Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits

These Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits are light and fluffy, but also filled with awesome flavor. They’ve got a bit of heat from red jalapeno, and they’re deeply savory from the addition of cheddar and fresh chives. Bake them up for breakfast with a fried egg and bacon, or serve them alongside your favorite soup or chili. Get baking, kids.

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hate wasting. I keep ill-fitting clothes and unflattering makeup for ages because I can’t bear to throw things away when they’re perfectly usable. There are probably some very out of date condiments in my fridge. Oh, and lots of half-empty bottles of flavored spirits used in a few cocktails and forgotten. None of it is going anywhere until it gets used. Otherwise, you might as well throw your money in the garbage.

This refusal to waste is exactly why I usually make square biscuits. It’s so much more practical. When you cut biscuits into a round shape, there’s always scraps of dough left behind. Yes, you can reform and cut again, but you can never use it all. If you want to use up all your biscuit dough, simply pat the dough into a rectangle and instead of using a round cutter, use a pizza cutter to cut it into square or rectangles. Nothing gets left behind. You get to eat every last bit. There are probably some minor scientific flaws in this plan. It’s never held me back.

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

These particular Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits bake up light and fluffy with lots of layers and a crisp outer texture. The heat from the jalapeno is subtle and builds as you get through your biscuit. They’re at their best when eaten fresh out of the oven with plenty of salted butter. My husband likes to take the heat to another level with a drizzle of honey habanero sauce. You do you.

This recipe comes from that genius Joy Wilson’s first book, The Joy the Baker Cookbook. She really knows her way around a biscuit, and these ones turned out beautifully. We start by mixing dry ingredients together in a big bowl, squishing in lots of cold butter with our bare hands, tossing in the jalapenos, cheddar, and chives, then finally stirring in some buttermilk to bring it all together. Lightly knead the shaggy dough together on the counter. Then we cut it into delicious squares, and bake it in a super hot oven until fluffy and golden. Biscuits take a little practice, but we’ll all get there.

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheddar Jalapeno Biscuits are where it’s at. Make them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Never stop. It’s gonna be awesome.

Love biscuits? Try these Self-Rising Biscuits. For something a little extra, go for Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits. They’re both super awesome.

Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs

We’re making Meatless Monday awesome with Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs. A bed of fresh spinach is topped with a layer of cheese and two eggs. Then it’s all baked to perfection. Add an extra layer of flavor with garlic herb breadcrumbs. Finally, a pile of toasted ciabatta brings it all together. Get into it.

Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Can you believe it? I ate a vegetable and actually enjoyed it. My life-long struggle with veggies has been well-documented on this blog. It’s a struggle and a source of shame. I definitely feel like there’s something wrong with me. I’m a freak, but I don’t know how to change it. It probably holds me back professionally as well. As an aspiring food blogger, this a big hole in my experience.

People often ask me if I can post more healthy recipes or ways to make indulgent food more healthy. The short answer is no. Mostly because that’s not the kind of food I like. I only put recipes on my blog that I believe are truly awesome. I use this site for my own dinner planning, and if I’m not excited to eat something again, I don’t think it’s worth sharing.

Moreover, I don’t believe in taking great food and making it gross because someone told us we should feel guilty about eating it. If you want cheese or sugar, eat it. If you want to be more healthy, just eat less of that stuff. Don’t try to make your brownies healthy. They’ll never be as good. Just cut them smaller and share them with more people. I know some people have serious medical issues, and they can’t eat certain things. Trust me, there are plenty of other bloggers out there serving what you need. I share the food I love, and I hope you like it. If you don’t, that’s fine. To each their own. I still love you.

Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This recipe, though, is something I didn’t expect to like. These Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs with Garlic Herb Breadcrumbs were actually delicious. As I weighed out the spinach, I was like, “Yeah, that’s a lot of green stuff. This can’t be good.” I was so wrong. Served with fingers of toasted ciabatta, the mix of flavors and textures was awesome.

I adapted this recipe from the first book by Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats. Seriously Delish is filled with recipes that bring a great balance of healthy and indulgent. I show up for the latter, but she’s starting to win me over with the former. Her original recipe uses fontina cheese, which is difficult to source and expensive in Glasgow, so I opted for mild cheddar. I also added a little extra cream because it felt right. Finally, I switched out fresh herbs for dried ones in the breadcrumb mixture because I’m lazy. It’s super simple and super tasty.

Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

We’re always growing and changing. That’s the way it was meant to be. Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs today. Next, world domination. It’s gonna be awesome.

Are you looking for more Meatless Monday recipes? This this Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread.

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread is fiery and filling.With just five-ingredients, it’s great for any time of day. Quick homemade flatbread is combined with creamy yogurt, perfectly fried eggs, sweet mango chutney and spicy red chili. This combination is totally awesome.

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Are you on a new year’s resolution healthy eating kick right now? I probably should be, but I’ve had enough failure at this to know better. I’m learning to accept that I eat what I eat. I don’t have time for all the guilt that comes with dieting. You know I’m feeling guilty about plenty of other things. I’m letting this one go.

At the same time, I’m very pro fresh start. January is such a great opportunity to dig deep and make changes. One of the things I’ve been trying to change lately is the impact I make on the environment. I’m trying to waste less and also to consume more mindfully. I think we’ll be trying to eat less meat this year. But as a pathological vegetable hater, that can be tough.

Eggs are a great way to get your protein and also eat something really really good. Is there anything more dreamy than an oozing egg yolk. It’s like the most primordial indulgence.

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This simple Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread is adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe from his book 5 Ingredients. This book is nothing but super simple recipes, and the layout is gorgeous. I can’t wait to cook through some of these recipes.

We start by making a simple flatbread with self-rising flour and yogurt, working in a bit of oil if needed. Just mix everything together in a bowl, give it a few smooshes on the counter to bring it all together, roll it out and whack it in a hot pan. It cooks up in about three minutes.

I also prefer this dish when everything is warm, so I fried my eggs. Additionally, I microwaved the yogurt and mango chutney just for a few seconds so they weren’t fridge cold. But that’s totally up to you.

If you want some extra heat, bring the fire with some sliced red chili. Go for as much or as little as you can handle.

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

There are lots of different textures and flavors going on here. We couldn’t decide whether this dish was more breakfast or dinner, which says to me that you should eat it whenever the hell you want.

Here’s to a delicious year, friends.

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Self-Rising Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Self-Rising Biscuits

These Self-Rising Biscuits are light and delicious. Still totally homemade, we get a little insurance with self-rising flour. Make things a little easier on yourself in the morning.

Self-Rising Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve struggled with biscuit making over the years. My mom didn’t make biscuits from scratch. Consequently, I still have a secret love of canned biscuits. I can eat a whole batch in one go with honey or blackberry jam. It’s possible that I had grandmothers who made proper biscuits, but they were likely using Bisquik without a shred of shame. I can’t really tell you because I had no interest in learning how to cook back then.

My interest in eating biscuits has been omnipresent. I can remember one trip to Hawaii with my family as a child. My dad took us to the same place for breakfast what seemed like every other day because he said they had the best biscuits on the island. Biscuits made an appearance at all times of day in our household. They were a cornerstone of my love affair with carbs.

Self-Rising Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Now I live in a place that thinks an Oreo is a biscuit, so I have had to learn how to make them the old-fashioned way. But if you don’t have anyone to teach you, they can be tricky. If the dough is too wet, you have a sticky mess. if it’s too try, you have hockey pucks. I think I’m finally starting to get the hang of it.

Self-Rising Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve adopted this recipe for Self-Rising Biscuits from that quintessential down home cook, The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. She should know how to make a biscuit, and she didn’t let me down. I like that I get to skip a few steps by not having to measure out any rising agents. You don’t have to worry about mixing up the baking soda and the baking powder (yes, I’ve done that many times), and self-rising flour is usually a bit lighter than all-purpose flour, so you get a lighter biscuit.

Self-Rising Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I basically always have buttermilk in my fridge because it keeps for ages. You can use lard, shortening, or butter for these biscuits, so just go with whatever you have on hand. And don’t worry if you don’t have a pastry cutter. I think your clean hands are your best tool for mixing up this dough. One last tip, push the cutter straight down into the dough. If you twist it a bunch, the biscuits won’t rise as high.

Quite apart from just diving into these with butter and jam, these are also the biscuits I recently used for this Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter. They were perfection.

Self-Rising Biscuits | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

There’s never a bad time to eat a biscuit, so you need these Self-Rising Biscuits in your life. You can totally do this. I believe in you.

Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman.

Ultimate Awesome Holiday Recipes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Ultimate Awesome Holiday Recipes

Ultimate Awesome Holiday Recipes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve gone through my archives and put together the ultimate list of close to a hundred totally awesome holiday recipes. There’s everything you’ll need for brunch, dinner, parties, and more. I’ve got your holiday cooking sorted.

Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast & Brunch

Do you do a big breakfast spread on Christmas morning? I actually prefer it to Christmas dinner. All of these recipes would be a hit.

Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes

Pancetta & Goat Cheese Quiche

Brown Sugar Bacon Biscuits

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Breakfast Pizza

Cheesy Sausage Squares

Herbed Biscuits & Creamy Sausage Gravy

Mini Chocolate Cinnamon Croissants

Breakfast Pot Pie

Pumpkin Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes

Blender Pancakes

Brown Sugar Syrup

Spicy Potato Cakes

Maple Bacon Pancake Syrup

Savoury Sausage Bread Pudding

Dutch Baby Bunny

Croissant French Toast with Maple Bacon Whipped Cream

Cayenne Candied Bacon

Holiday Brie from Awesome on 20

Starters, Snacks & Nibbles

If you’re hosting an open house or a holiday cocktail party, these recipes are sure to impress your guests.

Wheaten Biscuits

Whipped Ricotta

Bacon Parmesan Cheese Ball

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert

Swiss & Bacon Dip

Brie en Croute

Cranberry Brie Bites

Goat Cheese Crostini with Macadamia Nuts & Honey

Cranberry Soy Sausages

Holiday Brie

White Hot Chocolate | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cocktails & Drinks

There’s something to drink for grown ups and kids alike in this collection.

Mistletoe Mocktail

White Hot Chocolate

Cran-Orange-Apple Juice

Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail

Cranberry Mule

Cranberry Margarita

Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One


Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

Brown Elephant Cocktail

Pomegranate Margaritas

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

Red Currant Glazed Ham | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

For Dinner

Are you cooking for a crowd? Just having a quiet dinner with just the family or your partner? Either way, you’re gonna want to go all out. These recipes are well-loved in our home.

Basically Awesome Roast Chicken

Red Currant Glazed Ham

Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy

Ginger-Glazed Gammon Steaks

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

English Potato Gratin

All-American Sweet Potato Casserole

Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes

Glazed Carrots

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter

Sweet Potato Gratin

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Sweet Potato Rolls

Rosemary Potato Rolls

Buche de Noel | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Desserts and Sweet Treats

The holidays are the perfect excuse to have dessert or linger over an afternoon cup of tea or coffee with a sweet treat. There are plenty of options here, from simple to showstopper.

Chocolate Orange Scones

Cinnamon Pull-Apart Cake with Lemon Glaze

Baci di Ricotta

Orange Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Vanilla Ice Cream

Cranberry Bakewell Tart

Buche de Noel

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake

White Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Kahlua Bread Pudding

Winter-Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake

No-Churn Two Ingredient Ice Cream

Maple Cheesecake

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake

Double-Glazed Chai Spice Muffins

Chocolate Orange Mousse

White Chocolate Chip Brownies

Chocolate Cinnamon Bread

Toffee Muffins

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cookies & Sweets

It’s probably not a holiday party in America without cookies. I think we should spread this tradition around the world. Make some cookies as favors for your holiday parties.

Stem Ginger Biscuits

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blossoms

Gingerbread Dudes

Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Giant Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

No-Fail Sugar Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic Fudge

Jam Tarts

Caramel-Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

Peanut Butter Fudge

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies

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