Yes, It’s Kale

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Are you sick of hearing about kale yet? Yeah, me too, but I had to try out the craze. It seems like everyone is always completely surprised that they end up enjoying raw kale. Needless to say, I was skeptical and thought wow, this stuff must taste really weird. Turns out, it doesn’t taste weird at all. It tastes like leafy broccoli to me, and I love broccoli. I can’t say that I’ve purchased a bundle of kale since I made these chips, but I’m certainly not scared of it anymore.

These kale chips actually were really tasty. I tried out three flavors to make this experiment more interesting: sesame oil, soy sauce, and plain olive oil with sea salt. I liked all of the flavors, but be really careful about adding salt. See, I tossed my whole tray with olive oil and salt before I decided to break them up into three groups. Sooo, my soy sauce chips were mega salty! Valuable lessons in this post: 1. don’t over salt your kale chips and 2. don’t be scared of kale because it just tastes like broccoli…really leafy broccoli that kind of gets stuck in your throat…do you think it tastes like broccoli, or am I the crazy one??

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CopyCat :: Cheez-Its!

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Homemade Cheez-Its has been on my ‘want to copycat that’ list for such a long time. Recipes and photos have been popping up in my blog feeds for what seems like years! I wasn’t too into Cheez-Its until last year when my Mom, brother and I started an unofficial mission to try every flavor. We would split a big box every week for work/school snacks, discuss where that week’s flavor ranked, and then hunt down a new one. I’m pretty sure I’ve told you guys how weirdly obsessed I am with gimmicky food flavors and novelty releases – I ain’t kiddin’.  I haven’t been buying boxes for myself since I’ve been away from home because what’s the fun in that? I guess that’s what made me finally give the homemade version a try! I still can’t believe how easy they are to make and they taste remarkably similar. Now, this doesn’t mean I’ll give up on trying new Cheez-It flavors, but I’ll definitely continue making these when I have a craving. My two tips for if you try this are 1) roll the dough as thin as you can and 2) don’t skimp on the cheese (duh). The first batch I made had a few slightly over puffed and under-cheezed crackers. As always, let me know if you do this too!

And P.S. if you’re wondering what our favorite Cheez-It flavor was…I honestly can’t remember. However, I think I remember being most disappointed by Baby Swiss. Also, did you guys know that this exists? Um, gross? Even my obsession can’t take me far enough to buy Cheez-It lip balm.

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[EOTW] Worn Out

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Something about this week really wore me out! It felt very busy and I can’t really put my finger on why. I still feel like there are so many things that I wanted/needed to get done that just didn’t happen. I usually start the week with a lot of motivation to be organized and productive. Somehow that feeling always seems to get away from me. This has certainly applied to the kitchen lately as well…although I think I’m slowly digging my way out of that rut. I enjoyed working on a few fun and yummy projects that will likely have posts of their own coming up. But for now, here’s a little preview of what I’ve been up to on the cooking front. And If you have any tips on staying organized please leave them below! Here’s to a productive week, everybody!

DSC_1995I’m still working on clearing out the freezer. These were buffalo chicken wonton pockets.

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Homemade Cheez-Its! Been thinking about making these for forever – Really good and easy.DSC_2025

Guys, I made these raviolis myself! Super exciting. Definitely have plans to post about this. DSC_2000

These homemade Oreos have become sort of an irregular Valentine tradition. Paul dubbed these Beppie-O’s from the first time I made them for him about 3 years ago (I think).