We’re going to hop right into it today and start the chat about some of my favorite recipes. Since moving out on my own and cooking for myself more frequently than before I have discovered a few recipes that I really enjoy cooking and eating and I think you will too. I’ll be giving you an ingredient list along with instructions for each meal, but I don’t follow exact directions or recipes. I kind of fly by the seat of my pants in the kitchen, no measuring or proper planning, so I’ll be giving you the directions from online recipes that are the closets to mine!
1.) Pasta Carbonara
(For this recipe I follow BenjiManTV’s recipe from Youtube. He’s the Youtube Husband of Judy Travis of It’sJudyTime)
1. Pasta enough for 2 people
2. 2 Egg Yolks Only
3. 1 Whole Egg
4. 1 Cup of Parmesan (shredded)
5. Salt and Pepper
6. Prosciutto 1/2 Cup or 5-6 slices of bacon (sliced thin)
7. Olive Oil
8. 2 Tablespoons of Cream
9. 2 Cloves of Garlic
1. Mix the Egg yolks, whole egg, pepper and half the parmesan cheese (add cream if using). Leave to the side.
2. Heat olive oil in a pan and warm up. Once warm toss the prosciutto into the pan and slowly fry on a low/ medium heat.
3. While prosciutto is cooking, start to boil the water for pasta.
4. Once prosciutto is crispy but not burnt you can turn the heat on very low or off. (if using garlic, you can toss the garlic in to flavor the oil mixture)
5. Once water is boiling, toss the pasta and follow the cooking instruction on the package. Cook just till undercooked or al dente.
6. Once pasta is close to done, return the prosciutto to heat and warm.
7. Take the pasta out, drain and add to the oil/prosciutto mixture. Make sure to save some of the water from the pasta pot.
8. Add some parmesan and black pepper, a small scoop of water from pot and stir the pasta. make sure heat is on high. Do this for 2-3 minutes.
9. Once the pasta is nice and hot, and the oil, prosciutto and cheese is mixed thouroughly turn off the heat.
10. Add the Carbonara into the egg mixture, add the remainder parmesan and black pepper to taste. Toss and serve!
2.) Breakfast Pizza
(This recipe was created in my brain and one day I made it come to life. I’ve never been more pleased!)
1.) 1 package of pre-made pizza dough
2.) Alfredo Sauce
3.) Colby Jack Cheese
4.) 3-4 slices of bacon
5.) 1-3 eggs (Depending on size of pizza)
- Preheat oven to temperature according to pizza dough package.
- On a non-greased baking sheet or pizza stone place the pre-made pizza crust and add the desired amount of Alfredo sauce as the base of the pizza and plenty of the cheese on top.
- Once the desired amount of sauce and cheese are on the pizza crust take one egg at a time and carefully crack the egg onto the top of the Alfredo sauce and cheese.
- After all eggs are cracked onto the pizza, place the pizza in the oven until the white of the egg is opaque and the crust of the pizza is a golden brown color.
- As the pizza is baking fry the 3-4 slices of bacon and cute into bite sized pieces.
- Once the pizza is finished baking and the bacon is done
3.) Mayonnaise Chicken
(I’ve been making this recipe for 5 years now, so it’s for sure one I don’t follow a recipe on anymore, but I’ll find you one almost exactly the same as mine.)
1.) 1/2 cup of Mayonnaise
2.) 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
3.) 4 boneless chicken breasts
4.) 4 tablespoon of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
2.) Combine the mayonnaise with the cheese in a small mixing bowl.
3.) Arrange chicken breasts in pan and evenly top with the mayonnaise and cheese mixture.
4.) Lightly sprinkle the 4tbs of bread crumbs evenly over the four chicken breast.
5.) Place in oven and bake until chicken is thoroughly cooked. (About 20 minutes)
4.) Potato Corn Chowder
(This is perfect for any cold or rainy days, but to be honest sometimes I crave this on even the hottest summer day.)
1.) 1 pound bulk Italian sausage or country-style sausage
2.) 1 cup chopped onion
3.) 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4.) 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
5.) 2 cups diced gold or red-skinned potatoes
6.) 2 cups frozen corn kernels
7.) 1 small can (8 ounces) cream-style corn
8.) 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
9.) A dash of hot sauce
10.) 2 cups half and half or whole milk
11.) 1 tablespoon butter
12.) 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1.) In a large saucepan over medium heat, brown the sausage with the chopped onion until sausage is no longer pink and onion is softened and lightly browned.
2.) Stir the flour into the sausage and onion mixture until well blended. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
3.) Gradually stir the chicken broth into the sausage mixture until well blended.
Add the diced potatoes, corn and cream-style corn, pepper, and hot sauce. Bring to a simmer and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
4.) Cover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are tender.
5.) Add the half-and-half, light cream, or milk; stir in butter.
6.) Taste and add salt, as needed, and heat through.
***Sometimes I add in some crispy bacon and a bit of sautéed mushrooms***
5.) Peanut butter, Syrup, Powdered Sugar Toast
(This is a treat I make when I’m craving something sweet or when I want pancakes in the morning and don’t seem to have any.)
2.) Peanut butter
4.) Powdered Sugar
1.) With your preferred type of bread place it in the oven or toaster to lightly toast until it is a golden brown color.
2.) Once toast is finished, add on a generous amount of peanut butter and syrup.
3.) Finish the toast off with a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a bit of color and added sweetness.
And that is that. A few of my favorite recipes for you all to try for yourself. If you have any questions, comments, stories, or need anything from me you know you can reach me in the comments, through my email, and on all of my social media accounts! I’d also love to hear any recommendations you have for what you would like to see me write about over here, so make sure you reach out to me! You can find all of my information linked at the very bottom of this page.
I hope to see you back here soon for some even more wonderful blog posts <3