Top 16 of 2016 | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Top 16 of 2016

Top 16 of 2016 | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

2016 was a battle. I feel beaten and battered and completely exhausted. I’m digging deep and finding hope for the future. Maybe this is the challenge we need to become the very best we are capable of. 

Let’s go to our happy place and talk about food. Here are your 16 favorite posts of 2016. Eat, drink, and be merry every single day.

16. Caramel Toffee Cheesecake

15. Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

14. Chocolate Peanut Butter Gooey Butter Cake

13. Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf

12. Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

11. Brown Elephant Cocktail

10. Parmesan Fried Gnocchi

9. Transformer Chicken

8. DIY Air Conditioner

7. Passion Fruit Green Tea

6. Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

5. Double Chocolate Muffins

4. Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

3. Chicken Parmesan

2. Peanut Butter Fudge

1. Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Enough sadness. Let’s go be awesome. 

Sweet Potato Rolls | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Sweet Potato Rolls

Sweet Potato Rolls | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Time is running out on my favorite holiday, and I still haven’t even made my Thanksgiving menu yet. Normally I make Turkey Meatloaf for our very small gathering, but we have actual relatives now, and I’m feeling the pressure to make a traditional turkey. Or at least a roast turkey breast. My sister-in-law is hosting Christmas this year. Maybe I can convince her to let me make a roast turkey for that instead? 

I’ve also had a special request for sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and luckily, Nigella has an awesome recipe that’s not as syrupy sweet as the one my grandma used to make. I was also thinking of making a sweet potato dessert this year instead of pumpkin. Regardless, time is running out, and even though I’m not serving Thanksgiving dinner until Saturday, I still need to figure it out. What would you do?

Sweet Potato Rolls | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m obviously obsessed with sweet potatoes right now, which is why I’m sharing these Sweet Potato Rolls with you in case you’re still looking for an extra special bread recipe for your Thanksgiving table. To me, homemade bread is what make a meal extra special and turns it from just dinner into a feast. 

These rolls are easy to make. I’m a horrible bread baker, and I managed them with ease. Use your stand mixer to help you if you have one. And while nothing is ever quite as phenomenal as bread fresh out of the oven, you can definitely make these the day before and then warm them before serving. Thanksgiving is enough work as it is. make as much in advance as you can.

Sweet Potato Rolls | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Serve some Sweet Potato Rolls this Thanksgiving and make your feast just a bit more special. It’s gonna be awesome.

Sweet Potato Rolls
Yields 15
Sweet Potato Rolls definitely deserve a place on your Thanksgiving table.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
4 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
4 hr
Ingredients
  1. 6 ounces peeled sweet potato, chopped
  2. 2-1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  3. 2 tablespoons honey
  4. 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  5. 1/4 cup warm water
  6. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  7. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  8. 2 teaspoons salt
  9. 3 cups all purpose flour, plus some for surface
  10. 1 egg, lightly beaten
Instructions
  1. Place your sweet potato chunks in a pan and cover them with cold water. Boil for about 20 minutes or until fork tender. Drank and return sweet potato chunks to a bowl or your pan. Mash until smooth and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine yeast, warm water, olive oil, and 1 tablespoon honey. If you pour your olive oil into your tablespoon measure first, and swirl it around, the honey will come out easier after it's been measured.
  3. Give this all a quick stir and allow it to sit for 15 minutes to get foamy.
  4. To your foamy yeast mixture, add your mashed sweet potatoes, remaining tablespoon of honey, buttermilk, melted butter, and salt. With your mixer on low, combine all of these ingredients.
  5. With your mixer still running, start adding in the flour a half cup at a time and mix until combined.
  6. Once all your flour is incorporated, turn off your mixer and switch out your paddle attachment for your dough hook. Use that to knead your dough for two to three minutes. It will still be quite sticky, but that's okay.
  7. Transfer your dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap or a clean tea towel and set it aside in a warm place for two hours to rise.
  8. Turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until smooth. Roll it out into a fat log and cut off approximately two ounce pieces, rolling them into a ball. Place your rolls into a greased 9x13 baking pan.
  9. Allow your dough to rise in a warm place for another 30-45 minutes.
  10. Preheat your oven to 375F.
  11. Use a pastry brush to brush the top of each roll with your beaten egg.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minuetes or until lightly golden on top. Serve warm with butter and honey or store in an airtight container and reheat before serving.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
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Continental Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Continental Grilled Cheese

Continental Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Almost every day I wake up in the morning wishing I could just stay home and cook all day. I don’t much care what it is. I don’t even necessarily want t eat it. There’s just something about the magic of turning ingredients into food that I find so calming. 

Work gets stressful. People think I’m dumb. But in my kitchen, I’m the boss. I do actual dumb things in there all the time, but I don’t much care. It’s quiet. It’s warm. It smells great. Where else would a person want to be?

The truth is, I’m usually so frazzled by the time I get home from work that I can barely summon the energy to stand in front of a skillet for 10 minutes. Lucky for me, you can make something pretty amazing in that amount of time.

Continental Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This gooey, delicious Continental Grilled Cheese is a fantastic mash-up of European flavors. It’s lacking in any sort of authenticity but completely loaded with good things to eat. It starts with buttery brioche which gets spread with some tart cherry jam. Polish ham went into my sandwich because I couldn’t find the Black Forest ham the original recipe called for. All of this is held together with oozing brie. It’s so right.

There are few things in life that make me quite as happy as gooey cheese. The crunch from the grilled brioche is the perfect contrast to the ultra soft brie, and the slight smokiness of the ham and sharp sweetness of the cherry jam is spot on. 

Continental Grilled Cheese | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Take a deep breath. Be good to yourself. Eat a Continental Grilled Cheese. Smile. Be Awesome.

Continental Grilled Cheese
Serves 1
Continental Grilled Cheese is a delicious mash up of Polish ham, French cheese, and total awesomeness.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices brioche bread
  2. 1 tablespoon cherry jam
  3. About 2 ounces brie, enough thin slices off your wedge to cover both slices of bread
  4. 1-2 slices Polish ham
  5. 1 tablespoon butter, softened
Instructions
  1. Place a skillet over medium low heat on your stove to heat up while you build your sandwich.
  2. Start building your sandwich by spreading cherry jam in a thin layer on each slice of bread. Next, lay slices of brie over each slice of bread, then add your ham. Close up your sandwich and spread the top, outside piece of bread with your softened butter.
  3. Place your sandwich in the preheated skillet, butter side down. Spread the new top with butter as well and cook for approximately three minutes on each side or until your bread is as dark brown as you like.
  4. Slice and eat quickly before the cheese drips gloriously down your hand.
Adapted from Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson
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