Apple Crisp!

I made apple crisp for the first time. This recipe is so simple and easy.

http://www.allrecipes.com “Apple Oatmeal Crisp”

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This is how I grease a pan: a slab of butter on a paper towel. Fancy, right?

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One cup brown sugar, one cup rolled oats, one cup flour, 1/2 cup melted butter. Mix it up!

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I actually thought it would have more ‘wet ingredients’ but the only component that is keeping the ingredients together is the butter. I think it’s supposed to look like this. Put half of the mixture on the bottom of the pan.

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Chop some apples. I chopped up about 2. Some advice, get a good peeler and a good knife!! I had a hard time cutting some apples, go figure. 🙂 Anyway, I end up mixing the apples with some cinnamon. I didn’t measure the cinnamon and it wasn’t mentioned in the recipe, but I thought it would taste better.

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Cinnamon apples in the middle and then the rest of the mixture on top.

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The original recipe called for 1/2 cup of white sugar on top! A little too much for my taste, so I just sprinkled some on, about 3-4 tablespoons. I also sprinkled some cinnamon on top as well.

I put dollops of butter on top and put it in the oven on the middle rack for 40 minutes or you can wait until it is golden brown. I didn’t get a chance to take a pic of the finished product, but it turned out pretty good! We didn’t have ice cream and I think that would have made it 10 times better. I also liked that it didn’t have a lot of ingredients.

Also, I changed a few things like the white sugar and mixing some cinnamon with the apples. Doing this wouldn’t have changed the recipe a whole lot, even though I have mentioned I try to make baking dishes exact the first time. I also like to read reviews under the recipe. A lot of the times, readers put in their own advice and recipe changes and it sounds a lot better.

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10 minute meal

Half the time I don’t feel like cooking, but I don’t want to go out and spend money at a restaurant but I don’t want to eat a bowl of cereal. I want something substantial and I want it fast. I started looking for recipes. I found one in one of my favorite pieces of writing in the world:

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Don’t know if you can read the recipe or not, but I had everything except for the lemon. I’m kind of surprised at myself for not having lemon, and I even went grocery shopping today. Tsk tsk, but it still sounded good so I decided to make it without the lemon.

Also, I had everything, but not fresh. I know, shame on me. I really would love every ingredient to be fresh, but times are hard, and it’s convenient having frozen or jarred stuff at home than the real deal. It also saves you time from prepping.

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I bought a bag of frozen shrimp for 6 bucks. It had a ziplock top so I was able to pull out what I needed. I put some in a bowl with cold water to thaw out. It literally took a few minutes to thaw. Afterward, I started a pot of water for my angel hair noodles and began to peel my shrimp. I find it easier to pull on the tail and then split open the shell on the inside of the shrimp where the little legs are.

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I seasoned the water with a little olive oil and salt and threw in the noodles.

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I heated the pan and some olive oil. I got a little carried away with the oil. You can definitely use less than this.

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Here it is: the second non-fresh ingredient of the recipe, first being the frozen shrimp. Minced garlic in a jar. You know how hard it is to mince some fresh garlic when you want to cook a meal fast? I can’t chop like those legit chefs can. I do have a food processor, but I was too lazy to bring that out. I’m talking convenient and fast people!

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Once the oil is hot enough, throw in the garlic and the shrimp. Shrimp literally takes minutes to cook. Add some salt and pepper to taste.

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Once the shrimp turns pink, add some unsalted butter. Again, you can probably use less butter than this. This is about 2 tbs worth. Stir it around until it is all melted. Once this is done, your noodles should be done.

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Top your pile of noodles with the shrimp and buttery goodness and sprinkle some parsley for garnish (recipe called for fresh; I had some dry parsley that I sprinkled on). I really should have timed this but it was definitely less than 10 minutes. Fast, tasty, simple!

Craving chicken

I was craving chicken wings and convinced my boyfriend to take me. He’s a keeper! We ended up going to Wingdome, the Greenwood location in Seattle. We’ve been to Wingdome, but a different location several times and liked it. We were debating whether or not to try something new, but decided to stick with something we know.

Before I begin, do you know about the Entertainment coupon book. It has coupons on almost everything. We use it, or try to remember to use it, especially when we go out to eat. We never know if there is a coupon for it or not.

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Sure enough, there was a coupon for Wingdome. Buy one entree and get the second one of equal or lesser value for free, up to 10 bucks. Sweet!

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I got 6 wings, anyway you like them! I got mine 3/6 hotness or they call it “alarm”. It comes with a salad and some fries for less than 10 bucks. My boyfriend got 12 wings, 6 were 6/6 alarm and the other 6 where smothered with parmesan cheese, with salad and fries for less than 15. My meal ended up being free so we spent 15 before tax on all of this. Didn’t spend a whole lot and it satisfied my craving!

http://www.thewingdome.com

Ohana…it means “family”

I bought a coupon on Living Social for Ohana, a restaurant in the Belltown area of downtown Seattle. It was 19 bucks for a three-course meal pretty much. I looked at the website and menu, and it looked pretty legit. I was excited because I love Hawaiian food and it was my first time. (I honestly don’t know authentic Hawaiian food, so please don’t be offended if what I call Hawaiian food is not really Hawaiian food). Living Social, Groupon and all those deal saver coupons is a great way to try something new or to eat at a favorite place for cheap.

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This wasn’t part of the the deal, but I had to get a yummy slushy drink. This is the “Mala Shake”. I feel a lot of times you can’t really taste the alcohol in frozen drinks. I couldn’t taste it at all in this drink, but it was pretty yummy. It had Malibu Coconut Rum, Bacardi 8, strawberry, mango puree, banana, pineapple juice, Coco Lopez and pass-o-guava juice.

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Appetizer!! You can’t go wrong with Spam Masubi. Spam and rice wrapped with nori and drizzled with oyster, plum sauce. YUM! I could eat two of these and be content.

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If you’re at a Hawaiian restaurant, you have to order the Loco Moco, a grilled hamburger patty and a fried egg over some rice, smothered with brown gravy. It also came with a side of mac salad. I have to say this mac salad was pretty good. It’s always hit or miss with mac salad, and this was definitely a hit. I was going to order it too, but since my boyfriend did, I decided to order something else and bite off his 🙂

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I ended up ordering the kalua pork and cabbage. It had some rice and it also came with mac salad. The pork maybe needed a little more seasoning or something but overall tasty. I think next time I would order the Loco Moco instead though, but again big portions. I ate like less than half.

By this time we were full, but there was also dessert included in the deal. The table next to us also used the coupon and got the most expensive dessert on the menu. We got a chatting with them and our server and decided to do the same thing too.

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Bananas Fosters with pineapple in a rum flambe. They light it on fire when it arrives! Soooo good! Unfortunately, we took 3-4 bites and threw in the towel!

I would definitely come back. The happy hour menu looks promising and I would like to try out the sushi. Fun place to go with good food.

Check it out before you go!! http://www.ohanabelltown.com

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

The one thing I love making are cupcakes/muffins. I especially love when I have really ripe bananas (I won’t eat bananas when they’re super ripe. No bueno) so I can make some banana streusel muffins. This time around, however, I looked up a recipe that included chocolate chips, less the streusel. I came across this on cooks.com.

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Perfect, I have all the ingredients minus one banana. I guess it will do. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

(Just a side note, when I find a baking recipe: cupcakes, cake, muffins, dessert, etc. that require exact measurements and cooking time,  I try to follow it exactly the first time. More/less of an ingredient in these kind of recipes will change the taste/texture of the food. I tend to tweak it to my liking the second time. Recipes that don’t really require exact measurements, like my pot roast from earlier, I will change the first time. This post was the very first time I tried this particular recipe).

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Mashed my one banana in a separate bowl with a fork. You could mash it with a hand-held mixer or stand-alone mixer, which by the way I love mine!!!

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After the egg has been beaten, add the wet ingredients: oil, milk, vanilla and the mashed banana. I’m not a big fan of oil in recipes. This is probably what I will tweak the next time. Stop mixing when it is fully incorporated. A rule of thumb when baking, try to not over mix. Just mix it enough.

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I love this bowl. It measures stuff out but big enough to mix all the ingredients.

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I measured out the dry ingredients with the chocolate chips. Stirred that around a little bit then added the wet ingredients to it.

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It was kind of hard mixing it by hand. I ended up putting a couple splashes of milk to loosen it up a little bit, but even then it was kind of hard to mix it all together, but I managed to do it. It came out like cookie dough almost.

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Fill the cupcake liners 1/2-3/4 full. This part was also a little difficult. The mixture was pretty sticky and had that gum-y texture when I was filling the liners. At this point I was scared on how it will turn out. It tasted good though.

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In the oven they go. The recipe says to bake it for 12-18 minutes. I always bake for the lesser amount of time and add minutes when I need to. You can always cook more but never less. Another rule of thumb, don’t open the oven while it’s cooking and let it chill. It needs it’s space to do it’s thing. Turn the light on and take a peak if you curious, but never open.

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Didn’t come out clean. Back in the oven it goes. I put it in for 3 minutes, and the toothpick came out clean the second time around.

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I like to tilt muffins on their sides when cooling if I don’t mind them staying warm since the pans are still warm, or you can take them out and cool them on the counter, rack or on a cookie sheet. Don’t need to get fancy and buy a “cooling rack” or anything.

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The finished product! It came out dense, and it was almost like a biscuit/scone in muffin form. If you look closely, you can see that the liners soaked up some of the oil, not really appealing, but it tasted alright!!! I love the chocolate chips in it, and I might make some chocolate frosting for next time, but I might stick to my banana streusel muffins when I have ripe bananas left over next time, or maybe make some banana bread.

Snacks

I think it’s a Filipino thing because whenever I tell people about my avocado, milk and a little sugar snack, they look at me crazy. It’s so delicious though. Try freezing it, too, just to the point where it’s a little icy.

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