Kale Citrus Salad! (Guest Blogger!)

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Every now and again, Amanda goes off on an adventure and leaves me (The Photographer) to my own devices. So I thought…why not use those devices and takeover her blog while she’s out of town!

Now, I know what all of you out in the Blogosphere must be thinking: Time for a post about the shady inner-workings of ‘PinchPurrfect’! Chef Chewie’s DARK SECRETS revealed!! Unfortunately…no. She comes home soon, and I value my life. Soooo, let’s just stick to the food!

I’m sure Amanda has mentioned my love of the Food Network (specifically, Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa – I feel so nurtured when I watch her!). When I do get a chance to watch Ina, I sometimes stick around to see who’s on next; the other day I caught the first segment of “The Pioneer Woman”. It’s a show about “an accidental country girl” who whips up recipes that have to be approved by “cowboys, hungry kids”, and her! Nice! During the segment she showcased her Kale Citrus Salad…it looked so good I decided to have it for dinner and share it with all of you! You’re welcome!!

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken DipAnother reason why I am obsessed with crockpots: this recipe. This buffalo chicken dip is delicious and surprisingly ‘healthy’! I use healthy in this instance simply to demonstrate that it is relatively low is calories, fat, and sugar. Using a crockpot makes this a very easy starter to pull together. All you do is mix your ingredients, wait, then serve to hungry people! It’s all the flavor of buffalo wings and none of the messy, sticky hands! This is an especially fitting recipe given that football has also just started up. Can someone say Superbowl Party ideas? I know, I’m jumping the gun a little bit, but don’t pretend you weren’t already thinking about it! Continue reading

Vegetarian Eight Layer Party Dip

8 Layer Party DipWe love love love Mexican flavors. Honestly, what’s better than the flavor combination of guacamole, sour cream, and spicy jalapeños? This delicious and vegetarian dip combines those 3 along with 5 other delicious flavors to form the ultimate party snack! You can also always jazz this up and add ground beef to appease your more carnivorous friends. I made this with some of my veg-head friends in mind, as a party snack for our Housewarming Party (more on that in a later post, don’t you worry)! The best thing about this dip is that you don’t have to cook a single thing, and putting everything together takes less than 20 minutes! Even still, with such a short preparation time, I guarantee it will take even less time to disappear into your friends’ bellies :-)  Continue reading

Akshay’s Graduation Party!

Nevin’s cousin, Akshay, graduated from high school this past spring and is now enjoying his freshman year of college in DC! When we moved into our new apartment, we were lucky enough to have Nevin’s two cousins, Akshay and his brother Aman, help us with some of the heavy lifting. In return, we made them a couple of items from the blog. Turns out they both enjoyed my meatballs and strawberry lemon bars so much that Akshay asked I make enough for ~ 90 of his friends for his high school graduation party! I was beyond flattered, and Nevin and I got right to work! Continue reading

Strawberry Milk Cupcakes with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Strawberry Milk Cupcake with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

 

I wanted to try something a little different and Nevin had a hankering for strawberry milk a couple weeks ago. We ended up buying that bizarre Hershey’s strawberry syrup that you can stir into milk. I’ve always been a milk fanatic (seriously, I go through about a gallon a week solo) but never had strawberry milk that much. Generally if I wanted to mix it up, I’d go the chocolate milk route, but I do remember being pleasantly surprised as a child by the strawberry Nesquik powder flavor. Needless to say, I decided to use that weird syrup in a baking recipe! It just so happened to be a friend at work’s birthday (hi Maddie!), so it was a perfect excuse to bake :-D The end result ended up being awesome! In retrospect, I should have used a little more strawberry syrup to get more of a pseudo strawberry milkshake, but I was worried it would taste too sweet or artificial which is why I wasn’t too heavy handed with it. The mascarpone whipped cream was out of this WORLD and paired perfectly with the sweet cake and fresh strawberry topping. I wish I could take credit for the whipped cream recipe, but I got it from this awesome blog, foodlikecake. I hope you all like this, and remember, don’t be as shy as I was with the strawberry syrup! Embrace your inner child! If Nevdawg hadn’t I wouldn’t have this interesting recipe for you all :-D! Continue reading