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Creamy Barbecue Chicken and Couscous & The Drunken Cookbook

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*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Creamy Barbecue Chicken with Couscous | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You may have noticed I’m obsessed with food. I’m also obsessed with books. So it stands to reason that I have a bit of a cookbook obsession as well. I try to keep it under control. Cookbooks are expensive. But I’ve been known to check out cookbooks from the library to indulge my habit. Just flipping through the pages calms me and makes me happy.

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Blogging for Books allows me to indulge my habit and share my findings with you. This time I checked out The Drunken Cookbook by Milton Crawford . It’s all about cooking while drunk. I’m not sure I should admit to how useful this book could be. But drunk or sober, this book is fun to read. It even starts out with a test to help you determine your level of inebriation. Most amusing. Crawford claims that it’s better to cook your own food after a night of frivolity rather than picking up take out. I’m up for that.

I personally found many of the recipe to be outside my realm of craving. If you love Middle Eastern and Central Asian flavors, this book will be right up your alley. The recipes range from simple to fussy, and they all look very flavorful. They just happen to be flavors I don’t particularly care for. 

Creamy Barbecue Chicken with Couscous | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I did get inspired to adapt some of the recipes to fit my personal taste. One of them is this Creamy Barbecue Chicken with Couscous, which I’m confident I could cook after a couple of cocktails. Well, there is some chopping involved. Keep your fingers out of the way.

I tossed the pieces of chicken breast in Greek yogurt and smoky barbecue sauce, then sauteed them in a skillet. After steeping the couscous, it gets fried up in the frying pan along with some green onions to give it a nutty flavor.

Creamy Barbecue Chicken with Couscous | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pile it all up and stuff your tipsy face. It’s gonna be awesome.

Creamy Barbecue Chicken with Couscous
Serves 2
Creamy, spicy chicken on top of nutty couscous for a night of drunken revelry.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into one inch pieces
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  5. 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  6. 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. 1 box plain couscous, or about a cup if you have a larger container
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  10. 1-1/4 cups boiling water
  11. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  12. 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  13. Salt, pepper, and lemon juice, to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Put chicken in a bowl and add salt and lemon juice. In a small bowl, stir together Greek yogurt, barbecue sauce, and cayenne pepper, then pour it over the chicken and stir.
  3. Put couscous and cumin in a container with a tight fitting lid. I use a small sauce pan. Pour boiling water and olive oil over couscous, give a quick stir, and cover the container. Leave it alone for five minutes.
  4. Cook chicken in skillet, stirring frequently, until cooked through, about five minutes. Remove chicken to a plate.
  5. Add an extra tablespoon of olive oil to the pan if it looks a bit dry. Add green onions to the skillet and stir for a couple of minutes to soften. Add cooked couscous to skillet And stir frequently, cooking for about five minutes until it starts to smell nutty and browns a bit. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.
  6. Pile up the couscous on a plate or in a bowl. Add chicken. You can sprinkle on some fresh green onions if you like. Raise a glass to delicious, homemade food.
Adapted from The Drunken Cookbook by Milton Crawford
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12 Totally Awesome Homemade Cakes

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12 Totally Awesome Homemade Cakes

I really want to be showing you a new recipe today, but life has other plans. I’ve got something almost as good. A big fat bunch of totally awesome cakes you can easily make at home. It’s nearly National Cake Day, just in case you need an excuse. I say, all days are cake days. Let’s get to it.

Pumpkin Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pumpkin Cake is full of fall flavors and topped with the most ridiculous cream cheese frosting. I can’t even deal. 

Triple Lemon Yogurt Cake from Awesome on 20

Triple Lemon Yogurt Cake is a little loaf of heaven. This lemon cake gets soaked in a lemon syrup and then topped with a lemon glaze. You know. Just in case you like lemon.

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread from Awesome on 20

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread is a coffee shop favorite, but you can have a whole loaf all to yourself with no waiting in line.

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge from Awesome on 20

Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge Cake is a tropical twist on a British classic. It’s buttery, sweet, simple, and awesome.

  Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake from Awesome on 20

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake is two layers of awesome. A dense crust topped with a gooey pumpkin top is perfect throughout the fall. Or whenever. It’s cool.

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Secret Ingredient Chocolate Cake is a semi-homemade cake with a hint of spice. It’s unbelievably moist and every kind of amazing.

Red Velvet Cake from Awesome on 20

Red Velvet Cake has a hint of chocolate, a hint of tang, and a fun color. It’s the perfect party cake. Cream cheese frosting only makes everything better.

Retro Yellow Cake with Fudge Frosting

 

Yellow Cake with Fudge Frosting is a classic cake you should keep making over and over again. It’s a perfect combination. It’s light and fluffy and fun and wonderful.

Cookies and Cream Fridge Cake from Awesome on 20

 

Cookies and Cream Fridge Cake is actually a stack of cookies layered with fresh whipped cream. I made the cookies myself, and it’s a creamy, crunchy dream.

DIY Wedding Cake from Awesome on 20

Vanilla Cake can be dressy enough for a wedding and tasty enough for always. It’s the perfect winter white. So stylish, so delicious.

Citrus Bundt Cake from Awesome on 20

Citrus Bundt Cake is going to get you through the long winter months feeling like a happy little ray of delicious sunshine. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake combines two of my favorite foods into another one of my favorite foods. Just look at all those words together. Let’s eat them.

Please make yourself a cake, my loves. Don’t wait another minute. 

Molten Chocolate Cake

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Molten Chocolate Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chocolate. Just wrap your mind around it for a moment. The way it melts on your tongue. The smooth sweetness. The way it can change your mood. It’s a sensory playground. Probability of delight is extremely high. You put a piece of chocolate in your mouth, you close your eyes, you breathe deeply, and you let the joy envelop you. Few other foods have this kind of power. It’s one of nature’s rare gifts. Simply euphoric.

Molten Chocolate Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This molten chocolate cake is an ideal way to worship at the altar of the chocolate gods. It’s warm and gooey and intensely chocolaty. This dessert is sexy. There’s no other way to say it. Eating molten chocolate cake just makes you feel good.

It also happens to be very easy to make. Melt together a little butter and chocolate, whip some eggs into a foam, gently and lovingly bring everything together. 14 minutes later, you’re digging into gooey chocolate cake, preferably with someone you like. A lot. I can’t think of a better way to end a quiet dinner for two.

Molten Chocolate Cake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Skip the chain restaurant. Bake your own molten chocolate cake. Fall in love with life.

Molten Chocolate Cake
Serves 2
Deeply chocolaty, gooey-centered, warm, sexy, and simply awesome molten chocolate cake made in your own kitchen
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
12 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  2. 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  3. 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  4. 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  5. 1 whole egg
  6. 1 egg yolk
  7. 1/8 cup sugar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  9. Pinch of salt
  10. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 and butter and flour two 6-ounce ramekins or spray them with a flour non-stick spray.
  2. Put a couple of inches of water in a medium sauce pan over medium heat and place a glass or metal bowl over the pan. Do not let the water touch the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Add the butter, chocolate, milk, and powdered sugar to the bowl and stir occasionally until everything is melted. Remove the bowl from the heat.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, yolk, sugar, vanilla and salt until it forms a thick foam and falls in a ribbon. If you use a mixer, it will take about three minutes. I whisked it by hand. It's tiring but completely achievable.
  5. Gently fold in a tablespoon of flour, then fold in the chocolate mixture. You want to work as lightly as you can since all the leavening will come from your foam. Keep folding until the streaks have almost disappeared.
  6. Divide the batter between your two waiting ramekins and pop them in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. It should be just set on the top.
  7. Allow to cool for about two minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of each cake and turn them out onto your plate. You can garnish with some powdered sugar, chocolate syrup, whipped cream, or even ice cream. This cake is completely awesome all by itself, and you will be sad when it's gone.
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse
How to be awesome on $20 a day http://awesomeon20.com/
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