Peanut Butter & Grits

(Being a southerner myself, I know that this just sounds wrong. However, my 1-year-old son has an iron deficiency, and grits and peanut butter are both good sources of iron, so I decided to see what would happen if I combined them. Amazingly, it turned out really good. It tastes like a less-sweet version ofContinue reading “Peanut Butter & Grits”

Air Fryer Cooking Chart

(This is the cooking chart from the Quick Start Guide for the Ninja Foodi 2-Basket Air Fryer.) Food Amount Temp Single Dual Oil? Prep Asparagus 1 bunch 390 F 8-12 min 20-25 min 2 tsp Whole, trimmed Bacon 3 strips 350 F 8-10 min 9-12 min None Cut in half Beets 6-7 small 390 FContinue reading “Air Fryer Cooking Chart”

Frequently-Used Ingredients

This isn’t an all-encompassing list, but these are things that I try to keep on-hand as they are used in quite a few recipes. Salt Pepper Milk Eggs (chicken) Butter or Margarine Mayonnaise Mustard Sriracha Soy Sauce Hot Sauce All-purpose Flour Self-rising Flour Pasta (Spaghetti, Fettuccini, Elbow Macaroni, Shells, Egg Noodles, Rotini) Rice (I recommendContinue reading “Frequently-Used Ingredients”

Kitchen Equipment

In order to cook for yourself, you’re going to need some equipment. Hopefully, this list will help you when you’re setting up your own first kitchen. Remember, the goal here isn’t to buy/obtain the best equipment (so buy cheap when you can), but simply to have enough stuff that most recipes will be within yourContinue reading “Kitchen Equipment”

Peanut Butter Pie

9-inch prepared graham cracker pie crust 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/3 cup confectioners sugar 8 ounces frozen whipped topping, thawed Optional: Chocolate-covered peanut butter cups (broken up into medium-sized pieces) or chocolate chips Directions: In a bowl, add cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and peanut butter; mix well. Fold whippedContinue reading “Peanut Butter Pie”

Cajun Chicken (or Shrimp) Alfredo

2 large chicken breasts (or 1 pound shrimp, peeled and de-veined) 1 to 2 jars (15 ounce) alfredo sauce 1 pound package fettucine noodles 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil 1 tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon and 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, separated Directions: Cook noodles according to the instructions on the box. (Note: You want theContinue reading “Cajun Chicken (or Shrimp) Alfredo”

Pizza Sticks (Sausage)

1/2 pound bulk sausage 1 can pre-made pizza dough 8 mozzarella sticks (low moisture) 1 egg, scrambled Italian Seasoning dry mix Parmesan cheese Directions: Brown and drain sausage. (When scrambling, the pieces should be pretty small to prevent breaking the dough later. If not using Italian sausage, you may want to also add some ItalianContinue reading “Pizza Sticks (Sausage)”

Pizza Sticks (Pepperoni)

1 small package pepperoni 1 can pre-made pizza dough 8 mozzarella sticks (low moisture) 1 egg, scrambled Italian Seasoning dry mix Parmesan cheese Directions: Remove pizza dough from can, and cut into 8 equal pieces. Place 7 to 10 slices of pepperoni on each piece of pizza dough. For each piece of dough, wrap theContinue reading “Pizza Sticks (Pepperoni)”

Fish Taco Sauce

4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/3 cup Mayonnaise (Duke’s preferred) 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice 1 tablespoon sriracha 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon onion powder 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin Directions: Stir all ingredients together with a whisk or fork. If time allows, refrigerate forContinue reading “Fish Taco Sauce”