Snow Day Recipes

Adulting, Author: Claire Greene

I love a good snow day. There is something about sitting inside by the fireplace, watching movies and looking out the window at the fresh blanket of snow that fills one with warmth.

My backyard is on a slight hill, so when I was younger my brother and I would don those oh so fashionable snow suits that make you look like the Yeti, grab our sleds and race down the hill. I hold those memories very dear to my heart. Of course, food can always help set the ambiance for the day, so here are some warm, comforting food recipes to try for when you are the lucky one who gets a snow day!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a recipe from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook that my mom always used to use. There is nothing better than a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie that warms the taste buds, and this recipe for sure does the trick.

fannie-farmer-chocolate-chip-cookies-7.jpg

Photo courtesy of onecostalkitchen.com

Ingredients:

  • ¼ pound butter
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/8 cup flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease some cookie sheets.
  • Cream the butter, then gradually add the two sugars, beating until light and smooth.
  • Beat in the egg and the vanilla.
  • Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together and add it to the first mixture, blending well. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheets about 1 inch apart and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

 

Turkey Chili

So, I love chili, but about ten years ago, I decided to stop eating beef and pork. However, I have found that ground turkey is an excellent substitute. This chili is delicious, and I usually opt to make a box of JIFFY cornbread mix and have that on the side.

turkey_chili.jpg

Photo courtesy of allrecipes.com

Ingredients: 

  • 1½ tsps. olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (28 ounce) can canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (16 ounce) can canned kidney beans – drained, rinsed, and mashed
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper

Directions:

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot, and cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion, and cook until tender.
  • Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans, and garlic. Season chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes.

 

Panera Mac and Cheese

This is the recipe that Panera posted for their mac and cheese a while back. My mom made it for me a little while ago, and I’ll tell you, it is fantastic. It is a way to have Panera mac and cheese in your pajamas! It also has a bit of kick to it that will warm you up!

Copycat-Panera-Bread-Mac-and-Cheese-Recipe.jpg

Photo courtesy of foodfolksandfun.net

Ingredients:

  • 1 16-ounce Package package of rigati pasta
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2½ cup milk
  • 6 Slices white American cheese, sliced into thin strips
  • 8-ounce extra-sharp white Vermont cheddar, shredded
  • ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. hot sauce

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. In large saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly.
  3. Gradually whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat.
  4. Add cheeses, mustard, salt, and hot sauce, stirring until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.
  5. Stir in pasta and cook over medium heat for 1 minute (or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.

I hope you enjoy these recipes while sitting in front of the fire on your snow day, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Recipes That Will Remind You of College

Adulting, Author: Claire Greene

In a research study done at Auburn University, 131 students were followed over four years of college. It was found that 70% of them gained some weight before graduation, in amounts ranging from 12 pounds to 37 pounds.

Why is this? I personally believe that this is because college is the utmost time of freedom. It is the first time when we are living out on our own, away from our parents, and we are under the impression that we can do whatever we want. This includes eating what we want. Can we have that extra scoop of ice cream? Sure, because there is no one there telling us we can’t.

I am here to share some recipes that have token ingredients every college student will recognize, but makes them into actual meals, rather than just snacks to gorge on. Hope you enjoy!

Taco Lasagna

taco-lasagna-recipe

Photo via Bunisinmyoven.com

I found this recipe at bunisinmyoven.com, and I find this recipe very much reminds me of college because of one key ingredient: nacho cheese soup. I can’t tell you how many trips I made to the on campus convenience store to stock up on salsa con queso and nachos. This lasagna is a slightly more grown-up version of that all-time favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 can RoTel diced tomatoes with chiles, drained
  • 1 can nacho cheese soup
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 12 8-inch, soft tortillas
  • Guacamole, cilantro, sour cream for topping, as desired

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×9 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the beef or turkey to a large skillet over medium heat and crumble as it cooks. Drain grease when cooked through.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water to the skillet and cook for two minutes.
  4. Dump the tomatoes, cheese soup and sour cream into a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the cooked meat.
  5. Place three tortillas in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with 1/3 of the meat mixture.
  6. Repeat layers, ending with a layer of tortillas on the top. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and melty.
  8. Serve sprinkled with chopped cilantro, guacamole and extra sour cream, as desired.

My second nephew was just recently born. Because my brother and my sister-in-law were the parents of a newborn and a three-year-old and they would not have time to cook, I made them this lasagna to make things easier for them. All I have to say is now, my brother is on the Atkins diet. He was not while this dish was in the fridge.

Pesto Flatbread Pizza 

food-838038_1280

A staple in the diet of every college student is the old stand by: pizza. It is served at every meal in every cafeteria and you can even get it delivered right to your door! I have yet to meet someone who does not savor melted cheese and tomato sauce over bread. Here is a slightly grown-up version of my favorite, not that delivery isn’t great.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 pieces Naan Stone fire flatbread
  • 1/3 cup basil pesto sauce
  • 1 small can sliced olives
  • Olive oil for dusting

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place flatbreads on large baking sheet
  3. Lightly dust flatbreads with olive oil
  4. Evenly spread pesto sauce over each flatbread
  5. Top each flatbread with mozzarella and olives
  6. Place flatbreads in oven and cook for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven, cut into pieces and serve warm.

 

Brie Apple Grilled Cheese

cheese-630511_1280

Grilled cheese has always been one of my all-time favorite foods. Also, there wasn’t a lunch meal where it wasn’t served. Of course, in the cafeteria it was nothing more than Wonder Bread filled with American cheese put into a frying pan with butter. If you want to feel slightly more grown-up, here is a delicious new take on the favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces sliced Italian Bread
  • 6 thin slices of brie cheese, or to taste
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 6 slices granny smith apple
  • Fresh tyme to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Place bread slices butter side down into hot skillet. Arrange Brie cheese slices on top of each piece of bread. Sprinkle thyme over the top.
  3. Spread apple slices in a single layer over the Brie cheese on one slice of bread.
  4. Flip the slice of bread without apple onto the slice of bread with the apple slices. Continue cooking sandwich until cheese and apple are heated through and cheese is melted.

I hope you enjoy all of recipes while reminiscing with your college friends about the old days. Bon Appetit!