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Episode 39: Table Staples: Our Favorite Recipes For Any Occassion

Episode 39: Table Staples: Our Favorite Recipes For Any Occassion

We all have those recipes in our meal rotation that we make for certain moods or occasions. Maybe you make the same breakfast casserole every Christmas. Maybe you have an easy, go-to weeknight dinner for when your time is better spent binge watching New Girl than cooking a labor intensive meal. Whatever the mood, whatever the occasion, certain recipes just hit the spot. This week we’re sharing our favorite dishes to match the moods and events we encounter throughout the year. Tune in and then head to Instagram to share your favorite fare for the various moods and events in your life.

  1. For when you want something hearty but didn't plan ahead//you don't want leftovers
  2. For an easy weeknight dinner//reliable crowd pleaser:
  3. For serving a crowd (especially on Christmas eve)//simple potluck theme
    • This salsa recipe (thanks to Aunt Vicky) will ensure you're invited to every potluck ever:
      • 8 Roma tomatoes, quartered
      • 1 Medium sized onion
      • 16 cilantro sprigs
      • 8 garlic cloves
      • 4 tsp. Lawry's seasoned salt
      • 8 T. fresh lemon juice
      • 4 serrano peppers
        • Combine ingredients in food processor and pulse to desired consistency. Makes a double batch.
  4. For Christmas morning//quintessential comfort food
    • Garlic Grits Casserole (a la Southern Living):
      • 1/2 cup uncooked quick cooking grits
      • 1 roll Boursin (cubed)
      • 1 cup melted margarine
      • 2 eggs, slightly beaten 
      • 1 cup milk
        • Cook grits according to package directions. Add cheese and margarine, stirring until cheese melts. Combine eggs and milk, stir into grits. Spoon into a lightly greased 1-quart casserole dish. Bake a 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serves 4.
  5. For a no fuss Sunday night dinner//way to start your week with some fine dining
    • Steak Sunday's (KA's typically include steak + cabernet + bread and boursin + asparagus + potatoes if we're feelin' fancy)
  6. For a one bowl recipe//when you need someone to fall in love with you
    • Banana Nut Raisin Bread (a la Southern Living):
      • 1/2 cup butter, softened
      • 1 cup sugar
      • 2 eggs
      • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas
      • 2 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 tsp baking powder
      • 1 tsp baking soda
      • 1/2 tsp salt
      • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
      • 1/2 cup raisins
        • Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beat well. Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add bananas and mix until smooth. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture, stirring just enough to moisten. Stir in pecans and raisins. Pour butter into a greased and floured 9- x 5- x 3-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour-1 hour 10 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack. Makes 1 loaf.
  7. For the perfect potluck contribution//when you want to somewhat prep a dish ahead of time
  8. For when you need a customizable option//comfort food to the max
    • Use pork shoulder//brisket//beef, LAY ON THE SPICES (cumin+garlic powder+salt+pepper+chili powder), add all the fixins'= devour nachos//tacos

 

Episode 40: Kitschy Kountdown Explains It All: Exploring All The Best Trends Of The 90's

Episode 40: Kitschy Kountdown Explains It All: Exploring All The Best Trends Of The 90's

Episode 38: Fashion, Fiction, and Foliage: Our Fall Favorite Findings

Episode 38: Fashion, Fiction, and Foliage: Our Fall Favorite Findings

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