Havarti & Dill Popovers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Harvarti & Dill Popovers and The Perfect Egg

Havarti & Dill Popovers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I freakin’ love eggs. There are few things in the world that can’t be improved by putting an egg on it. I mean, what’s sexier than a runny egg yolk? I love them on toast, on hash browns, on burgers, on nearly anything. I even convinced my husband to let us get two chickens just so I could have fresh eggs any time I want. It was a brilliant idea.

When I saw that Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park from Spoon Fork Bacon were doing an egg book, I knew I had to check it out! The Perfect Egg is everything I hoped it would be. The photos are just as beautiful as you’ve come to expect from these two, the recipe headers are personal and endearing, and the variety of recipes is truly awesome.

The Perfect Egg

There’s a bit of background knowledge about eggs, some tips on basic egg preparations, and a whole host of recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. The recipes range from simple and familiar to complex and exotic. There are way too many things I want to try.

The first thing I hit up was the Harvarti & Dill Popovers. I’ve always loved the idea of popovers but have never tried making them because I don’t have the required pan. But since I had fresh dill in my fridge and this book gives an adaptation for making them in a regular muffin pan, I decided to give them a go.

They turned out pretty great for my first try at a dish that is known to be finicky. The only thing I’d change would be to hold back on the added salt just a bit. Cheeses can definitely vary quite a bit in saltiness, so I say, taste your cheese first before adding any extra salt to your batter.

Havarti & Dill Popovers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

 If you’re an egg lover, I’d definitely recommend picking up a copy of The Perfect Egg. It’s pretty awesome!

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

Havarti & Dill Popovers
Yields 8
Crusty, fluffy, cheesy, and awesome, these Havarti & Dill Popovers can be made in a regular muffin tin.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
  2. 1/4 shredded Havarti cheese
  3. 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 cup milk
  6. 1 cup all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 and brush the inside of 8 cups of your muffin pan with the melted butter. Be sure to get complete coverage.
  2. Mix together the cheese and dill and set aside.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and remaining melted butter until combined. Add the flour and gently but quickly stir it in with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. A few lumps are okay.
  4. Put one scoop of batter into each prepared muffin cup then add a fat pinch of cheese and dill to each one. Top up each muffin cup with the remaining batter.
  5. Bake your popovers at 450 for about 15-16 minutes, then lower the oven temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 10-11 minutes until your popovers are brown and puffy.
  6. Allow the popovers to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, then carefully remove and serve warm.
Notes
  1. Make your life easy and cut your dill with scissors.
Adapted from The Perfect Egg
Adapted from The Perfect Egg
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10 Totally Awesome Hangover Recipes

10 Totally Awesome Hangover Recipes

10 Totally Awesome Hangover Recipes

I’ve been known to overindulge from time to time. If you follow me on Instagram, you know we went on an epic pub crawl on Saturday. It was outrageously fun, but Sunday was pretty much a waste. When I’m hungover, I want something greasy and carby, and perhaps a bit over the top. Geoff’s go to hang over food is a Sausage McMuffin and some Funyuns. Just in case you have the wherewithal to cook actual food the next day, may I suggest these totally awesome recipes to help you make it through the hard times.

Cholesterol Sandwich

There’s nothing like waking up to a Cholesterol Sandwich. Crispy bacon, drippy fried egg, gooey cheese on mayo-covered toast. It heals anything.

Bacon Carbonara from Awesome on 20

I could eat a bucketful of Bacon Carbonara. It’s basically breakfast pasta. It’s completely awesome.

Lemon Linguine from Awesome on 20

In case you’re a veggie only kinda kid, there’s Lemon Linguine. It’s a carb lover’s dream.

Full English Breakfast3

All my husband ever really wants from life is a Full English Breakfast, especially on a Sunday morning.

  Sloppy Joe Casserole from Awesome on 20

Sloppy Joe Casserole is pure comfort. I’m not above just eating a whole tube of crescent rolls, but at least this poses as a legitimate dinner.

Fancy Pants Sausage Rolls with Ham and Cheddar | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Any sausage rolls you can get your hands on should make you feel better, but if they’re Fancy Pants Sausage Rolls with Ham and Cheddar, all the better for you.

Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches from Awesome on 20

Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are small so you can eat six of them. I think that’s how it works.

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If someone suggests stopping off for food on the way home from a night out, pancakes are always my pick. Sugar and carbs. That’s all that matters. Making your own Buttermilk Pancakes also does the trick.

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap from Awesome on 20

Fast food always sounds awesome when I’m hung over. Fast food made at home means I don’t have to put on pants. That’s why you should make your own Frito Chili Cheese Wrap.

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

When I’m hung over, I need need need need need chocolate. These White Chocolate Chip Brownies are ridiculous. Why aren’t I eating these every day ever?

They say all things in moderation, even moderation. Let go from time to time. Over-indulge. Laugh too loudly. Then eat some great food. It’s gonna be awesome.

Cheddar Habenero Corn Bread | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheddar Habanero Corn Bread

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I’ve been so extremely lazy these days. A complete and total lack of motivation. I want to do exactly nothing. I think I need to hibernate. A week in bed with books, Netflix, and somebody bringing me food seems like the only good plan. Why does life keep happening? Can’t we ever just take a break? What I wouldn’t give for a little bit of Snowpocalypse right about now. But no, the sun is shining and it’s a beautiful day. People expect you to go outside and interact with other humans. It’s disgusting.

Cheddar Habenero Corn Bread | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If I was lucky enough to be trapped in my house, I’d want bottomless chili and this cheesy, spicy Cheddar Habanero Corn Bread. They’re the perfect match. The corn bread is dense with an awesome, slightly crunchy texture, and supremely spicy from the six ounces of shredded habanero cheddar cheese I folded into it. If you can’t find habanero cheddar at your store, regular pepper jack will suffice.

When you’re completely wiped out by winter doldrums, chili and corn bread is just the thing. It’s warm and comforting but also sets your mouth on fire. Hopefully you made it to the store in time to buy plenty of milk or beer before you got snowed in. Man, I wish I was snowed in. I can’t get over it.

Cheddar Habenero Corn Bread | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

No matter the weather, make this Cheddar Habanero Corn Bread to go alongside your next pot of chili. Spicy cheese. What could go wrong?

Cheddar Habanero Corn Bread
Serves 8
Cheesy, spicy, crunchy, and awesome, Cheddar Habanero Corn Bread is chili's best friend.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box Jif corn muffin mix
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/3 cup milk
  4. 6 ounces habanero cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 9x9 baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together corn muffin mix, egg, and milk until combined. Fold in shredded cheese.
  3. Pour the batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with chili or stuff in your face with honey.
Adapted from 1001 Fast and Easy Recipes
Adapted from 1001 Fast and Easy Recipes
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10 Awesomely Romantic Recipes for Two

10 Awesomely Romantic Recipes for Two

10 Awesomely Romantic Recipes for Two

Okay, I am basically the worst at being romantic. I’m a terrible planner. I can barely think about what I want to do five minutes from now. Holidays like Valentine’s Day always sneak up on me, and then I realize I never bought a gift or did anything special for my husband. And he deserves something truly awesome. 

I also take pride in being a cheap date. I love going out to eat, but if you try to take me somewhere chefy, we probably won’t have fun. For the past few years since we’ve been living in Hawaii, our Valentine’s Day tradition has been to order take-out from our favorite chain restaurant and take it down to the beach for a picnic. I usually make dessert to bring along, and we sneak some wine down with us and watch the sunset over the Pacific. That’s about as romantic as I get.

I also think cooking for the one  you love can be really sexy. I’d say cooking together, but I’m not super awesome at cooperating in the kitchen most of the time. Sharing an intimate meal, no TV, no phones, is a beautiful thing. I’ve got 10 dishes you can easily make at home for a romantic date night in. Let’s get to it.

  1. You need a good cocktail to get the party started. Nothing too weak and sugary. This is serious business. Pomegranate Margaritas are full of flavor, relatively potent, and romantically red. 
  2. If you want something to nibble on while snuggling up to watch a romantic movie (in this house it would probably be Die Hard) try this Holiday Brie. A small wheel of cheese is just right for two people to shamelessly devour.
  3. If you want your date to be impressed with your skills, pretend like you worked really hard on Chicken Parmesan. It looks fancy but couldn’t be simpler. It also tastes freakin’ awesome, so there’s that.
  4. Go Japanese style and feed each other with chopsticks. Make homemade Chicken Teriyaki. The recipe calls for sake, so you can enjoy the rest of the bottle together. Just don’t poke anyone’s eye out.
  5. Maybe you’re not a whiz in the kitchen, but you want your date to think you’re a domestic genius. Fool them with Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese. It combines sophisticated flavors with something so easy a monkey could make it.
  6. Go spicy with Buffalo Chicken Tacos. The DIY element is fun, and the heat will get your blood boiling. Off to a good start.
  7. In case you were thinking of making your date go all night, be sure you have ingredients to make Cholesterol Sandwiches in the morning. You know each other well enough to have egg yolk dripping down your face. 
  8. What’s Valentine’s Day without chocolate. Make up some Homemade Chocolate Pudding ahead of time. Put them in sexy martini glasses. There’s got to be some kind of romcom shenanigans involved with feeding each other chocolate pudding.
  9. If you have the misfortune of being with someone who’s not super into chocolate, this Salted Caramel Pudding is an excellent option. I’ve made this for Valentine’s Day before. It totally works.
  10. In my mind, the sexiest dessert ever created is Molten Chocolate Cake. It’s surprisingly easy to make at home. It has to be baked at the last minute, so the aroma of chocolate will be filling your house. It’s eaten warm and oozing with melted chocolaty goodness. It just gets me in the mood.

If you happen to be flying solo this Valentine’s Day, I recommend you go ahead and make yourself one of these dishes anyway. Life’s too short to wait around for some doofus to bring you chocolate. Happy Valentine’s Day, kids.

10 Awesomely Meaty Recipes

10 Awesomely Meaty Recipes

10 Awesomely Meaty Recipes

Moving around a lot means having to say goodbye all too frequently. I’m a bit of an adventurer, and I like to surround myself with people who are also adventurers, people who find the concept of putting down roots to be a bit off-putting. So between our frequent relocations and our friends setting off on new adventures, it seems my like we are saying farewell. The horrible part is that I’m terrible at goodbyes. I can never seem to express in words how much a person has mattered to me and the horrible empty space that will be left behind by the absence of their physical presence. Instead, I just say, “See ya ’round, kid,” and spend the next week in a horrible depression.

Today’s round up is a tribute to another friend who is departing on a new adventure on a far away part of the planet. Sorry, vegetarian friends. This one’s all about meat.

1. I happen to know that my meat loving friend has made and loved this Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf. It’s insanely awesome. Eat it always.

2. Chicken Parmesan is not only ridiculously awesome, but surprisingly easy to make at home. So much goodness.

3. Sweet and sour Cranberry Soy Sauce Sausages are perfect for a fancy party or for hiding in your closet and stuffing your face.

4. You can’t live in Hawaii without learning to love Loco Moco. Rice, hamburger, gravy, over easy egg, it’s a Hawaiian classic.

5. Spicy Chicken Chili is everyone’s favorite. Make it. You’ll see.

6. Packed with spicy sausage, Sky High Breakfast Pizza is a meat lover’s breakfast dream.

7. Sloppy Joe Casserole is easy enough to make in your sleep and ridiculous enough to crave every week.

8. Eat a little, eat a lot, Cheesy Meatball Sliders are awesome either way. 

9. Cuban Burgers smash a couple of meats together with a spicy spread. Put it in your face.

10. I’d proudly serve any meat lover this Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf. It’s totally amazeballs.

No matter where my friends are on the planet, I hope they all have the most amazing adventures complete with totally awesome food. 

 

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