had the best fried pickles. It had to be proven! 😀 Plus, I use to be picky, but now that I think about it I only get to live once, so I should try my hardest to eat as many types of food as possible. Expand my palette to the fullest. Even if it makes me fat. 😛 I’ll just need to start exercising more. Anyway, I am gonna hafta say that these are so much better. Here’s the recipe:

http://misadventuresofmrsb.com/?p=1186

Ingredients:

2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 jar dill pickles (I used 24 oz, you could use more)
1 cup vegetable oil for deep frying (Or more – I made sure I had 2 -3 inches of oil in the pan)
Method:

Pour oil in pan or fryer.  Heat to 365 degrees F.  (I used my meat thermometer up to 300 degrees, then dropped bits of batter into oil to check how it fried.  Maybe not the most scientific way to go about it, but it worked)

While oil is heating, pour pickles into a strainer and drain liquid.  Lay pickle spears on paper towels and dry as thoroughly as possible.

In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients with flour and spices.  Drop a bit of batter into oil once heated and taste to test spices, adjusting batter as needed.

Dip spears into batter, making sure to coat thoroughly.  Carefully drop into hot oil and fry until golden, making sure to turn over to ensure even frying.  This will only take a few minutes at a time.

Carefully remove fried pickles from oil and drain on paper towels.  Immediately sprinkle with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

Notes:

I loved this batter. Seriously. I even did the fried mash potatoes again and used this batter. It is just sooo good! I do have some problems making the skin crisp, but either way it was YUM. Okay, I am going to get away from fried stuff after this post I swear! Hopefully I will stumble some healthy stuff. Happy cooking!

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PS: I am thinking of adding a page for other stumbles that I come upon that I think are interesting….thoughts?

The Breakfast of Champions

Alright, I realize that I am posting this at dinner time, but who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner sometimes. PLUS, it is a casserole…isn’t that a term connected with dinner? Maybe? Or maybe I just associate that together for some reason. Anyway, this recipe is a copycat recipe (aka the best recipe to build off of). If any of you have been to Cracker Barrel, then you have probably had their hash brown casserole. As I stayed up WAY to late stumbling online, I came across this:

http://www.food.com/recipe/cracker-barrels-hash-browns-casserole-copycat-15242

Ingredients:

2 lbs frozen hash browns

1/2 cup margarine or 1/2 cup butter, melted

1 (10 1/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup

1 pint sour cream

1/2 cup onion, peeled and chopped

2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 11 x 14 baking dish with cooking spray.

Mix the above ingredients together, place in prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until brown on top.

Notes:

As mentioned before, I love fried things. I really hope I start stumbling onto more healthy recipes otherwise I’m gonna end up like a balloon! I roughly chopped 2 potatoes and added them into the mix too. Also, I had some leftover green onions so I through that in too. The reason why I say copycat recipes are the best is because the recipe has been compared to the “real thing”, then you can try adding your own twist to improve it :D. Thanks for reading and happy cooking!

PS: Over 200 views! I appreciate you all so much and I hope you keep on reading!

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If you can fry it…you bet I’ll eat it

Today’s recipe is definitely an ADVENTURE! I have never been so frustrated…frustrated and satisfied. So what is this food that caused so much dismay and frustration? Fried mash potatoes. Yep… And I know what you are thinking, THAT SOUNDS DELICIOUS! I know, I know, and what can I say other than I know what the public wants :P. Haha, anyway, I know that this may not be for everyone, but it was just such an interesting concept that I had to try it. I think I made it a little more difficult than necessary, but I’ll leave that for the notes section of the review. The recipe actually comes from a real life stumble. I was in class and my professor was talking about living in New Zealand (I went there :D), and how they use the fast food industry as a test market for new foods. He talked about some of the weird stuff he saw like the development of McCafe and Hawaiian burgers, but the he started talking about KFC. The one thing he misses is the fried mass…ahem, cue double take. FRIED WHAT!? I immediately write a note in my spiral, “find fried mash recipe”. Okay, so here is the website I found:

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Fried-Mashed-Potato-Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cold mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying

Directions

  • Place the mashed potatoes in a bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Stir in the egg, cheese, onions and bacon bits. Shape into 1-in. balls; roll in bread crumbs. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  • In an electric skillet, heat 1 in. of oil to 375°. Fry potato balls, a few at a time, for 2-1/2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Serve warm.

Notes:

So, I went a little overboard. How’s that? I made like 10 or 12 servings worth of mash potatoes. Yaaah, but for good reason! I wanted to try different combos. I bought bacon bits, green onions, garlic powder, and cheese. I wanted ones by themselves and I wanted to combine some other the other together. Definitely wanted some heat in some of them too (thanks domino’s for supply my crush red pepper :P). Anyway, so why was I frustrated? Partially because I wasn’t patient enough and didn’t let the oil heat up all the way. The first few of mine didn’t come out well, but with practice they started looking good. The second lame thing was the panko wasn’t sticking to the mash before getting fried, or I would fry it and it would fry off. However, the ones that I got good look so good and tasted AWESOME! I think next time I’ll make a batter because the more I use bread crumbs, the more I hate it. Well, what can I do huh? Happy cooking!

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P.S: OH! I didn’t tell you which combo was the best. For sure if you like onion, add it right away. All the ones with onion were awesome, but which was the BEST of the BEST? I would have to vote the green onion, cayenne, garlic, bacon, and cheese. So the MEGA MIX :D! Enjoy.